Bunking with Fido — Yay or Nay?

For most dog lovers, sleeping in bed with your dog seems like a natural thing to do. In fact, 79% of dog owners do just that! Nothing feels better than climbing into bed and having a warm fuzzy friend curled up with you to provide love, comfort, and warmth while you drift off to sleep.  Recent studies, however, show that leaving Fido on the floor…

WHY WAIT FOR DENTAL MONTH?

Our teeth need care year-round and so do our pets’ teeth. Even with daily brushing, dentist visits are a regular routine for people. Can you imagine not brushing your teeth for months on end or having sore gums every day?

Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases among dogs and cats. It is primarily caused by plaque that results in swelling above and below the gums. Untreated periodontal disease can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss. The bacteria in your pets’ mouths has easy access to the bloodstream, potentially causing damage to the major organs of the body, including heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs.

STOLEN – A Tale of Microchips

597 days. Imagine for one second your beloved dogs, not one but two, were stolen away. You were the perfect owner, your pets were in perfect health, showered with love and attention. You did all the right things and then one day a stranger comes and snatches away the dogs you have poured all this love and attention into. This is the horror that one…

May is Microchip Your Pet Month!!

This month veterinary hospitals across the country advocate for microchipping of all pets. Here are some common questions and answers regarding microchips and why they are important to you and your pets. Why is microchipping your pet so important? The biggest argument for microchipping all of your pets is for lost pet recovery. The fear of having a lost dog is one many pet owners…

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day (April 30th) Update

April 30, 2016 was National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!  This is a very special day where we celebrate all the wonderful pets in local shelters looking for their “fur”ever homes. Not a dog or cat person?  Most shelters also have small animals for adoption such as hamsters, rats, chinchillas, reptiles, and other pets. Hickory Veterinary Hospital is proud to provide veterinary care to the animals…

Puppy Care & Training 101

Did you miss out on our Puppy Care & Training Seminar?  We wanted to be sure that all the helpful information from our seminar was accessible to anyone who wanted to be well-prepared to take care of their new puppy!  Here at Hickory we feel that education is the key to successful puppy care and training and want to be sure that we set you and your new puppy…

Get Your Puppy Started Out On The Right Paw & Join Us For Our Puppy Care & Training 101 Seminar

Are you planning on getting a puppy or have already picked one out and need a bit of guidance about providing the best medical, home care & training?  Make sure you join us for our Puppy Care & Training 101 Seminar on Thursday, May 14th from 6:30-7:30 pm to get your puppy started out of the right paw! Join Dr. Redding & special guest Georgie…

Veterinary Food Therapy – An Introduction

What is Veterinary Food Therapy? Food Therapy is one of the central treatment modalities in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).  In simple terms, it is the art and science of using selected food ingredients to rebalance the body’s energies. Food therapy, like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, can be combined with and compliment traditional western medicine to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic…

What To Do If Your Pet Becomes Lost: The Most Effective Resources That Will Help You Find Your Pet Quickly

So now that your pet is microchipped – you are at least partly prepared should they ever stray from home or get lost when you are traveling.  At home we certainly have more control over our pets and have the comfort of knowing that they at least have some familiarity with their surroundings.  When traveling with a pet and having them stray it is a much tougher situation…

Pet Wellness Care 2015 Resolutions List – List Item 2: Proper Pet Identification

This is one resolution that went on my personal resolution list last fall around Thanksgiving time.  Pet loss is an experience that I would not wish on my worst enemy.  Losing a pet is an extremely surreal experience – the second your pet disappears from view you begin to blame yourself and then a kind of desperate helplessness settles over you.  I lost my own…