Hefner Road Animal Hospital Blog

Winter Pet Activities: Creative Ideas to Keep Your Pet Moving

Hefner_iStock_000018596044_LargeEven though the weather has been pleasant and the first signs of spring are on the horizon, February seems to keep us in a winter slump. It’s still dark outside in the early hours, making it a bit more difficult to motivate ourselves for that brisk morning dog walk, and the early sunsets don’t help much, either; especially when it comes to hitting the dog park after work.

However, despite the season and its apparent limitations, our pets do require daily exercise all year long. That being said, since it is much easier to feel that get-up-and-go during the spring and summer months, we thought it would be a great idea to offer up some creative ideas for winter pet activities. Continue…

The Scoop: Why Your Cat Won’t Use The Litter Box

Black cat sitting on human toiletIf your cat won’t use the litter box, it’s probably for reasons unrelated to the environmental impact of his or her litter. However; one in every ten cats will develop an aversion to using the litter box at one point or another, and it’s important to try and understand why.

 Sadly, litter box issues are one of the top reasons cats are surrendered to shelters every year – even though the problem is often solvable, and can be indicative of a larger (and often treatable) health concern. Whether your cat’s litter box lament is a behavioral choice or a medical malady, we’ll explore the possible reasons why your cat won’t use the litterbox. Continue…

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Preventing Pet Emergencies Through Crate Training

Hefner_iStock_000028457668_MediumWhile many people do utilize a crate for their dog, there are many misconceptions out there regarding crate training. People worry that pets who are crated may be cramped, bored, or in an unnatural environment. However, this is rarely the case – especially when a dedicated pet owner is involved.

Properly crated pets still receive plenty of exercise and interaction, and many view the crate as a safe, positive environment. When used right, crate training can also be a valuable means of keeping your pet safe and even preventing pet emergencies all together. Continue…

Is it a Pet Emergency? What to Look For and What to Do

Hefner_iStock_000009827806_LargeNo one likes to think about their loved ones being in an emergency situation, but emergencies of all shapes and sizes can happen to people and pets alike. Being aware of your pet’s habits and normal behaviors can be very important in identifying and promptly addressing an emergency situation.

Learn what all pet owners should know about a pet emergency, including what signs to look for, and what to do if your pet is in crisis. Continue…

Demystifying Pet Laser Therapy

As you sit watching your favorite show after work you can hear that now familiar jingle. No, Christmas has come and gone, that’s Sadie’s collar jingling away and she’s at her hot spot once again. You’ve tried bitter apple, you’ve tried the sprays and the ointments and the pills and none of this has seemed to help. Your pet can’t live her life in the cone of shame, so what can you do?

Companion laser therapy

The idea of pet laser therapy sounds kind of science fiction, and there is a lot of science behind it, but fiction, not so much. Think back to those days in science class where you learned about the Mitochondria and how you never thought that there was an actual application for those “joules” you learned about in chemistry. The laser uses wavelengths, in the form of a warm, soothing light that is not painful for your pet. It emits photons that penetrate the skin and increase ATP production in the cells, which helps with growth and increase in cell health and energy.

Our Top Five Uses for Pet Laser Therapy:

  1. Pain relief
  2. Reduces Inflammation
  3. Accelerates tissue repair and cell growth
  4. Accelerates wound healing
  5. Improves nerve function

What does pet laser therapy mean for your pet?

Here at Hefner Road Animal Hospital we have seen the “miracle” of laser therapy and fully endorse its use in our everyday practice.

  • Post Surgery

Each surgery we perform is followed by a session with a laser over the incision to help cut down on your pet’s recovery time so they can get back to their normal routine as soon as possible.

  • Senior Pet Care

We have seen numerous senior pets regain a little pep in their step after sessions with our laser and that can make a huge difference in your pet’s quality of life.

  • Hot Spots

Not to mention, the dreaded hot spot. Laser therapy aids in the kind of cell growth needed in order to alleviate a hot spot once and for all.

Pet laser therapy, combined with traditional medicinal methods, could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Pet Laser Therapy gearIts Quick!

Laser therapy is as simple as bringing your in pet while you run errands. The sessions can last from 5 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the type of therapy and severity of the condition. While multiple sessions are often necessary for full recovery, seeing your pet’s health increase with each treatment can truly be worth it. Persistent conditions like hot spots and arthritis can seem never ending, but there is hope and it comes in the form of a relaxing, warm massage known as laser therapy.

If you are in the Northwest Oklahoma City; Lake Hefner area, contact us for more information for your pets best care needs.

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Pet Weight Loss : A New Year for Your Pet

ID-100303488New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

After the first of the year many things will change. There will be an increase in gym memberships followed by cancelations one month later. We will all struggle with remembering to write 2015 and not 2014 and we will attempt to lay out a New Year’s resolution that won’t end in failure. Has anyone ever thought about including a new year pet resolution?

Pet Weight Loss

It may seem cliché, but weight loss seems to be a reoccurring theme for many when it comes to New Year’s resolutions and chances are Fido can stand to lose an inch or so.

Obesity is a major problem in the U.S. that so many seem to have the answer for. But, what works for one may not for another. The same can be said for your pet. While pet weight loss options may vary, the basic ideals of weight loss we use for ourselves may also pertain to our furry friends as well. Controlling calorie intake as well as ample exercise can help your pet live a long and healthy life.

Resources for Pet Weight Loss

Numerous pet food companies offer diets that are supposed to help our pets lose weight with ease, however, pet food labels can be tricky. There are prescription weight loss diets that are offered by several companies, like Science Diet and Royal Canin. These diets are formulated to control calories as well as introduce more fiber into the pet’s diet, aiding in digestion and weight loss. Some diets even work on a metabolic level with accompanied online weight loss programs. To help you keep track of how much is lost and how much your pet should really be consuming each day to help your pet be in the best shape they can be.

These are all great options, but what about what is available in the grocery store?

Labels Should Read:

  • Light or lite
  • Calorie count of less than 3,100 for dogs and 3,250 for cats

Lots of foods labeled with “weight management” aren’t really going to do much for your pet because the calorie count is just is too high. If ever you have questions about a pet food label, bring it by the hospital and we can go over all the details with you so you know exactly what your pet will be consuming. There are so many options and that can be overwhelming, but with the right food and planning, your pet can reach their goal weight!

Planning 2015

A healthy pet is a happy pet! Not only can your pet benefit from exercise, but so can you! Daily walks can be a bonding experience for you and your dog and I bet your feline friends would love to chase some string around the house with you. We want to be able to keep our pets around as long as we can and maintaining a healthy weight throughout life will only extend the time we have to shower our pets with the love they deserve. Don’t forget your pets this year when writing your New Year’s resolutions, who knows the possibilities!

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Dental Care and Your Pet

Who likes Dental Care?
It’s a fair assumption that a great number of people do not enjoy going to the dentist. We all love having a set of pearly whites so it is most definitely a necessary evil. How amazing would it be if we could show up for our appointment, take a nice snooze while under, and wake up with a gleaming smile? While this luxury may not be readily available to us, it is for our pets! It can be comfortable and stress free while getting preventive dental care for your pet at Hefner Road Animal Hospital.

CorgiA Pet’s view
Cowboy the Corgi wakes up as per usual, but this morning there’s a twist. Mom has asked him if he wants to go for a car ride! He’s so excited! They get into the car and drive around but Cowboy isn’t quite sure where they’re going and he doesn’t really care. Eventually they arrive and get out of the car and they go inside. There are so many new smells of other animals and friendly people telling him how cute he is, a dog could get used to this!

They take him away from Mom but that’s okay, they give great belly rubs! Later they take him into a room, and put him on a table. He gets a little anxious but soon he starts to get very sleepy and off he goes to sleep. He wakes up in a warm kennel to the soothing voice of the nice lady with the belly rubs from earlier. Cowboy feels a little weird but after drifting in and out of a few cat naps he feels great! After while, the nice lady takes him back through the building and Mom is there waiting! With the wag of his tail, everyone can see how happy he is! Mom takes him back out to the car and off to home they go!

Preventive Dental Care for Your Pet
A yearly pet dental cleaning is recommended for your pets not only to keep their breath smelling fresh, but also for general body health including kidneys and liver. We love our pets unconditionally, so why not keep them in the best shape they could be while keeping them comfortable at the same time? Preventive veterinary medicine is a huge preventive aspect of animal health that should not be ignored for the benefit of your pet’s well-being.

Daily brushing is ideal but is often times unrealistic. Dental hygiene products like CET chews and water additives can help prolong your pet’s dental cleaning but won’t remove the existing plaque that has accumulated, making yearly pet dental cleaning is the way to go.

How Much does it Cost?
Of course, there is the cost aspect of it all, which is why we are always happy to work with people and offer monthly payment plans that can help spread out the cost over the span of a year. We want everyone’s pets to be healthy AND happy and this starts with dental health.

One day, us humans may start the trend of regular “restful”, anesthetized visits to the dentist, until then, our pets will enjoy the opulence. I mean, who doesn’t love spoiling their pet, after all, they are our fur babies! We look forward to offering the best Pet Dental Cleaning Experience for your fur baby at Hefner Road Animal Hospital. Make an appointment today!

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