It’s cold outside, dark early, and you and your dogs are going stir crazy! So what are some fun games you can play with your dogs (and cats!) to keep them entertained? Here’s a list of our favorite games:Read More
So you want to go camping and bring your pets along? While bringing a cat camping is possible (especially for those that have RV campers!), most of us are going to be bringing our dogs along. What are some things to think about before you head off with your pet’s in tow?Read More
Every once in a while we have a cat that actually likes being at the vet, but they are few and far in between. I find that most cats tolerate the vet-if we don't push them too far. And then there are those cats that really hate the vet. They often turn into a flurry of fur, nails, and teeth. At Southern Animal Hospital, we are trying to change that. We know we can't make all cats love the vet, but we want them to at least tolerate the vet.
Does you dog drag you back to the car when he realizes he is at the vet? Does your dog shake, whine, drool, pant at the animal hospital? Do you dread taking your dog to the vet because it is so stressful?
Here are some ways to make your dog’s vet visit a happier, less stressful thing…Read More
It's a hard discussion as vets we often have to have-telling clients that their pet is too heavy and needs a diet! We all are susceptible to those looks our dog or cats give us when we are eating our dinner. And we think, what's the harm in one fry, or one piece of chicken? But those calories add up for our pets and before we know our pet is too"fluffy!"Read More
At our animal hospital, we get asked a lot about products we recommend for many situations. So here are some of our favorite products-I'm sure we will leave some out-so keep an eye out for round 2!Read More
The holidays are approaching quickly-hard to believe Thanksgiving is in less then a week, and Christmas right after that! So what are some things you can do to make sure the holidays are safe and fun for your pets?!Read More
It's ten in the evening and your dog is not acting right or your cat has vomited 4 times over the past hour. What should you do? Do you really to take your pet to the emergency vet? You need to go to sleep so you can get to work in the morning and not be exhausted. But you are nervous going to bed with your friend so sick. So what do you do?Read More
So National Veterinary Technician Week is here! Ask any veterinarian out there and they will tell you having a good veterinary technician is essential to being a good veterinarian. Veterinary Technicians have received additional training to obtain the skills needed to be our right hand person. So what are some of the things that vet techs help us out with?Read More
Dental care is over important for our furry friends. According to the AVMA, "It's estimated that by the age of two, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease." So what can we do to help our pets?Read More
We all hear the magic number of 8 weeks to 16 weeks to expose our puppies to things they need to see and learn, but what happens after 4 months? We all pat ourselves on the back, and then sit back to enjoy our well trained puppy?!Read More
So I love to read-I was one of those geeky kids who read on the school bus, stayed up late reading, and well just love to read! I have transitioned to a kindle, kind of. I still have a tendency to want a physical book for things I want to reference later.
Here are some of my favorite dog training books-the ones I find myself reading again and again…Read More
So Tilly, our newest four legged, is almost 15 weeks old and prior to Tilly coming home, it has been four years since we had a puppy. The things you forgot during that time! In the many dogs my family has had, we have had the spectrum of how long it took to house train. Caos, our standard poodle had on accident, was loose in the house at six months, and by far the easiest dog to house train. When Salza was a puppy, I had her brother for the first few months-whew that made house training harder!Read More
It’s so important to socialize your puppies and kittens. And the best part is it is fun! Puppies and kittens are like sponges early on, so it is important to expose them to things that they will need to know later in life. What are some things your new four legged friend needs to get used to?Read More
It’s almost July 4th-food, friends, fishing, and fireworks! Things we all love, right? But maybe not so much for our four legged friends. Unfortunately fireworks are not normally high on our dogs’ list of favorite events. And there are lots and lots of fireworks this time of year. More dogs go missing on this holiday any other day. So what can you do to protect your dog?Read More
It’s summer in North Carolina-and we all know that means lots of hot, humid days. We see all over social media warnings about the hot weather and leaving pets in the cars. But what are some other things you need to be worried about with warmer temperatures?Read More
Last week’s blog was about canine fitness, but what about your cat? It is important for cats to stay at a healthy weight and active too! So what are some ways to keep your cat active? And what are some things to think about?Read More