Rattlesnake Safety is a Huge Concern in Arizona

At Stetson Hills Animal Hospital, your pet’s safety is a huge concern for us. In our area, rattlesnakes are a major concern and there are a number of ways you can ensure your pet’s safety from them. One way is the rattlesnake vaccine, which can help minimize your pet’s reaction to the venom of a rattlesnake bite. We offer this vaccine and boosters at our animal hospital. Proper Ways to Handle an Encounter with a Rattlesnake Another way to ensure your pet’s safety is to know what you need to do in the event that you encounter a rattlesnake. Many
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What Is Canine Influenza Virus?

There are many causes of kennel cough, both bacterial and viral. Canine influenza virus (CIV) is one of the viral causes of kennel cough. This highly contagious respiratory disease has affected thousands of dogs in the United States. Because CIV is a relatively new virus, most dogs have not been exposed to it before. Dogs of any age, breed, and vaccine status are susceptible to this infection. How Could My Dog Catch Canine Influenza Virus? CIV is easily transmitted between dogs through a combination of aerosols, droplets, and direct contact with respiratory secretions. The virus does not survive for a long
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Easter Pet Poisons

The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies. “Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.” In most situations, symptoms of poisoning will develop
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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. What is veterinary dentistry, and who should perform it? Veterinary dentistry includes the cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction, or repair of your pets’ teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. These procedures should be performed by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist. Subject
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Top 4 Reasons to See a Vet

Pets are like people in many ways, including their need for regular healthcare. Even if your pet never goes outside or seems healthy, that doesn’t necessarily they ARE healthy. If you’re not already taking your pet to the vet on a regular basis, this blog might make you think differently. Has it been a while since your pet’s seen a vet? If so, schedule an appointment at Stetson Hills Animal Hospital in Glendale, AZ, by calling (623) 889-7090. We offer a number of wellness, preventive, and holistic services for dogs, cats, and pocket pets to keep your companion happy and
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Eight Tips to Make your Home Great for your Cat(s)

Elimination Area. The Single biggest reason for owner dissatisfaction with their cat is house soiling with urine or feces outside of the litter-box. Minimize the chances of this happening in your household by providing one litter-box per cat +1 if at all possible, ideally in various locations throughout the house. The litter-boxes should vary in configuration, with at least one open on top, one at least 2 feet wide by 3 feet long such as a plastic storage container( you can cut a section out of the middle or end of this box to permit easy access). At least one
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