Never Miss a Visit: The Importance of Regular Wellness Screening for Your Pet

At your pet’s wellness visit, you may wonder why we perform so many different tests and exams when your pet appears perfectly healthy. But, pets are excellent at hiding disease, making wellness screening tests essential for a comprehensive evaluation of your pet’s health. What does your veterinarian look for during your pet’s physical exam? When [...]

Thanksgiving with Pets—A FUR-vival Guide

We challenge you to name a holiday better suited to pets than Thanksgiving. With all those irresistibly appetizing aromas, food-covered tables and countertops, and uncharacteristically generous owners and friends—hello, extra treats!—our dogs and cats must think they’ve reached Nirvana. Unfortunately, from the human perspective, Thanksgiving with pets is often less like a Hallmark movie and [...]

A Growing Problem: Obesity in Pets

Obesity in pets is on the rise. In fact, the number of obese dogs and cats more than doubled between 2011 and 2020, equaling more than half the U.S. pet population. But the fact that obesity in pets is common does not make the problem any less serious. Pets who carry too much weight are [...]

Does My Pet Have Arthritis?

Does My Pet Have Arthritis? Arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis (OA), is a chronic, inflammatory joint condition that is common in older pets. Left untreated, arthritis pain can negatively impact your pet’s quality of life. Because arthritis is a degenerative disease, an early diagnosis and prompt treatment can slow progression and manage your pet’s pain [...]

Halloween Pet Safety

Protect Your Pet From Halloween MishapsHalloween is a fun time for children and adults, but the spooky holiday can be dangerous for your pet. Before you don your Halloween costume, take steps to protect your four-legged friend. Our Island Animal Hospital team wants to explain potential mishaps your pet may encounter on the scary night.A [...]

Why is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?

5 Reasons Your Cat is Urinating Outside the Box If your cat has decided to ditch their litter box, you may wonder what caused this frustrating—and smelly—behavior change. Your cat’s new bathroom habits may feel like a personal attack, but typically they are not punishing you personally, but crying for help. Our Island Animal Hospital [...]

Preventing Common Veterinary Emergencies

Preventing Common Veterinary Emergencies Numerous pets experience veterinary emergencies every year, and while not every incident can be prevented, you can take steps to decrease your pet’s risk. Our Island Animal Hospital team wants to help by offering information on avoiding some common pet emergencies. Preventing gastrointestinal upset in pets Vomiting and diarrhea are common—often [...]

How to add years to your pet’s life (Preventive Care)

5 Tips to Add Years to Your Pet’s Life We all wish our pets could live forever. At Island Animal Hospital, we, unfortunately, do not possess an eternal youth elixir for your pets, but we can help ensure they live a long, healthy, and happy life by taking a proactive approach to their health [...]

Common Pet Toxins

Pet Toxin Awareness Pet toxins are commonplace inside and outside our homes, and your pet’s curious nature may lead to an emergency veterinary visit if they encounter a toxic substance. Our Island Animal Hospital team wants to help raise awareness about toxicity in pets by providing information about the harmful substances around your home. Pet [...]

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