Common Pet Health Issues and How to Prevent Them: A Guide for Pet Owners

Woman waiting at vet with dog.

When you make sure your pet gets regular wellness and preventive care, you’re helping make sure your furry family members stay healthy. Part of preventive care is keeping an eye out for the issues that can pester our pets. The team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital would like to highlight five of the most common pet health issues—and how you can avoid them. 

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Essential Services Your Veterinary Clinic Should Offer

Veterinarian dog.

When you’re looking for a veterinarian, there are several essential services that your clinic of choice should offer. Not all veterinary clinics are the same. In this blog, the team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital shares five services to look for when you’re checking out clinics in your area: 

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How Do I Treat My Dog’s Arthritis?

Happy old dog.

If your dog is taking his walks a bit slower these days or having a hard time navigating the stairs, he could be experiencing arthritis in his hips, legs, or back. Senior dogs and those who are overweight are particularly prone to developing arthritic joints, as are some larger breeds, such as labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, and German shepherds. 

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You and Your Newly Adopted Kitten

Adorable new kittens sleeping.

Congratulations on your decision to bring a new kitten into your life! You’re in for an exciting and rewarding experience, but there are a few things you need to know before you bring your furry friend home—especially if this is your first time owning a kitten. Here are some tips to help you prepare. 

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What is Reverse Sneezing?

Dog sneezing.

Reverse sneezing can be downright scary. There’s no darling ah-choo! sound to admire. Instead, your pet will suck air in through the nose over and over, almost as if trying to catch their breath. Your dog or cat may extend their head and neck and stand strangely still. Some pets will snort or gag. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Heartworm

Puppy taking heartworm medicine.

April is Heartworm Awareness Month. Maybe—hopefully—you already give your dog or cat their heartworm prevention medication regularly. But we believe it’s important to learn what heartworm disease is and why this preventive medicine is critical to your pet’s health. 

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Don’t Tell Fleas and Ticks, but It’s Time to Focus on Parasite Prevention

Dog and tick.

There’s a lot of ways to ruin a day, and chief among them definitely include a flea infestation or a tick bite. Both have the potential to cause serious problems in pets and people alike. As with most things in life where there is a clear and obvious solution, it is critical to address parasite prevention long before these bugs cause the unfortunate symptoms for which they are notorious.

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Smelly Paws? The Truth About Canine “Frito Feet”

Holding dog paw.

Dogs have their fair share of quirks. Most of the time, these little peculiarities add layers to an owner’s amusement and appreciation. Regarding things out of their control, such as smelly paws, we can choose to accept these characteristics or figure out creative ways to deal with them. The good news is that the corn chip odor coming from their paws is not causing any pain or long-term harm. This means that owners are simply left with the mystery of why their dog’s feet smell like Fritos and what they can do to reduce the funky odor.

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Rattlesnake Safety Tips That Could Save Your Pet’s Life

El Dorado Hills rattlesnake.

Northern California residents are no strangers to the potential of encountering a rattlesnake on a hike, in a park, or sometimes even hanging out in our own yards. Although we know to stay away when we hear a warning rattle from a nearby snake, we cannot be sure how our pets will react to these creatures until the situation arises. Your friends at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital want to help you act quickly if you encounter a rattlesnake with your pets nearby:

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Safe Alternatives to Cat Declawing

Cat clawing at sofa.

Dozens of countries around the world have banned cat declawing, but only the American states of New York and Maryland have legally outlawed this controversial surgical procedure. That doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous national organizations working to raise awareness of the painful effect this practice has on our feline companions. While once widely regarded as a safe and humane procedure, few feline practitioners recommend cat declawing today. 

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