Signs of Pet Illness or Injury
As much as we try to prevent it, most pets experience illness, disease, or injury at some point in their lives. Having a solid knowledge base of what is normal and what is not normal can help ease anxiety stemming from not knowing what to do if and when your pet needs help.
How to Brush Your Dog’s or Cat’s Teeth
The most important thing you can do for your pet’s dental health is to maintain a home care regimen to prevent problems before they start. There are many options available including teeth brushing and specially-formulated diets. Our knowledgeable staff can provide you with a demonstration on how to brush your pet’s teeth at home and provide helpful tips to make it a success.
Neutering Male Dogs & Cats
Neuter, or castration, is the term applied to the procedure of surgically removing the testicles. Castration (orchidectomy) is a surgical procedure involving the removal of both testes. A pet owner may elect to perform this surgery in order to eliminate the sex drive and the ability to reproduce. The surgery is a safe procedure and recovery is generally uneventful and aftercare is minimal.
Spaying Female Dogs & Cats
What is involved in spaying my female cat or dog?
Ovariohysterectomy is the proper medical term for the “spaying” of the female animal. The surgical procedure consists of the complete removal of the uterus and both ovaries. If the ovaries are not removed, the hormone-producing organs are still there, thus increasing the chances of mammary cancers. Although it is a commonly performed procedure, spaying is a major procedure involving general anesthesia and abdominal surgery. We utilize state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to ensure your pet stays as safe as possible while under anesthesia and administer pain medication to ease discomfort after surgery. Most patients recover extremely well, and often times the bigger challenge is to keep them calm so that the healing process can go as smoothly as possible.
Pet Health Insurance
How does pet insurance work?
Pet insurance is an insurance policy much like your own car insurance, health insurance, or renter’s insurance. Each month you pay a premium – a designated amount that keeps your pet enrolled in the insurance policy. When your pet becomes ill or injured, you visit the vet. You pay for treatment for that illness and ask the veterinarian to fill out a section on your claim form. You then submit the claim form with the related invoice to the insurance company. When your claim is approved, you may be reimbursed for up to 100% of your costs, depending on your deductible, your individual policy, and your pet’s past health history. Be aware that all pet insurance policies are reimbursement policies, meaning that you will first have to pay the bill and then submit the claim requesting reimbursement.
Pet Obedience Training
Training is important for all dogs regardless of breed, age, and the role your pet will have in your family. Ideally, training begins the moment you meet your new dog with a plan in place. Consistency is paramount to your success.
Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth
We recommend daily brushing of your pets’ teeth. Oral hygiene in cats and dogs is just as important for them as for their people. The sooner you get your kitten or puppy used to the toothbrush and toothpaste, the easier it is to brush their teeth. We also recommend yearly dental cleanings for pets three years and older or sooner depending on their dental health. We carry a complete line of home dental care products and would be happy to answer any questions you have about your pets’ oral hygiene.
Microchipping is the process of inserting a small identification chip, about the size of a piece of rice, into the area between the shoulder blades. It is a quick and easy procedure that can be done in a matter of seconds. Nearly every rescue group and animal control agency in the area scans incoming animals to check for a microchip, as would we if someone came into our office with a found pet.
Which vaccines does my dog need?
Hollywood Hill Animal Hospital recommends the following core vaccines for dogs: Distemper /Hepatitis / Parainfluenza / Parvovirus (DHPP), Leptospira, Rabies, and Bordetella. Exactly which vaccines your dog needs and how often she needs them depends on your dog’s age, health history, and lifestyle. Please see our Canine Wellness Plan for specific recommendations.