Archives for February 2014

Cats and Hairballs: Normal or Not?

We’ve all heard (and probably have seen) that cats get hairballs which are literal balls of fur that are vomited up. But is this normal?

Yes and no – let us explain.

Cats are known for their grooming habits. It seems that when cats aren’t sleeping or being curious, they’re grooming themselves to perfection. And with all this meticulous grooming, it’s only natural and normal for a cat to occasionally have a hair ball or two every few months. The part when it becomes an issue is when the frequency of hairballs is more frequent then one or two every few months, which can be a symptom of an underlying condition.

One way to reduce the amount of fur your feline friend consumes is using a deshedding tool such as a brush or Furminator. These tools help remove hair that your pet may otherwise eat and vomit later.

If you’re seeking peace of mind an answers, the best thing is a trip to Encina Veterinary Hospital where one of our veterinarians can assess and treat your beloved feline, and get to the root of the problem.

Importance of Wellness Care

It seems less and less pet owners are bringing their pets in for wellness/annual exams and we’re hearing more and more of, “nothing is wrong”. The sad truth is that when something is wrong, it’s a little more difficult to treat because that something that is wrong, has grown and progressed since the “nothing is wrong” days.

Pets aren’t getting the regular care they need and that’s a problem because by the time some pets make it to Encina Veterinary Hospital, they have serious illnesses that could have been prevented with regular, routine veterinary care.

Annual exams, routine blood work, vaccines and dental cleanings all keep your beloved pet healthy and happy, longer. We LOVE celebrating normal and healthy and we think you should too! These routine protocols help prevent heart disease among many, which can lead to premature death for your pet. Chronic diseases and illnesses don’t need to evolve, spread and cause your pet harm if we catch it quickly in an annual exam, versus when pets begin showing signs.

Let us help in keeping your furkid healthy and happy by your side for as long as possible with an annual exam and routine blood work. We’re here for you always, open 24 hours, 7 days a week.