Hillside Animal Hospital Blog

Caring for your senior pet

Everyone knows that a puppy’s needs are different from those of a grown dog.  So, doesn’t it make sense that senior dogs (and cats) have their own specific needs as well? The reality is senior pets have special care requirements because of their unique age-related... read more

Common signs of arthritis in your pet

Achy muscles and stiff joints affect more individuals than you may think. In fact, these common symptoms of arthritis are found in both the young and old—and human and non-human. That’s right…arthritis is an issue that many animals experience as well. Dogs in... read more

Common Cat Skin Conditions

There’s nothing nicer than snuggling with your cat, petting its soft, shiny fur and hearing its quiet purrs of contentment. But petting your cat when it’s suffering from a skin condition is another story. Unfortunately, skin conditions in cats are an all too common... read more

Kennel Cough and how to prevent it

Like it or not, cold and flu season is right around the corner. While getting a flu shot should be high on your to-do list this winter, don’t forget to protect your furry friend as well. One of the most common diseases dogs can acquire (winter or not) is something... read more

Dog stress and how to relieve it

When you think of stress, you probably think of work pressure, financial strain, endless traffic and a myriad of other things.  What likely doesn’t come to mind, however, is your dog and dog stress. But it should! While dogs and stress don’t seem like a common pair,... read more

Dog Allergy Treatments

While you don’t need to take your dog to the local animal hospital for every little bump and bruise, there are some health issues that shouldn’t be ignored and may require the assistance of a trained veterinarian; dog allergies are one of these issues. Your dog’s... read more

Do Pets Make Good Gifts

Forget the age old question of “to be or not to be.” The real question is “to give or not to give”…a pet, that is! With the holidays approaching, you have probably already started to think about gift ideas. And what’s better and more unique than a brand new pet?... read more

Common Dog Allergies

Anyone who suffers from allergies knows that they are more than just an annoyance; allergies can be a serious (sometimes life-threatening) condition, which usually results in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Dog allergies, like human allergies, are just as... read more

A Guide To Dog Vaccinations

As a pet owner, there are some decisions that are hard, such as whether or not to microchip your pet or what type of healthy dog treats to buy. Then, there are other decisions that are pretty much no brainers. Dog vaccinations should be one of the easy ones! To... read more

Leptospirosis Outbreaks Reported in Arizona

Leptospirosis is a bacteria that infects both humans and animals. According to the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, some Maricopa County veterinarians are seeing an increase in the number of cases of canine leptospirosis.  This is a disease that can be passed... read more

Why Use Laparoscopic Surgery?

What if we told you that Hillside Animal Hospital had a surgical technique that would take less healing time and leave less scarring?  How about having your best friend home and playing within hours or just a few days versus a week or more?  With Hillside Animal... read more

The Benefits of Pet Microchips

Have you ever had that moment when you misplaced your favorite shirt or thought you lost your keys? Do you remember the panic and fear you felt thinking the item was gone forever? Well imagine if you lost your pet instead. Needless to say, you would feel far more... read more

The Importance of Cat Vaccinations

They say cats have nine lives, but to ensure your cat lives out each and every one of those lives you need to vaccinate it. As a pet owner, your job is to protect your cat from every potential harm and care for it the best you can. Out of the many things you should do... read more

Urinary Tract Infections and Your Cat

Did you know that your furry feline friend is potentially at risk for urinary tract infections just like you are? Believe it or not, urinary tract infections in cats are quite common and are one of the leading reasons why some cats are abandoned at animal shelters. To... read more