5 Surprising Facts About Heart Disease in Pets

A brown and white dog being given a treat

A fun fact: Your pet’s heart beats approximately 35 million times per year. With each heartbeat, your pet’s hard-working heart pumps oxygenated blood to each of their cells, from nose to tail.

A not-so-fun fact: Approximately 10% of dogs, and 15% of cats, have heart disease. Since every part of your pet’s body depends on oxygen, heart disease can have serious, far-reaching systemic effects. To increase your knowledge of heart disease in pets, our Bayside Animal Hospital team shares other facts. 


5 Ways to Express Love For Your Pet

A cat being held by veterinary staff

Your pet is your devoted companion who is always there to listen after a bad day, and celebrate with you on good days. They ask little in return, other than a full food bowl and a warm spot on the couch. Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, why not focus on your pet, and shower them with some extra love? Our Bayside Animal Hospital Team shares five ways you can show your pet how much they mean to you. 

#1: Learn to speak your pet’s love language


Staying Active With Your Pet Year-Round

A golden retriever playing in the surf

As the seasons change, you may be tempted to stray from your pet’s routine activities and stay inside where you are more comfortable. After all, exercising in the cold and heat can’t be good for your pet, right? While exercising in extreme heat can lead to heat stroke, and spending too long outside in the cold can cause hypothermia, you can adapt your pet’s routine so they can safely exercise outside year-round. Your pet relies on daily activity to burn off extra energy so they don’t become bored and tear apart your couch cushions. Daily activity also provides much-needed mental stimulation as your pet sees, smells, and hears new things. Follow Bayside Animal Hospital’s seasonal guide and adjust your pet’s exercise routine as the weather changes.

Exercising your pet in the winter


Make 2021 Your Pet’s Healthiest Year Yet

A grey cat being checked by a veterinarian

A new year brings a new start, and resolutions to improve your health and lifestyle. More than 50% of people make New Year’s resolutions, but less than 10% keep them for more than a few months. And, few people think to include their furry pal in their resolution list. You may not have reorganized your closets yet, and your workout clothes may still be at the bottom of your drawer, but keeping resolutions for your pet can be easy with Bayside Animal Hospital’s help. Cross off those unmanageable resolutions—who can really drink a gallon of water each day?—and replace them with these four items that will help your pet have their healthiest year yet.

#1: Catch up on your pet’s dental care


6 Tips to Ensure Your Pet Stays Safe in Cold Weather

A cat sitting in front of a fireplace

Winter is here, and what better way to combat the cooler temperatures and chilly rain than with cozy sweaters, crackling fires, and couch cuddles with your furry pal. Since our four-legged companions aren’t able to bundle themselves up for the cold, they rely on their pet parents to provide protection from frigid winter temperatures. Our pets may have year-round fur coats, but they are still at risk of illness and injury from cold weather exposure. Ensure your pets are safe this winter with these six tips from our Bayside Animal Hospital team. 

#1: Take your pet for a winter wellness check


Puppy Parenting 101: What to Expect During Your Puppy’s First Year

A puppy learning how to shake

Welcoming a new four-legged pal into your family is exciting and at times challenging. A productive first year with a precious puppy is critical for ensuring a life of health and good behavior. Like a human child, puppies require lots of attention, care, monitoring, training and, most importantly, lots of patience and cuddles. Follow these guidelines from your Bayside Animal Hospital veterinary team to ensure a pawsitive first year with your new fluffy friend. 

Puppy meal time


4 Pawlidays Pet Safety Tips

’Tis the season for giving, special sweets, and twinkling tree lights. Holiday celebrations wouldn’t be the same without including our furry family members. However, holiday treats and festive decor can be hazardous to your pets and lead to upset stomachs and accidents. Avoid an unexpected trip to the animal emergency room by following these four holiday safety tips from your Bayside Animal Hospital veterinary team. 

#1: Keep pets calm and carry on


Protecting Your Pet from Common, Dangerous Toxins

Unfortunately, pets can occasionally become ill, and sometimes die, from toxin exposure. While most intoxications are accidental, some cases result from inappropriate treatment by well-meaning owners who are unaware that dogs and cats may react differently to medications intended for human use. In rare instances, poisoning may be malicious. Often, owners know or suspect their pet has been exposed to a toxic substance; however, in instances where owners are unaware, a sudden onset of dramatic clinical signs in a previously healthy pet should cause concern.

Common pet poisons

Each year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) compiles a list of the most common toxins pets encounter. Knowing what substances pets frequently get into can help you keep your furry friend safe.