At Godspeed Animal Hospital, we believe that there is something special about a private veterinary practice. As with most local businesses, a private veterinary practice is rooted in the community in which it operates. We are your neighbors, friends, and fellow PTA members, and have been for years. We invest our resources into neighborhood little league teams, local non-profits, and our community as a whole.
However, as you may know, we have seen a rise in corporate veterinary practices in the Williamsburg area in the past few years. As a result, we find ourselves fielding more and more questions about what sets our private veterinary practice apart from our corporate counterparts. Because of this, we would like to share with you what we think makes a private veterinary practice special – for both you, and for your pets.
Pet costumes are a huge deal for many owners, but they don’t always come with an instruction guide or safety suggestions. Indeed, while they seem so obvious and self-explanatory, pet costumes elicit a great deal of confusion, stress, and anxiety – for pets and people alike. This is not to say they aren’t fun and festive, but when you have a head start on how to dress your pet in a safe garment (and how to mitigate any discomfort), you’ll be more likely to enjoy Halloween together.
Whether your pet enjoys being groomed or disappears at the first hint of a bath, there’s no denying the immense value in keeping our pets clean. Besides helping them look and feel their best and keeping our homes cleaner, regular grooming sessions provide a front row seat into changes in your pet’s skin, coat, and body that could signal underlying health problems.
So grab that brush or call your local groomer because the importance of regular pet grooming cannot be understated!
It’s easy to become consumed with fear or doubt when it comes to how your pet spends his or her time when you’re at work or school. To be sure, many animals relish the chance to spend as much time as possible with the people they love best. If it’s been a full summer, your pet may feel a bit lonely. With our guide to keeping a lonely pet fulfilled and content, you won’t have to worry when the fall calendar starts to fill up.
It’s 2 a.m. You’re making your way to the kitchen for a glass of water when you pass by the litter box to find your dog munching away on the…contents. Or maybe you’re out enjoying your favorite park when – to your dismay – Fido decides to snarf up another pet’s poo before you can even blink your eyes. As disgusting (and shocking) as this behavior may seem, seeing a dog eating poop is not uncommon.
While this scene may not be a favorite among pet owners, it’s important to understand why your potty-mouth pooch may be feasting on fecal matter.
Coprophagia isn’t exactly a word that rolls off the tongue, but it is the scientific term for ingesting feces. When it comes to dogs who are omnivores and natural scavengers, the tendency to eat a wide variety of things may perplex us, but seem perfectly OK to them. For this reason, we must take great care to keep our canine companions from eating something toxic or something that carries disease, such as a dead rodent or bird.
Most of us have heard that the average adult should drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. It’s also understood that the warmer the weather, the thirstier we become since we lose water through perspiration. But what about our pets?
Dehydration in pets can be a real problem, especially when it’s hot outside. Learn more about the signs of dehydration and ways to encourage water consumption, so you never need to ask yourself, “Is my pet drinking enough water?”
Dehydration in Pets
Dehydration in pets can occur for a number of different reasons. Although pets don’t sweat as effectively or in the same way as humans, moisture loss is the basis of dehydration. Many animals sweat through their paw pads (dogs and cats) as well as by panting, which releases moisture from the lungs in order to cool down the body.
Animals will also seek respite during the heat of the day to avoid losing moisture. For very active animals, replenishing water loss from exercise and play is crucial, yet sometimes, it’s easy to forget to bring water along on those journeys to the park.
The movie Homeward Bound depicts the harrowing journey made by three courageous pets. Chance and Shadow are two canines who appreciate their feline friend, Sassy, although they bicker like most cats and dogs. Sassy says, “Like I said all along, poopsie, cats rule and dogs drool!”
Antagonistic or not, Sassy’s got a point. Certain breeds of dogs are known to drool more than others. However, there are reasons why some cats drool, too – and they aren’t always good.
Many cats drool when blissed out. This usually occurs after kneading, snuggling their owners, or even just dreaming. A sign of great happiness, most cat owners will look upon a puddle of drool with a sigh or a shrug.
The important thing to remember is that, while cat drooling can be a benign behavior, it can also signify disease, medical problems, or pain that shouldn’t be ignored.
Humans have lived in harmony with canine companions for millennia, and the relationship continues to be mutually beneficial. From ancient Chinese scrolls depicting dogs and people working together to Roman frescoes showing a blind man being led by a dog, there’s clear evidence that supports this special dynamic.
Dogs have also been employed in the military looking for wounded soldiers or carrying messages to the front lines. These days, a service dog can help an individual in a variety of meaningful ways, and Godspeed Animal Care is proud to share them with you.
Seeing Eye, Hearing Ear
In 18th century France, canines were commonly engaged as assistants to the blind. Here in the U.S., the first guide dog school opened in 1929 called The Seeing Eye. Over the following years, formal training methods began to evolve in order to develop the concept of service dogs. While seeing eye dogs continued to help blind people with daily tasks and activities, service dogs were being trained to help deaf individuals as well.
The idea of the service dog was pioneered by Bonnie Bergin. Through her work with canine training and development, she helped to elevate the status of the service dog. Her work allowed a certain recognition of the bond between a service dog and their human partner, which created a wider acceptance in our culture.
The roles of service dogs continued to grow in the 1980’s and 1990’s, as they became extremely useful to individuals on the Autism spectrum and veterans suffering from PTSD. With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it not only became unlawful to discriminate against disabled people, but necessary requirements for service dogs were also enforced.
If you knew you could protect your pets and family from itchy irritation, hours of cleaning, and certain dangerous diseases would you do it? If your answer is ‘yes’ (and we’re guessing it is), then you’ve come to the right place. The value of flea and tick prevention for pets goes far beyond just keeping a few bugs away; it can make a world of difference to the health of your pet and your family.
The Need for Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks put our pets at risk for a variety of dangerous illnesses and conditions. A monthly parasite prevention medication is your best protection against these tiny, but mighty, foes:
When a puppy mouth-breathes all over your face, the result is a special combo of adorable and unsettling. That adorable quality, however, quickly fades when your dog reaches a point (usually around the age of three) when bacteria, plaque, and tarter all combine to usher in the beginning of periodontal (gum) disease. The first sign of this condition is – you guessed it – dog breath. The good news? It’s entirely preventable!
Warning! Stinky Breath Alert
Off-putting dog breath is not just proof that dogs will be dogs. Ranging from slightly sweet to rank and sour, dog breath serves as a red flag that something is not right inside the mouth.