Tips for the First-Time Cat Owner

June 20th, 2018 by Deer Creek Animal Hospital

What should a first-time cat owner know?If you’re diving into the world of having a cat for a companion, congratulations! Cats are amazing and wonderful, and bring hours of fun, laughter, and warm snuggles. Although many think of them as fiercely independent, cats do need and thrive on human interaction and care. And, you may be already discovering that cats are not small dogs, and need different things in their world to be happy.

Deer Creek Animal Hospital is sharing here some tips for first-time cat owners. Let’s dive in!

The Basics

You’ve done your research, and made sure that you and the other humans in your life are ready for a new cat and can commit to the care involved. And, you’ve found the perfect kitty to add to your life. Now what? You do need some essentials to care for your cat once you have them home (or ideally, before). What are they? Read the rest of this entry »

DIY Pet Treats for the Dog Days of Summer

June 13th, 2018 by Deer Creek Animal Hospital

DIY Pet Treats are a great way to have summer fun with petsWhat’s not to love about snacking on your favorite frozen delight while lounging by the pool on a hot summer day? Or how about a delicious grilled dinner while hanging with your bestie? Summer is all about food, and our pets probably envy the many delicious ways we celebrate this season (and all seasons, really).

However, while people foods are generally a no-no for our furry friends, there’s no reason the creative pet owner can’t whip up some delicious, easy DIY summer pet treats. You’ll love it, and we’re sure your pet will, too!

4 Yummy DIY Pet Treats for Your Sweet Pet

It’s hard to resist those sad, puppy dog eyes begging for a treat, but toxic people foods (e.g., chocolate, grapes, raisins, Xylitol, alcohol) should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, many of these items can be found on the barbecue or backyard deck during the summer months.

The good news is that you can treat your best friend to some of the following delectable and healthy snacks (in moderation, of course!). Read the rest of this entry »

A Peek Inside: Blood Work in Pets

June 6th, 2018 by Deer Creek Animal Hospital

Blood work in pets is an important part of veterinary diagnosticsAs veterinary professionals, the staff at Deer Creek Animal Hospital recommends and utilizes blood work for our pet patients every day. We have a tremendous appreciation for what this diagnostic tool can do and want to share with you just what a valuable resource blood work is.

A Plethora of Options

When we refer to blood work in pets, we might really mean one of a great many tests. Blood is made up of cells, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. These cells are carried in a fluid called plasma, which contains salts, proteins, and water. Analyzing these components more thoroughly can really tell us a lot about patients.

When we decide to order blood work on patient, there are many options regarding which tests we can run. Some of the more common blood tests in veterinary medicine include: Read the rest of this entry »