Spooky and Safe: Halloween Costumes for Pets

Halloween costumes for pets is part of the fun!

Do you start pulling out your fall and Halloween decorations around mid-July? Is your costume planned and ready to go no later than August? Are orange and black your favorite colors?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re a bonafide Halloween fanatic! As a pet owner and animal lover, you probably also relish the idea of Halloween costumes for pets. After all, what could be cuter than dressing up your dog, cat, guinea pig, snake, or bearded dragon lizard? Of course, your pet’s safety is our top priority, and the following tips are designed to ensure a fun and successful Halloween for every member of your family, human and animal alike!

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

Pet insurance can help defray the cost of veterinary careIf your pet were diagnosed with a major illness tomorrow, could you afford the bill?

We all want to do the very best we can to take care of our pets. They’re members of our family, after all! Luckily, we now have access to advanced veterinary medical care that can diagnose and treat complex illnesses as well as critically injured pets.

But what about the cost of that care? It doesn’t come cheap. According to Canine Journal, the average cost of pet care annually is now topping $1800 per year, per pet.

This is where pet insurance comes in. Just as human health insurance bridges the gap between your medical care and cost, pet insurance can offset the financial burden of unexpected illness or injury to our pets. But, does it make sense for you? It’s an individual decision, but it’s important to look at the costs and benefits of pet insurance to determine if it’s right for you. Continue…

To Go or No? How to Know if its a Pet Emergency

A pet emergency should be tended to by an emergency veterinarian right away. As a pet owner, it’s often hard to know if a problem is serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency clinic. Pets are masters at hiding signs of pain and discomfort, even from their closest people. No matter when a pet emergency occurs, you need to know when it requires a trip to the vet. Knowing whether you should wait until the morning or leave immediately becomes even more important.

At Hampton Veterinary Hospital, we believe that pet owners should be able to recognize common signs of pet emergencies. Your quick action could save your pet’s life as long as you know what to look for and what to do. We’ve put together some tips to help you recognize the signs of a pet emergency and how to be prepared in case the situation ever happens. Continue…

An Apple a Day: The Principles of Pet Wellness

Pet wellness, supported by veterinary care, can keep your pet safe for a lifetime.Most of us have an intrinsic understanding of preventive care. We attempt to eat our fruits and vegetables, try to get enough exercise, and allow ourselves to be poked and prodded by our physicians and dentists, all in the name of good health.

Preventive care is just as important for the health and longevity of our pets. Regular physical examinations are one of the best investments you can make when it comes to pet wellness, and one that will have a huge impact on their lifelong health.

At Hampton Veterinary Hospital we recommend biannual wellness examinations for all of our patients, because pets age much faster than we do. They also hide illness and other medical issues from us at home that can be identified by your veterinarian on examination. Continue…