All posts by PMC Staff

10 Things You May Not Know About Heartworm Disease

Most pet owners have heard of heartworm disease, and many of us dutifully administer a preventative medication to our pets each month. Thanks to a lack of public information, however, some pet owners don’t give their pets a preventative at all, or they don’t provide doses of the medication on a regular basis. Few pet owners truly understand the dangers of heartworm disease and the risk it poses to their pets.

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When “Viral” Equals Awesome: Our Top Picks for Social Media Pets

From the skin to the brain, a viral infection can compromise the health of almost any body tissue. A viral video, however, is quite different, infecting onlookers with joy, happiness, and heartwarming moments–especially when it comes to pets! Images and videos that pop up on various social media sites can become internet sensations, spreading joy with millions of views, likes, and shares in less than a week’s time. Social media pets are simply infectious, no doubt!

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Dog Breath! Once Widely Accepted, Now a Primary Target

We all enjoy a good puppy smooch from time to time, but when that semi-sweet canine breath turns pungent, it’s not just a cue to hold your own breath. Indeed, dog breath may be something dog owners become accustomed to, but it should never be ignored. Dog breath is the first obvious sign of gum disease and is a real threat to your pet’s overall health, happiness, and longevity.

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Giving Thanks for Our Wonderful Pet Companions

Traditional Stuffed Turkey Holiday Dinner with Vegetables and Pumpkin PieThanksgiving is a time of gratitude – gratitude for all the wonderful moments, comforts, memories, and loved ones. So, naturally, this is the perfect time to also reflect on the many ways our pet companions add joy and meaning to our lives. That’s why the team at Pet Medical Center – Chatoak have compiled some of the reasons pets are so important to us.

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The Danger in Your Backyard: Pets and Sago Palms

Female Sago palm in flowerpotRecently at Pet Medical Center – Chatoak, we have had a few pet patients made sick by the toxic sago palm. We wanted to take this opportunity to be sure that all of our readers recognize the dangers of this common plant and know what to look out for when it comes to pets and sago palms.

Say Hello to Sago

Sago palms are a common part of the landscape here in California, but not everyone knows what they look like. Sago palms grow naturally and can be found in wild landscapes. They are also a commonly utilized ornamental plant, and may even be in your own backyard.

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The Risk of Rabies: What Every Pet Owner Should Know

Baby RaccoonAlthough the number of rabies cases in the U.S. among humans has largely been contained, the risk of rabies among animals is still quite real (about 400-500 pets diagnosed annually).

Rabies can be found in every state except Hawaii and can be transmitted to any mammal. Considering it has a nearly always fatal prognosis (>99.9%), learning how to protect your pet is imperative to stopping the spread of this illness. Continue reading

Back to School Blues: Coping with Pet Depression

Close-up Studious Dog With Reading GlassesWith summer coming to a close and another school year upon us, many families are caught up in the excitement of shopping for school supplies and figuring out new schedules. However, a family pet who has been enjoying months of constant playtime may feel a little differently once the kids are off to school.

Many pets eventually adjust to the new routine, but for some, feelings of sadness, loneliness, and anxiety set in, leading to pet depression or separation anxiety. Our tips aim to help you and your pet cope with the “back to school blues”. Continue reading

Why Do Cats Love Boxes? Your Burning Questions Answered!

Cat Looking Through a Hole in Cardboard BoxIt’s the rare cat that doesn’t love boxes. Even non-cat owners know about this phenomenon; if you haven’t seen a meme or Youtube video depicting cats playing in, curling up in, and generally taking charge of boxes of all shapes and sizes, you’ve probably been living in a cave.

Have you ever wondered why cats love boxes so much anyway?

Here at Pet Medical Center, Chatoak we believe in tackling life’s mysteries head on, which is why we’ve decided to delve into this particularly perplexing feline behavior. Although many have tried, so far no one has figured out definitively why the average cat seems compelled to cram him or herself into that three-sizes-too-small Amazon box sitting on your coffee table, while completely ignoring the $350 kitty condo you recently purchased and spent 3 days putting together.   Continue reading

Protect Your Pet From the Dangers of Foxtails

Closeup of Caucasian Hand in FoxtailsWalking your dog is one of life’s greatest pleasures – until he or she unexpectedly runs through a patch of foxtails. Unfortunately, California foxtails don’t just clump together in small, avoidable pockets. Foxtails seem to be everywhere. From rolling hillsides to mountain trails, the dangers of foxtails should not be underestimated.

Your Worst Nightmare

Why are foxtails so bad? For starters, they’re a member of a group of grasses with needle-like seed heads, commonly referred to as wild barley and ripgut brome. Incredibly resilient, foxtails remain standing even when dry and brittle. This also happens to be the time when they pose the most danger to your pet. Continue reading

Do you Exercise With Your Pet? The Best Workout Partner is Four-Legged…

Woman and dog running on beach at sunsetThere’s no question that exercise is good for your pet’s health. However, there is such a thing as too much exertion – especially for a pet who hasn’t been properly conditioned. While jogging together is a great outlet for pent up energy (and strengthens the bond between you), this type of activity can be troublesome over time. Before you exercise with your pet, check out our tips to prevent injuries and reduce stress related to overworking.

Getting Prepared

If it seems like your pet is having a total blast on your daily jogs, by all means, keep it up. This prevents weight gain and obesity and decreases your pet’s chance of developing disease. In general, you’re helping your pet be happier and healthier. Continue reading