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Get Your Pet Spayed/Neutered! (https://goo.gl/a3Aa2M)

It's important to spay or neuter your pets. They'll live longer and be overall healthier and happier. This reduces the risk of potential health problems that can occur down the road. These tend to be very expensive and hard to treat, so you'll end up with a very large bill that might not even help your pet in the end. When you spay a cat, it reduces their chance of developing uterine, breast, or ovarian cancer.

When you neuter your pet, you'll take out the risk of prostate disease and testicular cancer. Cats are less likely to mark their territory by spraying everywhere. Animals that are spayed won't go through heat either. Females in heat cry continuously, act skittish, and can attract unwanted male cats.

Female dogs and cats get spayed by having their reproductive organs taken out. Male dogs and cats get neutered by having their testicles taken out. The pets will always be under anesthesia so they won't be uncomfortable or in pain. The whole procedure can take several hours or a full day, depending on what the pet's age, size, and health are.

To learn more about our services and book an appointment, visit our website (https://goo.gl/h7CxQx) today!

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7 Ways to Protect Your Pet During the Holidays (https://goo.gl/KgXhJQ)

The holidays are a fun time of year, but they're also full of temptations for your pets. Here are a few tips on how to keep them safe.

Don't Let Your Cat Climb in the Christmas Tree
The first time your cat sees your Christmas tree, they probably get extremely excited. It's a giant indoor playground in their eyes filled with shiny objects. To get them off this, try putting foil around the bottom of the tree, as cats hate walking on that.

Don't Let Guests Slip Your Pet Holiday Food
Guests get jolly around this time of year and sometimes a little tipsy with the alcohol that flows around the dinner table. Make sure they know you don't want them feeding your pets fatty foods, no matter how cute they are. They can choke on bones or have bones shatter in their stomach and cause intestinal blockage.

Keep Them Away From Lighted Decorations
While there are certain traditions such as keeping the candles on the menorah lit for at least 30 minutes, don't leave your pet alone with them. They can easily knock them over and start a fire, so keep the door closed so it's not even a problem.

To learn more about our services and book an appointment, visit our website (https://goo.gl/h7CxQx) today!

#pets #safety #holidays #veterinary #CitrusHeights
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Keep Your Elderly Cat Healthy (https://goo.gl/scz5Ex)

Cats are living longer than ever now thanks to improved education on how to raise them and increased technology. While this is great news for their owners, it's important to make sure they have a healthy life during that time. They age faster than humans, which means they'll also age and have health problems quicker. Taking them in for regular visits will help catch problems you might not be able to detect.

Your vet will give your cat a physical examination, perform diagnostic testing, and get a detailed medical history so they have a baseline of their health. After that, they'll make recommendations based on their findings and get your cat started on a treatment plan if needed. Even if they are healthy, these regular visits will allow them to see when something is off from the baseline data they first recorded.

Common problems in older cats are arthritis and dental disease, so it's important to catch these early on. If your cat has a change in how they behave, bring them in so we can check them out.

To learn more about our services and book an appointment, visit our website (https://goo.gl/h7CxQx) today!

#pets #cats #veterinary #CitrusHeights
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Is Your Pet Microchipped? (https://goo.gl/yvLBEv)

We hope that our pets will never get lost, but it's always a possibility. Whether they run out the door or get scared by a noise and bolt, you never know when you might be separated from your pet. The best solution, in that case, is to make sure your pet is microchipped so your information can easily be accessed if they're found.

We offer the 24PetWatch MiniChip, which is one-third the size of a regular microchip. It can fit in any animal, including very small ones who might not normally qualify for a microchip because it can't fit. Proceeds also go to breast cancer research at the American Breast Cancer Foundation. They run the campaign "Recover a Pet, Uncover a Cure" to increase awareness about lost pets and help reunite you with your animal.

Hardly any mark is left on the skin as the microchip is small and the process is quick and easy. Call us today to get all your pets microchipped so you'll feel safer if the day does come when they get lost.

To learn more about our services and book an appointment, visit our website (https://goo.gl/h7CxQx) today!

#pets #safety #veterinary #CitrusHeights
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Winter Holiday Pet Poison Tips (https://goo.gl/X825jv)

We've talked about the importance of not giving your pets any food during the holidays. There are other seasonal items that can harm them that you might not know about, however!

Holiday Ornaments
It's always fun to put up your ornaments, but think about your pet's safety when you do. Certain decorations such as bubble lights or snow globes can be poisonous to them. If they get ahold them and chew on the liquid inside, it can be dangerous for your pet. Methylene chloride is commonly the chemical found inside and can cause aspiration pneumonia, depression, and irritation of the skin, eyes, and gastrointestinal tract.

Tinsel
If you have a cat, you might want to start skipping the tinsel. This is a huge temptation to cats, as it looks like a giant, shiny toy. While there isn't poison in tinsel itself, your cat's intestinal tract can get damaged if they swallow it. They may even need very pricey abdominal surgery if their intestines rupture.

Plants
Poinsettia plants may have a bad reputation, but they're not as toxic as other plants. The ones to worry about are mistletoe, lilies, and holly. Cats only need to digest one or two leaves for it to cause immediate kidney failure.

To learn more about our services and book an appointment, visit our website (https://goo.gl/h7CxQx) today!

#pets #safety #veterinary #CitrusHeights
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How to Poison Proof Your Kitchen (https://goo.gl/zf9UpA)

During the holidays, you may be tempted to feed your pet scraps of all the food you'll be making. While it's nice that you're in a festive spirit, this doesn't help your pet's health at all. In fact, you can poison them and even kill them depending on what they're fed. You might not think much about the ingredients in a food, but even small amounts are dangerous.

This is a list of the top 10 toxins in the kitchen:
-Chocolate
-Table salt
-Caffeine (coffee and tea)
-Fatty scraps
-Xylitol (sugar-free chewing gum)
-Grapes/raisins/currants
-Alcohol
-Onions/garlic/chives
-Macadamia nuts
-Unbaked yeast bread dough

It's best to not even take the chance of poisoning your dog and forgo giving them human food this holiday season. If you feel bad that they're missing out on the fun, go to your local pet store and buy some healthy treats that you can give them instead. Even better, make your own natural treats by looking up a few recipes online to save money. That way you'll know exactly what your pet is getting.

To learn more about our services and book an appointment, visit our website (https://goo.gl/h7CxQx) today!

#pets #safety #veterinary #CitrusHeights
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Best Articles of the Month!

Here are some of the best articles from this month!

When Your Pet Needs Surgery
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No one wants their pet to have health issues that require them to get surgery, but it happens. Sometimes treatments will be tried at first that aren't as invasive. However, those may not work and your only option is surgery. If that's the case, you can feel safe sending your pet to us to get taken care of.

Caring for Your Senior Cat
(https://goo.gl/scz5Ex)

At the age of seven years old, cats are considered to be senior. As they go through this phase in their life, they may go through changes that are similar to what people do as they age. An estimated 18 percent of cats who are older than seven tend to have a disease that can only be detected by advanced tests. The good news is that many diseases are treatable and can have positive outcomes if they're caught in the early stages. This is why it's so important to see your vet on a regular basis.

Protecting Your Best Friend
(https://goo.gl/eWZzei)

Chances are your pup is one of your best friends. That means you'll do everything you can to protect them. One of the easiest but most effective ways to do this is by vaccinating them against canine diseases that are common. This will ensure they live a happy, healthy life. Your dog's mom gave them immunity during the first few weeks they were alive by providing antibodies in her milk. After that, a dog has no protection from diseases.

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Getting Nutritional Counseling for Your Pet (https://goo.gl/rYrky6)

You want to make sure your pet lives a long, healthy life. That means taking care of them and ensuring they have the proper nutrition they need. Do you know what you should be feeding your pet? There are now a variety of products on the market, so it can be hard to know what to buy.

Each pet has their own nutritional needs. Some may be trying to lose weight and need a certain formula as well as a specific amount to be fed each day. Others may have health issues where it's important they get certain nutrients in their diet each day. Knowing how much to feed them and what brand is best can be overwhelming, however.

At Akaal Pet Hospital, we're here to help you with any questions you have about what to feed your pet. We'll go over your animals' health and see what nutrients they need and at what amount. Their needs will change as they grow up, so we're available to give advice on what to change about their diet.

To learn more about our services and book an appointment, visit our website (https://goo.gl/h7CxQx) today!

#pets #nutrition #veterinary #CitrusHeights
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What Cats Don't Like About Your Home (https://goo.gl/xQSrDd)

You may not like some of the things your cat does (meowing in the middle of the night, anyone?), but there are parts of your house that your cat doesn't like either.

Being stuck in low spaces
Cats originally used to spend a lot of times in trees while they were hunting. Due to this, they still have urges to go to high spaces, which may explain why your cat always seems to be on top of your cabinets.

Having scratching posts
While some cats go crazy for scratching posts, the problem is many of them are made with materials that cats don't actually like. Therefore, they don't end up using them. To stop your cat from using your couch as a scratching post, buy a post that's made of sisal. This is similar to the material of a tree trunk, which cats love to scratch.

Tiny litter boxes
Make sure your cat's litter box has plenty of room for them to fit and move around in. If it's too small and they can barely turn around in it, they won't be comfortable. This means they'll end up going somewhere else, like in your house.

To learn more about our services and book an appointment, visit our website (https://goo.gl/h7CxQx) today!

#pets #safety #veterinary #CitrusHeights
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Thanksgiving Pet Safety (https://goo.gl/k9mqNW)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and you're probably getting excited to spend time with family and friends while eating some delicious food. Just because you're in the holiday spirit doesn't mean you should give your dog scraps, though. Feeding them human food can be dangerous for their health.

There's a risk of poisoning them
Many foods around the holidays are fatty, and animals can't digest these well. Desserts often have ingredients that can poison them, so never give them bites of those. While turkey may seem safe, the bones in them can injure your dog's digestive tract. Even smaller food like raisins, onions, and grapes are dangerous for them to eat, so don't chance it.

Get a special treat for dogs
If you want to make them feel they're part of the celebration, buy a special treat at your local pet store that's safe for them to eat. That way you won't feel like you're neglecting them and they won't be begging for human food the entire time.

From all of us at Akaal Pet Hospital, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

To learn more about our services and book an appointment, visit our website (https://goo.gl/h7CxQx) today!

#pets #safety #veterinary #CitrusHeights #thanksgiving
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