The Most Common Orthopedic Issues in Dogs

Small toy dog at the veterinary after surgery.

You know your dog better than anyone, so it makes sense that you’d immediately notice any changes to their gait, behavior, and appearance. Orthopedic issues in dogs are among the most typical reasons for vet visits, in part because the culture of dog owners is becoming more active every year. What’s more, some breeds are genetically predisposed to problems affecting the musculoskeletal system. 

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3 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

Yorkshire terrier wearing bow sitting next to chalkboard.

Have you ever had your dog get away from you while on a walk or escape from your fenced yard? Has your indoor cat ever slipped outside while the door was briefly open? It’s terrible to think about your beloved pet getting lost, so it’s essential to take every possible step to make sure your pet can be reunited with you if it should happen.

The team at Hampton Veterinary Hospital wants to help ensure our clients and their pets stay together. Pet microchipping is a simple, effective way to ensure your furry friend stays safe and secure with you. 

Here are the top 3 reasons to microchip your pet:

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Some Cats Spray Indoors. What To Do About It?

Woman holding cat with dilated pupils.

No other species is quite like the cat, and the ones we share our homes with boast a long list of feline-specific behaviors. Much of the time, we can accept their preferences and proclivities with amusement, but we draw a hard line when the behavior is unhygienic and smelly. Take, for example, spraying. Many cats go through a period of spraying in less-than-ideal locations (like your closet), and it’s not always clear why they start and why they choose the most inconvenient spots for relieving themselves. There are reasons why some cats spray, and effective strategies to redirect this behavior. 

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February is Dog Training Education Month

Pet owner dog training their dog at home.

A well-trained dog is a joy to live with. He (or she) comes when you call, sits on command, and leaves forbidden objects in their proper places. Although they might occasionally test boundaries, deep down they realize it’s in their best interest to follow the rules. And really, they just want to make you happy.

Of course, getting to that point involves consistent training that begins in puppyhood. Whether you’re engaged in basic obedience training, Canine Good Citizen training, or another training regimen, keep these principles in mind when embarking on any training program. And if you’d like to know how to train your cat, visit this helpful resource.

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AAHA-Accredited Animal Hospital: Why Is It Important for Your Pet?

Hampton Veterinary Hospital veterinarian holding dog patient

Pets are part of our families, and we want the best for them. But with so many pet veterinary clinics available, how can you know what’s best regarding your pet’s medical care?

If you’re considering a new veterinarian for your pet, it’s important to know what AAHA-accredited hospitals have to offer.

What Is the AAHA?

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Precautions for Winter Safety for Dogs

Yorkshire terrier in the snow wearing coat and doggie booties.

There’s nothing like a New England winter to make you long for the warm weather. There is also nothing quite as beautiful. Hampton Veterinary Hospital hopes that you are enjoying the season with your pets. Read on for our best tips for winter safety for dogs. 

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The Healthiest Dog Food for Hungry Pups

Mini yorkshire terrier with a bowl of food.

There’s no question that dogs are incredibly motivated by food. They love to eat! But sometimes the food in their bowl can actually go against their greater health. When issues begin to occur, it can seem like an impossible challenge to land on the right food for your pup. With aisles full of options, and possible digestive reactions to common ingredients, the quest for the healthiest dog food is not without guesswork. Have no fear–we’re here to help!

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Good and Bad Cat Vocalizations You Should Know About

Tabby cat sitting a polished wood floor meowing.

Do you speak fluent cat? Can you tell when he or she is scolding you for failing to clean the litter box? Or when gracing your arrival home?

From chirping and purring to cat yowling and hissing, the felines have an extensive vocal repertoire. Research shows that cats make eight common sounds, but each cat has a different level of communication. Some barely make a peep while others can’t let you get a word in edgewise.  

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The Numerous Benefits of Daily Dog Walking

Happy couple walking a dog through autumn leaves trail.

The opportunity to go outside is priority number one for most dogs, but their motivation goes beyond simply meeting their bathroom needs. Similarly, moving their body has advantages that surpass basic exercise. Walking with your dog is arguably one of the best activities, and it’s because of the synergy between all of these elements. Dog walking combines several life-affirming qualities, and dogs aren’t the only ones benefiting from the ritual.

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Dangers of an Overweight Pet

An overweight cat standing near a scale.

Although they might look adorable when they have a little extra floof, obesity in dogs and cats can lead to a lot of health problems. The team at Hampton Veterinary Hospital wants to help you keep your pets as healthy as possible, which is why we think it’s important to understand the dangers of obesity in pets.

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