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4 Reasons Your Dog has Bad Breath

Published: 11-30-2018

With a few kisses (licks) from your four legged friend, you catch a whiff of their breath. While a stinky breath can be due to not brushing their teeth, bad breath can also be a sign of something more serious, and you may want to have a veterinarian check on it. Here are a few reasons your dog may have bad breath. If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at 559-434-4000 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.

1. Gum or Dental Disease:
Just like humans, plaque and tartar can build up in dogs, which leads to bacteria causing the bad breath. Gum disease can occur in dogs and cause cavities, inflamed gums and tooth decay.

2. Kidney Disease:
Kidney disease or failure can also cause bad breath in dogs. The urine odor is a warning sign of kidney disease and you should make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.

3. Diabetes
Diabetes can be a cause of bad breath in dogs. The odor is fruity and sweet. Do not confuse this with a clean breath, the odor can be a symptom of something larger.

4. Liver Disease:
“If your dog’s breath is truly foul and she is also vomiting, exhibiting a lack of appetite, and has a yellow tinge to her gums, she may have a liver problem.”

Source: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/stanky-dog-breath/

3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Pets Teeth Healthy

Published: 11-20-2018

Dental care is vital to the overall health of any animal, yet it is the most common issue that most pet owners ignore. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.

Here are three easy ways to keep your pets teeth healthy. Download our brochure for more information on dentistry and your pet.

1. Dental Treats:
It’s no secret that pets love treats. The easiest way to keep your pet teeth healthy and improve their dental health is dental treats. Dental treats are made specifically to remove plaque buildup and often contain ingredients that freshen breath and clean your pet’s mouth. There are various types of dental treats that one can purchase that come in various shapes, flavors and sizes. Ask us for our recommendations next time at your next appointment.

2. Start a Routine:
Try to establish a teeth cleaning routine at the very least once a week. Begin slowly and get your pet accustom to a cleaning routine. It will get easier each time. Make it fun and if needed, create reinforcement. It’s okay to give a treat before or after a brushing session. Your pet will associate brushing with the treat giving trick. Start when your pet is young. The ideal time to start brushing a dog’s teeth is when it is a puppy. You can start as early as eight weeks of age. Starting young can help your pet to become accustomed to the feel of the brush and the act of brushing.

3. Toothbrushes:
Toothbrushes work much better than finger brushes. There are various tools such as wipes that you can use on your pet. Be sure to use a pet approved toothpaste. Do not ever use human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth. Human toothpaste creates suds, and dogs can’t rinse their mouth and spit. Fluorides and other ingredients can be toxic to animals if ingested. Bonus tip – Let your pet lick the toothpaste off the brush and enjoy the flavor. It will help your pet to get used to the taste, making it more likely to accept brushing.

Bonus Tip:
Schedule a dental cleaning with us. If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at 559-434-4000 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.

4 Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pet

Published: 10-29-2018

1. Trick-or-Treats are Not for Pets
All forms of chocolate can be dangerous, even lethal for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and others, according to PetMD.

2. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets

3. Halloween Costume
What is Halloween without a fun cute costume and dozens of photos? If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable. Ensure it doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Be sure to make the time to ensure your pet is accustomed to the costume. Never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.

4. Don’t Leave Pets out in the Yard
Don’t leave your pet unsupervised outside on Halloween night. It can be stressful for your pet to be outside. Your pet can also be subjected to pranks that could happen on Halloween nights.

5 Ways to Celebrate National Cat Day

Published: 10-29-2018

Happy National Cat Day from Waterhouse Animal Hospital! For us, everyday is National Cat Day. Here are 5 ways you can celebrate National Cat Day.

1. Adopt from a local rescue or animal shelter.

2. Commit to your cats health and schedule a visit with us. Ensure that all vaccines are up to date and that your cat’s health is in great shape.

3. Toys: Buy some toys for your cat. Buy toys that will help them be active.

4. Make sure your home is pet proof and. Ensure your home is a safe environment for your pet by keeping glass, hazardous materials and household items away from their space

5. Take a Photo:
Take advantage of our photo booths in our waiting rooms. We love to see all the fun photos and share them for the world to see. Be sure to tag us on Instagram

Wellness Exams

Published: 09-25-2018

Your pet is another family member to you. Their health and well-being is important to you and to us all at Waterhouse Animal Hospital. We believe that regular checkups and wellness exams are critical to your pet’s health and quality of life.

In these wellness exams, it will give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their own unique bodies and tendencies. Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date with your pet’s health, they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious. Your pet will be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian and this checkup gives us vital information to help keep your pet healthy.

Regular wellness exams also make your pet more familiar with our veterinary hospital, which makes future visits easier on them and you. Please contact us today if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we care for your pet.

Cardiology and Pets

Published: 09-05-2018

While primary care vets are trained to diagnose and treat a number of cardiovascular conditions, specialists have received advanced training. We may recommend your pet have a consult or echocardiogram with one of our board-certified cardiologists that visit our hospital regularly. Dr. Siemens and Dr. Russell have received extensive training, and became board-certified in diseases of the heart.

One of their common procedures is an ultrasound called an echocardiogram. Cardiologists give us three kinds of information:

1) what is causing the heart problem and what the prognosis is
2) are any medications indicated, and if so, what dose
3) is the patient okay for anesthesia?

Heart Murmur:

Discovering your pet has a heart murmur or irregular heartbeat can be a terrifying moment. A heart murmur is an abnormal sound that a veterinarian hears when listening to the pet’s heart through a stethoscope during a physical exam. Knowing the full extent of your pets health (related to a heart murmur) is to see our veterinary cardiologist, that will help you determine the cause of the murmur and the severity of the heart disease. There are various reasons for a heart murmur.

Treating Hypertension:

Systemic hypertension – more commonly known as high blood pressure – is another condition that cardiologists commonly treat. Hypertension in cats and dogs often stem from other diseases, which is why it is important to be seen by both a veterinarian and a veterinary cardiologist.

Sophisticated Diagnostics:

Cardiologists are trained to perform a number of advanced diagnostic procedures, some of which include ultrasound of the heart, electrocardiography (ECG), and detailed chest X-ray interpretation.

At Waterhouse Animal Hospital, we are a team that works together to ensure your pet is receiving the best quality care possible. Our communication and expertise allows us to treat your pet as if they are our own. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (559) 434-4000 / We are open 7 days a week.


Welcoming a New Pet to Your Home

Published: 08-28-2018


Congratulations on adding a new member to your family! Exciting fun memories and hundreds of selfies and photos await with your new furry family member. Here are some tips for welcoming a new pet into your home, making a smooth transition.

  1. A Calm Household: Creating a calm comfortable environment for your pet initially is important for your pet to adjust to their new environment. This will help them feel safe and settle in to a home nicely.
  2. Is Your Home Cat/Dog-Proof?: Make sure your home is a safe environment for your pet by keeping glass, hazardous materials and household items away from their space.
  3. TOYS!: This will help cats from scratching your furniture and dogs busy chewing on things they are supposed to chew on.
  4. Litter Box: Ensure that your cat knows where the litter box is located and be trained to use it.
  5. Consistency: Keeping a consistent schedule for your dog is key to helping them adjust to their new home and environment. Also be consistent with the vocabulary words used for training.
  6. Patience and Love: The love you will receive from your pet is unconditional and will be the beginning of beautiful memories. With patience and love, your pet will love their new home and being part of the family.

Signs Your Cat Needs to See a Vet

Published: 08-22-2018

Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day! A day that’s fitting if you’re wondering, if your cat should see a vet. Or if you can’t remember the last time your cat saw a veterinarian. Here are some signs you should schedule an appointment with a vet.

1. Abnormal Breathing

Cats don’t pant to cool themselves like dogs do. Anytime you see a cat breathing with its mouth open, it’s a sign of respiratory distress. Learn to count your cat’s breathing.

2. Can’t Urinate

Pay close attention when you see your cat, especially your male cat, visiting the litter box over and over again in a relatively short period of time. Check to see if your cat is actually producing urine. Cats can be prone to the same urinary diseases as dogs, like bladder stones, infections, and cancer.

3. Your Cat is Acting Differently

When a cat isn’t feeling well, he or she will hide or avoid interaction, neglect grooming or simply not act like his or her usual self. If your cat is not acting normal, he or she needs a check-up. Things to pay attention to are energy level, appetite, thirst, sleep patterns, and other physical and behavioral patterns.

4. Discolored Gums

“The color of a cat’s gums can reveal a lot about his or her health. A healthy cat’s gums will be pink, and if you press them with a finger, the color will return to that same pink hue within seconds of lifting your finger. Different colored gums can indicate a variety of problems. For example, bluish gums may mean there’s a life-threatening lack of oxygen, and yellow gums could be a sign of liver disease.”

5. Your Cat is Walking Abnormally

“If your cat won’t put weight on a limb, is favoring a leg or simply seems to be moving strangely, he or she may have arthritis, an infection, a fracture or another injury.”

6. You Keep Wondering

No one knows your cat the way you do. Trust your instincts and schedule an appointment with a vet.

At Waterhouse Animal Hospital, we are a team that works together to ensure your pet is receiving the best quality care possible. Our communication and expertise allows us to treat your pet as if they are our own. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (559) 434-4000 / We are open 7 days a week.



4 Signs Your Dog Needs to See a Vet

Published: 07-13-2018

New Dog  “parents” is a rewarding experience and a big moment in our lives. Being a pet owner also comes with multiple responsibilities. Just like us, dogs can get sick and your furry family member will rely on you for medical care. We recommend your dog goes to a veterinarian for a regular checkups, however there are a few signs of illness you should be aware of.

1. Low Activity 

Dogs are energetic from being a puppy to throughout their lifetime. If your dog suddenly seems to have lost its energy, or seems to be unsteady on its feet, it could indicate health problems. This could be due to anything from upset stomach to major illnesses. If the problem persists, it’s important to get your dog to a vet.

2. Scratching and Chewing

Frequent scratching, licking, or chewing at the same area suggests a skin problem. Dogs are subject to allergies and skin infections, while dogs who spend time outdoors may encounter fleas or other biting insects. Ticks spread Lyme disease, which can be fatal. Dogs with long floppy ears also tend to develop ear infections and rub at their ears. If your dog shows these behaviors, bring it to a veterinarian for treatment.

3. Digestive Problems

Dogs may eat things that would shock you. Vomiting or diarrhea isn’t unusual, but if it becomes constant there’s a problem. Dogs are vulnerable to viruses, parasites, or blockage of the intestines. If your dog is sick for more than a couple of days, won’t eat, or you find blood in your pet’s vomit or stool, get them to a vet.

4. Coughing or Sneezing

If you got your dog from a kennel or shelter, or it’s spending time with other dogs, it could catch an upper respiratory infection. Many common forms of canine URI can be serious, such as kennel cough. If your dog is constantly coughing or sneezing, or otherwise has trouble breathing, see your veterinarian.

At Waterhouse Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing the finest care for your pet. Visit us at Waterhouse Animal Hospital or give us a call at (559) 434-4000 to set up your appointment.


Sources: http://trupanion.com/blog/2018/05/4-signs-your-dog-needs-a-vet/

July 4th Pet Safety Tips

Published: 07-03-2018

Did you know more pets get lost on Independence Day than any other holiday? The loud noise and celebration can all frighten and disturb your pet and even affect your calmest pet. For our beloved pets the sights, sounds and even the smells of fireworks are terrifying. They are out of the ordinary and are so infrequent that our pets don’t have an opportunity to become accustomed to them and therefore relieve their fear.

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe on July 4:

  • Keep your dogs indoors during the fireworks. Even a calm dog could become frightened and bolt off into the darkness. The ASPCA notes that July 4 is one of the busiest times for found dogs being brought to the shelter.
  • Make certain your dogs and cats are wearing collars with your contact information on them or make sure they are microchipped.
  • Make a “safe space” in your home for your pets. If they are accustomed to being in a crate, put them in there. Offer them a special treat or their favorite toy, dim the lights and turn on a television or radio to drown out the outside noises.
  • If you’re having a party at your home to watch the fireworks, make sure your pets are in a room in which they cannot make a break for a door and run off into the night. They should not greet guests at the door nor should they be wandering the house unfettered as they could become frightened and run out before you can grab them.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
  • Even after the fireworks displays have ended, your pet may still be stressed and anxious. Keep a careful eye on him or her and don’t let them out without a leash and without their collar and tags with your contact information. Their high anxiety level may have them acting differently than you’d imagined they would and you don’t want your beloved pet to run off into the dark of the night.


Sources: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/July-4-Safety.aspx