The Good, the Bad, and the Strange: Odd Dog Behaviors Demystified

Your dog may not seem as mysterious as your cat, but dogs are certainly individuals—and some have strange, but common, behaviors. Some of these behaviors may have started in puppyhood and become habits over time, while others may be instinctive. Still others may signal an underlying medical problem. However they began, a dog’s strange activities [...]

All About Pet Poison Prevention

Our pets are curious and adventurous, and we love that about them. However, sometimes that means that they are apt to—shall we say—“get into things” they shouldn’t. As the adage goes, prevention is the best medicine. So, let Columbia Pike Animal Hospital get you started on preventing a pet poisoning in your home. Pet toxicity [...]

Heartworm Disease in Pets: Separating Fact From Fiction

If you’re like us at Columbia Pike Animal Hospital, you have a little reminder on your calendar to give your pet their monthly heartworm prevention medication. But, do you know why it’s so important for your pet’s health? Heartworm disease is a parasitic cardiovascular and respiratory condition that can cause serious, debilitating disease when left [...]

6 Ways to Use Our Hospital App to Its Fullest

Have you wished you could request an appointment or prescription refill for your pet, no matter what time you remembered? Now you can take care of most of your pet’s veterinary needs in the middle of the night with the help of our handy hospital app through VitusVet. You no longer have to wait until [...]

Questions About COVID-19 and Your Pet? We Have Answers

Despite the length of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may still have some questions about how the virus can affect you and your pet. Our Columbia Pike Animal Hospital team has the answers—check them out. Question: Aren’t pets affected by coronaviruses? Answer: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known for causing illness in a variety [...]

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Pet’s Dental Health

Have you ever halted cuddle sessions with your favorite feline or slobbery kisses from your loving pup because of your pet’s smelly breath? Doggy breath is not a normal part of living with a pet, and may indicate that your pet is suffering from dental disease. Bad breath is often the first clue that your [...]

5 Ways to Celebrate Responsible Pet Ownership

Caring for a four-legged friend ensures a life full of unconditional companionship, cozy couch cuddles, and lots of purrs or wet noses. However, owning a pet involves much more than simply feeding and playing with your furry pal— you are responsible for your pet’s lifelong health and happiness. To honor Responsible Pet Owner Month, our [...]

Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs

Fleas and ticks are problems for pet parents across the United States. These pests spread diseases and cause uncomfortable itching in your dogs and cats. These pests are found all over the country. However, the Midwest and heavily forested areas are especially bad. The climate promotes the growth of tall grasses and heavily wooded areas [...]

Benefits of Having Your Dog Groomed Professionally

When you adopt a certain breed of dog, like a poodle, you expect they will need regular grooming. Other breeds, like Labradors, aren’t usually associated with regular trips to the groomer. Some things you can easily do at home, like baths or even nail trims if you feel comfortable. Other times, taking your pup to a [...]

When to Have Your Dog Spayed or Neutered

You just adopted a cute and cuddly new puppy. All the new information can be overwhelming: vaccination schedules, when to switch from puppy food to adult food, heartworm preventative, flea preventative…the list just seems to go on and on. One thing you don’t need to think about (for a few months at least) is when you should [...]

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