Recognizing Depression in Pets

A moping golden retriever.

A great deal is known about the positive impact pets have on our emotional, mental, and physical health. They make us feel happy and loved simply by being near, and we try to reciprocate in equal measure. Unfortunately, depression is a common issue for companion animals. If you’ve ever wondered what to do for a depressed pet, we have some strategies to help.

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How to Choose the Safest Flea and Tick Medications (Without Compromising Efficacy)

itchy dog.

No one likes unwanted houseguests, and pet parasites like fleas and ticks are low on the list of critters that you might invite in. Are flea and tick medications dangerous for pets, though? Thankfully, there are great options for pet parasite prevention available, and Sky Canyon Animal Hospital is happy to help you sort through choosing. 

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Separation Anxiety in Pets

Hound dog licks his human.


Does your dog howl, chew your shoes, or dig holes in your yard every time you leave the house? Do your cats vomit or stop eating altogether each time you spend a night away? Separation anxiety in pets is no fun for you or your furry friends. The team at Sky Canyon Animal Hospital would like to share ways to understand and solve the common behavioral issues we see in anxious pets. 

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Addressing Ear Infections in Dogs

A dog with big ears running.

Long, floppy ears definitely add to canine cuteness, but they are partially responsible for chronic ear infections in dogs. Without adequate air flow and drainage, the dark, moist, warm inner ears become vulnerable to bacteria. In addition to breeds predisposed to ear infections, pups that suffer allergies and those that swim are at higher risk. 

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The Many Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

A red dog gets scanned for a microchip.

If only there was a way that you could defend against permanent loss of separation of your pet. Wait: there is! Microchipping offers an extra layer of protection if your pet ever goes missing. Microchipping can facilitate a safe return home if your pet is ever picked up by animal control, shelter personnel, or a well-meaning individual. It is not, however, a replacement or substitute for a proper collar and ID tag. If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, we offer a few great reasons to microchip your pet.

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The Value of Veterinary Chiropractic Care

A brown dog receiving a chiropractic spine treatment.

Your pet’s musculoskeletal system, composed of bones, muscles, and tissue, stimulates and eases their body’s movements. Sometimes, however, the connections between the spine, the body’s structures, and the nervous system need to be restored. Veterinary chiropractic care focuses on manipulating the spine as a way to treat disease, reduce pain, and increase mobility. In essence, chiropractic adjustments can improve a pet’s quality of life.

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Vaccines for Dogs: What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know

A brown dog receives a vaccination.

There are many factors that determine a pet’s prevention plan. Taking into account a pet’s age, lifestyle, and current health condition, we can customize the best possible approach to their wellness. Among other things, such as dental care, proper diet, and parasite prevention, vaccinations add a crucial element to preventive care. Because of the importance of vaccines for dogs, we offer a low-cost vaccine clinic every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but which vaccines for dogs are considered the most essential?

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Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Programs

Eleven puppies on a blue couch

Pet ownership can be expensive. Cost doesn’t make wellness care any less important, though. Low-cost spay and neuter programs are a big part of what we do here at Sky Canyon Animal Hospital. Keep reading to learn more.

Cost to Spay a Cat or Dog in California

Spay and neuter is a routine procedure for pets, but that doesn’t make them simple. A lot goes into “fixing” an animal. A spay or neuter procedure typically includes:

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Ring In the New Year With a Smart Pet Collar

A man cycling with his dog.

Did you know smart pet collars serve as a kind of Fitbit for our animals? For pet owners who also enjoy technology, it’s reassuring that activity trackers are available. Not only can you monitor what your pet is up to and where, but investing in a smart pet collar can even impact overall health and safety. 

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Can I Trim My Cat’s Nails at Home?

A callico gets her nails trimmed.

Even if you’ve never trimmed a cat’s nails before, it’s not difficult to do. With some practice and patience, you can learn to trim your cat’s nails yourself at home.

Regularly trimming your cat’s nails keeps them healthy and can help prevent injury to you and your other pets. It also helps keep your furniture from being scratched up by kitty’s sharp claws.

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