Hillside Animal Hospital Blog

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Why’s and How’s of Home Dental Care

Surprisingly, home dental care is an important step in keeping your dog’s pearly whites and gums healthy and clean. Good oral care leads to good overall health! A high percentage of dogs are susceptible to getting periodontal disease or gum disease, and this occurs...

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My Dog Swallowed My Socks! Help!

Candice Emerson, DVM Associate Veterinarian, Hillside Animal Hospital When I was in college I knew at guy named Jason that had a Labrador retriever named Duke. Knowing that I was working at an animal hospital to get experience before going to veterinary school, he...

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Is Your Pet Overweight?

Is Your Pet Overweight? Packing on the pounds is just as dangerous for your pet as it is for you. Being overweight or obese can lead to many of the same health problems whether you are a human, dog or cat. Luckily, with your help, your furry friend can easily lose...

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Road Tripping and Safe Travel with Rover

Things to Know Before You Go By Candice Emerson, DVM  Associate Veterinarian Now that the temperatures are reaching record highs, it’s a good time to travel and get out of town. If you plan on bringing your best friends (i.e. pets) with you, here’s a few tips to make...

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Caution of Rattlesnakes When Hiking

It feels like our Arizona summer is just around the corner and that means rattlesnakes! The days are getting longer, temperatures are slowly rising, and unfortunately our slithery neighbors are coming out of their dens and becoming more active. Whether it is through...

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Questions about Canine Influenza

Here at Hillside Animal Hospital, we have many patients that travel with their owners back to the Midwest for the summer. For those that have similar plans to escape the Arizona heat, please be advised of a canine influenza outbreak currently affecting Illinois,...

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10 Human Foods Toxic to Pets

Alcohol - Even small amounts of alcohol can cause intoxication (especially in small animals) as well as a dangerous drop in blood sugar, blood pressure, and body temperature; vomiting; seizures; respiratory failure; coma; and even death in more severe cases. Bread...

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When Is My Dog Too Hot or Overheating?

Now that we’re in the midst of another Arizona summer, many of us adjust our outdoor activities to keep cool and comfortable.  But do our dogs adapt in the same way?  Not always.  Just because you can tolerate the heat that comes with an early morning hike, your dog...

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What is K-Laser?

Use of K-Laser ("cold laser")  Becoming Popular Treatment at Hillside Animal Hospital Hillside Animal Hospital has been offering K-Laser treatments since late 2012.  It has become one of the most popular treatments at our hospital.  Here's some insights into the...

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Do You Know the Signs of GDV or Bloat?

Gastric Dilation - Volvulus (Bloat) Everyone knows the loveable troublemaker Marley from the popular movie Marley and Me. In the movie Marley experienced a critical medical condition called Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, commonly referred as "bloat" or "twisted...

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Bring in the New Year Safely with Your Pets

It’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions as we get ready to ring in 2016 in style!  Typical Scottsdale celebrations include lots of glamorous, festive parties along with loud and colorful fireworks. The sparkling lights, whistles, bangs and popping sounds might...

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