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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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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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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Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice Reveals Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2019!

This time of year, there’s always so much to be excited about. For one, the ups and downs of the holidays are over and we can look back at our own highs and lows of the previous year and do our best to focus on our goals for the future.

At no other time of the year do we take this kind of stock of the past, but it’s crucial in order to pivot and plan for the next 12 action-packed months.

When we look back, we cannot help but take a long hard look at our pet care blogs. Every month, we do our best to publish articles that we hope will hit home with our growing community of pet owners. We measure a blog’s popularity and have them ranked below for your own review of 2019.

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Tinsel, Turkey, and Tidings, Oh My! Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

The weather outside might not be so frightful here in Florida, but it’s still undeniably the holiday season. And with that comes parties, family gathering, delicious foods, and holiday decorations. 

Unfortunately, there are some very common pet emergencies that coincide with the holiday season. In order to keep your pets safe, some awareness and preparation are in order. Let Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Clinic be your guide as we explore holiday safety tips for pets. 

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A Crowded House, A Full Table, and Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Smack dab in between the two most beloved American holidays (Halloween and Christmas), we celebrate Thanksgiving. And by celebrating we mean eat, gather with family and friends, eat, play football, eat, and watch football. And maybe eat a little more!

This is, of course, not lost on our furry friends that observe each and every tasty morsel that we enjoy. As a result, a major part of Thanksgiving pet safety hinges on the harvest. But to fully protect your pet this holiday season, your approach should go beyond the vittles.

Caring, Not Sharing

Keeping your pet out of the kitchen and away from the dinner table may be easier said than done. Luckily, there are lots of healthy options to share with your pet, such as:

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Winning the Lottery With Cat Enrichment

A rotund calico cat bats and bites at a stuffed mouse toy attached to a scratching post with a crazed look in its eyes

The term “cat enrichment” may sound like a way for your feline friend to diversify their portfolio, but it actually refers to the concept of meeting their mental and physical needs. Indoor-only cats live longer, but that doesn’t always mean they are happier animals. 

Is it possible to achieve the best of both worlds? It’s certainly more likely when cat enrichment becomes a priority.

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Summer Pet Anxiety and Fireworks Safety

For many, summer is the best time of year, but for our pets, summer is filled with many stressful events. Fireworks, parties, and thunderstorms can all leave your pet a quaking, fearful mess. Even worse, it can lead to attempted pet escapes or result in destructive behavior.

While exposure to some loud noise is inevitable, pet owners can do a lot to help ease pet anxiety. Keep reading to discover some of our best tips for alleviating pet anxiety this summer.

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What AAHA Accreditation Means for You and Your Pet

You’ve probably seen the term “AAHA accredited” while visiting our facility or looking through our website – but what does it mean, and how does it affect your pet?

Here at Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice, we’re extremely proud of our AAHA accreditation. It’s because of our dedication to our patients and their families that we maintain this esteemed designation, and we’re excited to share all the ways in which this benefits your pet!

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Ordering Pet Medications Online: Is it Safe?

Ordering pet medications online can be iffy.

Whether it’s the convenience factor or cost savings, many of us have fully embraced online shopping. Pet owners are no exception, and the increasing availability of more affordable pet medications online has many owners turning to the internet for their pet’s prescription medications. However, while this may be cheaper and easier, there are plenty of concerns associated with purchasing pet medications online.

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