What to Expect During Your Puppy’s First Year

Congratulations on your new canine bundle of joy! Watching your puppy grow and learn about the world around them will be so exciting. Their experiences during their first year will shape who they become as an adult dog, so our Colony Veterinary Hospital team wants to help you start your pet out on the right [...]

Heartworm Disease in Pets: The Silent Killer

Heartworm is a ubiquitous disease that kills dogs and cats throughout the United States, even though the disease is completely preventable when owners ensure their pets receive safe, inexpensive, monthly medications. Many pet owners are unaware of heartworm’s dangers, or are misinformed about how the disease is transmitted or prevented, leading thousands of pets to [...]

FAQs About Pet Toxins

Many pet owners don’t realize that their homes are full of pet toxins. Animal Poison Control (APC) can confirm this, as the organization receives more than 200,000 calls annually. Read our Colony Veterinary Hospital team’s responses to your frequently asked pet toxin questions. Question: What common toxins affect dogs? Answer: Many toxins affect dogs and [...]

7 Reasons Professional Veterinary Dental Cleanings Are Necessary

Dental disease is the most common health problem affecting pets, yet the condition often goes undiagnosed. Dental disease that is not treated can lead to serious issues, so our Colony Veterinary Hospital team wants to protect your pet’s oral and general health by explaining why professional veterinary dental cleanings are so necessary. #1: Dental disease [...]

3 Pet-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's resolutions can be a catalyst for positive change in our lives and the lives of those around us—including our pets. While most of us find it fairly easy to meet our pets’ most basic needs, we don’t often stop to think about what we can do to ensure they live a quality life. [...]

4 Reasons to Give Parasite Preventives Year-Round

December is upon us, which means snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures for much of the country. Here in lovely SoCal, we’re blessed with year-round mild weather that provides you and your pets with ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. But, because the weather remains relatively warm here year-round, your pets are constantly under threat [...]

Thanksgiving Pet Safety Do’s and Don’ts

Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends gather around to eat delicious food and give thanks. But, underneath that heavily laden table, you will likely find a disgruntled furry family member who can’t believe they weren’t included in the turkey day head count. While your pet may prefer to be seated at the head [...]

Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Cats

Cats frequently suffer from issues that affect their lower urinary tract, and all are categorized under one term—feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). Our Colony Veterinary Hospital team explains this issue so you know what to expect if your cat is affected. Lower urinary tract disease causes in cats FLUTD is not a diagnosis but [...]

5 Reasons to Keep Your Pet’s Regular Wellness Visit

When your pet appears perfectly healthy, you may believe their wellness visit and screening tests are unnecessary. However, these preventive care measures help your four-legged friend live a longer, healthier, happier life. Our Colony Veterinary Hospital team explains why you should keep your pet’s regular wellness visit.  #1: Regular wellness tests detect diseases early While [...]

5 Aspects of Anesthesia Safety

The words “general anesthesia” can be unsettling for pet owners—and understandably so. The anesthetic process (i.e., intentional, controlled unconsciousness) is a bit other-worldly, and causes many owners to think twice about consenting to a procedure their pet needs. Fortunately, with strategic safety measures, customized anesthesia protocols, and advanced monitoring technology, veterinary anesthesia is generally a [...]

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