Everything in it’s Place: Tips for Effectively Pet Proofing Your Home

Enjoying the company of her catOne of life’s greatest thrills is bringing a pet home for the first time. However, for your new pet, the sensory smorgasbord is downright overwhelming, making it a priority to store any dangerous household items out of reach from curious sniffers, tongues, and paws.

Want to learn more about pet proofing your home? Hallsville Veterinary Hospital is happy to be of service!

On the Ball

If you have the luxury of preparing your home before your pet arrives, consider yourself lucky. Often times, we think we have carefully stowed away the harmful items, only to be painfully reminded of something dangerous after a pet finds it! You really have to get down on the ground to see what your pet might see – and be intrigued by – in order to thoroughly eradicate all offenders. Continue…

Time To Call: Recognizing a Pet Emergency

Cute border collie puppy with an emergency kitWhen confronted with strange behavior or unusual symptoms, even the most experienced owner can have trouble identifying a true pet emergency situation. Sure, pets can have an “off” day just like us, but there are some symptoms that should never be ignored. That’s where Hallsville Veterinary Hospital comes in!

The Rundown

Not every emergency requires immediate medical assistance, but if your pet shows signs of illness or injury, a prompt veterinary evaluation is highly recommended. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if your pet displays the following: Continue…

Why Pet Wellness Care Should be a Priority

Cordova_iStock_000023664953_LargeHow do you know if your pet is healthy? Ask most owners, and they will say it’s because their pet “seems fine.” Instead of prevention-based care, this assumption means a disease or condition has progressed before a pet has even been examined.

The problem with this approach is evident – without consistent wellness exams, many illnesses or conditions cannot be diagnosed or prevented. Since we want to extend the life of every pet, let’s explore why pet wellness care should be the focal point of health and wellbeing. Continue…

When Springtime Bites: Practicing Parasite Prevention

mosquito silhouette on concrete textured surfaceWhen it comes to spring, thoughts of vacations, sunny afternoons, bountiful gardens, and outdoor grilling come to mind. However, parasite prevention should also top your list of important things to consider this time of year.

Sure, just thinking about fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is enough to make your skin crawl, but protecting your pet (and your family) against these harmful pests is essential all year long!   

The Problem with Pests

Besides being annoying, parasites can transmit serious diseases to pets and to people. Continue…

The Tooth Of The Matter: Why Pet Dental Care Is Important

A close-up of a dog's mouth pantingWith pets living longer than ever these days, it makes sense that certain health issues are on the rise – and pet dental problems are no exception. Unfortunately, most pet owners aren’t as fastidious about their pet’s oral hygiene as they are about their own, leading most pets to develop some form of dental disease by the time they are 3 years of age.

If left untreated, dental disease can cause significant pain and possible tooth loss for your pet, not to mention a host of potential health problems ranging from heart, lung, liver, or kidney disease, to diabetes or even cancer. Fortunately, we can turn this grim prognosis around with a combination of home care and regular professional dental examinations and cleanings. Continue…