Socializing Your Pet: The Basics for Puppies and Kittens

Socializing your pet will help determine their personality and world view.Why are some dogs and cats eager to meet new people and do new things while others hide, run away, or even become aggressive? Some of it’s due to breed, but socialization also plays a role.  

At Bayside Animal Hospital, we believe in the positive effects of actively socializing your pet. In addition to making your pet happier, socialization also prevents many unwanted behaviors. Let’s take a moment to review other reasons why socializing your pet is a wonderful investment of time and energy.

What is Puppy and Kitten Socialization?

Socializing your pet means actively exposing them to other animals, people, and new experiences in a positive manner. Done at the proper time and in the proper manner, socialization can build confidence in your puppy or kitten, strengthen your bond, and reduce the likelihood of certain problem behaviors. Continue…

The Exciting World of Laser Therapy for Pets

No pet parent wants their four-legged friends to suffer, and making sure they are receiving adequate pain relief and are being given the best possible chance at healing following an injury is an important part of pet ownership. At Bayside Animal Hospital, helping patients recover quickly, efficiently, and with as little pain as possible is important to us, too. Laser therapy is part of that equation.

Laser therapy for pets is growing in popularity as a safe and effective way to promote healing and reduce pain, and we are excited to share the news about this wonderful technology with our readers!

How Veterinary Laser Therapy Works

Lasers are essentially beams of light that travel at a specific frequency, which allows it to penetrate tissues. The light energy particles within the laser beam, called photons, are targeted at a wound, suture site, or painful/swollen area of the body. The photons are absorbed into the cells where they stimulate positive changes in the tissue, including: Continue…

The Critical Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

spaying or neuteringThousands of abandoned, lost, or homeless animals enter shelters every year. The fate of these animals is not only heartbreaking – it’s entirely preventable via spaying or neutering. Pet overpopulation is a bona fide threat to the safety and sustainability of our community, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Easy Steps to Bathing Your Pet

Bathing Your PetWhat’s that smell? Could it be that your dog or cat hasn’t had a recent bath? Instead of taking them to the groomer, why not do this act of care yourself? If this fills you with horrible visions of water and soap everywhere, bathtub escapes, and a struggling pet, stay tuned! Your friends at Bayside Animal Hospital give you six easy steps to bathing your pet.

Let the bubbles begin!

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Diet Dilemmas: The Importance of Good Pet Nutrition

Pet NutritionYou know that good nutrition is important to your own health, and it’s no different for our pets. What if we all ate nothing but cupcakes, chips, and ice cream? We shudder to think! Being obese is as unhealthy for pets as it is for people, but sadly, obesity in pets is quite common.

Research also shows a correlation between keeping your pet lean and lifespan. In fact, a study conducted by Purina found that the lives of leaner pets can be longer by up to 15 percent. At Bayside Animal Hospital, we were so impressed with this result that we knew we had to delve deeper into the importance of pet nutrition.

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Lifting the Lip on Pet Dental Care

What’s that smell, you ask, as you cuddle your dog or cat. Chances are, it might be their bad breath, and that’s no small thing! It may seem like bad breath in pets goes with the territory of being a pet owner, but in reality, it’s a sign of oral health problems.

Pet dental care is one of the cornerstones of preventive pet care. Keeping your pet’s mouth clean and healthy can prevent bad breath, keep them pain-free, and protect their teeth, gums, and even internal organs from inflammation and infection.

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5 Ways to Start the New Year off on the Right Paw

Ahh, the holidays. Now that they’re over for another year and we’re all back in the swing of things, many of us begin making adjustments to benefit our health and wellness in the new year. Our pets should be no different! Although we don’t recommend fasting, juicing, or a food detox for your pet, we can recommend 5 ways to start your pet’s New Year off on the right paw.

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The Truth About Holiday Pet Safety

The holidays are coming! Chances are that your pet is just as excited as you are to decorate, bake, and celebrate. Your pet can very well participate in your family’s holiday shenanigans, and may even be the star of the show. However, without a notice of holiday pet safety, there are multiple things that could land them in trouble.

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Toxic Foods For Pets: What to Watch for This Holiday Season

If your home is like so many others this holiday season, it’s likely that there will be a lot more delicious food in the house than usual. Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, pie, and pastries – not to mention filled candy dishes and other little treats – will be some of the decadent morsels that grace your table this time of year.

You can be sure that pets have taken notice of the enticing aromas wafting through the air, and chances are that your pets are hoping to be given (or to snatch) a tidbit or three of this deliciousness. Unfortunately, many of the most common holiday foods can wreak havoc on pets’ bodies, causing gastrointestinal issues or worse. By familiarizing yourself with our list of toxic foods for pets and taking the proper precautions, you can set your furry friend up for a safe and healthy holiday season by your side.

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Halloween Pet Safety: Tips to Keep the Ghouls and Goblins Away

halloween pet safetyIn a perfect world, holidays would be wholeheartedly enjoyed by everyone without having to worry about any potential accidents or trouble. While pets can definitely participate in various holiday shenanigans, that doesn’t mean certain Halloween pet safety rules can be ignored. We all want the best for our pets, so as long as we maintain a cautious approach to this rather scary holiday (for pets and some people alike), our pets will remain safe from harm.

The Goodies

Possibly the largest offender to Halloween pet safety is–you guessed it–chocolate! Not only is chocolate highly toxic to pets, but it’s usually wrapped in plastic, foil, or cellophane, which is also harmful if swallowed. Remember, the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. This has to do with chemicals in chocolate called methylxanthines, which work like caffeine and can cause poisoning in pets.

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