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...

June = Adopt a Cat Month!

03 JunJune = Adopt a Cat Month!

Admit it: you’ve been thinking about adopting a kitty cat to keep you company, but you haven’t quite been able to pull the trigger. Well, guess what? We have the purrrfect excuse for you to justify adopting a cat—June is Adopt a Cat Month!Taking home a baby kitten is very popular around this time of the year, and if you’re looking to adopt one of these bright, curious young creatures, we highly encourage that! We also encourage you to think about those older cats who are looking for homes, too.Adult felines tend to be much less work than kittens, and...

Pet Cancer is No Joke

16 MayPet Cancer is No Joke

The Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) reports that one in four dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer in their lifetime—in fact, it’s the leading cause of death for dogs over the age of two. And just as with people, the longer your pet lives, the higher their risk of developing some form of the disease.The most common types of cancer in dogs include lymphoma, mast cell tumors in skin and osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Some of these cancers have subtle symptoms or may appear simply as an enlargement or lump that a pet owner might just attribute to aging....

May is National Pet Month

16 MayMay is National Pet Month

Pets have become such a fundamental part of life, it only makes sense that there would be a month wholly dedicated to those furry, fun, frustrating animals. One of the main goals of this month’s dedication is to celebrate the benefits pets and people have brought to each other’s lives. While we’re sure you could come up with a few yourself, we’ve compiled a list of some of the scientifically proven benefits:Petting animals results in lowered blood pressure. Just being around pets can lowered cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Dog owners who take their pets for walks get more exercise...

It's Microchip Your Pet Month

16 MayIt’s Microchip Your Pet Month

One in three pets will go missing at some point, so it’s better to prepare for the worst instead of finding one day that your pet has slipped off without your notice. Microchipping your dog or cat gives them the best chance of coming back home after an unplanned amount of time away.The microchip brand we use at Crossroads Animal Hospital is called HomeAgain, and it acts as your pet’s permanent ID that’s used to contact you should your pet be found elsewhere. To display how beautifully beneficial these microchips have proven to be, we’ve pulled a couple personal testimonies...

Would You Know If Your Pet Had Heartworm?

08 AprWould You Know If Your Pet Had Heartworm?

April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and according to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), the incidence of heartworm across the country is up. Virginia is no exception. As you may already know, heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, and it only takes one bite to infect a dog. Sadly, many animals don’t show symptoms until the disease is advanced, if at all. While there is treatment for canines, it is expensive and can be very hard on your pet. Though cats are less likely to get the disease, there is no effective treatment for them if they contract it. It’s worth noting...

Prevent Animal Abuse

26 MarPrevent Animal Abuse

The recent case of Tommie, a dog tied to a pole and set on fire in Richmond earlier this year, resulted in the passage of a law in our state that raised animal abuse from a misdemeanor to a felony. Though many communities are taking animal welfare more seriously, there is still much to be done. ...

Spring into the Season—Safely!

26 MarSpring into the Season—Safely!

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and as the weather warms and you and your pet start getting out more, we want you to be prepared. Crossroads Animal Hospital has affordable pet first-aid packs available here at the hospital—just ask about them at our reception desk the next time you’re in. ...