Pet Diabetes: How To Help Your Pet

If your pet has been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re not alone. Pet diabetes is one of the most common pet health conditions today, with 1 in 300 dogs and 1 in 231 cats being affected. And although older pets are more commonly affected, diabetes can also occur in younger pets and pregnant pets.

As with all health conditions, early detection and appropriate ongoing management are key to better outcomes for your pet. Although pet diabetes can seem overwhelming, with careful monitoring, daily treatment, proper nutrition, and regular exercise, diabetic pets can still lead long, healthy, and happy lives. 

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This Is How You Know Your Cat is Sick

Anyone who has spent time around cats knows they can be a little…difficult on occasion. They have some quirky habits and tend to be a bit cryptic in their communication style. 

Like most animals, cats are also not great at letting us know when something is wrong. Their instincts tell them to hide signs of weakness, and we as pet owners aren’t always on top of the more subtle signs of problems. Your BEEVET Animal Hospital has gathered our time tested tips for recognizing when your cat is sick, so you can keep them healthy and happy for the long haul!

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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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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

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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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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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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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Sharing is Caring: BEEVET’s Top Pet Care Blogs of 2018

At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we treat every pet like family. While we strive to offer exceptional veterinary care, the relationships we’ve built with our clients and their families are equally important to us. Building on the values of trust, respect, and communication, our team is honored to care for the animals of such dedicated pet owners.

One of the ways we provide support even after you leave our hospital is through our pet care blog. Sharing common issues and challenges is a wonderful way to increase awareness and help you protect your pet’s health and safety all year long.

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The Veterinary Technician: A Talented Professional De-Mystified

Veterinary technicians, or vet techs, are the backbone of veterinary care.

If you’ve come to BEEVET Animal Hospital with your pet, you’ve met our talented team. Veterinary technicians are an integral part of our staff, and it’s possible you even know some of them by name. But do you know what they do?

October 14th-20th is National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, and we couldn’t think of a better time to highlight the skills, expertise, and incredible value these individuals bring to our practice. We can’t wait to celebrate our veterinary technicians!

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