Picture Picture: Pet Digital Imaging

pet xray; x-ray of a catWhile providing a thorough physical examination and obtaining your pet’s history can help us to get to the bottom of many issues, sometimes more advanced diagnostic testing is required.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and radiography (X-rays) and ultrasound can give us a lot of valuable information.

At Androscoggin Animal Hospital, we offer digital imaging for pets so that we can diagnose problems more efficiently to help your pet feel better, faster. Continue…

Indoor Cat Activities to Keep Your Kitty Healthy and Active

time to playAlthough there is a lot of focus on dog exercise and playtime, the truth is that our cats need exercise, too. This is particularly the case for indoor kitties whose exercise needs are too often neglected or limited by fewer opportunities for play.

Considering that an estimated 60% of household cats are obese or overweight, there is a strong need for indoor cat activities that help beat boredom and work off calories. Continue…

Recognizing And Responding To A Pet Emergency

pet emergency surgeryIt’s 3:00 a.m. and you wake to the unmistakable sounds of your dog vomiting… Again. You’re worried, but should you call the vet at this hour, or is best to wait until morning? It’s hard not to panic or second-guess yourself when your pet appears to be struggling, which is why it’s important to understand what constitutes a pet emergency.

Some illness and injuries are immediately obvious, but because pets have evolved to hide their pain, it can often be difficult to tell when to seek medical care for your furry loved one. Although there is certainly no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with a pet emergency, we have outlined many of the signs and symptoms that require immediate medical attention. Continue…

Life Is A Highway: Travel With A Pet Like A Pro

dog and man road trip heartWhen summer, holiday, or weekend travel plans are in the works, that includes trying to figure out what to do with our four legged friends during vacation. While there is certainly nothing wrong with lining up a pet sitter or kennel for your pet, sometimes bringing our furry companions along for the ride just makes more sense.

Your pet’s health, safety and comfort are among the most important factors to consider before you hit the road. Fortunately, today’s pet-centric society provides plenty of options for those of us who choose to travel with a pet Continue…

Things That Go BOOM: Coping With Pet Noise Anxiety

Cat hiding under sofaIt’s a familiar scene for many pet owners: a summer storm is rolling in, and before the noise of thunder even begins, you hear the telltale signs of your pet’s fear: panting, pacing, ID tags jingling, perhaps the sounds of him or her scratching or digging at furniture or doors.

Whether it’s a summer storm, a 4th of July fireworks display, or some other source of loud, explosive sound, pet noise anxiety is a fact of life for millions of pet owners. Prolonged periods of severe anxiety is not only bad for your pet’s mental well being, but  it can also have deleterious effects on his or her physical health as well. Continue…

It’s a Big World: Why Puppy Socialization is Important

A puppy running in the grassCongratulations on your new canine addition! You’ve got your hands full, and we’re not just talking about wellness visits, vaccinations, or spaying/neutering. We’re referring to the importance of properly introducing your wide-eyed pup to the great big world.

Learning about other people, pets, noises, and crowds can be extremely overwhelming. If not learned in a supportive, calm, and patient manner, your new puppy could develop unnecessary aversions. Start your pet off on the right paw with our special tips for puppy socialization. Continue…

Flea and Tick Prevention to Protect Your Pet (and Family)

A large tick on a blade of grassThey’re here! That’s right… Flea and tick season is in the works, and for those of us living in regions rife with these warm weather pests, prevention is a top priority.

Whether meandering through the woods with your favorite Fido or combatting the flea invasions which always seems to occur this time of year, the question is: how do we keep the parasites away? Continue…

Why Pet Wellness Care Matters

Puppy and microscopeMost of us drag our children, and ourselves, into the physician’s office once per year for a checkup. We get weighed (perhaps not the best part of the visit), poked and prodded a bit, our doctor may order a few age appropriate tests, and we’re on our way.

Regular pet wellness exams are just as important for our four-legged family members as they are for us. An annual physical exam is, by far, one of the best investments you can make in your pet’s future. By tending to your pet’s health and wellness now, you are helping to ensure that he or she is healthy, happy, and by your side for years to come. Continue…

Calming Your Pet’s Fear of the Vet: Crate Training Cats

Frightened white cat in a cage at vet's office.Taking your cat to the vet’s office may be low on your list of enjoyable activities. First there is the struggle to get kitty into his or her carrier, and then the car ride to the vet with a yowling cat, followed by the ordeal of the actual office visit. It’s no wonder that, although cats are the most popular pet in the U.S., they are more likely to miss out on regular wellness exams than dogs.

Besides choosing a top-notch veterinary practice (ahem), one of the biggest factors is helping your cat overcome his or her fear of the vet is crate training. By crate training your cat ahead of time, you can greatly reduce the level of anxiety that is normally associated with a trip to the vet. Continue…