Jackson, a handsome hound dog, had quite an exciting spring. His owner moved to Singapore, and we were lucky enough to be able to watch him while his dad was away and took care of his veterinarian needs to ensure he met the strict standards of living overseas. This is a quick clip of one of his MANY trips outside to walk!
|At Southern Hills Animal Hospital, we take great pride in creating memories for both pets and for people. We have been fortunate and have been able to care for pets moving overseas to reunite with owners, seeing newborn puppies and their mothers, working with rescues and so much more.
Critical Care at Southern Hills — UPDATE: Purrkins is feeling a little better this afternoon!
Purrkins (he has since been renamed) has perked up a bit for us this afternoon! While his condition is still critical, we are thrilled to see such big improvements in his appetite and ability to stand on his own.
Not all behaviors are due to mental or brain disease. Often animals will act out or demonstrate pain in a way that gets our attention. A classic example is urinary tract infections. Often pets will urinate in abnormal places but otherwise act normal. Owners can easily misconstrue this for spiteful behavior. Fear and pain can be demonstrated by aggression or hiding.
We will work with you to determine the cause of the unwanted behavior that your pet is exhibiting then develop a strategy for success. We incorporate training techniques as the foundation of our success. Although there isn’t a magic pill, sometimes we will use medications for a short period of time to make our training techniques more successful.
It will take dedication to a simple program to make significant strides with behavior issues, and if persistent, your hard work and our assistance will lead to a more rewarding relationship for you and your pet.
The very first rule of traveling with your cat is to have an ID tag or other means of identification securely affixed to the kitty. Thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters simply because the owners never dreamed the pet would get loose or become lost while on a trip. There are few disasters in a person’s life that are worse than having to drive off without a pet because all means of locating and recovery have failed. This kind of tragedy will haunt you for the rest of your life; don’t let it happen. Get an ID tag, or at the very least microchip your cat!
Before you leave make sure you consider the option of leaving your cat in a hometown boarding facility Many are just for cats and do not board dogs. Others have the cats well away from any sight, sound or smell of a canine. In fact, go and visit your local boarding facility and see what goes on there. Continue reading
Getting a new kitten is one of the best things in the world. They’re cute, soft as down, and as cuddly as, well, kittens. Nearly irresistible, kittens melt even the toughest of hearts.
It’s good to get things started off on the right paw, and the food and care you choose can make all the difference in the health and happiness of your growing kitten. Here are 10 starter tips for you and your “mew” companion. Continue reading
1. In or Out?
Does your pet spend most of the time in the backyard? You might want to keep her indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas. No one wants an icicle for a pet — they’re simply not that cuddly.
2. Bare Naked Truth
If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this: Would a fur coat alone (even if it is faux mink) keep you warm against the elements? No? Well, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection for your pet during winter, either. Be a pal and provide your dog with a warm, dry, and draft free shelter outside; the shelter should also comply with any state laws that apply.
3. No More Frozen Dinners!
Because it takes more energy to stay warm when it’s cold, outdoor animals eat more during the winter. Likewise, fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet’s health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned into little skating rinks for fleas (boo, fleas!). While ice pops might be a fun treat, your pet really doesn’t want to have to lick a frozen lump of ice to get his water. Continue reading
Many of us don’t think twice about the saliva that comes out of our dog’s mouth when we lean in for a slobbery kiss. Affection between humans and their pets is not uncommon. However, what is common is the lack of education surrounding animal saliva, its bacteria, and how it impacts both humans and pets. Here are five fast facts about dog saliva that can change the way you think about your pet and its mouth.
Dog saliva helps prevent canine cavities. The saliva found in the mouths of dogs is better suited to prevent cavities, in comparison to human saliva. Continue reading