Helping Your Pet Cope With Joint Pain

Happy running dog.

No one wants to see their pet in pain. At Bayshore Animal Hospital, joint pain in pets is a common diagnosis due to a variety of causes. Thankfully, there are more options than ever before for helping when animals are injured. Joint pain in pets can be a serious problem, and our veterinarians are here to help. 

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Should Pet Dental Chews Be a Part of Your Pet Wellness Routine?

Puppy pet dental. Dog with toothbrush in mouth.

Giving your pet treats is one of the more enjoyable parts of pet ownership, and even more so when those treats have health benefits. But are those pet dental chews really all they are cracked up to be? Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice has the answers to all your questions.

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Understanding the Stages of Dental Disease in Pets

A cat with dental disease opens its mouth wide.

Did you know that dental disease, or periodontal disease, is one of the most pervasive diseases diagnosed in pets? In fact, by the time cats and dogs are over 3 years of age, two-thirds of them show some of the stages of dental disease. Untreated dental disease is linked to several other systemic diseases, such as kidney disease and heart disease.

Dental disease is more than just the bad breath commonly associated with it. It is complex in how it undermines the overall health of the body. This is why Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice is here to spotlight  the importance of pet dental care and examinations. Let’s take a closer look:

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Dental Care for Cats: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Cat’s Teeth Healthy

A close shot of cat teeth.

Many cat owners dare not to touch their cat’s mouth, let alone look at their teeth. Just like a dog, however, your cat requires a good regiment of dental care. Focusing on the quality of your feline friend’s oral health is a positive step toward keeping them healthy, preventing painful periodontal disease, and potential other secondary infections.

Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice is here with some expert tips on dental care for cats that you can sink your teeth into. Let’s take a closer look!

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The 1-2-3’s of Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

A brown poodle holds a toothbrush in its mouth.

Pet dental problems, especially in adult and senior pets, are all too common. It is estimated that 34-40% of pets will have the development of dental problems by the time they are 3 years of age. This is because plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on the surface of the enamel (as you can imagine might if you never brushed your teeth).

To keep your pet’s teeth and oral health top of mind, the team at Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice is here with some tips for brushing your pet’s teeth. And that is something to smile about!

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Why Blood Work Before Pet Dental Exams in Pets?

A vet examines a dog's teeth.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital we are passionate about dental care for pets. We have likely educated you extensively about why regular dental examinations and dental cleanings under anesthesia are vital to your pet’s health and well-being. 

What we are not always so vocal about, though, is how anesthesia is one of the most serious and important aspects of our daily practice. It is our mission to be sure that your pet’s experience under anesthesia is as safe as possible. Under our AAHA Accreditation we go the extra mile to make a difference to your pet’s care, and performing blood work before pet dental exams are one of those things.

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Baby it’s Cold Outside: The Principles of Winter Pet Safety

During a normal year, a winter pet safety blog is probably the last thing you would expect to read in St. Petersburg, but this is no normal year. With temperatures dropping into the 30s and 40s this winter and even some snow making an appearance, we decided that a discussion about protecting our furry friends from the elements was in order.

Keeping Warm

Regardless of how excited your pet may be about snow and cold weather, be mindful of how much time they spend outdoors. Bring pets indoors when the temperature drops below 32 degrees (or provide them with adequate shelter that will protect them from wind and elements), and consider a sweater or other outerwear for walks and potty breaks.

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Festive Freak-Out: When Holidays Cause Stress in Pets

dog stressed

For us, holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving are a time to get together and celebrate. Through dressing up in fun costumes, enjoying big holiday meals, and adding festive decor around the home, what’s not to love? 

As wonderful as they are, holidays can also create anxiety in pets because there are major changes to the routine, as well as additional commotion and people that your furry one isn’t prepared for.

When holidays cause stress in pets it can put them at risk of escape and becoming lost. Not to mention, nobody enjoys feeling distressed! This is why your friends at Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice want to step in and give you some recommendations on how to ease your pet into the holidays and create more harmony for them.

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Halloween Pet Safety: The Devil Is In the Details

No matter where you live, autumn is a spectacular season. In previous years we might have gone to the Jazz Holiday or Autumn Festival, but this fall looks a bit different. Despite social distancing, however, we feel that many Halloween festivities are bound to continue in some form or another. 

What does this mean for pet owners? That, above all things, Halloween pet safety measures are a must, no matter how the fun goes down.

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When It Comes to Pet Prescriptions, We’ve Got You Covered

Most people can relate to the lackluster experience that is online shopping. Once the rush associated with a great deal or free shipping passes, we may be left with questions about quality. 

While many internet retailers boast excellent customer service, interfacing with someone in a completely different geographical location can be challenging, time-consuming and ineffective. When it comes to purchasing pet prescriptions online, things can get even more confusing.

So Many Needs

There are various pet prescriptions required for parasite prevention, arthritis, pain, cancer, inflammation, bacterial or fungal infections, and more.

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