Your Guide to Basic Pet Grooming

Basic pet grooming should be in every animal lover’s repertoire.

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…

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

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.

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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