Each spring we are greeted with the restoration of flowers and trees. Even in the sparse desert climate of Southern California, there is enough new growth to create an ample surge in pollen production to be noticed by many living creatures blessed with a sensitivity… it is allergy season.  Allergies may seem like an exclusively…

Finding yourself with some extra time at home and wanting to help your four-legged friend feel a little relief from a variety of symptoms and conditions, or just an unexpected treat? Learning how to give a proper dog massage is enriching for both the owner and dog alike – while creating a powerful bonding experience….

Humans complain about a lot of things, all the time. Unfortunately, pets don’t share this ability to say when something is hurting. The best method for detecting pain is by observing behavioral and physical changes. Here are common items to keep an eye out if you think your pet may be in pain. Reluctance to…

Why does my pet need a wellness exam?  Banning Veterinary Hospital recommends your pet receive an annual wellness exam. The reason for this exam is to catch issues early – small ailments often turn into bigger issues over time.  A wellness exam will help to diagnose both large and small ailments in pets, just like…

Finding a lump in your dog, cat or pet of any type can make anyone overcome with anxiety. Most owners will immediately think of cancer and begin the emotional process of experiencing loss. While this is a possibility, it is not always the case. Only through bloodwork, imaging and surgery can a lump be appropriately…

Most pets with fur will see a range of colors during their lifetime. Have you noticed a change in the color of your cat or dog toward white or gray? While it can make pets appear older, there is likely nothing wrong with the transition.  Here are the most common reasons why animals experience the…

Important – If you feel like your pet has bloat, contact your veterinarian immediately.  For dogs and various other mammals, bloat is a life-threatening condition in which the stomach fills with air (dilatation) and/or twists upon itself (volvulus). It’s also called gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV) and is prevalent in larger breeds. Lifetime risk of experiencing a…

Modern anesthetic drugs are significantly safer than those used in previous years, with fewer side effects. In the modern veterinary facility, there are many different types of anesthesia available for use depending upon the sensitivity of your pet and the need for consciousness. The most common classes of anesthesia are for small animals (cats and…

One of the most frightening things that can happen to your pet is an accident or injury. Learning what to do in an emergency, and how to transport your pet safely allows you to prepare in advance for this scary situation. Plan Ahead: In the aftermath of an accident or injury can be very chaotic,…

Want to add a new addition to your family, but worried about allergies? A cat may be your answer, if you choose a breed known for being hypoallergenic. No dog or cat is completely free of allergens, but some cat breeds offer a very low risk of allergic side effects. The risk is so low…

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