Dog Breath: Why Bad Breath Can Mean Trouble

March 6th, 2017 by Cordova VH Staff

Contrary to popular belief, smelly dog breath is not a normal condition. While your pup’s breath may never smell minty fresh, persistent halitosis (bad breath) can be a sign of underlying dental issues. In fact, bad breath is often the first noticeable symptom of periodontal disease or other problems.

Canine Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is the inflammation of the supporting structures of the teeth, including the gums. It occurs when oral hygiene has been neglected, allowing the buildup of plaque and tartar. Left untreated, plaque, tartar, and bacteria lead to inflammation, which is often accompanied by bleeding along the gumline (gingivitis).
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All About Pet Paw Pads

February 6th, 2017 by Cordova VH Staff

Beautiful dog during medical appointmentWhen it comes to the cute factor, your furry friend’s paw pads may rank right up there on the list of adorable. And, while your team at Cordova agree with you, paw pads also serve an important purpose for mobility and protection.

Get to know all of the reasons why paw pads (and their care) help your pet safely navigate the world.
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Celebrating a Year of Pet Health with Our Top Ten Blogs

January 5th, 2017 by Cordova VH Staff

Relaxing at HomeFor better or worse, 2016 will soon be over, making room for a new year full of promise and possibility. Whether you are a stickler for resolutions or simply embrace the coming of change and all the opportunities that will arise, we are here to support your efforts when it comes to improving your pet’s health.

Our blog is one way we provide education and resources for pet owners, encouraging not only good health but also total well being and an enriching life for our wonderful animal friends.

We hope you have gleaned much from our informative pet health blogs and got a smile from some of our more lighthearted posts. To celebrate another year of pet health blogging, we offer you our top ten blogs of 2016.

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All I Want for Christmas: Finding the Perfect Pet Gifts

December 12th, 2016 by Cordova VH Staff

Dog Jack Russell Terrier. Puppy. Christmas,If you’re like most households, your dog or cat will be receiving more than just a bowl of kibble and a new sweater during the holidays. Studies show that over half of American pet owners buy holiday gifts for their pets, and the pet supply industry has responded with an utterly dizzying number of options for pet gifts.

If you are still on the hunt for the perfect gift for your favorite furry friend this year, your team at Cordova Veterinary Hospital has you covered. We’ve put together a list of ideas that are just perfect for showing your appreciation for your wonderful pet.

There’s No Place Like Home

All creatures need a place to call their own, and one of the most popular pet gifts is a new place to relax and watch the world go by. Depending on the type of pet you have, and his or her preferences, you can find or make the perfect spot for your pet to sleep, hide, groom, or just relax, such as a:

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Hear, Hear:  Learning About Pet Ear Problems

November 21st, 2016 by Cordova VH Staff

Beagle at the veterinarianYour pet’s ears are an important part of his or her world, and when trouble strikes involving the ears, things can get serious fast. Pet ear problems can be stinky, itchy, and downright painful.  Ear trouble is of the most common reasons that pets come to see us, and there are a variety of causes for it. Because of the often serious nature of ear problems it is important that owners pay close attention and alert us right away to any suspected issues so that we can get to work right away.

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Complicated Interactions: Helping Pets Navigate Social Situations

November 8th, 2016 by Cordova VH Staff

Beautiful Dog PortraitAs modern pet owners, we are fortunate that we can now view our four-legged friends as members of the family and are able to freely express our love and affection for them. We now include pets in our daily lives and activities, which requires them to interact with other people and animals on a regular basis.

Helping our pets navigate social situations is key in ensuring that interactions are positive, safe, and as low-stress as possible. We’ve outlined some of the most common family and community social interactions your pets are likely to face and our tips for helping pets navigate these potentially complicated interactions.

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Treating Pet Urinary Problems

September 12th, 2016 by Cordova VH Staff

Dog marking territoryWhen your housebroken pooch or usually fastidious kitty start to have accidents in the home, it can be distressing, inconvenient, and even embarrassing. When a patient is having urinary trouble, often one of the first things we do, along with a physical examination, is perform a urinalysis, or urine test.

While many things can cause pet urinary problems, oftentimes an infection is part of the issue. By analyzing the results of your pet’s urinalysis, Cordova Veterinary Hospital is able to use the information we obtain to treat urinary tract troubles. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Top Picks: Pet Apps For Health, Fitness, And Fun

August 8th, 2016 by Cordova VH Staff

Relaxing at HomeThere’s no denying it; smartphones and tablets, and their accompanying apps, are firmly entrenched in our daily lives. We use our devices for everything from tracking our calorie burn, to figuring out our budget, to finding the best Indian food west of the Rockies.

If there’s an app for everything (and it certainly seems like that is the case) it only makes sense that our pets would be represented as well. Not surprisingly, there is a wide assortment of pet apps aimed at making our pets safer, healthier, and happier. Read the rest of this entry »

River Puppies: River Safety For Dogs

August 1st, 2016 by beyond

German Shepherd playing in the riverThere is much to love about a beautiful summer day spent on the American River, and our water-loving pets couldn’t agree more. As always, the safety of your pet should be your top priority any time you and your four-legged friend are near water. Take a moment to refresh your knowledge of river safety for dogs before you head out for a day on the water. Read the rest of this entry »

Jail Break:  Taming the Pet Escape Artist

July 24th, 2016 by Cordova VH Staff

Guard dogPets who regularly make a dash for the door or scale the fence can be frustrating to deal with. While everyone needs a little adventure in their lives, pets who leave your property unattended put themselves at risk of trouble, including serious injury.

Understanding why pets run and how to prevent it can go a long way towards keeping your furry cutie homebound. Keep reading to learn how to reign in your pet escape artist. Read the rest of this entry »