Help! How to Stop Your Dog from Digging Holes

There’s nothing cuter than watching an excited dog happily digging in the soil with their tongue out and dirt billowing all around them… unless it’s your dog and your yard!

Digging is a common complaint among pet owners, and it can feel like an overwhelming task to curb this behavior. However, perhaps understanding why your pet does this is the first step toward stopping a dog from digging.

Ancient Instincts

Our dogs were once wolves – even that cute little Pomeranian or Corgi shares a lot of DNA with these ancient ancestors. Wolves and wild dogs do a lot of digging, especially when they’re making their dens. Similarly, a pet dog may dig in order to create a cool or protected spot to rest.

Burying tasty food items and other treasured possessions is another trait passed down from the ancestors of modern dogs. That’s why your pet may choose to bury their toys, bones, or especially delicious treats.

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Check This Off Your List: How To Check Your Pet For Ticks

With the season of spring officially here, you may be thinking of all the fun outdoor activities that are hopefully coming up, from backyard BBQs to travel. One other thing that tends to come to the front of our minds in springtime are bugs – especially fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

We’re focusing on ticks with this blog, since they are found everywhere and can transmit serious and even deadly disease to pets and humans.  

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Fact or Fiction: A Close-Up On Dental Cavities in Dogs?

While cavities in dogs aren’t as common as they are in people, they do exist in about 5% of canine patients. Also known as dental caries, canine cavities occur when oral bacteria ferments carbohydrates on the tooth surface. While there are some other factors that are part of this tooth-decaying process, the fact is this diagnosis can be prevented.

All Things Considered

Part of the reason why you might not be aware of cavities in dogs is that there are some unique criteria involved. First, there must be a spot on a tooth for food to accumulate. Second, a dog must have eaten fermentable carbohydrates. Lastly, the presence of high salivary pH is necessary to trigger the fermentation process.

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Happening Right Now: The 10 Most Common Signs of Pet Dental Disease

It’s easy to forget about your pet’s teeth and gums until an unfortunate odor starts emanating from their mouth. Of course, doggie or kitty breath is nothing new, but by the time this tell-tale funk is obvious, damage to the teeth and gums has already begun. In other words, pet dental disease isn’t one of those conditions where you should just “wait and see” if something develops. The following common signs of poor dental health are all a call to action.

Before We Get Started…

Oral bacteria combined with food particles create a film on the teeth called plaque. When it hardens, tarter will form. Plaque is fairly easy to brush off, but tartar removal is more serious. When plaque is ignored, tartar creeps between the gums and teeth where bacteria can flourish, causing bad breath.

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Frosty Paws: Protecting Pet Paws This Winter

Be sure to protect pet paws as part of pet winter safety

Here in Maryland, both people and their pets are used to harsh winters. That doesn’t mean that your pet’s paws need to suffer, however. Highway Veterinary Hospital has your back when it comes to protecting pet paws this season. Read on to learn what you can do.

Winter Woes for Furry Feet

The winter weather can wreak havoc on delicate pet paws. When allowing your pet to enjoy the northeastern weather, it is important to be on the lookout for some common problems.

Cold weather catastrophes for furry feet can include:

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Be Prepared With Your Winter Pet First Aid Kit

A winter pet first-aid kit is great for winter pet safety

As our winter season hits, we’re thinking about all things safety. A pet first aid kit is a great tool for making sure your pets can stay safe and get the help they need should an emergency happen. And in the wintertime, this kit should include a few extras.

You can purchase pet first aid kits online, however, building your own kit, or adding to a pre-made one may be your best bet for making sure you have everything customized for your pet’s lifestyle and needs. So, what to include? Here are our tips for a winter pet first aid kit.

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Feeling Grrr-ateful This Year? How Pet Lovers Can Give Back on Thanksgiving

How Pet Lovers Can Give Back on Thanksgiving is by volunteering with pets

Whether it’s our health or beloved family and friends, Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how fortunate we are in many different ways. For pet lovers, recognizing and appreciating the numerous ways animals impact our lives is what Thanksgiving is all about. Taking that sense of gratitude a step further, the team at Highway Veterinary Hospital wants to explore ways to give back this holiday season. We hope you’ll join us!  

Inspired Warmth

Pets remind us that we’re lucky to have a place to call home. They keep our favorite chairs warm while we’re away and love us without condition. All of the support and companionship they provide unites pet lovers and informs our interactions with other people each and every day.

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Boo! Halloween Candy Safety For Pets

Halloween is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited. There’s the pumpkin carving, the pet halloween costumes (and contests!) and the main event – trick or treating the evening away. Some of us even like to bring our (very social) pets along.

But, of course, one hazard that Halloween poses for pets is that of Halloween candy. Most of us know that chocolate can be toxic to dogs, but what else do we need to be aware of when it comes to fright night, candy, and our pets? Highway Veterinary Hospital is ready to explore this topic and provide you some tips to keep your pets safe. Continue…

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Canine Influenza

Canine influenza, or dog flu, can be a serious risk to dog health.Nobody wants to get the flu, but the threat looms over us all once the cool weather returns. Luckily, humans have everything from herbal teas to vitamin supplements to vaccines to help us decrease our chances of getting the flu. However, when it comes to canine influenza (also known as “dog flu”), things aren’t quite so simple.

The virus, which made its appearance in the U.S. in 2005, can spread quickly with little or no warning. More than 2,600 dogs have been diagnosed with canine influenza in 2018; because many pets remain asymptomatic, the number of actual cases is surely much higher. At Highway Veterinary Hospital, we want to make sure every owner knows how to protect their dog from this troubling virus.

Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the type A influenza virus. Common symptoms include:

  • Mild coughing
  • Discharge from the eyes and nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

Veterinarians usually diagnose dog flu once the owner observes the above symptoms. Sometimes, the disease is diagnosed after multiple dogs experience a sudden onset of symptoms after being together in the same area.

Dog Flu: Not Just for Dogs Anymore?

Influenza viruses receive great attention by both human and animal health care professionals due to their ability to spread rapidly and chances of animal-to-human transmission.

  • All influenza A viruses originate in wild birds and waterfowl; some can be transmitted to other types of animals.
  • A change in a horse influenza virus caused the first canine influenza outbreak in North America in the early 2000’s.
  • Cases of dog-to-human transmission of influenza have been reported.
  • Cats are susceptible to many avian and human influenza viruses.

Protect Your Pet

The number one way to protect your pet is to have them vaccinated. At Highway Veterinary Hospital, we currently use the bivalent vaccine, which protects against both strains of canine influenza found in North America. We’ve incorporated it into our puppy series and consider it a core vaccine.

You can also reduce your pet’s risk of infection by carefully monitoring situations where your dog is in close contact with other animals (e.g., dog parks, doggie daycares, boarding facilities). Don’t allow your dog to play with another dog who appears sick. If your dog begins displaying symptoms, please call us right away, and quarantine your pet inside your home until your appointment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our team with additional questions about canine influenza.  

Home Delivery: Our Online Pet Pharmacy

Get your pet medications via home delivery!In the age of the internet, home delivery is nothing new. Jeff Bezos has led the charge in saving us all time and energy by making almost anything – even groceries – available for online purchase and home delivery. The modern world has put everything at our fingertips, but when it comes to pet medications, this can be risky and even deadly.

Highway Veterinary Hospital recognizes the value of your time, and we also want pets to stay safe. That’s why we’ve launched our own online store that’s both convenient and provides you with a trusted, reputable online pet pharmacy.

The Online Pet Pharmacy Problem

Online pet pharmacies have been around for many years. In a nutshell, you order your pet’s medications, products, and food from home. The company you order with contacts us for approval. Your products are then delivered when you need them – straight to your door. Continue…