’Twas the Night Before Christmas—Pet Holiday Style

As your family members—two- and four-legged—gather around the fire on Christmas Eve, the time-honored tale, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” sets the tone for a perfect evening. However, pets can make a peaceful holiday more a Christmas wish than reality. Our Otay Pet Vets team can’t help but look at the holiday—Christmas stories included— through [...]

5 Senior Pet Wellness Tips

Pets typically reach senior status between 6 to 8 years of age, and whether they are starting to slow down, or still as active as when they were young, they need more care as they face age-related issues. Our team at Otay Pet Vets wants to provide tips, to help ensure your senior pet receives [...]

Pet-Safe Treats for Halloween

One bite—please? You know that look when your pet does not get what they want, but with Halloween candy, ignoring their pleading requests is a matter of health and safety. Candy and baked goods contain many ingredients that are harmful—or deadly—for pets. Rather than endure their pitiful gaze each time you unwrap a mini candy [...]

4 Tips to Help Manage Your Pet’s Separation Anxiety

If you’ve walked into your home and found a shredded couch, a puddle of urine, or a quivering pet, your furry pal may be suffering from separation anxiety. This behavior condition is relatively common, but many pets with separation anxiety only display mild signs when left home alone. Moderate and severe cases can harm the [...]

Get Ready, Get Set, and Medicate Your Pet

I’m only trying to help you. Have you ever uttered those words while trying to give medicine to your pet? Things would certainly be easier if pets could understand our good intentions. Instead, medicating pets can feel like a battle of wills—and claws. Let Otay Pet Vets simplify the process with these secrets to success. [...]

Heatstroke Case Studies in Pets

Finding ways to escape the heat is on everyone’s mind with the recent skyrocketing temperatures, which can cause life threatening issues for pets, as well as people. Our team at Otay Pet Vets asked Luke the Labrador retriever to present heatstroke cases he has witnessed. Luke routinely accompanies his owner, an ambulatory veterinarian, on house [...]

Hospice Care—Providing Your Pet Dignity During Their Final Days

As every pet owner knows, the day will come when you must say goodbye. When an accident occurs and you lose your pet unexpectedly, the situation is difficult. However, when you must watch them decline and decide when they should be euthanized, the process involves uncertainty and guilt, in addition to sadness. The team at [...]

Why is Your Pet Itchy? Three Possible Reasons

Your pet started scratching a few weeks ago. The first week, the scratching was minimal, but now the excessive activity is disrupting the household. Your pet is constantly chewing, rubbing, licking, and scratching. You are annoyed by the disturbance, but know your pet is suffering. The trained veterinary team at Otay Pet Vets tells you [...]

A Tale of Two Hearts: Heartworm Disease and Prevention In Pets

Heartworm disease is a serious condition that can ultimately be fatal for your pet if left untreated. But, treatment can be difficult and, for cats, is nonexistent. Because of the disease severity and treatment challenges, year-round heartworm prevention is critical to keep your furry pal safe from harm. Take a look at Ruby and Diamond’s [...]

Much Ado About Canine Flu, and Other Canine Respiratory Diseases

With the pandemic struggles of this past year, you may have researched and learned a lot about human respiratory diseases—perhaps more than you ever wanted to know. COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) in humans, has become a much talked about respiratory disease. Did you know that dogs can also catch certain [...]

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