5 Tips For Potty Training Your New Puppy

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5 Tips For Potty Training Your New Puppy

Getting a new puppy is an incredibly exciting time for any pet owner. No one can prepare you for all the love, and cuddles you are about to experience. And who doesn’t love that adorable new puppy smell? But even with all of the goodness that comes along with owning a new puppy, it is extremely important to remember that a new puppy also means a-lot of responsibility. Puppy potty training is one of the most important steps you can take for a long, and happy life with your new fur baby.

When Should I Start Potty Training My New Puppy?

Puppy potty training is one of the most important things you can do for your new pet. It can be frustrating, and can also be extremely time consuming, but it is crucial you take the time and energy to start potty training your new pup as soon as possible. The best time to start is when your puppy is about 8-12 weeks old. Although puppies do not gain full control of their bladder till closer to 5 months old, it is important to start around 8-12 weeks so you can help them form good habits early on.
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5 Tips for Potty Training Your New Puppy

1. Crate training is key – When potty training a new puppy, it is important to crate train them. This will help to keep them in one designated spot and make it easier for you to take them out to go.
2. Develop a schedule – Being consistent with a potty training schedule is important. This means taking your dog out to go at the same time each day. You can never take them out too much in those first few weeks of training.
3. Use a rewards system – A rewards system can be helpful in motivating your puppy to learn how to potty correctly. Rewards could include treats, praises, or toys. Give them rewards as often as you can!
4. Deal with mistakes the right way – If your puppy happens to have an accident, don’t punish them. This will only make them more anxious and difficult to train. Instead, clean up the mess calmly and firmly tell your pup “no” when they have an accident in the future.
5. Be patient and consistent with your potty training efforts – it may take a little while for your puppy to get the hang of things. Do not give up, it will be worth it!

Puppy Training With Advice From Experts At Pacific Pet Hospital!

When it comes to training your pup, it is important to do your research and seek advice from professionals whenever you can. Our doctors at Pacific Pet Hospital are here to help guide you and answer any questions you have about the health and well being of your new puppy! Get your pup off to a great start by scheduling their first Wellness Exam and Vaccinations appointment with us today.
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10 Reasons Why Rescue Dogs Are the Best

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10 Reasons Why Rescue Dogs Are the Best

At Pacific Pet Hospital, we love all dogs equally (so much!). However, we have to admit that there are some things that set dogs adopted from animal shelters apart from the rest. If you’re considering rescuing a dog from a shelter, we encourage you to keep reading to learn about 10 reasons why rescue dogs are the best.

10 Reasons Why Rescue Dogs Are the Best (Why You Should Adopt – Not Shop)

1. Save Multiple Lives

When you rescue an animal from a shelter, you not only save the life of your new pet, but you also make room for another homeless pet to live safely in the shelter.

2. Enjoy Unconditional Love

Rescue pets have experienced homelessness or lost their families one way or another. As a result, they’ll appreciate your love and love you in return, all the more.

3. Spend Less on Your New Pet

Shelters usually have adoption fees, but these are simply designed to help cover some of your pet’s veterinary costs. These fees, however, are much less than the cost of purchasing a dog and paying for all of their initial vaccinations and spay or neuter procedure.

4. Avoid Surprises

With a shelter dog, you’ll have a good idea of their veterinary needs before you make a decision.
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5. You'll Have a Great Story to Tell

You can tell all your friends how you first spotted and connected with your new pet.

6. You'll Change Your New Pet's World

You’ll be giving a dog a second chance at living a wonderful life.

7. You'll Be Fighting Animal Cruelty

By adopting instead of shopping, you won’t be inadvertently supporting a puppy mill.

8. You Help Manage the Pet Population

There are animals in shelters because there are more dogs and cats than there are families to care for them. By adopting, you help to manage the population.

9. You'll Be Supporting Your Community

Animal shelters are vital organizations operating in your community, and choosing to rescue a pet from one helps them thrive.

10. It's Good for Your Healthy and Happiness

Not only do dogs help you get more exercise and improve your mood, but when you adopt from a shelter, you can feel proud of yourself too.
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Establish Your New Pet's Care With Pacific Pet Hospital

If you’re planning to adopt a dog or cat, one of the first steps to being a responsible pet owner is to establish care with a nearby veterinary clinic. At Pacific Pet Hospital, we are always happy to welcome new pets to our veterinary hospital, and we’re excited to work with you to help you give your new pet the best life ever. To learn more about our comprehensive services or about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, we welcome you to contact our office today.

How to Prepare Your House for a New Kitten

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How to Prepare Your House for a New Kitten

When you’re planning to get a new kitten, it can be tough to resist just picking one out and bringing it home right away. To give your kitten the best possible start in your home, however, you should take some steps to prepare your house for your kitten’s arrival before coming home with your newest furbaby.

5 Tips for Preparing Your House for a New Kitten

1. Create a Safe, Personal Space

Your kitten should have a safe, secluded space where it can feel comfortable and safe in your home. Block this area off from other pets and keep small children out. This area should have your kitten’s bed, food, water, and litter box.

2. Kitten-Proof Your Home

For kittens, there are countless hazards inside of human homes. This includes poisonous plants, human foods that are toxic to pets, household chemicals, medications, electrical cords, furniture that could fall easily, and even small hiding places that could be dangerous for your kitten. Remember that kittens are experts at jumping and climbing. So, you’ll need to lock away hazards tightly.

3. Get All of the Supplies You Need

Have everything your kitten needs already available when you bring your kitten home. This includes food formulated for kittens, a water bowl, litter box, toys, cat bed, pet carrier, collar with ID tags, and scratching post.
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4. Prepare Your Children

If you have children, be sure you talk with them about how they should interact with the new kitten to prevent the kitten from feeling overwhelmed, scared, or acting out aggressively. Talk with them about the appropriate ways to introduce themselves, how to talk to the kitten with a calm and gentle voice, how to pet the kitten gently, and play with the cat. With a good start, your kitten won’t be afraid and will feel comfortable with your children. Then, they can enjoy one of the best relationships ever.

5. Find a Veterinarian and Establish Care

Before adopting a kitten, you should also choose a veterinarian and contact their office to schedule an appointment for establishing your new pet’s care. Every new pet should have a checkup to ensure they are healthy and have all the preventative treatments they need.
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Wellness and Preventive Care for Kittens in San Diego

To learn more about adopting a kitten or to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact Pacific Pet Hospital in Chula Vista today.

What to Do When Your Dog Just Won’t Listen

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What to Do When Your Dog Just Won't Listen

Although some dog breeds are notoriously more stubborn than others, this does not mean that they lack in their nature, the instinct to bond with and please their owners. Dogs simply don’t know what we expect of them until we teach them, and teaching them can be difficult considering that we speak human and they speak dog. If you’re struggling to train your dog, consider the following tips.

5 Canine Behavior Tips for When Your Dog Doesn't Listen

1. Positive Reinforcement Makes Listening More Interesting

When trying to teach your dog not to chase a squirrel, dig holes, or chew your slippers, you need to offer them something more exciting than their bad behavior choices. Reward positive behaviors with high-quality treats, praise, affection, and play.

2. Help Them Speak Your Language

Over time, dogs start to recognize the words that are relevant to them and ignore the ones that are not. They learn body language, much faster. If you, pair a hand gesture with every command, they’ll learn faster.

3. Think If What You're Asking Is Realistic

Don’t ask your pet to understand complicated commands right away. For example, teaching a pet to come to you can be very difficult for your pet to learn. Be patient, keep working, and remember to reward their good behaviors.
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4. Look at the Big Picture

Don’t get too frustrated and remember to consider the whole environment while training. Your dog might not be sitting because they’re distracted by another dog. This means you also need to work with them on focusing.

5. Schedule a Veterinary Exam

If your normally obedient dog suddenly stops behaving, this could be a sign that your dog has an underlying health problem. If you notice changes, schedule a veterinary appointment right away.
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Behavioral Counseling for Pets in Chula Vista

At Pacific Pet Hospital in Chula Vista, we’re here to promote and encourage every aspect of your pet’s health and wellbeing, including their behavior, to help you provide them with a happy, healthy, and long life. We understand that good behavior helps pets live fuller lives because, with good manners, they can safely be a bigger part of your life, make more friends, and explore more of the world. To learn more about behavioral counseling or to schedule an appointment for your dog, we welcome you to contact us today.

Beach Safety for Pets

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Beach Safety for Pets

It’s beach season, and that means many of you will be heading to the shores along with your favorite furry friends. If your dogs are like most dogs, going to the beach is probably their favorite activity (along with everything else you do together). While playing at the beach and swimming in the ocean are great activities for you to enjoy with your dog, the beach does present a few safety risks for pets. So, following these safety tips can ensure you have a fun and safe time outdoors.

5 Safety Tips for Pets at the Beach

1. Fresh Water

Playing in the sun and heat all day puts pets at risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion. Be sure to bring plenty of fresh water for your pet to drink. Additionally, be sure to keep your pet from drinking the ocean’s salt water as this can put them at risk of salt poisoning.

2. Swimming Safety

Not all dogs can, like, or know how to swim. Before jumping in head-first with your dog, take a test swim in a calm, shallow location. You’ll get a sense pretty quickly of whether or not your dog enjoys being in the water and whether or not they can swim strongly enough to play in the ocean waves.

3. Sun Protection

Dogs are at risk of sunburn – especially those with shorter coats. If grooming your dog, be sure to keep at least an inch in length to protect their skin and apply a dog-safe sunscreen while you’re out in the sun.
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4. Hot Sand

In the heat of midday, the sand at the beach can become scorchingly hot and this can burn your dog’s sensitive paw pads. Purchase a pair of dog booties to protect your pet’s paws or visit the beach in the morning or late evening.

5. Post-Beach Care

For healthy skin and coat, be sure to wash all of the sand and salt off of your pet after a day of playing at the beach.

Summer Checkups at Pacific Pet Hospital

Before heading out with your pet this summer, we recommend scheduling a checkup with a veterinarian at Pacific Pet Hospital in Chula Vista. We can ensure your pet is fit enough for an ocean swim, well protected from all sorts of parasites, and outfitted with a microchip’s permanent identification capabilities. To learn more or schedule an exam for your dog, we welcome you to contact us today.

What Is Telemedicine for Pets?

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What Is Telemedicine for Pets?

Telemedicine has been around almost as long as the telephone, but new technologies have revitalized the telemedicine space, making it more convenient than ever to access professional veterinary advice for pets. At Pacific Pet Hospital, we are pleased to provide state-of-the-art veterinary telemedicine via the Anipanion smartphone app.

What Is Telemedicine for Pets?

Telemedicine refers to the practice of getting a doctor’s advice over the phone or via email, video chat, or texting. In the case of pets, telemedicine refers to getting advice remotely from a veterinarian regarding your pet’s health and/or care.
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What Kinds of Veterinary Services Are Available Via Telemedicine?

Telemedicine makes getting a quick professional veterinary opinion easy since you can access it from the comfort of your own home – or anywhere you have internet or cellular service. With telemedicine for pets, you can send videos and/or pictures of your pet to our veterinarian and talk with a veterinarian about your pet’s symptoms to receive advice from afar.
Telemedicine is especially useful for managing our existing patients’ ongoing veterinary concerns, medication refills, surgery follow-ups, consultations, and advice regarding whether or not emergency or urgent veterinary care is needed.
That being said, telemedicine does have its limitations because we cannot physically examine your pet in person during a telemedicine appointment. As a result, we can’t measure your pet’s vital signs, feel your pet’s vital organs, take x-rays, perform ultrasounds, or collect samples for laboratory testing. So, depending on the situation, achieving an actual diagnosis can be difficult with telemedicine.
However, our veterinarian can evaluate your pet, consult with you, and provide you with advice based on our remote observations and the information you provide.

Is My Pet Eligible for Telemedicine?

At Pacific Pet Hospital, we always strive to practice veterinary medicine with the utmost care and responsibility. For that reason, our telemedicine services are only available to our existing patients, and we approve telemedicine appointments for those patients on a case-by-case basis since it is sometimes still necessary to actually see a pet in person to monitor ongoing health concerns with in-person examinations and routine diagnostic testing that can only be achieved in our office.
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Learn More About Telemedicine for Pets in San Diego

Our veterinarians and team at Pacific Pet Hospital welcome you to contact our office to learn more about telemedicine for pets with the Anipanion app. To learn more, please contact us today.

Signs Your Dog Might Have Heartworms

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Signs Your Dog Might Have Heartworms

Pets become infected with heartworms when they are bitten by a mosquito that is carrying heartworm larvae. The larvae travel through the pet’s bloodstream to the heart where they live, grow, mature, and reproduce. While cats can become infected with heartworms, they are not natural hosts. Heartworm disease is much more serious and severe in dogs who are natural hosts for heartworm parasites.

What Is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease is the name for the physical symptoms and damage caused by heartworm parasites when they have infected an animal.
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Signs and Symptoms of Heartworm Disease in Dogs

Early on, heartworm disease often has no signs or symptoms or only very mild ones. The symptoms of heartworm disease vary, growing more severe as the case becomes more advanced.
There is no cure for heartworm disease in cats. Dogs infected with heartworms can be surgically treated to remove the parasites, but this treatment is invasive and often unreliable. As a result, heartworm disease in dogs and cats is often fatal, and the need for preventative treatments are essential to protecting your pet’s health.

How to Prevent Your Pet From Getting Heartworms

You can protect your pet from heartworms by minimizing your pet’s exposure to mosquitos. However, the best way to prevent your pet from contracting these parasites is with a heartworm preventative medication.
Heartworm preventatives are only available by prescription from your veterinarian because dogs must first be screened for heartworms before receiving a preventative. Administering a heartworm preventative to a dog that’s already infected can be fatal.
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Heartworm Prevention With Our San Diego Veterinarians

At Pacific Pet Hospital, we take parasite prevention seriously. We recommend annual heartworm screening for dogs and year-round protection. When it comes to heartworm prevention, there are a variety of medications available, and our veterinarians can help you determine the one that’s best for your dog and your lifestyle.
To learn more about heartworm disease and parasite prevention or to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact us today.

Treat Your Dog With These Fruits and Vegetables

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Treat Your Dog With These Fruits and Vegetables

Feeding your dog a diet that includes high-quality, veterinarian-recommended pet food should provide all of the nutrients and calories that your pet needs to stay healthy. Treating, however, can be a fun way to enrich your pet’s life and strengthen the bond you have together. You can treat your pet with high-quality, healthy pet treats purchased from a pet supply store, or you can experiment with some of the fresh fruits and vegetables you have on hand in your kitchen.
Although many of the foods people eat are toxic for pets, some of our favorite fruits and vegetables can actually be used to liven up your pet’s taste buds and used as treats for your dog.

25 Fruits and Veggies That Are Safe for Your Dog to Eat

The following fruits and vegetables are safe for your dog to eat. To create extra-special treats, try experimenting by pairing these ingredients with all-natural peanut butter (double-check that yours doesn’t contain any xylitol), and you can try freezing your homemade treats, too!

Always Treat Safely! 15 Human Foods That Are Toxic to Pets

Many of the foods that humans eat are toxic and dangerous for pets to ingest. When treating your pet, avoid these:

Nutritional Counseling at Pacific Pet Hospital

When trying out new foods with your pet, always keep a close eye on how their digestive system reacts. Although something might not be toxic for your pet, it doesn’t mean they’ll like eating it or digest it well. Additionally, make sure that the treats you give your pet make up no more than 10% of their daily calory intake to avoid over-feeding, weight gain, and all the health problems that come with obesity.
To learn more about creating a healthy, fun, and balanced diet for your dog, we welcome you to talk with a veterinarian at Pacific Pet Hospital today.

What Happens During Your Pet’s Teeth Cleaning

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What Happens During Your Pet's Teeth Cleaning

To safeguard the comfort and health of their teeth, gums, and bodies, pets need dental care just like people do! This usually includes a combination of at-home care and professional dental cleanings with a veterinarian.

What to Expect During a Pet Dental Appointment

For your pet’s comfort and safety, pet dental cleanings and examinations take place while pets are fully sedated under general anesthesia. Depending on your pet’s breed, age, medical history, and veterinary records, we might recommend running a diagnostic blood test before your pet’s dental appointment to ensure their liver and kidneys are healthy enough to efficiently process the general anesthesia medications.
If your pet’s lab results are good, we can begin the pet dental appointment by administering a sedative to help your pet relax before we administer the general anesthetic via IV. This anesthetic ensures your pet feels no pain and experiences zero stress during their dental exam and cleaning and also makes it easier for our veterinarian to thoroughly examine and clean your pet’s teeth and gums. We use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your pet’s vital signs to ensure safety and comfort throughout the examination.
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Other than general anesthesia, a pet dental cleaning and exam is similar to a human’s dental appointment. We scale and polish our patient’s teeth, examine the gums for signs of gum disease, and look for signs of any other potential problems such as cavities, broken teeth, or infections. At this time, we might also take a set of digital dental x-rays to screen for problems that might not be visible to the naked eye, such as issues happening inside your pet’s teeth or below the gum line.
If any serious issues are found, such as severe tooth decay, broken teeth, or abscesses, our veterinarian will take steps to resolve the problems during the dental appointment.
Once your pet’s teeth are cleaned and the examination is complete, we wake your pet from general anesthesia and monitor them closely in recovery. Pets usually return home the same day. We might recommend feeding your pet a soft diet for a few days following their dental cleaning and might also prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication.
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Comprehensive Pet Dentistry in San Diego

At Pacific Pet Hospital, we provide comprehensive dental services to cats and dogs and also provide pet parents with education regarding caring for their pets’ teeth at home between professional dental cleanings and exams.
To learn more about pet dentistry or to schedule a dental appointment for your dog or cat, we welcome you to contact our office today.

How to Keep Your Pet Warm on Winter Walks

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How to Keep Your Pet Warm on Winter Walks

January is National Walk Your Pet Month. Even though, in the northern hemisphere, it’s one of the coldest months and the time when you least want to play outside. Despite the blustery weather, dogs still need to go outside for bathroom breaks and exercise. Consider the following tips to keep your dog warm and safe on winter walks.

6 Tips for Warm Winter Walks with Your Dog

1. Shorter More Frequent Walks

If your dog’s sensitive to the cold, consider going for shorter walks more frequently throughout the day. They’ll still get the same amount of exercise, but you and your dog will be able to warm up inside in between.

2. Add a Sweater

If your dog has short fur or is sensitive to the cold, they can wear a sweater or winter jacket that will insulate them against the cold. Just make sure the apparel is dry before going outdoors and never leave a pet unattended while wearing a piece of clothing.

3. Consider Your Dog's Breed

Some breeds are better suited to cold weather than others. For example, Siberian huskies and Alaska malamutes can tolerate cold better than chihuahuas or Dobermans.

4. Stay Dry

Even in relatively warm winter weather, a wet dog can get cold. During the winter, it’s best to keep your pet from getting wet on walks and playtime outdoors. During the winter, bathe yoru pets indoors only and make sure their fur is completely dry before heading out to play.

5. Wash Paws

If you and your dog visit any areas with freezing weather, be mindful of antifreeze, ice melt, and sidewalk salt. When pets go for walks, these substances can get stuck to their paws. Then, dogs might lick them off. These contain toxins that can be irritating to paws and very harmful if ingested. Be sure to wash and dry your pet’s paws first thing after you come inside from a frosty winter walk.

6. Too Cold for You Is Too Cold for Your Pet

The idea that cats or dogs have more resistance to the cold than people just because they wear natural fur coats is not accurate. If it’s too cold outside for you, then it’s too cold for your pet. Try to minimize time outside in extreme weather and find ways to stay active indoors.

Schedule a Winter Checkup at Pacific Pet Hospital

Whether or not you plan to visit any snowy states with your pet this winter, it’s important to keep regular wellness in check. Schedule your pet’s annual preventative care appointment to ensure all of their vaccines are current and they’re well-prepared for the beginning of parasite season which will be here before we know it.