The Dangerous Habit of Letting Your Dog Ride in the Truck Bed

Most dogs love to go with us when we run errands, go on road trips, and other travel opportunities. Dogs and the open road go hand in hand, but there are a few habits that may not be so compatible. Letting your dog ride in the truck bed or stick their head out of the window seems pretty normal, but this activity can put your pet in grave danger.

Riding in the back of the truck poses the risk of accident and injury, and even worse, death. Even if your pet is inside the car, but leans out of a window, this can also spell disaster. To explain, Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here with the reasons why pet owners should reconsider.

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Mine, Mine, Mine! Microchipping Birds and Exotics

When it comes to above and beyond care for your pets, Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is happy to be your partner in achieving greatness. If you know anything about us, you know that this dedication for us extends way past just dogs and cats. We are proud to be your resource for the best care for your more non-traditional pets as well. 

From wellness care to surgery to dentistry, your pets deserve the best. One area many of our pet owners have questions about is microchipping birds and exotics. We are happy to provide this service and explain why we feel passionate about it.

Pet Microchip Basics

Microchipping may sound a little futuristic and maybe a tad Big Brother, but in reality it is nothing that scary at all. 

A microchip is a small, inert object about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under the pet’s skin with the aid of an application needle. 

Pet microchips:

  • Are inert and will not cause any type of reaction
  • Imbed where they are placed and do not typically migrate
  • Do not wear out or require any type of power source
  • Do not emit any type of GPS or tracking signal
  • Can be a great failsafe to things like collars and other identifiers that can fall off
  • Are inexpensive
  • Carry a unique identification number
  • Must be registered with your current contact information in the company database to get your pet back to you

If your pet becomes separated from you, whether by accident or during something like a fire or natural disaster, they are much more likely to be reunited with you if they are microchipped. 

Microhipping Birds and Exotics

Most dog and cat owners routinely microchip their pets. Microchipping birds and exotics, though, tends to be overlooked. 

Microchipping birds and exotics is just as important as in other pets, though! Most times this can be safely accomplished without anesthesia, although for some pets as short anesthetic may be safer. Microchipping provides valuable peace of mind for pet owners.

Birds who fly are at particular risk of becoming lost, and leg bands don’t always stay put. Even those with clipped wings or other pets that spend time outdoors or near a door or window can accidentally escape. Sadly, there are certain pets that are at high risk for being stolen as well. 

We recommend microchipping most of our patients. After all, risk is low to non-existent and the benefits are immense. If you have questions or concerns about a microchip for your pet, furred, feathered, or otherwise, please contact us. We are happy to further discuss this wellness procedure with you. 

Fashionable, Functional Dog Sunglasses That Protect Canine Eyes

Your dog’s eyes are probably the feature you love most about them. After all, they seem capable of seeing right into your very soul. With this in mind, it makes sense to protect their peepers, but are dog sunglasses a realistic choice?

While some dogs may need lots of training and encouragement to keep their shades straight, the benefits are so long-lasting that you’ll be glad you both made the effort.

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Party Animals: Keeping Pets Safe and Happy During Summer Parties

The summer party season is here again – although here in sunny Southern California it can be argued that it’s always summer party season.

Just like humans, each pet has their own take on festivities. Some relish in the novelty of guests and enjoy all of the pets, pats, and accidentally dropped morsels, while others may be shy, scared, or just not interested in socializing. Whichever way your furry pal leans, keeping pets safe should be your top priority when planning your get together.

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A Poopy Problem: Why Picking Up Pet Waste Is Necessary

You’ve encountered it. You are out at the park with your pet and look over to see someone’s dog “doing their business”. Just as soon as he’s done, the dog and owner quickly trot off, leaving the grossness where it was deposited.

People not picking up after their pet is a serious problem. Not only is it rude and causes stink and the risk of people stepping on it, but pet waste also carries disease and attracts flies and other parasites.

Picking up your pet’s waste is a part of being a responsible dog owner. The team at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to explain why this unfortunate doody duty benefits your pet, you, and the entire community.

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On the Prowl and Out of Sight: What Your Cat Sees Outside at Night

Cats love to roam, especially at night. This is because they are creatures whose instinct is to hunt when it is dark outside, especially at dawn and dusk. Those are the times of day that a cat is most active. If your cat is allowed to be outdoors, you may wonder what they do in the darkness of the night. You are not alone in this question.

The team at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to clear up the mystery of what a cat sees outside at night. Let’s explore!

Why the Nighttime Exploration?

The reason why your furry one loves to go out at night is based on their genetics. Cats are not true nocturnal animals but crepuscular. This means they are most active during the early evening and morning, at dawn. 

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: Pet Safe Plants

Spring has finally sprung, and nothing helps to cheer the soul quite like some pretty blooms and time in the great outdoors. It is important to be sure, though, that your love of plants and your love of animals don’t interfere, though.

When choosing what types of vegetation to allow into your home and garden, Shiloh Veterinary Hospital hopes that you will consider your four legged family members. Choosing pet safe plants isn’t hard, and doing so will let you enjoy the spring with your furry friends.

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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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Observing Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month to Protect Your Pet

Since you know how curious your cat or dog is, it’s amazing how many things they try and get into. Things we may never even imagine to be edible or tasty to them. But the reality is, pets are like toddlers and try and eat whatever they find. Because of this fact, it’s important to understand all of the potential pet poisons that are in the home and outdoors. 

March is national Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month, and your team at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is observing the month by raising more awareness among our readers. As loving pet owners, we are sure you want the safest home for your four-legged and more education about pet toxins is key. Let’s take a look at why.

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Happy, Hairy, Hoppy Holidays: Creating a Magical Season for Your Pets

The holidays are a wondrous time of togetherness, food, festivities, and so much love. Good memories are made when we gather together and share the bounties of the year. Then we get to look ahead to a wonderful New Year. 

At Shiloh Veterinary Hospital we are all about making this time of year one of wonder and safety for our pet companions. That’s why we put together this list of helpful tips you can use this season, and throughout the year.

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