Jul 7
Valley Fever in Dogs
7 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. Uncategorized. Posted By: swvetsurgery
If you live in Arizona or the Southwest in general, you are probably familiar with the disease called Valley Fever. But are you familiar with how common and severe the disease can be in dogs? We often see some patients with symptoms of lameness due to the disease spreading outside the lungs and affecting the joints and bones. It's important to understand this disease and do what you can to protect your dogs health. What is it? Valley Fever (also called coccidioidomycosis) is a fungus that lives in the soil. These organisms grow in the soil and produce long strands…
May 12
Preparing Your Pet for Your Return Back to Work
12 May, 2020. 0 Comments. Pet advice, Uncategorized. Posted By: swvetsurgery
While it has been wonderful for some us to be working and staying at home with our pets all day these past few months, some of you may be getting ready to go back to work in the near future. While this change of routine may be easy for us to accommodate to, it may not be so easy on your pets when they find you are no longer at home 24/7. Here are a few simple tips to help ease them into the change. 1. Giving them quiet time Take them to a separate room to let them rest…
Mar 12
Pets and COVID-19
12 Mar, 2020. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
With all the concerns about Covid-19 (novel Coronavirus) we are seeing, pet owners may have many questions about the safety of themselves and their pets. Dogs and cats do get coronaviruses, however these strains are different from the current novel Coronavirus and do not cause respiratory signs. Recently a dog in Hong Kong was noted to have a low level infection of Covid-19. But this is no reason to panic. Currently there is no evidence that pets can become sick from the disease or can be a source of infection. The current recommendations are to wash your hands after handling…
Feb 21
Normal Bowel Patterns After Surgery
21 Feb, 2019. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
If you have a pet that has recently had surgery, you have probably pondered the same question that a lot of pet owners have contemplated: “When will my pet poop again?” Or, “Why hasn’t my pet pooped after having surgery?” Understanding the normal changes that take place for a recent patient can help guide a pet owner to know which symptoms are normal, and which could be cause for concern. Here, we will take a look at the bowel patterns of a pet who has received surgery as well as some natural and effective ways to stimulate a bowel movement…
Feb 7
Dog Tear Stains
7 Feb, 2019. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
If you have the pleasure of owning a lighter colored or white canine, chances are- you have had a run in with dog tear stains. You have probably even wondered why they happen and whether or not there is any way to stop them from happening. Here, we are going to take a look at what dog tear stains are, why they happen, and some natural ways to take care of them. What are tear stains? The medical term for tear stains is “epiphora”- which actually stands for “watery eyes.” No matter how happy a pup is, tear stains can…
Jan 24
Why does my cat knead?
24 Jan, 2019. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
If you are a cat parent, you probably enjoy and appreciate the many behaviors and traits of the feline way. Cats are not only entertaining, but some of their behaviors are so intriguing that you can be left wondering- why do they do that? Amongst those many traits is the act of kneading. When a cat kneads, you will notice that they use their paws to in a rhythmic pushing movement. Some cats may extend their nails as they push then retract them as they pull back. Other cats may not use their claws at all. Although their techniques may…
Nov 18
Helpful Tips for Boarding Your Pet
18 Nov, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
The holidays are upon us! This time of year is always an enjoyable one. Especially if you have plans to travel. Along with travel plans come the decisions of what to do with your pets. You may or may not have the opportunity to have your pets travel with you. But sometimes, it can be better to save your pets the hassle of traveling in the car or on a plane. You may consider having a pet sitter. Or you may choose to have your pet boarded. Boarding your pet may be a good option if you are seeking peace…
Nov 11
Should you let your cat go outside?
11 Nov, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
If you are a cat owner, chances are- you have thought about this question. It can be a difficult choice to make. On one hand, allowing your feline pal to go outside is a sure way to inspire their natural instincts and encourage exercise. It also helps with their emotional and mental health. However, indoor cats DO tend to have a longer lifespan. Remaining indoors greatly reduces the risk of wounds, contracting infections or becoming a victim of neighborhood traffic or predators. In the end, the decision is yours to make. Here, we will discuss the pros and cons of…
Nov 4
Ways to Help Your Pet Live Longer
4 Nov, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
As animal lovers, we all want our furry pals to live as long as possible. But until they come up with a permanent solution to death, we are forced to accept the inevitable- our pets will have to leave us some day. Watching a furbaby age isn’t always an easy task either, but with a few adjustments or realizations, we can help our pets live their longest and best life possible. Stop overfeeding. Overfeeding a pet can lead to a laundry list of health problems. Even though it can be somewhat inconvenient, it is important to have your pets on…
Oct 21
Top Green Veggies For Dogs
21 Oct, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
Just like humans, dogs thrive when eating a balanced and healthy diet. It’s no secret that leafy dark green vegetables contain a mix of important minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. They are also full of vitamins and antioxidants. Not only are they packed full with these essentials, they also possess cleansing and pH balancing properties and are an excellent source of fiber. Here, we are going to take a brief look at some great veggie options for your canine. Cucumber Dogs LOVE cucumbers. Maybe it’s the satisfying crunchy sound they make or maybe it’s the delicious refreshing flavor…