Pregnant Pets and the People Who Love Them

May 23rd, 2017 by beyond

pregnant petsIt can be so exciting (and scary) to be expecting a bundle of joy. How about expecting 10? Having a pet who is expecting a litter is a fun experience, but one that is best with a little of your help and attention. Union Lake Veterinary Hospital wants you to be sure that you know all there is to know about caring for pregnant pets.

Care for Pregnant Pets

If you have a mama to take care of, know that she is going to require a little extra TLC. It is important to provide the resources that she needs, so that she can gestate and birth healthy little fuzzballs when it is time. Be sure to:
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Pocket Pet Care and Other Non-Traditional Companions

May 9th, 2017 by beyond

pocket petsWhile the most common pets in the U.S. and Canada are cats and dogs, other small mammals, reptiles, birds, and exotic pets are beginning to gain on more traditional options. Because of their unique needs (such as breed-specific housing and dietary requirements), pocket pet care can be perceived as more challenging. However, these special animals can be wonderful additions to any household when certain health and wellness essentials are addressed.

Under the Sun

Pocket pets refers to a group of small mammals that includes this list (with links to basic care instructions for most):

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Pet Parasites in the Park: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Pet

April 25th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

pet parasitesSpring has (finally) come to Michigan, and pet owners everywhere are eager to get out with their furry friends to soak some much needed fresh air and vitamin D. If protecting your best pal from pet parasites isn’t your top priority as you plan your next trip to the woods or park, it should be. Parasites are ubiquitous in our environment, and if we don’t take proper precautions, our pets (and our families) could be at risk for pet parasites.

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What to Do if Your Pet Has an Allergic Reaction

April 11th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

Allergies can get the best of us, especially during the spring. For some, allergies can be quite serious, and the same is true for pets. Knowing what to do if your pet has an allergic reaction is an important part of emergency preparedness and prevention.

Although we hope your pet will never experience a dangerous allergic reaction, knowing how to respond can make all the difference. Even if the symptoms are minimal, you can be instrumental in caring for your fur friend by making him or her more comfortable and at ease.
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Let the Fur Fall: A Quick Guide to Pet Shedding This Spring

March 28th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

If you know someone with a collection of lint brushes stashed throughout their home, car, and office, chances are, you’re dealing with a consummate pet lover. Indeed, the correlation is so extreme in some cases that one could quickly gauge a person’s affection for their pet by the sheer number of lint rollers they own.

While pet shedding occurs naturally throughout the year, it increases during the spring. With our primer, you’ll be better able to leave the house without fur and pet dander as fashion accessories.

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Pet Wounds: What to Look For and When to Seek Help

March 13th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

In addition to all the important day-to-day elements of pet ownership, organizing a pet first-aid kit is another key component of responsible pet care. After all, pets experience occasional injury, just like us. If left alone, pet wounds can present a serious risks to your pet’s overall health. However, when you know what to do about pet wounds, and have all the right supplies, a minor injury can be healed with ease.

On Hand and Immediate

Depending on the severity, pet wounds warrant either minor or emergency care. Knowing the difference between the two is paramount to the outcome. While administering care at home can buy your pet time, seeking care immediately is always a good choice. If you ever have any doubt, we encourage you to contact us.
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The Facts About Canine Distemper Virus

February 27th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

You likely bring your pet in to see us at Union Lake Veterinary Hospital periodically to receive their distemper vaccine, among others. But what is distemper? How can your dog get it? Is it that serious? How important is it to keep up on your pet’s vaccinations?

An educated pet owner is an empowered pet owner. Read on to brush up on the facts about canine distemper virus.
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Four Paws in the White House: A History of Presidential Pets

February 14th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

As a nation, our presidents and their lives in the White House have always fascinated us. Most Americans have probably spent at least a little bit of time wondering about the history, elegance, beauty and stories of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Presidential families often seem to be far removed from the average Joe, but they are like us in so many ways, including their love for pets. The list of presidential pets is long and colorful, and here at Union Lake Veterinary Hospital we are excited to share it with you!

Taking a Look at Presidential Pets

Not surprisingly, dogs have reigned as the most popular presidential pet, beginning with George Washington, who reportedly owned 36 hounds. Cats have been a familiar site around the oval office as well; Abraham Lincoln loved cats so much he reportedly enjoyed feeding his son’s cat, Tabby, with a gold fork during White House dinners. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pee Problem: Common Pet Urinary Problems

January 30th, 2017 by beyond

I hope nobody sees me peeing...At Union Lake Veterinary Hospital, urinary issues are one of the more common reasons that our pet patients come to visit us. Be it urinating in the house, going out frequently, smelly urine, straining, or even the scary sight of blood, these issues can be alarming and frustrating for us as well as painful for our pets.

Pet urinary problems are no fun (as humans who have had similar issues can attest), but understanding some of the main causes can help you to understand and better manage them.
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Is it Time? Adopting a New Pet After a Loss

January 15th, 2017 by beyond

Silhouette of Man Shaking Hands with his Loyal Pet DogTwo of the most emotionally charged experiences a pet owner can face are adopting a new pet and saying goodbye to a beloved companion. After the loss of a pet, it may feel as though you can’t open your heart to another.

In time, though, most owners choose to bring another deserving animal companion into their home. However, there are some initial challenges and things to consider before adopting a new pet.

The team at Union Lake Veterinary Hospital wants to help explore some of these important factors when it comes to grief, healing, and sharing your love with a new fur friend.
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