Take a moment to imagine what it would be like if you never brushed your teeth in your life. This sticky, painful state is the unfortunate reality for most dogs and cats because most pet owners simply do not realize that their pets need dental care, too. Without proper care, pets inevitably develop dental disease.

What Is Dental Disease?

Dental disease refers to general diseases associated with the teeth and gums. The term is commonly used to refer to periodontal disease (aka gum disease) which is a bacterial infection of the gums.
Gum disease has several signs and symptoms including:
Left unaddressed, the bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing a variety of systemic health problems. In pets, untreated gum disease often causes organ damage and leads to premature death.

What Causes Dental Disease in Pets?

Dental disease in pets develops via the same process as it does in humans. Poor oral hygiene allows plaque to accumulate on the surface of the teeth. This plaque then hardens into a substance called tartar or calculus. As the tartar builds up, it pushes the gums away from the surface of the teeth, creating warm, dark, moist pockets where harmful bacteria thrive. Unchecked, this bacteria multiplies out of control, leading to a bacterial infection of the gums.

How to Treat Dental Disease in Pets

Like with humans, dental disease in pets is best prevented with regular oral hygiene including a combination of at-home and professional care. Pets that have already developed dental disease, however, can be treated with regular management including professional teeth cleanings and exams, teeth brushing at home, dental-friendly treats, dental-friendly chew toys, dental diets, and more.

Pet Dentistry in Southern California

At Pacific Pet Hospital of Redondo Beach, our veterinarian places a strong emphasis on the importance of oral health for all dogs and cats. Unfortunately, most pets go without proper dental care and develop periodontal disease by the time they reach three years of age. This not only causes painful symptoms of the teeth and gums, but it also puts the general health of these animals’ at risk.
To learn more about professional teeth cleanings and examinations for pets or to schedule a pet dentistry appointment for your dog or cat, we welcome you to contact our office today.
When you adopt a pet, you take full responsibility for your new furry friend’s care, and that means suddenly becoming responsible for making every single choice on behalf of your pet – from choosing how much exercise and activity is right to providing a nutritious diet and ensuring your pet receives the veterinary care they need.
Through the course of your pet’s life, you will need to make a lot of choices. Sometimes, it can be tough to know what the right choice is for your pet and how to provide them with a chance at living the healthiest, happiest, longest life possible.
Consider the following tips to start making smarter choices for your pet’s health.

5 Ways to Make Better Choices for Your Pet's Health

1. Always Choose to Invest in Prevention

Investing in preventive pet care (vaccinations and parasite preventatives) is the smartest decision you can make for your pet.

2. Feed a High-Quality Diet

Nutrition is the foundation for good health. Be sure you choose a healthy, well-balanced, high-quality diet for your pet.

3. Develop Healthy Habits

One of the best ways to make better choices for your pet’s health is to turn the right choices into habits. Go for daily walks, schedule regular veterinary examinations, brush teeth (and/or feed dental-friendly treats), and always practice positive reinforcement training.

4. Know Your Pet and Be a Careful Observer

Pets can’t tell us when they feel sick, so it’s up to you to know your pet’s usual behavior and to pay close attention to any changes in appearance, energy, routine, appetite, personality, and behavior because these changes could indicate illness.

5. Pet Health Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

Pet isn’t the same for every pet. The food, activities, and veterinary care your pet needs depend on your pet’s species, breed, age, lifestyle, and medical history.

Professional Pet Advice at Pacific Animal Hospital of Redondo Beach

When it comes to making good decisions to promote health, wellbeing, and your pet’s ability to live their very best life, we always welcome you to talk with our veterinarian in Redondo Beach. We can discuss all of your pet care and veterinary care concerns and provide you with personalized recommendations for your pet’s unique lifestyle and health needs.
To learn more about personalized veterinary care and pet care recommendations, we welcome you to contact our office or schedule your pet’s next checkup with our veterinarian at Pacific Animal Hospital of Redondo Beach.

5 Essentials for Walking Your Dog in the Rain

Staying active is good for your health and your pet’s health, so it’s important to get out for a bit of exercise – even when the weather is a little below Southern-California-grade beauty (i.e. raining).
Even when the weather is wet, you can easily head outside with your dog for a nice walk in the rain. The following items will make your outing a bit safer and more comfortable for you both.

5 Rainy Day Dog Walking Essentials

1. Reflective Harness

When it’s rainy outside, visibility is lower. Be sure to put your dog in a reflective harness for safe walking and high visibility. This will make your pup much easier for drivers to spot – even if he is little, short-legged, and low to the ground.

2. Leash

For safety, we recommend always keeping your dog on a leash when you go out for a walk in an unfenced area. Even if your dog has good recall training, there are still a lot of risks associated with going off-leash.
In the rain, keeping your dog on a leash is even more important because of the potential for thunder that could startle your dog and cause him to run away.

3. Raincoat

A dog raincoat in a bright color will help your dog stay comfortably dry and also make him more visible.

4. Booties or Paw Wax

Wet, rainy weather can wreak havoc on your dog’s paws. Booties offer the best paw protection, but not all dogs will accept wearing them. In these cases, apply paw wax before and after your walk to keep your dog’s paws nicely conditioned.

5. Towel

Be sure to bring a towel so that you can dry your dog off as soon as you reach shelter from the rain. Letting his coat stay damp can increase the risk of skin infections, dryness, itchiness, and rashes.

Peace of Mind With a Microchip

A big risk of walking your dog in the rain is thunder. If your dog is afraid of thunder, then going out for a walk in the rain means risking having your frightened pet get loose and run away. We strongly encourage all of our clients to have their dogs and cats microchipped.
A pet microchip provides a permanent form of identification for your pet and greatly increases the chances of reuniting with a lost pet. To learn more about pet microchips or to schedule a microchipping appointment for your pet, we welcome you to contact Pacific Animal Hospital today.

A Guide to Seizures and Convulsions in Dogs

When a dog has a seizure, it can be frightening and stressful for both you and your pet. If your normally healthy, carefree pet suddenly becomes disoriented and unsteady, they might be having a seizure.

What Is a Seizure?

A seizure is characterized by abnormal electrical brain activity during which a dog loses consciousness, awareness, and control of its body. Seizures are often accompanied by uncontrollable convulsing. Their duration can last anywhere from under a minute to several minutes.

Signs of Seizures in Dogs

During seizures, dogs are not aware of their surroundings or in control of their bodies. Signs and symptoms of seizures in dogs include:

What Causes Seizures in Dogs?

There are several things that can cause a dog to have a seizure.
If your dog has many seizures, then they are likely suffering from a seizure disorder (epilepsy).

What to Do If Your Dog Has a Seizure

Stay calm and assess your pet’s surroundings. Carefully slide them away from anything nearby that could injure them like stairs or furniture. Stay away from your dog’s mouth, as they could inadvertently bite you, and don’t worry your dog won’t choke on their tongue.
If you can, time the seizure. Since seizing dogs can overheat, turn on a fan or put cold water on your dog’s paws to cool them down if the seizure lasts longer than a couple of minutes.
If your dog’s episode lasts more than five minutes or several seizures occur in a row, seek emergency veterinary care as soon as possible. Otherwise, contact the veterinarian as soon as your dog’s seizure is over.

Seizure Treatment and Comprehensive Veterinary Care in Goldsboro

If your dog suffers a seizure, our veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination and might also recommend some diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of your pet’s seizures.
We’ll then recommend a treatment plan, which might include prescription medication, designed to address the underlying cause. To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact Eastwaye Veterinary Clinic today.

How to Pet-Proof Your Home

Dogs and cats are curious and playful. These are two reasons why we love them, but it’s also why our houses can create some pretty dangerous situations for them. Consider the following tips to protect your pets from some of the dangers lurking inside your home.

7 Tips for Pet-Proofing Your House

1. Foods

Lots of human foods are toxic for dogs and cats. Don’t leave any foods out on the counter, make sure your trash can is secure, close your dishwasher door, and install childproof locks on your cabinets to prevent curious animals from getting into anything that could be potentially poisonous.

2. Chemicals and Medications

Most household chemicals in addition to many of our medications and nutritional supplements are also toxic for pets. Store these in high cabinets, as you would to keep them from a child, to ensure your pets are safe.

3. Batteries

Batteries are incredibly dangerous if ingested. While you probably keep yours stored safely, pets can get access to them and accidentally ingest them by playing with items that contain batteries around your house.
Store your child’s battery-operated toys out of your pet’s reach and make sure your remote controls are also kept in a safe place.

4. Plants

Several indoor plants are also toxic for animals, and many can be fatal if ingested. Display in them in hard-to-reach locations or, better yet, only keep plants that are non-toxic for dogs, cats, and people in your home and garden.

5. Choking Hazards

Rubber bands, buttons, bouncy balls, and more small objects pose choking hazards to dogs and cats. If you have a pet, keep your floor clean like would if you had a baby or toddler crawling around.

6. Wires

Use wire covers to keep electric cords and cables safe from your pets – especially, if yours like to chew. You can also try coating your wires with a bit of pet-safe chewing deterrent.

7. Escape Points

Make sure your HVAC vents and dryer vent are securely covered and also add secure screens to your windows or keep them closed.

New Pet Care at Pacific Animal Hospital of Redondo Beach

If you’re getting ready to bring home a new dog or cat, we welcome you to contact our office to establish care with our veterinarian in Redondo Beach. We can schedule your pet’s first appointment and provide you with even more tips to keep your pets safe in your home and your home safe from your pets.
To learn more, contact us today!

Create an Emergency Plan for Your Pets in 5 Steps

Fires, floods, earthquakes – we never know when a natural disaster could strike. While most people have some idea of a plan for themselves, many forget that they need to include their pets in their emergency preparedness plans, too.
Consider the following steps to make sure both you and your pets will be prepared, ready, and safe the next time there’s an emergency.

5 Steps for Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Your Pet

1. Keep Your Pet's Identification Current

During emergencies, pets can get frightened, disoriented, and lost. Make sure your pet is equipped with a collar, readable ID tags, and a pet microchip. These forms of identifications will help increase the chances of being reunited with your pet if they go missing.

2. Maintain a Copy of Veterinary Records

Emergency shelters that accept pets, boarding hospitals, and other places where you might shelter with your pet will likely require a copy of your pet’s vaccine and other health records. Keep a paper copy on hand and digital copies in your phone or saved to the cloud.

3. Plan to Evacuate With Your Pets

If it’s not safe for you, then it’s not safe for your pets. If you need to evacuate, plan to take your pets with you or transport them somewhere safe before you leave.
Additionally, it’s smart to have a plan in place for your pets should a disaster strike when you’re out of town or away. Leave this plan with a trusted neighbor or friend.

4. Find Options for Safe Places to Stay

During an emergency and the rush of evacuation, you’ll have little time to research pet-friendly places where you can stay. Keep a list of pet-friendly hotels, boarding facilities, family, and friends who will be willing to keep your pets if you need to evacuate your home.

5. Keep Extra Pet Supplies

Maintain a store of extra pet supplies including drinking water, food, medications, and a first aid kit for your pet that you can quickly pack up and take with you if you need to evacuate. Be sure to rotate the supplies out occasionally to ensure everything is fresh and safe for your pet.

Keep Your Pet Safe and Healthy With Regular Veterinary Care

Whether you need a copy of your pet’s vaccination records, recommendations for nearby emergency veterinary hospitals, or a microchip for your pet, our veterinarian at Pacific Animal Hospital of Redondo Beach can help. We welcome you to schedule an appointment for your pet today.

Simple Summer Snacks You Can Make for Your Pet

Staying cool in the summer is essential to protecting pets from the dangers of heat exhaustion. While you should provide them with plenty of shade, fresh drinking water, and shelter from the heat, you can also offer them cool, homemade treats to provide a chill from the inside.

Avoid Poisonous Ingredients

Before you start creating fun concoctions for your pet, be sure to avoid foods that are toxic to pets. Some common ingredients that are safe for humans, but toxic to pets include:
Be sure to check the labels on your ingredients – especially, xylitol – when making treats for your pets.
When in doubt, you can always just plop a few ice cubes in your pet’s water bowl to encourage them to stay hydrated.

4 Summer Treat Recipies for Your Pets

Remember that all pet treats – even homemade ones – are best enjoyed in moderation!

1. Peanut Butter Fruit Pops

Blend a cup of washed berries (strawberries and/or blueberries) with 1/4 cup of water. Divide fruit puree into an icecube tray and a small dab of peanut butter to each square. Freeze.

2. Fruit and Yogurt Pops

Wash and dice one cup of fruit (no grapes!) into small pieces. Place pieces in an icecube tray and top with plain, Greek yogurt. Freeze.

3. Frozen Banana Bites

Blend 1 1/2 cups of watermelon with 1 cup of pineapple. Slice one banana and place segments into an icecube tray. Fill squares with the prepared fruit puree and freeze.

4. Brothsicles

If you are short on time, this is a quick and easy treat you can make that your pet will absolutely love. Simply grab an empty icecube tray or other mold and fill each section almost to the top with low-sodium chicken or beef broth. Freeze and let your pet enjoy the cubes on their own or add a few to their water bowl.

Learn More About Having a Safe and Fun Summer With Your Pet!

To learn more about how you can keep your pet healthy, happy, and safe this summer, we welcome you to schedule a wellness and preventative care appointment with our veterinarian at Pacific Animal Hospital of Redondo Beach.
We’ll ensure your pet’s vaccinations are current, talk with you about microchipping your pet, and help you choose the best parasite protection for all the pets in your home.

How to Introduce a New Cat into Your Household

June is the height of kitten season, and it’s officially Adopt-a-Cat Month which means there will be lots of happy cats making their way into new households throughout the summer.
Whenever you choose to adopt a cat or kitten, it’s extremely important to remember that first impressions are a big deal in the world of felines. So, it’s best to do a little research and make a few preparations before introducing your new cat to the other cats in your household.

How to Introduce Your New Cat in Three Steps

1. Stay Separated at First

Set your new cat up in a single room with everything they need (food, water, and litter box). Let them adjust here for a few days, but feed both of your cats near the door so that they will be able to smell and hear each other during this time in isolation.
Once comfortable, switch your cats’ locations so that they can get further accustomed to the idea of being in the presence of another cat.

2. See Each Other for the First Time

If everything seems to be going okay – neither cat seems fearful and they aren’t growling or hissing at each other from under the door – then you can introduce them.
When you let your cats see each other for the first time, make sure they are separated by a barrier so that both cats will be completely safe.
Continue feeding them and playing with them as normal, but separated by a barrier that allows them to see each other.

3. Meet Face to Face

If everything is going well with the barrier and the cats seem somewhat comfortable (indifferent is a good sign) together, then you can let them meet face to face with no barrier. Be sure you’re there to supervise the interaction, so they will be safe, but give them some space to explore.

Establish Your Cat's Care at Pacific Animal Hospital of Redondo Beach

Congratulations on adopting a new cat! Now that your pet is comfortable at home, we encourage you to schedule a new pet appointment with our veterinarian at Pacific Animal Hospital of Redondo Beach. We’ll examine your pet, screen for early signs of any potential health problems, and help you give your new cat or kitten a healthy start in life!
To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact our pet hospital today.

The Mental Health Benefits of Being a Pet Owner

Most pet owners consider their pets to be fully-fledged, official members of their families, and, when pets provide such loyal companionship, it’s really no surprise! In addition to making our lives fuller, pets also have a remarkably positive impact on their humans’ mental health. These are some of the most impressive ways pets improve the mental health of their human family members.

4 Ways Pets Benefit Our Mental Health

1. Feel Less Lonely

Pets make wonderful companions. They provide unconditional love, entertainment, binge-watching partners, and someone to listen to all of your worries without judgment. Pets combat feelings of loneliness so well that they became one of the top remedies to social distancing-induced loneliness. Since the start of the pandemic, pet adoption rates skyrocketed. In fact, they were so high that some shelters didn’t have enough pets to meet the adoption demand.

2. Reduce Stress

Petting a dog or snuggling with your cat reduces the physical signs and symptoms of stress, thereby making you feel more relaxed. Individuals with pets enjoy lowered heart rate and blood pressure, more regular breathing, and relaxed muscle tension.

3. Create Social Bonds With More People

When you have a pet, you become a member of one of the best groups ever — pet owners! As a result, you’ll have more opportunities to bond with other dog or cat owners at the dog park, pet store, or while waiting at the veterinary hospital. So, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to build new friendships with people, too.

4. Be More Active

People who own pets — especially dogs that need walking — tend to be more active than people who don’t have a pet. This increased physical activity will boost your mood, reduce stress, and even relieve physical pain while your more active body releases exercise-induced endorphins.

Give Back to Your Pet With Excellent Veterinary Care in Redondo Beach

You love your pet, so it’s important to provide them with top-notch veterinary care to ensure they can live the longest, healthiest, and happiest life possible. At Pacific Animal Hospital of Redondo Beach, our veterinarian provides patients with comprehensive, personalized wellness and preventative care in addition to sick pet care and more! When you establish your pet’s care with our animal hospital, we’ll start your pet on a path to living a healthy life.
To learn more about our veterinary care services and animal hospital or to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact our Redondo Beach veterinary office today.

How to Prepare for Flea and Tick Season

Fleas and ticks can be a problem for pets all year long in Redondo Beach, CA, but they’re especially active during the spring and summer months. So, it’s important to make sure your dog or cat is adequately protected from parasites and all the dangerous diseases they carry.

5 Tips to Prepare for Flea and Tick Season

1. Get a Safe and Effective Parasite Preventative

Flea and tick preventatives come in oral tablets, topical ointments, and collars. They’re formulated specifically for the species and size of pets and should not be mixed and matched because they can be toxic to the wrong species. If you have both dogs and cats (or small children) in your household, ask our veterinarian for a recommendation that will be safe and effective for your whole family.

2. Put Prevention on the Calendar

Most flea and tick preventatives need to be administered or applied every one to three months, depending on the formulation. Take a close look at your preventative’s instructions and mark your pet’s next application on the calendar to ensure he or

3. Clean Up Your Yard

Fleas and ticks thrive in brushy areas and also tend to congregate around bird feeders and birdbaths. Make sure your yard and other areas where your pet frequents (like an outdoor pet house) are clear of debris. It’s also smart to eliminate any standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

4. Avoid Flea and Tick Habitats

Instead of walking your dog through brushy trails or heavily wooded areas, hit the beach or stick to the sidewalks where they will be less likely to pick up parasites. If you do take a splash in the ocean, be sure to rinse all the saltwater and sand from your dog’s coat to avoid skin irritation.

5. Check Your Pet

After coming back from a romp in the grass or a hike in the woods, check your pet over for ticks. Don’t forget to check their ears, nose, tails, and between their toes.

Don't Forget to Protect Your Pets From Heartworm Disease, Too!

Flea and tick season is also mosquito season. If you have yet to safeguard your pet from heartworm disease, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment at Pacific Animal Hospital for a heartworm screening and the administration of an effective parasite preventative. To learn more or make an appointment for your cat or dog, contact our Redondo Beach veterinarian today.