Make sure you’re covered.
These links can help keep you up-to-date on your pet’s health, and prepare you in a time of need.
At Southfork Animal Hospital our goal is to stay current on the best Veterinary Health Care available. For many years, declawing has been considered the procedure of choice for owners who are worried about their furniture or getting scratched while playing with their cat. Recently AAHA, the Feline Practitioners Association, and others have strongly recommended against declawing and view it as an unnecessary procedure, and as we learn more, we try to do better.
In the past, we considered it routine to declaw. Now we realize that scratching is a normal feline behavior and just like training your dog to urinate outside, cats can be trained to use a scratching post. By training cats or using alternatives like soft paws, we can avoid a painful and potentially life-altering procedure. Because the first knuckle is removed in declawing, it causes the cat to walk on the tip of its second bone. This unnatural pressure can lead to pain which causes some cats to bite more or avoid their litterbox more or other problems.
Want to learn more about HEARTWORM Disease and how to prevent this from happening to your pet?!?
Heartworm IS in our area and not something we can ignore! Yearly heartworm tests are crucial to detect the disease early even if you have kept your pet on preventative all year long – no medication is 100%
Did your pet ingest something that may be TOXIC?
Make this life-saving calls to the experts – they have a vast knowledge that will ensure proper treatment for your pet! If you need immediate help, please call them directly at 800-213-6680.
International Pet Travel: Plan ahead and take the right steps!
Before making plans to travel internationally with your pet, visit the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE website for up-to-date information on what’s required.
Risk of heart disease from grain-free diets!
Heart disease is common in our companion animals, affecting 10-15% of all dogs and cats, with even higher rates in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Doberman Pinschers, and Boxer dogs.
CBD and Pets
CBD products are everywhere and are believed (by some) to be the cure for all sorts of problems our pets have. Since they are widely available and sound great, that means they are safe, too….. right?? NOT NECESSARILY.
There are two main concerns with CBD products:
- Scientific evidence is extremely limited regarding efficacy (if it works) and dosing (how much to give).
- There is no regulatory oversight or testing to confirm the concentration of the ingredients, the quality of labeled ingredients or the potential for hidden ingredients that may cause harm.
Due to the lack of evidence surrounding the use of CBD for illnesses in pets and the lack of safety studies, Southfork Animal Hospital cannot recommend the use of CBD products for your pets.
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Wed: 8 am - 6 pm
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Fri: 8 am - 6 pm
Sat: 8 am - 12 pm