For dogs, a chemical in chocolate called theobromine is the source of the problem. Theobromine is similar to caffeine. Theobromine is toxic to a dog when it ingests between 100 and 150 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.
Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. It will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.
Exploring the new surroundings of your home is one of the first things your new puppy will do when he arrives. When you see your home through his eyes, you’ll begin to notice all kinds of interesting things, such as cords and plastic bags.
Fall has arrived, and that means colder weather is just around the corner. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has issued several tips to keep dogs safe as temperatures begin to drop and as holiday baking and decorating abound.
Spring and summer in our area mean tick season. Even dogs and cats that spend only brief periods of time outdoors can be susceptible to ticks. It is very difficult to avoid your pets’ exposure to these pests, and even careful inspection after outdoor activities can fail to locate ticks on them.
Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:
Chantilly Animal Hospital is proud to announce the feature of Dr. Jay Margolis and Dr. Adam Ainspan as Best Veterinarians in the Nothern Virginia Magazine. Dr. Margolis and Dr. Ainspan are fixtures in the area’s veterinary community, leading our hospital with a focus on general companion animal needs.
A new pet is more than an adorable bundle of fur; it’s also a big responsibility. That pesky puppy or curious kitten can find lots of ways to get into trouble. A pet’s safety always comes first, but you’ll also want to take steps to safeguard your furniture, carpeting, and other belongings (including that favorite pair of shoes). Read on for tips that will help you pet-proof your home.
While our cats may not like to admit it, with their independent streak and all, they rely on us to make all the decisions regarding their diet. Here’s a handy guide on how to create a healthy diet for your cat.
A car ride! A car ride! A car ride! For most dogs it’s the greatest thing since the cookie. But a dog can get motion sickness just like people do, which can mean that even a short car trip becomes stressful for the dog — and disgusting for the owner.
According to a 2009 survey by AAA and Best Western International, more than three-quarters of respondents said they want to take their pet with them on vacation. We love our pets and want them to experience the excitement of exploring new destinations right alongside us. And with more and more pet-friendly accommodations available, it’s becoming easier to pack up the entire family for adventure.
You want your pet to look good and feel good. But if he’s suffering from atopy — an allergic skin reaction – neither is the case. The itching can make your dog or cat miserable, and redness, rashes, bleeding, and skin infections are worse.
Some of these signs, such as weight loss and bad breath, may be indicative of cancer or they may signify other health problems. Regardless, they should always prompt a discussion with your veterinarian.
Is your cat coughing, wheezing and producing nasty-looking snot from her nose? It’s not a run-of-the-mill cold as we might think of it. Cats can be prone to respiratory problems. If they go unrecognized or untreated, the result can be a bad case of pneumonia.
One of the sweetest things about my profession as a veterinarian is the opportunity to see the love shared between people and pets. What’s even more special is seeing the accommodations people make for pets with disabilities.
The holidays are here, with visitors and house guests coming and going — and that means an increased likelihood that your dog will be around unfamiliar people, particularly children. When my clients are preparing for the holiday season, I take the time to address strategies they can use to help keep interactions between their dog and visiting children safe and positive.
Recently, I talked with a frustrated dog owner who felt like she had missed her chance to teach her dog good manners. “I want to train my Cocker Spaniel to stop barking every 30 seconds,” she lamented, “but he’s 4 now and it’s too late to change him!”
You’ve done all the right things when it comes to training your dog, and so far, it’s gone well: He knows how to sit and stay and shake, and he’s pleasant and polite to be around. But suddenly, training feels like a burden — and your dog doesn’t seem like he’s enjoying it, either. Time to give up?
A dog can bark for many reasons — to defend his territory, signal a stranger, get attention, say hello, express discomfort or frustration, and more. Understanding why a dog barks is key to getting him to stop.
Dogs can become aggressive and bark, growl, lunge at, and even attack other pets and people for all kinds of reasons — dominance, fear, defense of territory, pain, frustration, overly enthusiastic play, and more.
Have you ever wondered what pet insurance is and if it's a good investment for you? We want to answer your questions! No matter the age of your furry friend we have a wellness plan to fit their needs. Check out this video on the benefits of pet insurance.
There are many myths when it comes to pet grooming, so knowing the right way to brush and bathe your dog or cat can be a little confusing. Find out more about grooming and how our professional grooming staff can help!
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food. However, Thanksgiving is also a time for hidden dangers for your furry friends. Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe during the holiday season.