What Do My Pet’s Vaccines Protect Against?

Preventive care is the foundation of your pet’s health and wellbeing, and vaccinations are an essential component. By following your veterinarian’s guidelines and ensuring your pet's vaccines are up-to-date, you can protect them from many dangerous diseases. Vaccinating your pet also helps protect other pets by reducing their exposure to disease. Our Homestead Animal Hospital [...]

FAQs: Arthritis in Pets

Pet owners often think normal aging in their senior pet includes reduced activity, but changes in their behavior could also indicate chronic arthritis pain. Dogs and cats instinctively hide pain as a survival mechanism, so arthritis isn’t always obvious, even to their caregivers. Left untreated, arthritis may significantly affect your pet’s quality of life, but [...]

Common Pet Emergencies and Their Prevention

Pets have a habit of finding mischief, often in the middle of the night or during a weekend or holiday. To avoid running to your local veterinary emergency hospital for every pet mishap, we are here to teach you about the most common pet emergencies, and their prevention. Following are issues requiring urgent care that [...]

Fireworks, Hot Weather, and Swimming Pools! July Fourth Pet Hazards

When your local celebration with a gorgeous fireworks display fills the sky, you likely “Ooh” and “Ahh.” But, does your pet go into a frenzy of howling and digging, or cling more closely at each cacophonous boom? They likely have a noise aversion to loud sounds, which are common around July Fourth. Fireworks displays are [...]

Lost in Translation—4 Tips for Understanding Your Pet’s Blood Work

Have you ever looked at your pet’s blood work results and thought, “Huh?” If so, you’re not alone. While blood work is an invaluable diagnostic tool for your veterinarian, to anyone outside the medical field, it’s a jumble of letters, numbers, and colors. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to veterinary school to gain a [...]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Care for Seizing Pets

Seizures are frightening and disorienting for both pet and owner, but knowing how to respond and what to expect can remove some of the inevitable fear and stress, and help you take appropriate action to care for your pet. Pet seizures explained Seizures are the temporary disturbance of normal electrical signaling or activity in the [...]

6 Toxins That Can Harm Your Pet

Pets are curious, and we love that about them. But curiosity can get them into trouble if we aren’t diligent about keeping potentially harmful substances secure and out of reach. But, how do you know which common household items are the most toxic? Our team at Homestead Animal Hospital is here to share some of [...]

Pet Dental Health Care—Say “Ah”

Are you concerned about your pet’s dental health? You definitely should be. Most pets have some degree of periodontal disease by the time they reach 3 years of age, and this condition can significantly affect your pet’s overall health. Our team at Homestead Animal Hospital explains why pet dental health care is so important, and [...]

5 Reasons Your Pet Needs Year-Round Parasite Protection

New York winters can be quite cold, and you may be tempted to suspend your pet’s parasite prevention protocol—surely the nasty critters can’t live in these frightful conditions. Don’t be so hasty! Our team at Homestead Animal Hospital explains why your pet needs year-round parasite protection. #1: Fleas can be problematic for your pet all [...]

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