Understanding Allergies in Pets

allergies in petsDoes the jingling of Fido’s collar, as he scratches his ears in the middle of the night, keep you awake? Have you noticed that your normally calm pet is obsessively licking her paws? Do those red sores on your pet’s skin give you cause for concern? If any of these scenarios sound like you, your pet may be suffering from allergies.

Allergies in pets is one of the most common problems we diagnose in our patients. Just as for humans allergy symptoms can cause significant discomfort for our pets, and wreak havoc on their quality of life. The team at the Whole Pet Vet Hospital and Wellness Center wants to increase awareness of allergies in pets and make sure pet owners have the information they need to make their pets more comfortable.


See the Signs: Recognizing a True Pet Emergency

There are loads of odd occurrences that can befall a single pet, but they might not always indicate a pet emergency. Take, for example, a hairball. It sounds terrifying (especially in the middle of the night), but rarely signals the need for urgent veterinary care. On the other hand, there are undeniably serious symptoms that should never be ignored. So, how do pet owners tell the difference?


The Whole Pet Vet Hospital & Wellness Center’s Top 5 Blogs of 2017

How we’re already to the end of the year is beyond us, but perhaps keeping busy in 2017 explains why the time has passed so quickly. Thank you to our growing community of dedicated pet owners in the Bay Area! We’re honored to continue offering comprehensive, personalized veterinary care that not only prevents disease, but also promotes wellness and longevity.

A significant component of our model of traditional care and alternative medicine is The Whole Pet Vet Hospital & Wellness Center’s pet care blog. Every month, we strive to offer relevant and timely topics to lend pet owners a hand at home. As a family-oriented practice, we welcome feedback, and all the clicks and shares from our pet care blog tell us what you like. As a result, we’re offering up the top 5 blogs of 2017. Enjoy!


What’s the Deal? Thyroid Problems in Pets

thyroid problems in petsFor most of us, the thyroid is one of those mystery organs. We all know it exists, but the average person has very little idea what it does or where in the body it can be found. Just as in people, though, the thyroid gland can wreak havoc on the health of our animal friends. Thyroid problems in pets are not uncommon and something animal lovers everywhere need to understand a bit about.

Thyroid Basics

The thyroid gland in people, cats, and dogs shares many similarities. This bilobed gland that resides in the neck region is an integral part of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is the body system that is responsible for hormone production. Other integral players include the adrenal glands, the pituitary gland, and the sex organs (ovaries or testicles).


Leptospirosis in Pets: What You Need to Know

Are you the proud owner of an outdoorsy, water-loving canine? If your dog enjoys romping in lakes, streams, rivers, woods, or even taking the occasional drink from a stagnant puddle, he or she is at risk of contracting leptospirosis.

Fortunately, avoiding this dangerous disease isn’t complicated. Your friends at The Whole Pet Vet want to help you learn about leptospirosis and what you can do to protect your pet.


A Walk in the Park: Dog Walking Safety and Etiquette

Ah, spring! What a beautiful time of year to dust off your dog’s leash and get back outside for some exercise and fresh air. Dog walking is one of the greatest pleasures of dog ownership, and ensuring a good time for your dog relies on dog walking safety, awareness, and, of course, etiquette.

Beyond the Basics: Dog Walking Etiquette

What exactly goes into becoming a dog walking pro? A lot! First and foremost is knowing whether your dog is ready for a walk. This includes understanding his or her temperament, addressing any training needs, and being prepared to give your full attention during the walk and when encountering other people and animals.


Spaying and Neutering: The Ultimate Act of Love

Studies show that the majority of pet owners in the United States choose to have their pets spayed or neutered, and at The Whole Pet Vet we couldn’t be happier about this statistic. Spaying or neutering your pet has many health benefits, and goes a long way toward reducing the homeless pet population.

Aside from cases of professional, humane breeding, having a pet spayed or neutered just makes sense. We’re excited to share with you the reasons why!


Ring in the New Year: Our Top 6 Resolutions for Pets in 2017

If you’re a pet owner, the start of a new year isn’t just about you. 2017 provides us with the perfect opportunity to reflect on the ways we can improve the health and happiness of our treasured four-legged friends.

Many of the same resolutions you might make for your own health and wellness can be extended to your fur babies! Your friends at The Whole Pet Vet have put together some simple ideas for resolutions for pets that we hope you will find useful and inspiring.


To Look Forward, We Turn Back: Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of the Year

The time has come for us to take down the 2016 calendar and affix a new one to the wall. Many do this with optimistic relish, others see it as a moment that deserves a quiet moment of reflection. For the triumphs enjoyed or setbacks endured, the previous 12 months provide an opportunity to take stock. That way, the new year can be tackled with a certain level of aplomb.

We do this in a variety of ways, but our staff at The Whole Pet Vet Hospital and Wellness Center enjoys looking back at our pet care blogs of 2016. From dental care to acupuncture, exercise to parasite prevention, senior pet health to behavioral concerns of young pets, we value what makes our growing community of readers more successful pet owners. From there, the sky’s the limit!


A Pawsitively Pitiful Problem: Pancreatitis in Pets

Chihuahua looking up at leftover meal on dinner tableIt is a problem that we diagnose more than we would like, and it can be downright awful. Pancreatitis is an often diagnosed health issue, especially this time of year, as we enter a season of overindulgence and celebration.

The Whole Pet Vet Hospital and Wellness Center wants you to know how to recognize pancreatitis in pets and learn what you can do to prevent it.

Pancreatitis Primer

The pancreas is an organ that resides in the abdominal cavity. It is involved in many important bodily functions, including producing insulin and enzymes that aid in digestion.