Pet Pancreatitis: A Pain in the… Gut?

Pet pancreatitis.

There is a virtual laundry list of potential problems that can bring on digestive symptoms and abdominal pain in pets. When our veterinarians at Highway Veterinary Hospital see a patient for gastrointestinal symptoms during a sick visit, though, pet pancreatitis is almost always on the list of possibilities. Keep reading to learn more about this common pain in the gut:

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Is Doggy Drool Natural or a Red Flag?

mastiff drooling

What do bulldogs, mastiffs, Saint Bernards, and Bernese mountain dogs all have in common (beside, you know, being awesome)? They drool—a lot! Excessive salivation helps these breeds chew and swallow food, but doggy drool also keeps the mouth wet, adding to effective temperature regulation. In other words, it’s a good thing. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most dogs. In fact, uncharacteristic doggy drool can be indicative of certain health problems.

Something to Talk About

Doggy drool might not be something you’re excited to think about, but if you’ve recently gotten a smooch from your pup you’ve got a front row seat to the show. It simply goes with the territory of dog ownership, right?

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Cat Behavior: Your Cat’s Tail Tells All

Cat behavior: tail is up.

A cat’s tail can tell you a lot about their wellness. Cats are known for their playfulness and curiosity. At Highway Veterinary Hospital, we believe that understanding this communication can improve your relationship with your pet. 

Understand Cat Behavior with a Glimpse of the Tail

Although sometimes it might seem like your cat is blatantly ignoring you, their tail can tell a lot about what they are thinking and feeling. The following tail positions can signify certain emotions:

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All About Cat Vaccines

Cat wellness.

Disease prevention is a major concern for pet owners, but it can be a little confusing at times. Many health threats are a bit ambiguous, especially if a cat lives an indoor-only existence. Cat vaccines may seem like they aren’t necessary or important to many cats with limited potential exposure. The truth is, routine vaccinations play a critical role in disease prevention and maintaining lifelong health. 

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Are Your Cat’s Hairballs Inconvenient or Problematic?

A cat covers its eyes.

Hairballs are something that most cat owners accept as part of the territory of living with a cat. After all, they are covered in fur. Equipped with a super-unique tongue that easily lifts dead or loose hair, dirt and debris from their coat, cats strive to be extra-clean all the time. The barbs on the tongue that feel scratchy to us are pointed backwards, making it all but impossible for them not to swallow a mouthful of fur from their coat. 

This is all normal feline behavior, but if your cat’s hairballs seem excessive or out of control they may have something else going on.

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Eat This, Not That: Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Cat at Thanksgiving dinner looking at a Turkey

There’s nothing like an amazing meal, especially at Thanksgiving. Pies and baked goods, stuffing and mashed potatoes, and did we say turkey and gravy? It’s enough to make anyone salivate, including the family dog or cat. 

Unfortunately, with every Thanksgiving meal comes a number of tempting dishes that are toxic to pets. The team at Highway Veterinary Hospital wants to ensure your holiday is pet emergency-free by raising awareness about the Thanksgiving foods that are bad for pets.

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Giving Props to Pet Poop

Dog pooping

Your pet’s feces may not be the most glamorous thing to talk about, they deserve a lot more credit than you might think. Besides being a vehicle for eliminating waste from the body, pet poop holds a lot of information that can help you as well as our doctors at Highway Veterinary Hospital

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The Heart of the Matter: Understanding Heart Disease in Dogs

If your dog is the most big-hearted pet you know, you’re not alone. Our dogs are the heartbeat of the entire family and provide unconditional love and loyalty. But did you know that heart disease in dogs is diagnosed more than you might think. In fact, it is estimated that up to 10% of all dogs who are over 7 years of age have some form of a heart condition. 

Heart disease accounts for a big portion of senior pet problems, although some conditions can also appear in younger dogs, too. It’s important to understand this disease that affects millions of dogs each year and the team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to tell you more. 

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Should You Be Worried About Your Dog’s Reverse Sneeze?

A dog, mid-sneeze, standing in a forrest of falling leaves

If you have never heard or witnessed a reverse sneeze, you may want to consider yourself pretty lucky. 

This canine phenomenon that sounds much worse than it really is, the reverse sneeze can be startling, to say the least. However, most pet owners don’t know that this bizarre phenomenon even exists until they’re woken in the middle of the night by this unique noise.

The Research

A quick YouTube search for a reverse sneeze may be educational for those that have never heard of it before. Owners of dogs with this condition understandably mistake the sound for choking or respiratory distress. Snorting, honking, snuffling, and even gagging noises can be highly distressing. Most of the time, a reverse sneeze is completely normal.

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Help! My Dog Pees When Excited!

A black and white Boston Terrier standing next to a puddle of piddle looks a little frenzied

There are few things more joyful than a dog that’s happy to see you. But a whipping tail, floppy tongue, and dancing paws may conceal an embarrassing truth. If your dog pees when excited, you’re not alone. This issue is actually quite common among younger dogs, those that are newly adopted, or ones that simply need a bit more training. 

In other words, this behavior, while certainly inconvenient, can definitely be handled with patience, understanding, and support.

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