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Santa Monica Pet Medical Center Blog

Can Dogs and Cats Have Seasonal Allergies?

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If so, you know how terrible they can make you feel. However, you may not be the only one suffering from this problem in your home. Your furry friends may also react to environmental allergens, making them unhappy and uncomfortable. As with humans, animals’ immune systems can perceive pollen and other allergens as a threat, leading to an adverse reaction. 

Can My Dog Be Affected by Seasonal Allergies?

Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies. Have you noticed your pet sneezing more than usual, licking paws, or scratching persistently? Maybe your pooch is shedding more than ever. These could be signs of seasonal allergies. 

Is it Too Late to Spay or Neuter My Dog?

If you have had a pet for a long time and have not had them spayed or neutered, you may wonder if it is too late. However, many vets have performed the procedure on many senior pets safely. The procedure's benefits for an older dog are not the same as those of a puppy, but there are considerable benefits that make having the procedure worth it.

Veterinary Urgent Care Vs. Emergency Care: What's the Difference, and Where Should You Bring Your Pet?

Since its inception in 1760, veterinary medicine has grown leaps and bounds. It has grown in tandem with society's increasing value for pets and their care. In this journey, veterinary doctors and researchers continue to develop new techniques for treating pets. They are providing medicines for specific pet issues that were not previously treatable.

How to Find a Lost Pet With a Microchip

More than nine million pets get lost in the U.S. annually, with 80 percent of them never returning to their owners. One of the most effective ways to find and identify lost pets is through a microchip. A microchip is a gadget with a unique number that is pet-specific. The vet will place the chip under the pet's skin using a needle, mainly between the shoulder blades. Someone must scan the chip using a scanner to identify the pet's details. 

What to Expect From an Annual Pet Wellness Exam

When it comes to issues of your pet’s wellness, prevention is better than cure. The fact that your pet does not talk means that you must take responsibility for their wellness. Regular or annual visits to the veterinarian will help keep your pet in healthy shape. During the visits, the vet can spot signs of illness and determine if the pet is growing properly.

Signs Your Pet May Need Emergency or Urgent Care

Owning a pet means that you must be ready for any situation that may arise day or night. This is because immediate veterinary care for your pet could be the difference between life and death. 

How Do I Know If My Pet’s Problem Is Severe?

As your friend and part of your family, your pet deserves the best care possible. Unfortunately, they cannot complain, so how do you know if their problem is severe? How do you know when to take your pet to a vet?

When Do I Need to Take My Pet to Urgent Care?

Most pet parents will admit how terrifying it is to suddenly realize that something is wrong with their furry friend. It is especially traumatic when it happens in the middle of the night. Trying to determine whether the condition is severe enough to warrant a midnight visit to the vet can be difficult. 

February Is Pet Dental Health Month | Importance of Pet Dental Care

How often do you clean your pet’s teeth or take them to a dentist? February is Pet Dental Health Month, a special time to think about your pet's dental needs. That said, pet dental health care should be daily and not just a February thing. Research has shown that good oral health can make your pet live longer. 

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