Delicacy or Danger? What to do if Your Pet Eats Wildlife Poop

Should you call a veterinarian if your pet eats wildlife poop?Any pet owner who has observed their pet gobbling up deer, rabbit, raccoon, or other wildlife poop knows the particular combination of dismay, disgust, and concern that arises at the sight. Is there something wrong with your pet? Will they get sick? Why would they want to eat poop in the first place?

Diseases and parasites are a real concern If your pet eats wildlife poop. Knowing what to look for, as well as how to keep it from happening in the future, are key to your pet’s safety.

Causes of Coprophagia

The ingestion of poop by an animal, also known as coprophagia, is fairly common in dogs. There are a wide range of possible causes, including: Continue…

When It’s Time To Say Goodbye: Coping With Pet Loss

Woman's hand holding dog's pawVery little can compare with the deep sadness that accompanies the loss of a cherished pet. Whether we’ve raised them from babyhood, or were fortunate enough to welcome an older pet into our hearts and homes, the loss of that familiar face, mannerisms, and personality is often one of the most deeply devastating experiences we will face.

Sadly, our society generally doesn’t take the trauma and grief associated with pet loss as seriously as it should, and as a result many pet owners don’t give themselves the time and space to truly mourn the passing of such a special friend. At Mountainview Veterinary Hospital, we have found that taking the time to honor your pet in a way that is meaningful to you, as well as seeking support and resources as needed, can assist you and your family in adjusting to your new normal. Continue…

Home Again: Microchipping Your Pets

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The American Humane Society estimates that 10 million pets are lost in the U.S. each year. They also estimate that 1in 3 pets will be lost at some point during their lifetime. Sadly, of these missing pets, only 2% of cats and 30% of dogs are ever reunited with their owners.

However, if your pet has a microchip, these statistics begin to look a little less scary. In fact, cats with a microchip have a 39% chance of being reunited with their owner, and 52% of microchipped dogs eventually find their way home again.

It’s clear that microchipping in pets is a good idea. Let the team at Mountainview Veterinary Hospital share more about what this process entails and how microchips work. Continue…

New Pet? No Problem!

new pet wellnessYou’ve finally done it! After lots of soul searching, research, and preparation, your new pet is finally ready to come home. Congratulations! But where do you go from here?

Whether you’re adopting your first pet or adding to your brood, the team at Mountain View Veterinary Hospital has you covered. We hope our tips will help you and your new pet make a smooth and successful transition from virtual strangers to beloved family.

New Pet Basics

Providing your new pet with a healthy and supportive home environment is essential to their long term health and well being. Give your new pet the best chance for success by making sure you consider the following factors: Continue…

Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention

heartworm preventionSpring has finally sprung! The Rockaway flora and fauna are just starting to awaken after a long, cold winter, and we bet your dog and cat can’t wait to enjoy some spring adventures with you.

But wait! Before you head outside to do yard work, hike, or take a trip to the dog park, we want to remind you that parasites are not only a springtime threat. Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention is important to your pet’s health and longevity throughout the year. Cats and dogs need 12 months of protection to ensure they are safeguarded from parasitic disease.

Read on to learn why!

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To Spay or Not to Spay: The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

What’s that saying? Something about how everyone has an opinion? Regardless of the exact wording, the underlying thought rings quite true, especially when it comes to spaying or neutering your pet.

Many believe spaying or neutering is a vital part of responsible pet ownership, while others question whether it’s truly the best option for our pets. At Mountainview Veterinary Hospital we believe the benefits of spaying and neutering far outweigh the risks for most of our pet patients. Let us share our reasoning with you.

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The Dog Owner’s Guide to Canine Influenza

By the time scientists at Cornell University and University of Wisconsin identified a virulent strain of canine influenza in 2015, it had sickened over 1,000 dogs in the Chicagoland area. Canine influenza continues to make an appearance each year, affecting pets in nearly every state.

Take a moment to learn more about canine influenza and how you can protect your furry loved ones.

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A Weighty Matter: Battling Pet Obesity

pet obesityImages of portly pups and chubby cats are practically everywhere we turn these days, and it’s hard to deny the cuteness of these sweet pets. The problem of overweight pets is no laughing matter, however. Overweight animals can succumb to many of the same health problems as overweight and obese humans, including heart disease, high blood pressure, joint pain, cancer, and diabetes.

With over 50% of U.S. pets falling into the overweight or obese categories, the time to act on this problem is now. Your team at Mountainview Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to helping pet owners learn more about the problem of pet obesity.

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A Year in Review: Mountainview Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2017

It’s that time of year when we bid farewell to the previous 12 months and collectively hum “Auld Lang Syne.” Written in the late 1700s by Robert Burns, this famous song succinctly asks the rhetorical question: should old times be forgotten?

As we look back at 2017, we are, in a word, gobsmacked. It continues to be our honor to serve the pets in our community and to help owners better care for their companions. With that in mind, we commit to writing and publishing a monthly blog. Sometimes, seasonal safety takes center stage; other months, we shake it up with disease prevention or behavioral issues. Either way, we hope you enjoy the Mountainview Veterinary Hospital pet care blog and look forward to learning more in 2018.

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A Gift From the Heart: Helping Animal Shelters for the Holidays

helping animal sheltersGenerosity, sharing, and appreciation for all that we have are hallmark themes of the holiday season. As we gather with our loved ones to give thanks for all that we have, it is only natural to want to extend our resources to those less fortunate, as well.

For some, that may mean filling up donation bins for area food banks or donating winter wear to those in need, but for animal lovers, your thoughts may be on lending a hand to shelter pets this winter, instead. Like so many other charities, animal shelters and rescue organizations are always in need of assistance. From monetary gifts to gifts of time, these nonprofits depend on us to keep their doors open and to continue helping our less-fortunate animal friends.

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