The Heart of the Matter: The Power of Pet Heart Health

February 18th, 2017 by Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital Staff

It’s February, and hearts are everywhere. Valentine’s Day is all in good fun to show appreciation for the ones you love, and what better excuse than to use it as a reminder to take better care of our cardiovascular health.

Heart disease is one of the most common serious health problems in people, and pet heart health is just as important. Don’t forget to remember your four-legged family members this February.
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When Fido Says “No”: Should You Let Your Pet Judge Your Date?

February 14th, 2017 by Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital Staff

Most people have a list of attributes they look for in a significant other, and for most pet owners, “likes animals” is high on the list. On the flip side, our pets have definite feelings about the people we bring into their lives, especially those we spend a lot of time with.

What happens if your dog’s normally happy face transforms into a vicious snarl as soon as your date walks in the door? Does that mean you should find someone else? And if your cat typically hates strangers, but suddenly dives straight for your love interest’s lap, does it indicate that is the one for you?
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Love is in the Air: How to Avoid a Pet Emergency on Valentine’s Day

February 6th, 2017 by Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital Staff

Whether you’re single, engaged, or otherwise attached, there’s no avoiding Valentine’s Day. Once a small holiday meant to honor a saint, Valentine’s Day has become an enormous event that people prepare for weeks in advance. Chocolates, homemade cards, candles, and flowers all go a long way toward professing love, but what happens when a pet gets into the mix? Yes, love is in the air, but a true pet emergency could also be afoot.

Cocoa Culprits

From exquisite truffles to M&M’s, people love chocolate. Unfortunately, the chemical compounds – theobromine and caffeine – found in chocolate treats are responsible for large numbers of accidental pet poisonings. Both of these alkaline substances cannot be effectively metabolized by pets, and have the potential to cause vomiting, heart arrhythmia, and seizures when absorbed by the bloodstream.
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Do You See What I See? Animal Vision Explained

January 30th, 2017 by Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital Staff

The eyes are the windows to the soul, and they are also the windshield of our lives. Vision plays such an important part of day-to-day life, it is hard to imagine life without it. Our four-legged friends depend on their eyes as well, although animal vision differs from our own. Take a moment to see through the eyes of our animal counterparts.

Animal Vision Basics

Vision works similarly in most mammals, whether human, canine, or feline. Light enters the front of the eye through the clear covering called the cornea. From there, it passes through the lens where it is focused onto the back of the eye, called the retina.
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