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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Pet Gifts During the Holidays and Year Round

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During the holiday season and our pets’ birthdays, we want to shower them with loving pet gifts that they’ll cherish and really enjoy. Since they can’t tell us what they want with words, this can be a daunting task—even more so than purchasing gifts for the rest of the family. Here at Bayside Animal Hospital, we’re sharing great pet gift ideas for those furry friends of yours. Ones that are fun but also contribute to a longer and healthier life for those furry family members you love so much.

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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…

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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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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