Preparing Your New Pet for their First Vet Visit

New pets need lots of love and care, and that includes taking them for their first visit to the veterinarian. While new fur babies–especially puppies and kittens–are typically healthy, young, and seem to be “just fine,” the truth is that it’s the preventative measures and working with your local vet that ensures that your pets will live long, healthy lives at your side. Here at Bayside Animal Hospital, we truly believe that bringing your pets in for annual veterinary visits is the way to go. In order to prepare your beloved pet for their first vet visit, here are our best tips for getting your new pet ready to see us for the first time:

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Sago Palm Trees and Pets: The Toxic Plant to Look out for

Sago Palm trees are widely found across the United States, especially in warmer climates in the south. They can also be found as ornamental or decorative houseplants in homes across the country. What most pet parents don’t realize about these plants, however, is just how toxic they can be to pets.

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Adventures With Your Pet: 5 Tips for Walking Your Pet

Since January is Walk Your Pet Month, we wanted to provide you with a handful of helpful tips for keeping your pet happy and safe when adventuring out of the house. Walking your pet is a great activity that is both healthy for your pet and creates a deeper bond between the two of you, no matter what time of year.

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How To Care For Your Senior Pet—7 Tips for Senior Pet Month

senior pet care

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.

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7 Tips for Optimal Pet Safety All Year Long

 

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!

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Just a Pinch: Giving Insulin to Pets

Giving insulin to pets is common if your pet has diabetesWhen 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 Basics

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…

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

pet laser therapy 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.

pet spay and neuter 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.