When to Worry About Lumps and Bumps on Your Pet

A new lump or bump on your pet can make even the most experienced animal lover feel on-edge. So many things can cause a bump to appear and it can be hard to know when to worry and when to just keep an eye on things.

BEEVET Animal Hospital knows that pet owners rely on us to help them to know when lumps and bumps are something to be concerned about. We hope that you will call us when you are not sure, because sometimes it can be hard to tell. 

Lumps and Bumps Explained

Perhaps the hardest part about lumps and bumps on pets is that many different causes can result in similar-looking lesions. 

As a general rule lumps, bumps, growths, and swellings are caused by:

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Why is My Pet Acting Like That? The Reasons Behind Aggression in Pets

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When a pet acts in an aggressive manner, it can be disheartening. We may ignore or forget the behavior (it was a one-off occurrence, right?) or make excuses like they came from a bad home before us, someone did something wrong, etc. 

The bottom line is, when aggression in pets rears its ugly head, it’s important for us to ask why. Understanding what brings out aggression in pets is the best way to prevent bad situations in the future and avoid putting our beloved animals in an unfavorable situation. 

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A Heartbreaking Decision: Surrendering a Pet and Alternative Options

There are times in life when hard decisions must be made, and we cannot think of a more painful decision than whether or not to surrender a pet. This may seem like you’re the bad guy, but thousands of pet owners each year have to choose between providing a home for their pets or giving them up. 

Your team at BEEVET Animal Hospital understands how difficult it must be to be faced with surrendering a pet. Here are some recommendations and insights that can help you make an informed, compassionate decision.

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DIY Pet Remedies: Are They Safe?

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There is little doubt that it is the golden age of the internet, and for many of us, that means turning to a search engine or favorite website for answers is second nature. Using the internet to diagnose and even treat ailments in our pets is just as common, but the results aren’t always in our pet’s favor.

DIY pet remedies have their place, but only with guidance from your pet’s primary healthcare provider. And in some cases, certain treatments should never be home remedies! 

Let the team at BEEVET walk you through the pros and cons of DIY pet remedies, and how to make sure your pet gets the best possible care.

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What’s In Your Teacup? Toy Dogs and Their Needs

A toy dog breed is sitting in a white teacup against a white and gray background

Teacup and toy dogs have exploded in popularity in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. Not only are they absolutely adorable, it’s easy to think smaller dogs are ideal for apartments and other small homes. 

But while toy dogs have some unique needs, their care and keeping is similar to that of all dogs!

Caring for Toy Dogs

Exercise – Toy dogs may be small, but their exercise needs are not. These tiny friends need consistent daily exercise and play to keep them healthy, happy, and at an ideal weight. Talk with your veterinarian about how much exercise your toy dog should be getting each day. Avoid the temptation to carry your dog around in a purse or dog stroller – all dogs need the chance to move their bodies and experience the sights and smells of the world around them.

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What You Need to Know About Online Pet Health Advice

These days, turning to the internet for answers seems as normal as breathing. However, things can get a little tricky when it comes to finding reliable online pet health advice. There are so many sources of information, conflicting opinions, and tons of websites promoting “miracle cures” in the form of retail products or recipes for home remedies.

Seeking online pet health advice can range from helpful to dangerous or even deadly. Because isolated symptoms can be indicators of many different health problems and much of what we read isn’t written by veterinary professionals, it’s important to know where to find credible information.

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Home Alone: How Long Is Too Long?

Do you feel guilty when you head out the door in the morning, knowing your dog will be alone while you’re at work? Or maybe you dread coming home at the end of your workday, wondering what dog-related disaster awaits.  

Leaving your dog home alone does not make you a bad pet owner. Like most things, a little awareness and preparation can make these days easier on everyone. BEEVET Animal Hospital has some great ideas and tips to get you started!

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This Spring, Fight Pet Obesity and Get Active!

If you’ve noticed more people jogging, riding bikes, or simply walking around town, there’s a good reason: it’s spring! This is the best time to get moving and shave off some of those unnecessary pounds brought on by all the winter goodies. Before it gets too hot, we encourage all pet owners take advantage of the beautiful weather and longer days.

Picking up the pace this spring is not only great for your pet’s mental and physical health, but helps prevent obesity.

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What Is Xylitol and Can it Cause a Pet Poisoning?

The fact that pets love treats works to our advantage most of the time. It sure comes in handy when we want them to do something, or if they’ve earned a reward. Unfortunately, the same powerful drive for food can also land a pet in some pretty hot water.

Take Xylitol, for example. Found in a variety of sugar-free candy, medications, oral hygiene products, and food, this artificial sweetener can cause a severe pet poisoning.

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Digging Deep Into A Pet Dental Cleaning

Pet dental cleanings are vital to pet dental health and pet wellness.

We all know how important good dental care is for ourselves and our kids. We brush our teeth twice a day, floss, and see our dentist for professional cleanings twice a year. But did you know that the same kind of care for our pets is just as important?

It’s true! Besides controlling bad doggy (or kitty!) breath, regular dental care for pets can prevent a whole host of problems, including tooth loss, bacterial infection in the mouth, and even systemic diseases of the heart, liver, and kidneys.

And with most pets experiencing dental disease by the time they are 3 years of age, it’s no surprise that BEEVET Animal Hospital recommends daily tooth brushing, regular pet dental exams, and regular professional dental cleanings to help keep our pets at their best.

Some owners are nervous when we recommend pet dental cleaning, so we thought this a good opportunity to delve into what happens during this very important procedure.

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