Bone-Voyage—4 Steps to Pet Travel Success

Whether traveling with your pet is recreational or strictly essential, the journey does not have to be stressful. Our Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital professionals share some tips to keep in mind—and to help you keep your composure—while traveling with your pet.  #1: A clean bill of health—visit the veterinarian Before you pack your bags, schedule [...]

The Itch Factor—Common Pet Allergies

If your dog is scratching themselves silly, or your cat has gone from beautiful to bedraggled, they may need more than a bath and brush. Changes to your pet’s skin and coat may be an environmental, dietary, or parasitic allergic reaction.   Beauty is more than skin deep, and so are pet’s allergies. Read our Scripps [...]

Heartworm FAQs

Heartworms cause heart, lung, and other organ system damage in dogs and cats, and Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to partner with you in preventing pet heartworm disease. Read on for answers to frequently asked questions about canine and feline heartworm disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Question: What is heartworm disease in pets? Answer: Heartworms [...]

Decoding Your Pet’s Blood Work

Blood work in pets is a non-invasive, essential part of pre-anesthetic workups, senior pet exams, and wellness visits. A blood panel can quickly give your veterinarian important clues about what’s happening inside your pet’s body, to guide treatment decisions, catch potential problems early, and find illness causes in sick pets. For pet owners, blood work [...]

Veterinary Dental Cleanings: The Process Explained

Humans visit the dentist twice yearly for cleanings, and brush and floss their teeth twice a day to keep them clean. Imagine what would happen if you stopped all these oral care measures completely—not pretty, right? Plaque and tartar would build up quickly, and this would lead to gum disease, bone loss, and eventual tooth [...]

Top 5 Dental Health Tips For Pet Owners

With approximately two-thirds of dogs and cats age 3 and older suffering from varying levels of dental disease, prioritizing your pet’s oral health is crucial from the get-go. But, how can you prevent this debilitating disease from developing? Your Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital team can help. Here are our top five tips to help you [...]

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Arthritis

Arthritis is a common ailment in dogs and cats that can be a source of chronic pain and negatively impact their quality of life. However, pets are experts at hiding their weaknesses, and arthritis often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Our team at Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital would like to help you recognize arthritic signs in [...]

Advice for Senior Pet Owners

Aging pets face issues including arthritis-induced mobility problems, vision and hearing loss, and a predisposition to disease, but the appropriate care can prolong their well-being, and their life. Our team at Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to offer advice, to help you care for your senior pet. Senior pets need more frequent veterinary visits Regular [...]

Are Chew Toys Safe for Your Pet?

When you leave your four-legged friend behind while you go to work or run errands, you may toss them a chew toy on your way out the door. But, when you’re treating your pet with new toys, are you sure they are safe? Many popular pet chews pose a health risk, so follow the Scripps [...]

911! 10 Pet Emergencies That Require Urgent Care

If your pet develops a sudden limp, or seems uninterested in their food, you no doubt become worried, and may consider a trip to an emergency veterinary hospital in the middle of the night. However, not all pet issues are cause for immediate concern, and less urgent problems can be treated at the next available [...]

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