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Posts Tagged: Pet Health

Tips on Treating and Preventing Pancreatitis in Cats

pet cat sitting by window.

Your cat’s pancreas is a busy little organ. It produces valuable digestive enzymes and critical hormones like insulin. Unfortunately, it can become inflamed, which results in a condition known as cat pancreatitis. This inflammation can be sudden (acute) or ongoing (chronic). 

Acute pancreatitis comes on abruptly, but with rapid, often aggressive, treatment, acute pancreatitis can be reversed and results in little-to-no permanent damage to a cat’s pancreas.

Cats with chronic pancreatitis, on the other hand, will experience ongoing inflammation and, most likely, irreversible damage. 

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How to Prevent Car Sickness in Your Pet

Dog in car.

Many animals are able to enjoy a car ride without experiencing the sensation known as motion sickness. However, this is not the case for all animals, and traveling by car may be a necessary part of a pet’s life. So what can pet owners do to help prevent their beloved animal companion from feeling car sick? 

Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help protect your pet from motion sickness and the fear often associated with car rides. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital has put together some tips to prevent car sickness in your pet and promote car ride safety: 

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How to Stop an Excited Pet from Peeing on the Floor

Athens, AL dog sitting after peeing on floor.

You’re making your way in the front door and your dog excitedly runs up to greet you… but then they squat and pee with excitement. Peeing while excited is a behavior that your dog may do to show submission or other feelings they are trying to convey.  

This behavior is more common in puppies, and luckily most dogs will outgrow this phase of submissive peeing on their own. But some dogs still urinate inappropriately in their adult years. 

You can train your dog to stop this inconvenient behavior with lots of patience, practice, love and understanding. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital has put together some tips on how to stop an excited pet from peeing on the floor: 

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Calling Dr. Google: The Dangers of Online Veterinary Advice

A dog sits on a woman's lap as she looks on her phone.

When something seems “off” with your pet, it can be tempting to jump online and Google their symptoms rather than making an appointment with your veterinarian. The internet can be a wonderful source of information, but it can also be dangerous if the websites you find are outdated or inaccurate.

Dr. Google has its place in your pet care arsenal, but only if you understand how to find credible online veterinary advice. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital is here to help!

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Understanding Anal Glands: A Stinky Proposition 

Whether you realize it or not, if your pet has ever drug his rear end over your carpet, you have probably encountered the anal gland.

A developmental remnant, anal glands in the canine species are not quite as highly evolved as those of the skunk, but they serve a similar purpose:  to relay a message with a smell. Sometimes, however, things go awry and Town & Country Animal Hospital is here to help with whatever may arise. 

Anal Glands Explained

Just inside the rectum of every dog (and cat for that matter) lie two small sacs (one on each side) called anal glands. These sacs hold the secretions of the sebaceous glands in the area. Sebaceous glands are typically associated with hair follicles which create sebum, an oil that lubricates the hair. 

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Why Well Pet Exams are Essential to Your Pet’s Health

pet wellness exam

Each year, you may get a reminder from your doctor that it’s time for your annual physical. These pet exams are often the first time changes in health or underlying illnesses are identified, making them essential to preventive medicine.

The same is true for well pet exams. Because pets age much more rapidly than humans, these exams are integral to slowing the effects of age, as well as offering supportive care for a lifetime of emotional and physical well-being.

What’s Included in the Exam?

What’s covered during your pet’s wellness exam depends on a few factors – namely age, current health status, and whether you’ve reported any changes or problems in your pet’s condition.

Wellness care is categorized by life stage: puppy/kitten, adult, and senior. Each life stage requires different types of care and attention that shape your pet’s needs. This includes nutritional support, exercise modifications, and additional testing for certain diseases that coincide with age. Continue…