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 [...]

7 Heat Safety Tips for Pets

As summer’s dog days arrive, the heat and humidity can be dangerous for your pet, but you can take certain measures to keep them safe. Our team at Colony Veterinary Hospital wants to offer tips to protect your pet from the heat’s potential hazards. #1: Understand that heatstroke is a veterinary emergency A pet’s normal [...]

Do’s and Don’ts for July Fourth Pet Safety

July Fourth means summer sun, cooking out, and fun fireworks displays, but this patriotic holiday can pose dangers for your pet. Our team at Colony Veterinary Hospital wants to help by providing do’s and don'ts to protect your pet during the celebration. DO distinguish your pet The busiest day of the year for pet shelters [...]

Itching for Answers—Recognizing Pet Allergies

You are likely familiar with humans’ common allergy signs, such as sneezing, sore throat, congestion, and watery eyes, but you may be unable to recognize your pet’s allergy signs, because they are dissimilar. You may believe your dog’s all-night scratching or your cat’s sudden hair pulling are grooming issues, but these signs may be a [...]

Preventing Flea and Tick Infestations in Pets

Fleas and ticks annoy our beloved pets, but these pests can be more than an itchy nuisance, causing adverse conditions ranging from an allergy to a life-threatening illness. Some diseases these parasites transmit can also affect humans, making infestation prevention a must. Remember, once established in your home, fleas are extremely difficult to eradicate, so [...]

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