Archives: Illness & Disease

  • You Can Catch These Diseases From Your Dog

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    As you know, your dog is susceptible to various diseases and infections. Have you ever wondered whether or not you could potentially catch any of those illnesses from your pooch? It’s a scary thought. And it’s true—it is possible for dogs to transmit certain illnesses to humans. The diseases in question are known as zoonotic diseases. Read on as your local veterinarian tells you more about zoonotic diseases and how to make sure both your … Read More »

  • Curbside Service Now Available

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    Veterinary hospitals fall under the category of essential services. As such, Chico Creek Animal Hospital will remain in operation throughout the coronavirus pandemic as long as we have healthy employees to staff the hospital. Please know we are undertaking these changes in procedure in an effort to limit traffic in our hospital and keep both our staff and clients safe. However, we are following the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) guidelines to postpone non-essential services and conserve on … Read More »

  • Key Vaccinations for Dogs

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    One very important part of dog ownership is making sure your dog stays up to date on his vaccinations. This is actually required by law in many places, and with good reason. Vaccinations help build your pup’s immune system, protecting him from dangerous and deadly diseases. They also help curb the spread of infectious disease. Because some diseases—such as rabies—can be transmitted to people, human safety is also a factor. In this article, a vet … Read More »

  • Cats and Toxoplasmosis

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    Have you ever heard that handling litterboxes is dangerous for pregnant women? It’s true that everyone, especially pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, should take precautions against toxoplasmosis, which can be transmitted by cats. A local vet discusses toxoplasmosis below. What Is Toxoplasmosis? First, It’s important to understand that not all cats have toxoplasmosis. Cats can contract it by eating rodents, birds, or other small animals infected by the parasite Toxoplasma. The parasite … Read More »

  • Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Cats

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    As you may have noticed, cats are very, very good at getting comfortable. However, while Fluffy can certainly manage to sleep in some very awkward positions, she isn’t quite as good at cooling herself off. In fact, hot weather can be very dangerous to our feline buddies! Fluffy has a fur coat on, and really doesn’t have any effective ways to cool herself down if she overheats. Read on as a local vet lists some … Read More »

  • Helping Your Dog Get Through Mosquito Season

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    Hot weather tends to bring with it a few pet hazards, one of which is outdoor pests. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance to us humans—they can bite our canine companions as well! Read on to find out more about the dangers these pests pose and how to keep your four-legged friend safe from harm. Mosquito Bites A dog’s coat of fur does offer some protection against mosquito bites, but mosquitoes can still bite … Read More »

  • Solve Your Dog’s Motion Sickness Problem

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    Your Labrador retriever Parker has always loved his rides in the family car. Parker doesn’t want to miss anything, so he hops back and forth to see the sights from every angle. Lately, however, one-year-old Parker has begun reacting differently to his car trips. Parker has started whining and whimpering, and once he actually threw up on the seat. Big, strapping Parker was clearly mortified, even though you assured him that he wasn’t at fault. … Read More »

  • Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

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    Of all the dangerous foods in our kitchens, chocolate is one of the most hazardous to our pets—it only takes a small amount to do serious harm, and it may even attract pets due to its sweet taste and smell. Learn more from a Chico veterinarian below. What Makes Chocolate Poisonous? Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical derived from the cacao bean that makes chocolate. It also contains caffeine, which isn’t good for animals. Both of … Read More »