Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette and Safety

Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette is important when taking your pet to the vet

A veterinary hospital lobby is a busy place! It can be fun to see the different animals, chat with other pet owners, and catch up with your reading or work. But the ever changing environment and all the comings and goings can also provide a space for problems to escalate rapidly.

We want all our patients to be safe, and to feel less stress when coming for their veterinary visit. With that in mind, Advantage Veterinary Center is passing along some best practices for veterinary hospital lobby etiquette and safety. With a little knowledge and preparation, we can make your pet’s and other pet’s visits more enjoyable and less stressful.

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Lending a Paw: How Service Animals Help People Thrive

Service animals are usually working dogs that help peopleMost animal lovers know a story or two about an amazing pet who risked their life to help save their human owner or other family member. Even the most “average” pet seems to have super powers when it comes to cheering us up and making us feel better.

Service animals take this idea to the next level as they work alongside their handlers to maintain their independence and to provide safety and companionship. Keep reading to learn more about these inspiring animals and their jobs. Continue…

The Magic Wand: How Laser Therapy Can Transform Your Pet

Pet laser therapy can help with pet pain and post veterinary surgery healing. Pain is a part of life, but when it starts to take over quality of life, it’s time to kick it to the curb. While there is a place for medication when it comes to mitigating pain, there is a powerful alternative for pets coping with wounds, arthritis, and the healing process following surgery. Laser therapy, an FDA-approved modality, is on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine, and helps us deliver the highest care possible to our patients struggling with certain health issues.

Safe and Incredibly Sound

Laser therapy employs a cold laser as opposed to surgical laser designed to cut. The light emanating from the laser has been found to have therapeutic qualities for over 40 years. The light energy is passed from a handheld probe in the form of photons to the area of focus on a pet’s body. This safe procedure uses light energy to help cells produce and function the way they should, and: Continue…

Decoding Pet Urinary Problems

Most pet urinary problems need to be treated by a veterinarian near me.Almost nothing is more frustrating than a pet who is urinating in an inappropriate place. Not all issues related to the urinary tract are created, equal, though. Advantage Veterinary Center wants to shed a little light on decoding pet urinary problems for our fed up pet owners.

Sometimes There’s a Medical Issue

Pet urinary problems may present in several ways. There may be increased or decreased frequency of urination, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, loss of housetraining, or urinating in inappropriate areas. The hard part lies in the fact that no matter the underlying cause of the issue, the symptoms often appear similarly.

We do see urinary troubles related to true medical problems in our patients on a regular basis. We may find a pet is experiencing symptoms due to: Continue…

The Heartbreak of Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease can be devastating. Talk to your veterinarian about heartworm preventives.Mosquitos are arguably one of the most reviled insects on Earth. Besides causing their annoying buzzing and painful, itchy bites, mosquitoes are responsible for spreading some of the most damaging and deadly vector-borne diseases to both people and animals.

Heartworm disease is one of the worst illnesses our pets can contract from mosquitoes, and regular screening, along with year-round prevention, is the best way to protect them.

Understanding Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. A mosquito picks up the parasite in its microscopic stage by feeding on an infected animal, such as a dog, coyote, raccoon, or opossum, and can pass it along to a different animal during a subsequent feeding. Continue…

Sunshine and Pools and BBQs, Oh My! Summer Pet Safety

Summer pet safety keeps pets happy and healthyThe summer season is upon us, and with it comes the lazy, fun-filled days we look forward to all year. But summer fun can quickly turn into danger for your pet. That’s why the team at Advantage Veterinary Center wants to share some tips for summer pet safety.

Summer Pet Safety

It’s important to always be aware of your pet’s comfort and activity level. You know your pet best, so if something seems wrong, don’t ever hesitate to call us. Here are some other summer pet safety tips: Continue…

Lost and Found: The Importance of Pet Microchipping

Pet microchipping can help a lost pet become a found pet if you pet goes missingBecoming separated from our furry family members is something no pet parent wants to think about, but despite our best efforts, accidents can and do happen. Fortunately, there are now more ways to find a lost pet than endlessly searching local shelters and posting “lost pet” signs. Pet microchipping can significantly increase the odds of locating a lost or stolen pet, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the details of this popular technology.

What Is a Microchip?

A microchip is essentially a tiny, inert computer chip encased in glass. The chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is injected just under your pet’s skin near the shoulder blade via hypodermic needle. The procedure only takes a few moments and is no more painful than a standard vaccination. Continue…

Allergies in Pets: An Itchy Dilemma

Allergies in pets can affect pet skin and cause and itchy petSpring has arrived, and the pollen has started to fly. Those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies are familiar with the sneezing, watery eyes, and other symptoms that go along with warmer weather. But did you know pets can also suffer from allergies?

Allergies in pets is more common than many owners realize. Understanding how to prevent and control symptoms is key to keeping your furry friend healthy and comfortable.

Types of Allergies in Pets

Unlike in people, allergies in pets tend to manifest as itching and other skin-related problems, also known as atopy. Below are the three types of allergies we see in pets: Continue…

Understanding Anxiety in Pets

Anxiety in pets can affect pet behavior and pet healthWelcome home! You’ve just unlocked the door and walk inside to find your living room covered with couch stuffing. Or, you walk in and find that your kitty has eliminated on the rug, instead of in the litter box. You grit your teeth and start to clean up, wondering what has come over your pet these days.

Are they angry with you for leaving the house and punishing you? Probably not. Chances are, your pet is experiencing anxiety and fear.

Fear and anxiety in pets are complex problems that manifest themselves in many ways. We thought we’d give you an overview of these issues, and what you can do to help alleviate these feelings in your pet. Continue…

Protect and Prevent: All About Common Pet Toxins

Pet toxins threaten pet health and pet safety

It may be hard to imagine your sweet pet coming into contact with a potential pet toxin, but this scary situation happens more often than pet owners realize. Although mostly preventable, ingestion of a poisonous substance is the leading cause of pet emergencies in veterinary clinics throughout the country.

It’s true that accidents happen, but in many cases, they can be avoided. Recognizing common pet toxins, and reducing or eliminating your pet’s exposure to them, is critical in keeping your furry loved one safe.

Common Pet Toxins in and Outside the Home

Protecting your pet from an accidental poisoning is as easy as putting any potential pet toxins out of reach. Take a discerning look around your home, garage, and yard, and remove or safely store any of the following common pet toxins: Continue…