Made in the Shade: Pet Sun Protection

Enjoying the great outdoors by way of lounging poolside, hiking to a beautiful lake, or just relaxing in the backyard is what spring and summer are all about. Your pet will also be happy to get out for some sunshine and fresh air with you as you walk, play, jog, and do other pet friendly activities together. But the sunny weather has many of us slathering on sunscreen and donning our hats and sunglasses. Did you know your pet needs protection, too?

In order to prepare for the sunnier, warm weather, your team at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital wants to stress the importance of pet sun protection. You may be surprised to learn just how important it is to protect your furry one from those harmful rays. 

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The Facts About Parasite Prevention in LA

Protecting your pet from external and internal parasites (and their associated diseases) is every pet owner’s responsibility. But there are some misconceptions about parasites in the city and whether or not they are a threat to our pets. 

The team at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to address the facts about parasite prevention in LA and what you can do to better protect your furry loved one.

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What the Cluck? Raising Backyard Chickens in LA 

Urban homesteading is a growing trend and for good reason. Many people are growing their own food in their yards and raising a variety of livestock. Backyard chickens are an especially good choice for smaller yards for those who want to raise them for free-range eggs, amazing compost, and as wonderful pets. (Yes, chickens make awesome pets.) But there are several things to know about raising chickens, so that you can keep them successfully.

The team at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to explore the topic of backyard chickens in LA and what you need to know to make your new brood happy and healthy.

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The Gold Star Guide to Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth at Home 

Pet owners are some of the most responsible, caring people out there. They usually know exactly what their best friends need, and try their hardest to provide it. 

Despite this commitment, it can be very challenging to maintain a dental care routine at home. Sure, there are some great food products designed to reduce plaque and tartar accumulation. But there really isn’t a substitute for brushing your pet’s teeth at home. 

We know it can be hard to start, but our tips aim to help you establish a safe, nurturing habit.

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Shiloh Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of the 2019

Our team is among a very lucky subset of grownups. Instead of dreading going to work every day, we are excited about who we get to meet and socialize with.

And who wouldn’t be? We have the most adorable, affectionate patients out there! It’s no secret that we love animals, but we value the relationships we build with pet owners, too.

To that end, we hope that our monthly pet care blogs help you better care for your best friend. After all, a great deal of what a pet needs may not always be clear or obvious.

Over the past year, our pet care blogs covered a lot of ground. Whether we focused on a specific illness or how to enjoy seasonal activities together, we hope that the information was interesting, relevant, and timely. 

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Pot-Bellied Pigs as Pets

It is more and more common for us at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital to see people with pets other than dogs and cats. No matter the species, we think that your animal family members deserve the best in veterinary care.

Pot-bellied pigs as pets are an increasingly popular choice and they can make absolutely amazing additions to the crew. They aren’t for everyone, though. Before considering a pot-bellied pig as your next pet, it is important to do your research.

Learning the Basics

Before committing to a new porky addition, there are a few basic requirements that you  need to be sure that you meet. Find out the following: 

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Is Pet Dental Care Really Necessary? The Answer May Surprise You

Imagine not brushing your own teeth. Within a day, your mouth would probably feel pretty gross. For most pets, never having their teeth brushed or professionally scaled is a fact of life. 

While it can seem frivolous or indulgent to care for a pet’s teeth, the fact is that a large majority of cats and dogs suffer from the effects of periodontal (gum) disease by the time they reach age 3. Caused by poor pet dental care, this irreversible disease is 100% preventable.

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Senior Pet Health for Dogs, Cats, and Exotics

As a pet ages, certain conditions and diseases may become a problem if they are predisposed, either through lifestyle or genetics. This is not to say that aging is a prescription for illness. Not by a long shot. By making sure you follow a good wellness program for your best friend, it can benefit them down the road and help to ward off disease. 

How do you do this? This is where the team at Shiloh Mobile Veterinary Hospital come in! We’re here to explain the merits of senior pet wellness and what it entails, so that you can keep your furry, scaled, finned, or feathered friend in great shape for years to come.

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Unique Babies: Exotic Pet Care and Veterinary Wellness Examinations

The tiniest members of our families may not always be cats or dogs. In fact, the number of pet owners that are bringing unusual and wonderful exotic pets into their families seems to be increasing! Small mammals like guinea pigs, hamsters, and ferrets, birds of all varieties, reptiles and amphibians, and other exotic pets are a popular choice for those who seek the unique. 

Exotic pets make excellent pets, but their care is different from other domestic animals. The Shiloh Veterinary Hospital team is here to put a spotlight on exotic pet care and veterinary examinations for the best health and wellbeing of your pet.

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Back to School Blues: How to Manage Pet Separation Anxiety

A Jack Russel Terrier waits by the door with its tail-a-waggin!

It’s that time of year again. Shopping for school supplies, snacks, clothes, and shoes and figuring out new schedules occupy the minds and hours of families with school-aged kids – but how does the family pet feel about the change in routine? 

Pet separation anxiety is real, and it can rear its ugly head as your pet’s small (or tall) summer companions troop back through the school doors for the next 9 months. Fortunately, boredom, depression, and behavioral issues can be prevented, and the team at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital can help.

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