Canine Influenza Is Back in 2017: What to Do to Protect Your Dog

July 11th, 2017 by beyond

dog fluThe latest strain of the canine influenza virus, also known as “dog flu”, was first identified in Chicago, IL in the spring of 2015. More than 1,000 cases were eventually diagnosed in Illinois and surrounding states, with six fatalities.

After the initial outbreak, things seemed to have quieted down until recently, when dog flu cases were reported in more than 30 states, including Georgia, New York, Texas, Iowa, and California. The recent resurgence of canine influenza appears to have come from two dog shows (one in Florida, one in Georgia), and has continued to spread across the country.

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Preparing for the BOOM: Fourth of July, Noise Anxiety, and Your Pet

June 27th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

noise anxietyHotdogs and buns? Check! Red, white, and blue attire? You got it! Fireworks? OH YEAH! Pets with noise anxiety? Wait…what? Despite our love for this patriotic holiday, the Fourth of July means fireworks (among other events), and where there are fireworks, there’s noise – and lots of it.

Although most pets are generally averse to loud noises (like that evil vacuum cleaner!), fear starts to become a problem for your pet when he or she develops noise anxiety or a phobia. From thunderstorms and fireworks to road construction, life can be noisy. So how do you help your furry friend deal with the onslaught of the season? Your friends at ULVH are here to help!

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Bringing Them Home: Pet Microchipping 101

June 12th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

lost petAs pet owners, we hate the thought of a lost dog or cat. Responsible pet owners hope that collars and ID tags will suffice to reunite us with our pets should they get lost, but these important items are not foolproof. Collars can break and ID tags can fall off or become permanently unreadable. This makes it nearly impossible for an animal shelter or veterinary hospital employee to contact you.

Having your pet microchipped may be the best way to increase your chances of being reunited with a lost pet. We’ve seen the difference between a happy reunion and a pet who can’t be matched with a frantic owner so we offer you our top five reasons why every pet owner should consider pet microchipping.
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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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