Bayside Animal Hospital: Our Blog
When we adopt our pets, they’re typically young, full of energy, and in need of a lot of love, care, and training. Then one day, it seems, we wake up and realize our pets really do age much faster than us, and our beloved pet has become a “senior.” We always want to keep our furry friends with us as long as possible—which is why their overall health and wellness is so important.
Pet health and wellness are our top priorities here at Bayside Animal Hospital, and pet safety is a necessary component of your pet’s health and wellness. Since it’s National Pet Safety and Prevention Month, we wanted to share some tips for keeping your pet safe, happy, and healthy all year long. Preventing problems and issues with your pet is the best way to ensure a long and healthy life for your furry family member!
When a pet is diagnosed with diabetes, it can be overwhelming. It is emotional enough to learn that your sweet baby has a serious disease, but then discovering that you are going to be responsible for administering insulin injections can be downright terrifying.
Thankfully, giving insulin to pets is something almost all of our pet owners are able to learn. Bayside Animal Hospital is here to help you navigate this important task.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that makes it possible for the body to utilize the glucose found in food. If the pancreas is not producing enough insulin, or if the body’s cells need more insulin than normal (insulin resistance), a pet becomes diabetic. Continue…
Everyone needs to get dolled up a little now and again. Sure Fluffy or Fido looks best with a freshly shampooed coat and neat nails, but keeping your pet well-groomed is a matter of health, too. Basic pet grooming should be in every animal lover’s repertoire, and Bayside Animal Hospital is here to help get you up to speed.
Basic Pet Grooming
You don’t need to put a lot of time or effort into basic pet grooming. Keep up with the little things on a daily basis, and a good grooming session doesn’t need to be a big production. Pay attention to: Continue…
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…
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…
You can help provide a free spay or neuter to League City Animal Shelter
We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with League City Animal Shelter to provide free spays and neuters to their animals in foster care.
Thousands 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. Together we can make a difference. Anytime Bayside Animal Hospital spays or neuters a pet, $25.00 will be donated to the League City Animal Shelter Spay/Neuter Fund. This fund provides free spays or neuters to the animals that are in the shelter’s foster program.
Too Many Kittens and Puppies
Why should I sterilize?
Too often unwanted puppies and kittens end up on the streets and grow up as strays. Strays mate with other strays, but they also tend to mate with pets that may be allowed to roam or “escape” from their home. Even experienced breeders get “oops” pregnancies. Male dogs will go to extreme lengths-climbing or digging around fences, bolting through doors, even jumping through screened windows to find the female in heat that they smell. Those raging hormones often result in unwanted pregnancies. It’s not uncommon for those “extra” babies to end up in shelters or on the streets. Spaying and neutering breaks the cycle of unwanted pets. When animals are sterilized, they no longer have the ability to reproduce, reducing numbers of unwanted litters and lowering the number of animals living in shelters. Responsible pet ownership includes spaying or neutering your pet at an early age.
What It Means to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Spaying is a surgical procedures that removes both the ovaries and the uterus. We recommend spaying and neutering between 12 and 16 weeks of age, before their female pets first heat cycle. This may not be right for you and we will work with you to determine when the right time might be.
Aside from eliminating the possibility of future pregnancies, spaying also:
- Reduces the risks associated with mammary gland cancer and pyometra (uterine infections)
- Eliminates the need for sanitary pads or the mess all over your house (think stains on your carpet, chairs, bed and car every 6-8 months lasting 14-21 days) for your girl’s entire life. No Menopause for our pets!
- Eliminates the rather unattractive (read totally stinky) smell associated with a female in heat. Again their entire life!
- Increases lifespan: altered females often live longer than unaltered.
Neutering is a surgical procedure that removes the testicles from the scrotum. A small incision is made in the scrotum and the testicles are tied off, cut and removed. Neutering is also recommended between 12 to 16 weeks of age.
The health benefits and positive effects on your boy’s behavior are many:
- Greatly reduces the risk of testicular cancer
- Reduces risk of an enlarged prostate which is common in older unaltered males
- Reduces likelihood of urinating or marking territory inside the home and less stops on your daily walk
- Reduces the mounting, humping, roaming, fighting, aggression and other dominance-related behaviors when the testosterone-producing testicles are removed
- Allows your boy to be calmer
- Increases lifespan: neutered males often live longer than those who remain intact
Taking Good Care
Our caring, compassionate staff take pride in offering excellent care to our patients from the moment they arrive. We perform pre-surgical exam and bloodwork to ensure the best support for your pet throughout the surgical procedure. We constantly monitor your pet’s vitals and go the extra mile for their complete safety and comfort.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions. Bayside partners with League City Animal Shelter to provide free spays and neuters for their sheltered animals. We set aside a total of $25.00 from every spay/neuter we do in our hospital toward that program. As a leader in League City area veterinary care, we look forward to serving and supporting your pet’s health.
What’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!
You 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.
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.
We Our Clients
The Dr's and staff are amazing. Everyone goes out of their way to make your pet and self comfortable. Amazing service. I have been using Dr. Sheppard for over 10 years I won't go anywhere else. — Kathy Porterfield
Don't change anything. Fender loves you and that is all we need to know. — Donna & Bobby Lippner
I drive all the way from Atascocita for the care y'all provide. Customer for life! — Heather Reynolds
Very pleased with the convenience of your taking care of my babies shots, etc. while at groomers next door. Makes mine & my babies life less stressful. — Chester Moore