Jackson Moves to Singapore

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!

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Critical Care at Southern Hills

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.

 

Epsom Salt Bath for Dogs’ Wounds

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Dogs can be like kids at times, and as such they are bound to suffer from wounds and the occasional unexplained swelling. Try treating these ailments with Epsom salt soaks and heat packs next time. A bath consisting of Epsom salt and warm water can help reduce the swelling and the healing time, especially when combined with prescribed antibiotics and veterinary supervision. Be sure that your pet does not ingest Epsom salt, however, as it can be very harmful. Also, do not bathe your pet in Epsom salt if there are open wounds.

If soaking your dog in an Epsom salt bath twice a day for five minutes isn’t convenient or practical, a homemade heat pack using a clean towel drenched in the same warm-water solution can be applied to wounds for the same effect.

Electrolyte-Replacing Liquids for Diarrhea and Vomiting

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Flavorless electrolyte-replacing liquids, such as sports waters or pediatric drinks, not only help athletes to replenish fluids, and babies to rehydrate after an illness, they can also supply your sick pooch’s body with much needed fluids after a bout of diarrhea or vomiting. Consult your veterinarian as to the appropriate dosage amounts when giving these types of liquids to your dog.

How to Travel with a Cat

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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

10 Tips for a Happy and Healthy Kitten

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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