Cat lovers won’t hesitate to confirm that the feline species is pretty perfect. Like it or not, however, cats are biological beings and susceptible to the constraints of a physical body. They can succumb to many of the same diseases and conditions as other species.
While medical problems in cats are not totally avoidable, there are certainly things that us cat lovers can do to help them live out their nine lives well. Understanding the common conditions diagnosed in cats and what to do to avoid or manage them can help our feline friends have long, happy lives.Continue…
If you’re getting ready to bring home a new baby, chances are your life is full of planning for how to make this transition run as smoothly as possible. Amidst the birth planning, gathering all the essentials, and taking care of yourself, you may be wondering how your pets will adjust to a new baby as well.
A new baby can be exciting for everyone, but for pets, it may also cause some anxiety. Pets are creatures of habit, and any change in their routine may be stressful for them. When it comes to this process, it’s smart to start early! Planning and preparation are key.Continue…
For many pets and their owners, summer brings a mix of delight and dread. It’s wonderful to be outside enjoying the warm weather, but the rumble of an approaching storm or the explosion of a fireworks display can send even the calmest pet into a frenzy of fear.
Prolonged periods of anxiety can cause pets to act out in destructive ways and will ultimately affect their physical and mental well being.
The team at Fairview Veterinary Hospital wants you and your pet to enjoy summer without all the worry. We’re here to help you develop a plan to combat noise anxiety in pets once and for all.Continue…
Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in the United States. The CDC estimates that over 300,000 people are infected each year, and Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of cases reported.
Our dogs are also at risk for Lyme disease. Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, it is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause heart complications, joint disease, and permanent nervous system damage.
Before you go out in the woods this summer, take a moment to brush up on the basics of Lyme disease in pets and how to prevent it.
Our pets are often adventurous and playful, and we love that about them! But sometimes pets get into things they shouldn’t. As we spring into a new season, your team at Fairview Veterinary Hospital would like to touch on spring safety for pets. Below are some of our top tips for keeping your pet healthy and well, and avoiding a pet emergency.Continue…
If you’ve been a pet owner or even if you have a brand new pet, you may have noticed a plethora of information out there (especially online) about pet food and pet nutrition. The internet abounds with advice, marketing, and guidance for pet owners about what they should feed their pets. How is a conscientious pet owner to make a decision about what to feed?
But wait. It should be easy, right? Pour the food into their bowl and that’s it? Not quite. Pets have specific nutritional requirements that need to be met in order for them to thrive.
Before your throw up your hands in confusion, have no fear. Fairview Veterinary Hospital has the scoop (no pun intended) on pet nutrition.Continue…
Preventing a pet poisoning is important throughout the year, but as we head toward Valentine’s Day and Easter, providing a few safety reminders is always a good idea. While we all do our best to protect our pets accidents do happen. Knowing the red flags of toxicity is a must, as well as training ourselves on how to react when a pet is in peril.
The reason that chocolate is toxic to animals is because it contains the compound theobromine. Different chocolates have different concentrations of theobromine. For example, the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate, and products with a high percentage of cacao are particularly dangerous. Milk chocolate has less, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to leave out for your pet to sample!Continue…
The bedrock of any successful business is, of course, the people. Without the friendly, caring, and compassionate folks that keep us going strong each day, our medical expertise and years of experience wouldn’t have as much impact.
Indeed, our team strives each day to help animals in our ever-growing community. We are rewarded tenfold for our efforts with enthusiastic tail wags, face licks, purrs, and head bumps. To the pet owners of Erie, Pennsylvania, we thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for your companion.
We also want to thank you for reading our pet care blogs. Each month, we discuss topics and address common questions facing many pet owners. From dispelling myths to raising awareness, our pet care blogs are meant to help and inform readers.
Giving a pet as a holiday gift can be a sweet gesture, but this type of generosity can create unforeseen challenges. For instance, unless the gift giver plans on daily involvement and long-term pet care, it’s a lot to ask for someone to instantly take on the demands of pet ownership – even if they’ve dropped hints that they’d love one for the holidays.
There are great alternatives to this common (but not always successful) practice, and we’re here to support the causes of adoption, fostering and donating during the most wonderful time of the year.Continue…
At Fairview Veterinary Hospital, few things make us more sad than a sick puppy…the only exception being a sick puppy who we could have protected from getting sick in the first place. Canine parvovirus is nothing to take lightly, but dog owners who take the time to learn a little bit about it can do a lot to protect their pet.
Understanding Canine Parvovirus
Parvovirus is a type of virus that can infect many different species. Human parvovirus commonly results in Fifth disease, feline parvovirus results in panleukopenia, and canine parvovirus results in a serious gastrointestinal infection commonly just called parvo.
Thankfully human parvovirus does not make dogs sick, and vice versa. This doesn’t mean that parvo is something to ignore.