Back on Your Feet (Or Paws):  All About Pet Rehabilitation

Pet rehabilitation helps patients function and heal better than ever before. It is simply amazing how much veterinary medicine has continued to evolve since the days of James Herriot. No longer viewed as a disposable commodity, in many homes pets are simply part of the family.

One of the arenas that is growing the in the veterinary world is pet rehabilitation. Animals with pain, decreased mobility or function, or those who are recovering from a surgery or injury can benefit tremendously from techniques historically reserved for humans in physical therapy. Continue…

Armed with Knowledge: Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

For many people, Fourth of July is one of the best parts of the summer. Picnics, barbeques, parades, swimming, and, of course, fireworks are on the agenda, make for a fun and festive few days. It’s understandable to want to include the family pet in the revelry, but for many animals, this is a day filled with stress and anxiety.

Join us as we highlight the most important tips for Fourth of July pet safety, and keep the holiday safe for the four-legged members of your family. Continue…

Knowledge is Power When it Comes to Cancer in Pets

Cancer in pets is a heartbreaking diagnosisIt’s a rare person who’s life hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, and more than 145 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t stop with humans. In fact, nearly half of all disease-related pet deaths each year are due to cancer.

Fortunately, we know a lot more about cancer in pets than we did in the past, and we’re excited to pass that information along to pet owners. The more you know about pet cancer, the better equipped you are to spot it, which leads to earlier treatments and better outcomes. You may even be able to prevent it altogether.

Understanding Cancer in Pets

Like humans, the tissues in our pet’s bodies are made up of individual cells. Under normal conditions, these cells have their own systems for regulating growth, division, and death. Cancer occurs when cells in a certain area of the body begin to divide uncontrollably. Cancer can develop in any type of tissue, including blood, skin, muscle, and organs. Continue…

The Basics of Caring for Your First Puppy

your first puppyPuppies are one of the greatest joys in life. When you first bring your new puppy home, you can count on many moments of fun and laughter, at least a few accidents that need to be cleaned, and a few other sleepless nights. A growing puppy needs much more from you than a food dish and a place to sleep, though. As you’ll see, when all is said and done, parenting a new puppy is no walk in the park!

With a few tips from Harris Parkway Animal Hospital, you can be sure that those first few weeks will set the tone for a lifetime of friendship and fun with your first puppy.

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Why to Spay or Neuter Your Pet at the Veterinarian: A Primer

Over the past decade, the number of low-cost spay and neuter clinics has dramatically grown. There are low-cost spay and neuter clinics in most cities across the nation. Although some of these facilities are good ones, and appeal to those who need to spay or neuter at a low cost, they oftentimes lack the necessary skills and equipment to provide the best surgical options and care.

At Harris Parkway Animal Hospital, we still believe that spaying and neutering your pet with a full service, private practice veterinarian is the best option for the safety and comfort of your pet, and we’re here to explain why.

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The Way Home: Why Microchipping Matters

Imagine your pet escaped and you didn’t know where they went. Maybe you’ve actually experienced this scenario. With over 10 million pets being stolen or lost each year, it’s likely that some of our readers have encountered this frightening situation.

In most cases, dogs and cats are prone to roam and sometimes they have a habit of playing the escape artist when their owner isn’t looking. Other times, accidents occur when doors, gates, or windows are left open. Even with extreme care, there’s always a chance your pet will become lost. That’s why the team at Harris Parkway Animal Hospital wants to highlight the benefits of microchipping.

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An Ounce of Prevention: The Basics of Pet Dental Care

pet dental careMost of us aren’t exactly excited about looking into our pet’s mouths, but when it comes to pet dental care, the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is absolutely true. Studies show that by age three, 4 out of 5 dogs have some form of periodontal disease. Other studies report that 50 to 90 percent of cats over four years of age have some form of dental disease. The veterinarians and knowledgeable staff at Harris Parkway Animal Hospital are here to give you the basics of this common but preventable problem.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease begins when bacteria in the mouth form plaque. Left unchecked, plaque can accumulate along the gum line and cause inflammation called gingivitis. Plaque hardens into tartar along the gum line, but the real problems begin when the bacteria in plaque travel below the gum line. Inflammation and infection affect the internal structures of the tooth, root, and even the bone underneath.

In its more severe stages, periodontal disease can cause tooth fractures or tooth loss. Unfortunately, if left untreated, bacteria can also find its way into the bloodstream and can affect the heart, liver, and kidneys.

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Veterinarian Approved Tips for Training Your Dog

training you dogThere are many aspects that go into taking care of a pet. Of course, you must provide food, water, and shelter, but there are less concrete needs that are still important. This includes things like basic medical care, companionship, and behavioral training.

Training your dog provides some very important benefits that can help you and your pet get the most from one another. That’s why the team at Harris Parkway Veterinary Hospital wants to share some of our best tips when it comes to training your dog.

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Celebrating Holidays With Pets: What You Need To Know

There’s something special about a holiday season spent in the Fort Worth Area. Whether you attend The Nutcracker at the Texas Ballet Theater, bring the kids to see Santa at Sundance Square, or take in the sights at this years ICE! Exhibit, there’s something for everyone in our little corner of the world.

Our pets, on the other hand, most likely have a much different holiday experience than we do. Many of our seasonal delights can be downright dangerous for the four legged members of our families, and celebrating the holidays with pets means keeping an eye on safety.

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A Veterinarian’s Guide to Holiday Pet Safety

holiday pet safetyAs we approach the holiday season, we’d love to tell you to celebrate with abandon, throw all caution to the wind, and embrace spontaneity. With pets in tow, it’s not always easy – or particularly safe – to put their needs on the backburner. However, what if you could wholeheartedly enjoy the season without compromising your pet’s well being? It’s not only possible, but holiday pet safety includes tactics that easily integrate into your family’s events and gatherings.

Up Go the Garlands

Festive decor turns any home into a holiday wonderland, but try to see garlands, wreaths, light strings, and other decorations from your pet’s point of view. Small parts that can either fall off or be chewed on can result in choking or gastrointestinal obstruction. Likewise, anything that’s stretched out low to the ground (or on top of a surface) can present entanglement issues.

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