Hillside Animal Hospital Blog

Five Issues To Watch Out For In Your Cat

Health issues can affect cats at any time, but they can be the most damaging at the early stages of a cat’s life. Diseases and infections can hit kittens especially hard given their fragile nature, so it’s important to monitor their health closely during these... read more

Five Ways to Dog Proof Your Backyard

If you’re a dog owner, you do everything you can to keep your dog safe and healthy. That likely means dog proofing your home so that it is as safe as can be. While many pet owners know the hidden dangers that lurk inside one’s home, few realize that the outdoors can... read more

Should You Get a Puppy

Few things in life are as cute and cuddly as a puppy (except maybe a kitten) and even fewer things add as much joy to your life. But, as wonderful as puppies are, that doesn’t mean they don’t come without their headaches and hassles. If you’re considering adopting a... read more

Why Your Pet Smells

Does your pet have a certain aroma that can’t be ignored any more…no matter how hard you try? In other (less nice) words, does your pet stink? If you have a smelly pet, don’t stress! Your pet isn’t the first (or last) animal with an odor problem. To rid your pet... read more

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