Letters From the Litter Box—Why Your Cat is Peeing Outside the Box

Cat litter box issues.

Coping with a cat who urinates outside their litter box can be extremely frustrating. You may suspect these mysterious creatures have some kind of vendetta against humanity (or at least against you)—after all we’ve done for them! Before you start sleeping with one eye open, let Bayside Animal Hospital unbox the messages your cat is trying to send, so you can tell your cat, “message received,” and take the appropriate steps to fix the problem.

#1: Your cat has a medical condition

Urinary tract disorders will cause the most fastidious cat to miss their litter box. Increased urgency can prevent cats from reaching their box. Painful urination may become associated with their box, which may cause avoidance. Cats will indicate their pain by vocalizing when urinating. Urinary tract conditions include:

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Should I Get My Dog the Rattlesnake Vaccine?

Hiking in the woods with dog

Your insanely curious dog is constantly poking his nose in off-limits places. He also loves to join you on hiking and camping trips during warm spring and summer weather. Both situations place him at risk of encounters with rattlesnakes.

From April through October, these cold-blooded animals are most active in areas popular with hikers and campers. In warmer weather, rattlers look for places out of the afternoon sun. They frequently hang out in woodpiles and heavy shrubs. They’re also found under logs and good-sized rocks.

The Sacramento region has a higher-than-normal risk of rattlesnake bites, and dogs are often the unlucky recipients of the snake’s venom. Rattlesnake bites can cause bleeding, swelling, super-low blood pressure, and shock. Rattlesnake bites can be fatal for dogs.

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Hiring a Dog Sitter: What to Look For

Dog sitter playing with dogs

When you leave your pet in someone else’s care, you want to ensure your furry friend is safe, comfortable, and well cared for. And if it’s your first time looking for pet care, you might not know where to find a pet sitter, what questions to ask, or how to tell if someone is reputable.

These are the qualities to look for and questions to ask when hiring a pet sitter.

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Top Ten Signs that Your Dog Needs Urgent Care

Dog at urgent care visit

Pet emergencies are never fun. Guessing whether your dog needs a same-day appointment or can wait for a little bit can add even more stress to an already stressful situation. Bayside Animal Hospital has a list of our top ten signs that your pet needs an urgent care appointment.  

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The Best Gifts for Your Pet This Holiday Season

Cute dog with holiday present.

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a time of giving. But what do you get for the pet who has everything?

When it comes to gifts, these are some of the best trending pet care products this Christmas. Buy one. Buy two. Or get them all! Your pet will love and thank you for it!

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Places to Hike with Your Dog Near Granite Bay, CA

Family hiking with dog.

Named after the sandy cove hugging the western shore of Folsom Lake, Granite Bay is an upscale community in Placer County, CA, that offers beautiful scenery and several pet-friendly trails to hike with your dog.

Here are some tips for an enjoyable hike with your dog near Granite Bay.

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The Importance of Wellness Exams for Dogs and Cats

Puppy veterinarian visit.

Pet wellness visits are a vital element of overall pet health and wellness because they give us the opportunity to create and monitor a health baseline throughout various life stages. When we first get to know your pet, these visits give us the best view of his or her “normal” when it comes to daily wellness. Keep reading to learn more about these visits and how we use them to keep your pets as healthy (and as happy) as possible.

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Do Cats, Dogs, and Turkeys Mix? Thanksgiving Safety

Cute dog caught eating pie.

Turkey, with all the trimmings, is a Thanksgiving tradition, but is it OK to pass the holiday bird to your cat or dog? Pets and people foods don’t always mix, so follow these tips from our team at Bayside Animal Hospital before caving in to your pet’s hungry eyes and sharing any Turkey Day table scraps.

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The (Mostly) Benign Nature of the Unnerving Reverse Sneeze

Dog sneezing.

Episodic memory is a highly specific recollection from your personal history with detailed imagery and sensations related to the experience. Examples might be your first day of college, a skydiving trip, or the moment you met your partner.

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Safety for Vaping Around Pets

Girl vaping in her house.

We can all assume that smoking around your pets is probably not the best idea, but the waters become a little murkier when it comes to vaping. As this practice becomes more prevalent, the Bayside Animal Hospital staff get asked more and more, “can I vape in the same room as my pets?” Vaping around pets definitely requires some precautions, and not all are self-evident. 

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