Veterinarian Tips: Hidden Hazards of Halloween

Boxer dog wearing wig and sunglassesFortunately, most pet owners know about the dangers of chocolate, but a comprehensive approach to Halloween pet safety goes beyond the candy bowl. Sure, there are plenty of obvious hazards out there, but there are also more subtle risks to remember.

What’s in the Treat Bag?

Goodies from a Halloween party or trick-or-treating should be given a thorough inspection. You’ll likely see a vast amount of chocolate (a huge no-no for your pet due to the theobromine and caffeine content), and you might have treats that contain Xylitol. An artificial sweetener, Xylitol is highly toxic to animals. It’s critical to seek emergency care to prevent low blood sugar or even liver failure. Similarly, treats with raisins should be stored or tossed.

Dangerous Packaging

Speaking of treats, your pet may find wrapping or packaging tempting to play with or sniff. Accidentally ingesting foil or plastic can lead to choking, internal injuries, and gastrointestinal obstruction. Continue…

An Owner’s Guide to Orthopedic Surgery for Pets

iStock_000066388587_Large (2)People undergo orthopedic procedures all the time. In fact, you may know someone who has had an orthopedic surgery or even have had one yourself. With advances in veterinary medicine, more and more pets are also reaping the benefits of these types of procedures. At All Pets Vet Hospital, we are passionate about providing orthopedic surgery for pets who need it.

Understanding Orthopedic Surgery for Pets

Orthopedic surgery concentrates on correcting ailments and disorders of the bones and joints of the body. These types of surgeries can be quite complex and many require advanced training, extensive experience, and specialized equipment; we are happy to be able to offer all of these qualifications at All Pets.

Problems involving the bones and joints can be extremely painful and interfere with our animals’ quality of life. Pets who can benefit from orthopedic surgery include those with: Continue…

Encouraging the Health and Wellbeing of Senior Pets

As your pet ages, you may begin to notice a decline in mobility or energy levels. Common to senior pets is a range of health conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, hip dysplasia, skin tumors and more. While we cannot stop the passing of time and the aging process, there are developments in the field of veterinary medicine in orthopedic services, cancer treatment, surgery, diagnostics and physical rehabilitation that improve quality of life for senior pets, and therefore your pet’s overall wellbeing.

One of the ways we can aid our senior companions in continuing to live a full life relies on pain management and disease prevention strategies. It is also important to focus on enhancing daily care, which is aimed at educating pet owners on ways to better care for their elderly best friends. Continue…

Pet Laser Therapy: An Exciting Approach to Pain Management and Healing

iStock_000016496555_Large (1)Advancements in the field of veterinary medicine now make it possible to offer many more options to pets living with chronic pain, injury, or illnesses. One of the most exciting developments over the past few decades is the use of photon emitting lasers to stimulate recovery, called companion laser therapy.

Where we once might have depended entirely on multiple surgeries and medication management, pet laser therapy has opened the door to a noninvasive new approach to treatment.

How Does Pet Laser Therapy Work?

Since lasers have been around for decades in modern medicine, you may be very familiar with some of their applications. However, therapeutic laser therapy is not the same as the surgical laser treatment used, for example, to correct vision. Companion laser therapy simply relies upon the wonders of light or photon energy to stimulate the cells, rather than invasively cutting with surgical lasers. Continue…

Choosing a Pet Food: Making Smart Nutritional Choices

7H_iStock_000013833505_MediumPet owners are constantly bombarded with advertisements, recommendations from neighbors, and Facebook posts about what is and isn’t “good” pet food. Couple that with the overwhelming choices in the pet food aisle at your local store, and it is easy to see why most pet owners are a little unsure about which pet food to choose.

Choosing a pet food can be a little intimidating, but with a few simple guidelines, it is easy to make smart nutritional choices for your pet.


The Dreaded Diagnosis: Cancer in Pets

APNJ_iStock_000090279353_LargeCancer is a word that no pet owner wants to hear. Still, with veterinary medicine advancing exponentially and pets living longer than ever, cancer has become a more frequent diagnosis.

It is important that today’s pet owner understands cancer in pets so that they can know their enemy. We hope that it never happens, but if you ever have a pet who is diagnosed with cancer we want you to know that we are here to help.

The Basics of Cancer in Pets

In actuality, “cancer” is a vague term. In layman’s terms, cancer means that certain cells in the body are dividing without any control.  Cancer comes in many different forms and can affect nearly any part of the body. Continue…