: A Little Spay Goes A Long Way (Neutering Too!)

25 JulA Little Spay Goes A Long Way (Neutering Too!)

The truth about pet overpopulation is startling:90% of pets that end up in a shelter are not spayed or neutered A fertile female cat can produce 3 litters in a year, while a dog can produce 2 Cats can become pregnant as early as 4 months old; dogs at 6 months The cost of spaying or neutering is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for a yearIn addition to helping prevent homeless pets, altering an animal will also eliminate unwanted behaviors like wandering and spraying. Health benefits include reducing the risk of uterine infections and some...

Your Questions About Vaccinations—Answered!

25 JulYour Questions About Vaccinations—Answered!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, created to remind people how important it is to keep their vaccinations up to date. But that advice isn’t just for humans—it’s vital for pets as well.Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to protect his or her health. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get about vaccinations:Q: Are vaccines safe?A: There is risk associated with all medical procedures, but serious reactions from vaccines are rare. Given the fact that vaccinations have protected millions of animals from illness and death caused by disease, the...

Clear Your Cat’s Schedule on August 22nd…

25 JulClear Your Cat’s Schedule on August 22nd…

…because it’s Take Your Cat to the Vet Day! According to the American Humane Society, our feline companions go to the veterinarian about half as often as dogs. Many people only take their cat to the vet when he or she is sick—and often, that illness might have been avoided with preventive care.While it’s true that cats can be low-maintenance pets compared to dogs, they still need routine wellness care including exams, vaccines and preventive medications to stay healthy. Felines are very adept at hiding illness and injury, so they may have been suffering a long time before you know...

All About Allergies

08 JulAll About Allergies

Both allergies and asthma are a reaction to allergens. The main difference between them is the location in the body of the reaction. Allergies cause upper respiratory symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, skin rashes and irritation. Asthma is a more serious condition where the allergic reaction inflames the lungs, making breathing difficult....

Why July 5th is A Sad Day for Pets

26 JunWhy July 5th is A Sad Day for Pets

National Lost Pet Prevention Month was created because of the epidemic of lost pets filling shelters on the day after Independence Day fireworks. Frightened pets bolt—and the idea was to increase awareness so that fewer pets end up lost. It’s not just a July 5th problem, however: The American Humane Association reports that more than 10 million pets are lost in the U.S. each year...

Only YOU Can Prevent Your Pet’s Fires July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day

26 JunOnly YOU Can Prevent Your Pet’s Fires

According to the American Fire Administration, approximately half a million pets are affected by house fires every year—and about 1000 of those fires are started by the pets themselves. It’s important as a pet parent to know how to keep our pets safe from fire danger—from accidentally triggering those blazes as well....

Pet Products of the Month!

21 JunPet Products of the Month!

Have you heard of FELIWAY or ADAPTIL? Both of these products work by releasing calming pheromones in the air that can only be perceived by cats (FELIWAY) or dogs (ADAPTIL).FELIWAY Cats communicate through natural messages in the air, which are known as pheromones. There are three different kinds of these messages: happy messages, harmony messages and territory messages. The FELIWAY product distributes these pheromones in the air, thus helping to calm your cat.ADAPTIL ADAPTIL is similar to FELIWAY in that it also distributes pheromones through the air, but ADAPTIL is for canines—cats and people are not affected by ADAPTIL. There are two...

Fireworks + Pets = Not a Good Time

21 JunFireworks + Pets = Not a Good Time

Many of our pets don’t enjoy loud noises and some suffer from noise aversion and are downright terrified of any kind of commotion. If your pet trembles, furrows their brow or clings to you when they hear loud noises, they likely suffer from noise aversion.Plan on keeping pets inside your house during the week of the Fourth of July. When you expect fireworks, give pets comfy places to hide, and play calming music or white noise to help distract them.If your pet becomes extremely anxious when encountering loud noises, schedule an appointment at Crossroads Animal Hospital soon. There are numerous...

Always Be Prepared—Just in Case!

03 JunAlways Be Prepared—Just in Case!

We often can’t predict emergencies, but we can plan for them, just in case. There’s never a bad time to make sure you and your whole family, including your pets, are ready for anything that could come your way. Here are some tips for making sure your pets are also prepared in case of an emergency.Microchip your pets. First and foremost, microchip your pets. If your pets are already microchipped, check that their registration is updated with your current address and phone number. Pets often run off when they are afraid, and microchipping helps make it easier for authorities...

Man, it’s a Hot One

03 JunMan, it’s a Hot One

It’s summer time and the weather is fine! While we’re all out there soaking up the sun and planning the next fun activity, it’s important to remember that as hot as it is for us, it’s even hotter for our pets. Animals often struggle to keep cool because they don’t process heat as effectively as we do.During these hot days, make sure to exercise your pet in the cooler morning and evening hours, provide plenty of cool, fresh water and shade and never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle, not even for a few minutes.Also, know the warning signs...