Sun Valley Veterinary Sun Valley Veterinary Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:27:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet Part 2 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:27:33 +0000 Protect your pet on Halloween night with safety tips from Sun Valley Animal Center, your go-to animal hospital.

Halloween is such a fun holiday. You get to enjoy spooky fun, candy and costumes, but it’s not always a safe holiday for our pets. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are dedicated to keeping your pet safe and healthy, and that’s why we went over several Halloween safety tips for pets in our last blog. Here are a couple more things you can do to keep your pet safe this Halloween:

#4. Keep candles out of reach.

Candles definitely help to set the mood for Halloween. They have a creepy glow that is difficult to recreate with electric lights, but if you use candles to light your jack-o-lanterns or decorate for Halloween, keep them far away from your pet. Your pet may accidentally burn his or herself. Another option would be to use battery-powered candles.

#5. Make sure that your pet is comfortable.

There is nothing cuter than a dog or cat all dressed up for Halloween, but not all dogs and cats like being dressed up and not all costumes are safe. If your dog or cat is obviously uncomfortable in a costume, take it off! They don’t understand what is going on, and putting them in a situation where they aren’t comfortable could cause them to behave unexpectedly, even aggressively. If they will tolerate a costume, make sure it is not too tight or restrictive on them.

With these tips, you can enjoy a fun, safe Halloween with your pet. However, if the unexpected happens, turn to our veterinary hospital. We proudly serve Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Billings and beyond. Contact us today to learn more.


How to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:40:36 +0000 With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk about pet safety.

When most of us think of Halloween, we think about the steps we should take to keep our kids safe. However, Halloween can be a dangerous time for your pets too. Here are a few tips from our pet surgery center to keep your pets safe this Halloween:

#1. Don’t leave your pets outside.

If you have a cat or dog who spends most of their time outside, Halloween is the one day of the year when they are better off indoors. Unfortunately, for some, Halloween is a time for pranks and destruction, and many cats and dogs are taken, teased, abused or even killed on Halloween. The good news is that this is easily prevented by simply keeping your pet indoors.

#2. Avoid giving your pet any candy.

When you have a delicious treat, you want your pet to have one too, but candy is a treat that you should never give to your pet. Many people are familiar with the fact that chocolate is poisonous for dogs and cats, but other candies contain toxic substances as well. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many different Halloween candy, and even a small amount can lead to deadly seizures and drops in blood pressure.

#3. Don’t bring your pet to the door with you.

Even if your dog is the sweetest, most well-behaved dog in the world, you should keep him or her away from the door on Halloween. There is a lot of excitement and tension in the air, which your dog will pick up on. Additionally, dogs don’t understand what costumes are or why you are wearing one, and it can cause them to behave unusually or even aggressively.

Stay tuned for our next blog for more Halloween safety tips for your pet.


How to Help Your Cat Lose Weight Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:47:56 +0000 Cats who are overweight or obese are at risk for many health concerns, but there are lots of ways to help your cat lose weight.

Cats, much like people, often deal with weight control issues. Unlike people, however, cats are not in control of what or how much they eat, and many of them aren’t motivated to exercise on their own. As a cat owner, it is your responsibility to keep your cat healthy, and a big part of that is keeping their weight in check. In our last blog, our veterinary hospital went over many of the risks associated with overweight or obese cats. Here are a few things you can do to help your cat lose weight:

#1. Put your cat on a diet.

Believe it or not, many cat owners see zero correlation between what they feed their cat and how much they weigh. However, what you feed your cat matters, and if you overfeed, your cat is going to be overweight. Talk to your vet about what and how much you should be feeding your cat, and instead of letting your cat graze all day, only set their bowl out at specific times.

#2. Play with your cat.

The bottom line is that your cat needs exercise, and one of the best ways to ensure that your cat gets it is to encourage them to play. Get a laser pointer for your cat to chase, play with string or invest in new toys and games; in other words, do whatever it takes to get your cat active.

#3. Enrich your cat’s environment.

Cats love of climb on things, and if you give your cat the opportunity, they will take advantage of it. Build a cat tree, add in some sturdy shelves and put plenty of empty boxes around for your cat to play in.

If your cat is overweight, schedule an appointment at our veterinary hospital today!





Why Fat Cats Are No Laughing Matter Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:29:42 +0000 Over half of the domestic cats in the United States are overweight or obese, and these cats are at risk for many health problems.

Whether it is due to poor diets, overfeeding or not enough exercise, more and more cats are reaching unhealthy weights every single day. When many of us think of fat cats, we often think of the hilarious, lasagna-obsessed cat that graced the funnies in our Sunday morning papers for years, but in reality, fat cats are no laughing matter. Overweight and obese cats are at a higher risk for many health problems, including:

#1. Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which your cat’s insulin requirements are greater than their ability to produce or use insulin. Diabetes can be incredibly expensive to treat in cats, but without treatment, it could lead to dehydration, vomiting, loss of appetite, depression, motor function problems, coma and, in some cases, even death.

#2. Joint Trouble

Excess weight puts added pressure on your cat’s ligaments, tendons and joints. This can lead to joint issues, including arthritis, which can make it difficult for your cat to get around like he or she used to.

#3. Pet Surgery

A cat who is overweight or obese has a much higher risk of needing pet surgery due to the effects on their lung and heart function. It can also compromise their kidney function, which could prevent anesthetic drugs from metabolizing properly.

At cat who is overweight or obese is at a higher risk for so many different health conditions and diseases. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about the steps you can take to help your cat lose weight.


Mistakes That Could Put Your Dog in Danger Part 2 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:27:56 +0000 There are many mistakes unknowingly made by dog owners that put their dogs at risk for injuries.

As a dog owner, your goal is to keep your dog safe and healthy, but there are many small mistakes that could do the opposite. Unfortunately, many of the mistakes that could put your dog at risk for injury aren’t always obvious mistakes. In our last blog, our veterinary hospital went over a couple of them. Keep reading to learn about more innocent mistakes that could leave your dog with an injury:

Mistake #3. Not training your dog.

Just because your dog knows how to sit, it doesn’t mean that they are trained. Training your dog properly is essential for their well-being and safety. Dogs who aren’t trained are much more likely to end up in situations that could harm them, such as eating things they shouldn’t out of the trash or running away.

Mistake #4. Not grooming your dog.

Dogs don’t need baths every day, but many of them do require regular grooming. Clipping your dog’s nails, brushing their teeth and keeping their coat brushed out are all essential tasks for your dog’s health. If you do not feel comfortable doing these things at home, take him or her to a groomer!

Mistake #5. Not exercising your dog.

Exercising is so important for your pup! Regular exercise will keep your dog at a healthy weight. Plus, building muscles around the joints takes pressure off of them, which will help to prevent future joint problems.

Avoiding these common mistakes can help to lower your dog’s risk for needing surgery. Contact our veterinary hospital today to learn more.

Mistakes That Could Put Your Dog in Danger Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:24:23 +0000 All dog owners want to keep their pups safe and sound, but there are many small mistakes that can lead to injuries.

Dogs are so incredibly special, and they bring an endless amount of joy to our lives. The last thing any dog owner wants is for their dog to get an injury that requires pet surgery, but many owners end up unknowingly making mistakes that put their dogs at risk. The following is a list of a couple of the mistakes that could put your dog at risk:

Mistake #1. Not spaying or neutering your dog.

You may be under the impression that getting your dog spayed or neutered is somehow cruel or mean, but it is actually important for your dog’s health and safety. Male dogs who are not neutered are much more likely to run away in search of females, which puts them at risk for getting hit by a car or getting into a fight. Fixing your dog also lowers or, in some cases, eliminates their chance for developing many different health conditions, including certain types of cancer.

Mistake #2. Not researching dog food and giving too many treats.

All dog food is advertised as healthy, but the fact is that not all dog food is made equal. There are many subpar options out there that aren’t so great for your dog’s health. Obesity is a major problem in dogs, and feeding your dog the right foods and not giving them too many treats is important for fighting obesity.

These are just a couple of the many mistakes dog owners can unknowingly make that put their pups at risk for surgery. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more.

Tips to Lower Your Cat’s Risk for Emergency Surgery Part 2 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:00:32 +0000 Cats are at risk for many conditions that may require surgery, but you can lower your cat’s risk.

There’s nothing scarier than having to subject your furry friend to surgery, but unfortunately, there are many conditions that could lead to emergency surgery. Luckily, our veterinary hospital is here to help. In our last blog, we went over several tips to help you lower your cat’s risk for emergency surgery. Here are a couple more things you can do to lower your cat’s risk:

#4. Make sure that your cat has proper nutrition.

Just because your cat’s food is labeled as “healthy” or “complete,” it doesn’t mean that it actually is. Proper nutrition is important for several reasons, the first being weight control. Cats who are overweight are at risk for serious conditions that could require surgery, including blockages and joint issues. Additionally, improper nutrition could lead to bladder stones and urinary blockages that could be life-threatening for your cat.

#5. Consult your veterinarian about skin masses.

As soon as you notice a mass growing on your cat, it’s important that you consult your veterinarian. The larger you allow the mass to grow, the more likely there will be complications. For example, a large mass on a cat’s leg may require full amputation to remove safely. In most cases, the sooner you get a mass removed, the easier it will be to remove.

Although these tips can help you prevent emergency surgery, things happen, and if your cat needs surgery, you need to take him or her to a veterinary hospital you can trust. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we’ve built a reputation on excellence, and we proudly serve pet owners all over Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings. Contact us today.


Tips to Lower Your Cat’s Risk for Emergency Surgery Sun, 10 Jul 2016 19:19:00 +0000 No cat owner wants to have to subject their furry friend to emergency surgery, and there are many things you can do to lower your cat’s risk.

Cats are such independent animals that they often seem virtually indestructible. However, the fact is that cats aren’t indestructible, and they are just as fragile as any other pet. Cats are at risk for many conditions that could land them in emergency pet surgery, but the good news is that there are many things you can do to lower this risk. The following is a list of tips to help you lower your cat’s risk of emergency surgery:

#1. Get your cat spayed or neutered.

You can eliminate your cat’s risk for a variety of diseases that may require surgery by simply getting them spayed or neutered. Neutering a male cat also lowers the likelihood of him running away and getting into a fight that could result in the need for surgery.

#2. Keep your cat safe in your home.

Although cats love to play outside, the outside world simply isn’t safe for cats. Cats require surgery for things, like breaking bones, getting hit by cars or fighting with other animals quite often, but you can prevent this from happening to your cat by keeping him or her inside.

#3. Cat-proof your home.

Cat-proofing your home won’t be easy, but it’s important to try. Clear away all ribbons, strings and sewing supplies that your cat could swallow; avoid leaving small toys around; block off lofts, balconies and windows where you cat could fall.

At Sun Valley Animal Center, we proudly provide pet surgery for Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, but we would prefer to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Stay tuned for our next blog for more tips to lower your cat’s risk of emergency surgery.



Tips to Lower Your Dog’s Risk for Emergency Surgery Part 2 Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:31:09 +0000 Emergency surgery can be traumatic for dogs and owners alike, but in many circumstances, it is preventable.

If your furry friend has ever had to have emergency surgery, you already know how scary and expensive the entire process can be. We are Sun Valley Animal Center, a world-renown veterinary hospital that serves Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, and although our surgeons are some of the most experienced in the business, we want to help you avoid emergency pet surgery at all costs. Check out our last blog for a few tips to lower your dog’s risk for emergency surgery, and keep reading to learn more:

#4. Help your dog stay at a healthy weight. 

Dogs who are overweight carry much higher risks for a wide variety of health issues. Excess weight can negatively affect all of your dog’s systems, including their organs and joints. Helping your dog to stay at a healthy weight will help to prevent problems from occurring that could lead to surgery.

#5. Spay or neuter your pup.

Spaying or neutering your dog can prevent a whole host of health problems, including testicular issues, ovarian and uterine diseases and breast tumors. Neutering your male dog can also prevent him from trying to escape in order to find a female. This is a very common reason why male dogs get hit by cars.

Although we would all love to keep our dogs safe at all times, you can’t always plan for every emergency. If your dog is in need of emergency surgery, ensure that he or she is in good hands by relying on Sun Valley Animal Center. Visit our site today to learn more.

Tips to Lower Your Dog’s Risk for Emergency Surgery Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:00:31 +0000 While some emergencies are unavoidable, a little caution could go a long way in lowering your dog’s risk for emergency surgery. 

No one wants their dog to have to go through emergency surgery, and while there are many emergencies that you cannot avoid, there are many that can be prevented as well. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we provide pet surgery in Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, and we want to help you avoid emergency surgery at all costs. Here are a few things you can do to lower your dog’s risk for needing emergency surgery:

#1. Make your home dog-proof.

Just as you need to baby-proof your home to protect your children, you also need to dog-proof your home to protect your pup. Dogs are curious creatures, and they tend to ingest things that they shouldn’t. Make sure that all of the small, ingestible objects around your home are out of your dog’s reach.

#2. Never walk your dog without a leash. 

If your dog is well-trained, you may believe that you can get away with walking your dog off-leash, but this is a mistake. You never know what could happen, and always using a leash is the best way to avoid unexpected accidents that can lead to surgery or even death.

#3. Avoid high-risk situations. 

There are many situations that put your dog at a higher risk for getting hurt. For instance, if your dog is prone to fighting, don’t take him or her to the dog park.

Learn more tips for lowering your dog’s risk for emergency surgery when you stay tuned for our next blog.