Too Much of a Good Thing: Diabetes in Dogs

diabetes in dogs.

Diabetes is a condition that many of us are familiar with as it is so predominant in Western culture. Some people don’t realize, though, that this disease affects our pets, too. With one in 500 dogs and cats having diabetes, it is a condition that our staff at Surfside Animal Hospital diagnoses frequently. Read on to learn how you can recognize diabetes in dogs and what to do should you suspect it. 

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Pet Ownership and Emergency Preparedness

Pet emergency preparedness.

It isn’t pleasant to think about natural or man-made disasters, but the threat of earthquakes, fires, floods, and landslides is ever-present in our beautiful coastal community. Creating a family disaster plan that includes your animal companions can help safeguard your family and your pets against further trauma if, or when, disaster strikes. 

Follow these tips from Surfside Animal Hospital to help your pet-friendly household prepare for emergencies. 

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The Easiest Ways to Support Pet Dental Health

Pet dental health.

We spend a good amount of time observing and enjoying our pet’s faces. Cute, fuzzy ears, sparkling, intelligent eyes, and boop-able noses have a lot going for them, but the full picture must include the mouth, too. Who isn’t accustomed to how their pet’s teeth and gums look, feel, and, more importantly, smell? A clean mouth is a healthy one, and we’ve got some tips on the best ways to achieve pet dental health.

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August Is National Immunization Awareness Month: Vaccinate Your Pets

A small grey terrier receives a vaccination from a veterinarian.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Immunizations are not just for people. Your pets are at risk of contracting deadly diseases like distemper and feline leukemia (FeLV). If you haven’t seen us for regular wellness checkups, your pets may be overdue for life-saving vaccinations.

What Vaccinations Are Most Important?

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Keeping Your Pet Cool During the Summer

A dog enjoying a safe summer at the beach, watching some surfers in the distant waves.

It’s finally summer. Hot sunny days coupled with warm ocean breezes equal perfection for outdoor fun. For your outside pets, however, it may not be ideal. You know they love to go where you go and play where you play. At Surfside Animal Hospital, we encourage you to help them stay cool, hydrated, and safe from outside summertime dangers.

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In a Pet Emergency, Surfside Animal Hospital is Always Here For You

Veterinarians examine a dog during a pet emergency in Oceanside.

Pet ownership, like other close relationships, has its share of ups and downs. The highest moments might include their unbridled joy when we return home from work, or their close companionship during movie night. Alternatively, a low moment may involve a sudden injury or illness that threatens their well-being. As most pet owners can attest, it’s not “if” a pet will face a life-threatening experience, it’s “when.” Preventing a pet emergency is critical, but it’s equally important to know the signs and seek help immediately.

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Ahead of the Game: Prioritizing Pet Wellness

Black and white dog looking at camera.

One of life’s most important lessons is: it’s always better to have something and not need it, than the other way around. This approach can definitely be applied to pet ownership. Having all of your pet’s bases covered means that you don’t have to worry about things slipping through the cracks. Regular pet wellness exams are a critical part of the puzzle—and are a terrific place to start.

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