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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

Always Prepared: Disaster And Earthquake Preparedness For Pets

Cute little tabby kitten sitting in a travel crateEmergencies come in all shapes and sizes, and in our corner of the world they often take the form of earthquakes. By now, you and your family have probably experienced an earthquake or two (or three!), and you likely have a plan in place in the event you are evacuated or are unable to return to your home.

It’s one thing to plan for the safety of your human family members, but having a pet takes your emergency planning to a new level. Disaster and earthquake preparedness for pets may add complexity to your emergency plan, but knowing that you are doing all you can to protect your four-legged family members will make the extra effort worthwhile. Continue reading

Snail Bait Poisoning and Other Spring Pet Safety Reminders

 

Chatoak_iStock_000035049898_LargeThere is so much to celebrate as winter yields to spring that it’s hard not to do a little happy dance. Inspiration to deep clean your home, start your garden, or head to the trails is not only common, it’s downright abundant during the weeks before Memorial Day.

However, before you get too carried away with this outstanding rush of spring fever it’s a great idea to refresh your spring pet safety tactics. That’s where your friends at Pet Medical Center Chatoak come in… Continue reading

A Profound Change: Achieving Optimal Health Through Pet Dental Care

iStock_000081523419_LargeIt’s well documented that establishing a new habit or routine takes about a month for the brain to learn,  process, and streamline new information. If you commit to only one new habit this year, let it be your understanding of – and devotion to – pet dental care.

Since each new year begins with great intentions, it’s fitting for February to be National Pet Dental Health month. You might be surprised at how profound the changes in pet dental care can be, and Pet Medical Center – Chatoak is happy to show you the ropes. Continue reading

Quick Tips for Dog Walking Etiquette

iStock_000007652815_LargeIf your plans this January include hitting the trails, city streets, or local parks with your canine companion, that’s great! However, keep in mind these important considerations for proper dog walking to keep things friendly no matter where you go.

Let’s Begin…Training and Socialization

Since many veterinary emergencies involve dog fights, bites, or injuries sustained during an accident, we want to stress the importance of obedience training and socialization. Both are a prerequisite for any dog before venturing out into the world. Continue reading

Top 5 Countdown of 2015

 

kittens jump out of a plastic box for transport on a white backgIt’s been a fantastic year with a wonderful cast, but as any story goes, a chapter must change. The year is up and that story sets a new stage for the next revolution around the sun upon this rock hurtling through space.

We have had amazing success with reaching many of our friends and their furry supporting actors in our blog articles. A new year directs us to review the top 5 articles for 2015. Continue reading

Pet Travel During the Holidays

Summeridge_iStock_000034854986_MediumAlthough the family cat or dog is often included in our December plans, traveling with a pet – especially during the holidays – can be challenging. After all, there’s no distracting Spot with a Gameboy or entertaining Fluffy with a Disney movie.  

For some animals, traveling can create enough stress to result in digestive problems or even the risk of escape. That’s why understanding your pet’s ability to travel and undertaking the necessary prep work is critical to having a happy, pet-safe holiday. Continue reading

Enjoy the Spookiest Night of the Year with Your Dog

Halloween party dogHalloween is one of the most popular holidays, and what’s not to love? Candy corn, jack-o’-lanterns, costume parties, and shouts of “trick-or-treat” throughout the neighborhood make for a fun time of year.

As a pet owner, you may also enjoy including your dog in the festivities. After all, most canines are sociable and love to be the center of attention.

 

From costume parades to at-home parties, keep pet safety in your bag of tricks with some of the following tips.

Keep Halloween Safe for Your Dog

Giant bags of assorted chocolate? Check. Candles for the pumpkins? Check. Glow sticks?…Hold up! While it’s fun to think about all the accoutrements you’ll need for the big night, have you asked yourself how safe these items are for your dog? Continue reading

Keeping It Real: Your Pet And Disaster Preparedness

happy hunting dog in actionYou may have noticed that we are extremely concerned with your pet’s safety. So, when we consider the in’s and out’s of disaster preparedness, we are equally engrossed. While this is, in part, related to our geographical location, it’s also a reaction to the times we live in. As any consummate scout would attest, it’s better to be prepared and not need something, than need something and not have it. Let’s abide by this personal rule and move forward into our uncertain futures with some guidelines of disaster preparedness and apply simple pet safety precautions. Continue reading