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July 26, 2019 0

Summer is almost over! We hope that all of our furry patients and their humans got the chance to enjoy the beautiful summer we’ve had here in Anaheim and the whole Orange County. We know that as pet owners, it can sometimes be challenging to balance all of the tempting summer fun with caring for your pet. For example, many pet owners have to stay home on the 4th of July to take care of their pets and help comfort them through the anxiety that fireworks and other holiday sounds may cause. 

While sacrifices have to be made sometimes, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the world around you with your dog! Anaheim and Orange County are filled with lots of pet-friendly events and activities! Of course, you can always take your dog to the nearest dog park or dog-friendly beach, or even take them on one of the amazing local hiking trails, but there are some extra special events coming up to help you end your summer on a high note! If you live in or near Anaheim, check out these amazing opportunities to take your dog out in the OC!

Concerts in the Park

Did you know that most of the concerts in the park series in Orange County are dog friendly? You can bring your whole family, including your pup, to your local concert in the park to enjoy a leisurely evening of live music and picnic style lounging! There are still a few concerts left before the summer comes to a close. To check and see if your local concert in the park is dog-friendly or to check the lineup schedule, check out your city’s website!

Surf Dog Events Series

Have you ever seen a dog surf? Well, here’s your chance! This year, there are two local opportunities to see some surfing dogs! You can head to Imperial Beach on August 10th or to Huntington Beach on September 28th for a Surf Dog event. Pet owners who have trained their dogs to surf on doggy surfboards will be performing alongside them. If you’re interested in entering your pup in the event, check out their website for more information!

Yappy-Hour at the Ritz Carlton

If you’re looking to treat yourself and your dog to a fancy outing, check out Yappy Hour at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna! Your dog can enjoy some delicious water with flavors like bacon, chicken, beef or vegan, while you enjoy a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon or a cocktail! Proceeds support The Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence. This event occurs monthly, so check their website to find out when the next one is!

 

We hope that you and your family have a chance to enjoy some of these amazing summer events in Orange County, pets included! Anaheim is perfectly situated between some of the most exciting and cool dog-friendly places and events in Orange County. Enjoy!

If your pet is in need of medical care, please call us at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center today! As veterinarians here in Anaheim, we are here to help your pet live their happiest and healthiest life. We’ll see you soon!

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July 26, 2019 0

If you’re a major fish lover (we’re not talking about sushi), here is your guide to buying fish in Orange County. There are tons of specialty shops for koi fish, tropical fish, and plain old goldfish! These stores have everything you might night to care for your fish, such as filters, decor, tanks, and more. Check them out below! 

Reef Tropical Fish

1080 N State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Reef Lounge USA is located on the corner of State College Boulevard and La Palma Ave by the intersection of the 57 and 91 freeways. The store provides plants, fish, tanks, and other equipment, but they specialize in fresh water fish. If you need anything, the workers are always enthusiastic and willing to help. 

Amazing Aquariums and Reefs

646 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867

Amazing aquariums and reefs is a saltwater fish specialty shop. They have an extremely wide variety of saltwater fish and tools to keep them safe and healthy. This is a great place for expert fish lovers who want to expand their aquarium. If you do visit, take a sec to appreciate the incredible tank displays! You’ll really see the effort, love, and care the owners put into their pets. 

Tropical Fish World

799 W Imperial Hwy, Garden Grove, CA 92843

As the name suggests, this place specializes in tropical fish! They also have aquatic invertebrates, plants, and supplies as well. This is a great place to stop by for affordable fish and equipment.

Reef Lounge USA

2990 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806

If you want to invest in gorgeous, high quality coral and fish, this is the place for you. The owner specializes in tank maintenance and is willing to go the extra mile to make sure your tank and aquarium plumbing are working properly. 

Discount Tropical Fish & Pond Supplies

561 W La Habra Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631

Like the other stores, Discount Tropical Fish & Pond Supplies has everything you need to maintain a clean, healthy tank or pond for your fish. They can also help you learn how to manage an outdoor pond, which can be difficult for people who are used to tanks. 

Andrew’s Koi International

1650 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92804

For the koi enthusiasts, Andrew’s Koi International ships beautiful koi from Japanese right here to Anaheim! They have many species of koi that you can choose from as well. If you’ve never raised koi, they can help you with the supplies, food, and medicine that koi need to thrive. 

Petco

430 N Euclid St, Anaheim, CA 92801

If you’re a beginner and you don’t know where to start, Petco is a good place to begin. You can start simple here. There are all the tools and equipment you need to get your little aquarium up and running!

PetSmart 

1411 S Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832

PetSmart is another safe bet when it comes to shopping for your pets. You can rely on every location having the same items, so you know exactly what you’re getting. PetSmart is also a great place to stop if you have other pets as well. Instead of going to a million specialty shops, you can grab supplies for all your pets at once. 

Brookhurst Animal Medical Center is a veterinary clinic located in Anaheim, CA dedicated to serving cats, dogs, and exotics throughout Orange County. We love seeing beautiful fish live long, healthy lives with their owners. If you’re an animal lover who needs veterinary assistance, feel free to reach out! We’re always here to help. 

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June 21, 2019 0

This Friday, June 21st is National Take Your Dog to Work Day! For our readers whose workplaces celebrate this holiday, here are a few tips to make your fluffy friends as pup-ular with your coworkers as they are with you.

1. Set grrround rules.

Before you bring your pup to work, make sure it’s okay with your coworkers and boss. Once you’ve got the okay (who would say no??), discuss what you and your office are comfortable with and establish rules to keep everyone safe and productive. For example, if your coworkers are allergic to dogs, make sure to keep your pet in a designated area where pet dander can’t spread through the air. It’s also important to keep the star of the show in mind – your dog! Some dogs love attention and petting while others shy away from it. Make sure you let your coworkers know what is appropriate for your dog.

2. Puppy-proof your work area.  

There are all sorts of funky weird gadgets for curious pups to play with in the office. However, common household items can be dangerous to animals and they can be easily damaged by animals. Make sure to keep all your wires tucked away to prevent them from getting gnawed on. Protect your pet from sharp corners and edges on drawers or desks. Your electronics, papers, and office supplies should be safely stowed away, far out of your pet’s reach.

3. Get to the vet!

You wouldn’t go to work with a nasty, contagious fever, so don’t bring any sick pets either! If your dog hasn’t been to the vet recently or gotten all of his/her shots, we recommend scheduling an appointment ASAP. Otherwise, your pet could bring unwanted infectious agents to the workplace and make others ill.

4. Practice makes paw-fect.

Before you bring your dog to the office, test how they fare in other public places for long periods of time. Bring them to a cafe as you read a book or to a restaurant for dinner. Chances are if they can’t behave themselves there, they won’t be able to at your office. Of course, that can be fixed! Lots of dogs need some training on how they’re supposed to act in public. Reward your pet for good behavior when you’re out and discipline them for bad behavior. With obedience training and practice

5. Don’t fur-get snacks, toys, and cleaning supplies.

Being in a new environment can be nerve-wracking for pets, too. To ease their discomfort, bring some familiar toys and snacks for them to pass the time with. Nothing’s worse than a hangry dog! If your dog isn’t house trained, we recommend you not bring them into the office. Regardless, it’s a good idea to bring some doggie bags and cleaning supplies in case of an accident.

6. Barks mean breaks.

If your pet is disturbing your productivity by barking or whining, it’s time for a break. You don’t want to scare or disrupt the office environment, so take your dog outside. Dogs usually act up when they’re restless or want attention. To avoid this, make sure to schedule breaks that include plenty of physical activity for your pet. This could simply mean a walk around the building or a quick game of fetch.

7. Have fun!

This is definitely one of the most important steps! Your pet spends a lot of time at home waiting for you, wondering where you are, and this is the perfect day to show them exactly what you do. We love and cherish our pets and having them in the office can be incredibly therapeutic for all parties involved. Make the most of National Take Your Dog to Work Day by giving your dog plenty of head rubs and treats while you can.

Every day is Bring Your Dog to Work Day at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center! We are a veterinary center located in Anaheim, CA that is dedicated to providing quality care to all our patients. If you need to schedule a checkup for your pet, our Anaheim veterinarian is here to help.

 

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May 9, 2019 0

If you haven’t had your cat spayed, there’s a definite possibility that she can become pregnant, even as a house cat. Unlike dogs, many owners allow their cats to roam around the neighborhood at their own leisure if their cats are able to navigate the streets and return home regularly. Cats are also much smaller and often have an easier time “escaping” home by climbing out of windows or sliding through doors. Obviously, we can’t spend all our time regulating our cats’ activities, but we also can’t ignore them if and when they become pregnant! Here’s what to do if your cat is expecting!

Symptoms Your Cat is Pregnant

Cat pregnancy is usually around 3 months long, but it varies with every cat. It can be as short as 60 days and as long as 72. Your cat is unlikely to show any major symptoms of pregnancy in the first few weeks. When the physical signs do start to show, here’s what you can expect:

  • Swollen nipples: After two weeks, you may notice your cat’s nipples “pinking up” or getting larger and red
  • Nausea: Pregnancy can affect your cat’s digestive system, causing nausea, vomiting, or change in appetite.
  • Swollen stomach: Like humans, cat’s stomachs also get bigger when they are pregnant.
  • Weight gain: Expecting cats may gain weight to store nutrients and fluid to sustain themselves and their babies.
  • Behavioral changes: A change in hormones can cause your cat to act differently. Every cat is different, but a few examples include acting more maternal, increased affection, or longer naps.
  • Heat cycles stop: Most cats go through heat cycles or estrus every 10 – 14 days, but this will stop if your cat is pregnant.

Some of these symptoms could be caused by other conditions. Because every cat is different, it can be difficult to tell for certain whether your cat is pregnant unless you see a veterinarian. They can conduct a medical examination of your cat and administer an ultrasound to verify whether your cat is really pregnant.

Cat Pregnancy

Though there will be some physical and behavioral changes, most cats are very independent throughout their pregnancy. If you are concerned about her health, you can switch to premium food to provide extra nutrients for your cat and her kittens. Pregnant cats may also have the urge to nest. Provide her with towels, blankets, or pillows in a box, so she can have her privacy and comfort. For the duration of the pregnancy, avoid touching your cat’s stomach or abdominal area because her kittens are developing in there.

Cats can deliver their litters on their own. A sign that your cat is about to go into labor is if she starts breathing heavily and her nipples create a milky discharge. Her body temperature will also drop 12-24 hours before labor and she may seek privacy. Most litter sizes are between 2 – 5 kittens. Each cat is different, but most take 10 – 60 minutes to rest between delivering each kit. If her birth takes more than 3 hours, you may want to take your cat to a veterinarian.

After birth, your cat will remove the amniotic membrane, then lick her kittens to stimulate their breathing as they suckle for milk. The placenta and umbilical cord should also be chewed off at this point. If not, you may want to talk to your vet about how to do this for your cat or simply bring your cat to the vet.

Prevention

Being pregnant, giving birth, and raising kittens can be exhausting and strenuous on cats. It can also be expensive for you! As much as we all love little kittens, it can be difficult to raise or find families for them all. If you want more cats, there’s no shortage of homeless cats that can be adopted at the shelter. To avoid contributing to the overpopulation of cats, it’s highly recommended that cat owners have their pets spayed or neutered early on. The best time to do so is before your cat reaches sexual maturity, between four and six months. If your cat is already pregnant, wait until she has given birth and healed from the process.

Not only does spaying and neutering your cat help control the cat population, it provides a lot of health benefits to your cat. You can reduce their risk of developing uterine, ovarian, prostate or testicular cancer, tumors, and hernias. Pets who are spayed and neutered often exhibit less aggression and temperament problems because their hormones are stabilized. Spaying and neutering also effectively eliminates the heat cycle for female cats, so they don’t spray territories, exhibit mood swings, or attract unwanted 

To find out if your cat is pregnant, stop by Brookhurst Animal Medical Center! Our Anaheim veterinarian can give your cat a checkup and medical advice for a healthy pregnancy. We also provide spaying and neutering services for animals who need them. We’re always happy to help!

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March 27, 2019 0

Most dog foods are made with ingredients like meat, poultry, fish, grains, vegetable oils, and added vitamins and minerals. Ideally, these ingredients should provide enough nutrients for dogs to live a long and healthy life on kibble alone; however, our veterinary team encourages owners to incorporate other foods into their pets’ diets, too. Not only will this combat taste fatigue, dogs can benefit from eating a variety of foods and gain more nutrients that aren’t always available in regular dog food.

Pet owners often associate dogs as carnivorous animals. While dogs do need more protein, they’re actually omnivores with the capacity to eat fruits and vegetables as well. Since their food is already high in protein, treating your dog to fresh produce occasionally can be a nice change of pace. Not only are fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals, they have a high water and fiber content. It is important to note that dogs cannot eat all the fruits and vegetables that humans can, owners should be careful when they’re feeding their pets new foods.

Since there are so many fruits and vegetables, our veterinary experts at Brookhurst Animal have compiled a comprehensive list of fruits and vegetables that dogs can eat. Next time you have some scraps leftover, check if your dog might enjoy it first! Chances are, it may not only be edible for canines but also a delicious treat.

Vegetables

Leafy Greens & Cruciferous Vegetables

Though dogs can consume some raw vegetables, keep in mind that they only have canine teeth, so it can be difficult for them to grind crunchy greens up on their own. If you notice your dog struggling to chew, cut up or cook their vegetables before you serve them to your pet. Too much indigestible fiber can also cause bloating or gas, so be conscious of portion sizes.

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Arugula
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel sprouts

Root Vegetables

Dogs have different digestive systems than humans and they struggle to digest sugars as easily as we do. Since root vegetables are high in sugar, it can take a lot of energy for your dog to digest them. If you still want you pet to benefit from the carotenoids, flavonoids, vitamins, and sterols that these veggies provide, cook them and serve them in small amounts. This will make it easier to digest for your pooch. Here are some popular root vegetables dogs can eat:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Beets
  • Yuca

Unlike the veggies listed above, onions and garlic are toxic to dogs. If you keep them around to for your own cooking, make sure they’re safely stowed away where your pets can reach them.

Beans, Stems, Pods, Grains, & Fruit Vegetables

Vegetables are chock full of water, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They’re especially refreshing for dogs during the summer when it gets really hot. At Brookhurst Animal, we have tons of patients who love eating zucchini or cucumber! Just remember to slice up the vegetables before serving them, so they’re not choking hazards. Corn needs to be removed from the cob to keep puppies from choking.

  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Corn
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Asparagus
  • Celery

Dogs can also eat certain nightshade vegetables, like tomatoes and eggplants, but only in small quantities. These vegetables contain solanine, a substance that can be harmful when it’s excessively consumed by dogs.

Fruits

Berries

Fruit is known as nature’s candy because it’s so sweet and delicious. Berries, in particular, are a quick and easy snack because they don’t need to be peeled or chopped. Here are a few types of berries that your dog can enjoy with you next time:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries

Not all berries are ideal for our furry friends, though. Raspberries should be eaten in moderation because they have high amounts of xylitol, a natural sweetener that can be toxic to dogs in high doses. Berries with pits or seeds should be avoided because dogs can accidentally swallow them, leading to health complications. A notable berry offender is the grape! Not only do most grapes have large seeds, they can also lead to kidney failure even when eaten in small amounts.

Tropical fruit

Take your pet to puppy paradise with these delicious tropical fruits. Just remember, most of them do need to be prepared by opening, peeling, cutting, etc, before your dog can enjoy. It’s also best to eat these fruits fresh because the canned versions can be saturated in sugar, causing stomach upset

  • Coconut
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Apricots
  • Dragon fruit
  • Kiwi

Citric fruits like grapefruit, lemons, or limes can irritate your dog’s stomach, so they’re not the best choice for pets. Another “tropical” fruit that dogs definitely can’t have is the avocado. They contain persin, a fungicidal toxin, that can be poisonous to dogs. So as much as your pups want to  participate, definitely keep them away from the salsa and guac on taco night!

Household Fruits

Since berries and tropical fruits can be more difficult to buy (especially out of season) and preserve, most people don’t usually have them on hand. Below are the most common fruits that dogs can eat:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon

Feeding your dog juicy, fibrous foods isn’t just beneficial for your dog, it can be helpful for owners, too! Certain fruits, like apples, can clean the teeth naturally and reduce unpleasant “dog breath”. They can also regulate your dog’s digestion and bowel movements by incorporating moving fiber through the body.

Remember, not all animals are the same. One dog may love eating cucumbers while another could be deathly allergic. If you notice your pet coughing, vomiting, or behaving abnormally, stop feeding them the fruit or vegetable that may have caused it and take them to the vet immediately. Getting your animal treated or diagnosed can help prevent major problems later on! At Brookhurst Animal Medical Center, our Anaheim veterinarian is always prepared for veterinary emergencies. Give us a call if you would like to make an appointment or swing by. We’re here to help!

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February 25, 2019 0

Dogs and cats are primarily meat eaters, so why do we sometimes catch our pets chewing on grass in the yard? As strange as it seems, it’s actually quite common behavior and it’s not necessarily dangerous. In fact, it can actually be a good sign in some cases. Read on to understand what exactly attracts your pets to those glorious blades of greenery.

Indigestion

Most cats are pure carnivores, so they actually can’t digest plant matter. In fact, some plants can even be poisonous to your pets! Luckily, grass is harmless, but it can help expel unwanted toxins from the body. When cats need to get rid of bones, hair, fur, or other indigestible materials, they may eat grass as a laxative or to trigger a natural gag reflex. Similarly, dogs often use grass as a way to ease an upset stomach.

Eating grass often results in vomiting, but unless the vomit is excessive or contains blood, owners don’t have to be too concerned. Just make sure to keep your pet well hydrated and keep an eye out for any other symptoms of distress. If the grass eating and vomiting persists over a long period of time, however, it could be a symptom of a different problem. Your pet’s foliage habit could be their way of treating worms, food allergies, overeating, etc. The best way to find out is getting your pet checked up by the veterinarian. Better safe than sorry, right?

Dietary Deficiencies

Dogs are naturally omnivores in the wild, so grazing on your front lawn may be their way of satisfying a natural instinct to consume greens. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should start feeding your dog a vegan diet. Their diet still needs an adequate amount of quality protein from meat, but they may be craving a fibrous supplement.

Likewise, cats may eat grass even if they can’t digest it because grass contains dietary benefits. For example, it has folic acid, which regulates oxygen. If your pets are regularly eating grass, this may be a sign that they are lacking vital nutrients. Consult with your veterinarian about making changes to your pet’s diet if you believe this is an issue. You can start incorporating certain fruits and vegetables for dogs and vitamins for cats.

Curiosity

Let’s face it, there’s not much for animals to do when they’re stuck at home all day. Cats and dogs are intelligent, playful, curious creatures and they may simply want to know what grass tastes like. If they like how it tastes or feels, they may just continue gnawing on it for fun. It’s similar to how humans like to eat sugary treats or fast food! It may not necessarily be healthy, but it satisfies a specific craving.

Concerns

While eating grass may be normal, there are still precautions owners need to take for their pets. Grass in public spaces could be treated with harmful pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals that are harmful when they are digested. Certain plants are also toxic to animals and it can be easy for your pet to accidentally ingest them when they’re grazing grass.

To prevent your furry friends from consuming the wrong plants, limit their grass eating habit to your own yard where you can control the environment. There are also specialty wheat and oat grass kits designed for in-home use if you don’t have an outdoor area. And if your pet does enjoy a little nibble outside once in a while, keep an eye out to make sure they’re not overdoing it. Lure them over with a little treat – it’s sure to be more appetizing than a handful of grass!

We hope that answers your question! There are a lot of reasons your pet could be attracted to eating grass and that’s okay as long as they are carefully monitored before, during, and after their “snack”. Our Anaheim veterinarian is trained to treat both domestic and exotic animals at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center. If you have questions or you would like to book an appointment, give us a call! We’re happy to help.

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November 27, 2018 0

For many people, dogs are not seen as just pets, but a part of the entire family. We love taking them everywhere we go and including them in our daily activities. Whether it be to the local coffee shop, outdoor mall, or even running errands. As much as we love taking our dogs everywhere we go, not all places allow it. Here is a list of 5 restaurants in Orange County that welcome you and your furry friend!

 

Lazy Dog Restaurant

With multiple locations in Orange County like Brea, Orange, Irvine, and Huntington Beach, you are likely to find a location that works for you! Lazy Dog Restaurant is well known for it’s a dog-friendly environment and even has a small menu for your pet. They offer brown rice, chicken breast, and grilled hamburger patties to keep your dog in tip-top shape! All that they ask of your pet is that they do not bite, bark, or beg.

The Cliff

577 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

The city of Laguna Beach is more dog-friendly than most other cities in Orange County, making this the perfect location to spend your day! Unlike many other “ dog-friendly” restaurants, The Cliff takes the prize. They have an entire menu dedicated to dogs with items like Salmon Patties, Liver Bites, Oatmeal, and Prime Rib. All their items are made with fresh, organic ingredients to ensure the best for your dog. If you get there at the right time, they even have “Yappy Hour” for you and your dog to enjoy!

Rock & Brews

7777 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA, 90620

If you love burgers and beers, this spot is for you! It is a great family friendly location and has an amazing selection of rock ‘n roll music as well. They have an outdoor patio area for you and your dog to eat, relax, and enjoy the music. To make you feel even more at home, this restaurant has a menu called “Givin’ The Dog a Bone” including items like hot dogs, bacon, veggie patties, and bacon. Rock & Brews has a wide selection of specialty draft beers and even offers “bowser beers” so your pup can enjoy the experience as well (non-alcoholic of course)!

Haven Gastropub

109 South Glassell St, Orange, CA, 92866

This Old Town Orange restaurant is a crowd favorite, with items like chicken liver toast, skillet cornbread, and blue crab and yellow corn beignets. Haven Gastropub partners with Orange County-based dog food company, JustFoodForDogs. In partnership with them, Haven has five different choices on their menu for your dogs. They offer beef with potatoes, chicken with white rice, lamb, fish, and turkey. Your dog will feel right at home at Haven Gastropub and will enjoy their food just as much as you enjoy yours!

Bluewater Grill

630 Lido Park Ave, Newport Beach, CA, 92663

Located on the Lido Peninsula, Bluewater Grill is right on the water, giving you a perfect view while you enjoy delicious, sustainable seafood. Along with the amazing dishes served to people, they also offer a menu for dogs called Bluewater Bone Appetit. The menu contains items like chicken, salmon, and their specialty, Meat Roaf. This item is made up of beef, rice, and diced zucchini.

We hope you enjoyed our suggestions for dog-friendly restaurants in Orange County. If you get a chance to eat at any of them, let us know what you and your pooch’s favorite dishes were. At Brookhurst Animal Medical Center, we love bringing the pet community together through our favorite thing, food! Our Anaheim veterinarian, Dr. Lopez, loves being able to bring his pets out on foodie adventures with the rest of the family. With that said, it’s also important to keep an eye on what your pets are chewing on. What’s safe for humans may not necessarily be safe for pets. If you ever have a pet food questions or pet emergency, give us a call at our veterinary clinic in Anaheim, CA and we’ll be happy to help.

 

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April 15, 2017 0

Rabbits are some of the cutest and friendliest creatures that you can own as a household pet. Many people who live in Anaheim have opened up their homes to rabbits, primarily because they are a good option for people who don’t have the resources or space to have a dog or cat. Rabbits are known for their fun personalities which makes them great companions.

The furry little guys are extremely entertaining and fun-loving. There are dozens of breeds of rabbits available to adopt. They are very social, so they will want you to spend time with them! On top of that, rabbits can live anywhere between 10-12 years – with the proper care of course. This is especially wonderful, because studies have shown that petting a rabbit can significantly reduce stress levels. Other benefits include small living spaces and fairly low maintenance.

On that note, if you are thinking of adopting a pet bunny, it is important to consider that:

They Are A Financial Responsibility

Owning any kind of pet comes with a financial responsibility. Initial fees include the adoption fee which are usually inexpensive.  Additional costs include housing, food, and supplies to bunny-proof your home.  On-going costs include food, litter, and visits to the veterinarian. It also is very important that you invest in getting your bunny spayed or neutered.

They Are Social Animals

They don’t like to be alone. They love spending time with you, but you will have to make time for them every day. Since they are social creatures, rabbits will tend to get into trouble if they are not entertained.

They Don’t Like Change

Rabbits get stressed out when they travel or are placed in an unfamiliar environment. If you plan to travel often, you may have to consider getting a pet sitter. Airlines do not often allow rabbits to fly in-cabin. If you travel often, getting a rabbit may not be the best option for you.

They Don’t Just Eat Carrots

Contrary to popular belief, rabbits cannot live solely on carrots. These colorful vegetables are very sweet, and should be given to your pet rabbits as an occasional treat. For regular meals, rabbits should be fed fresh hay and salads.

They Will Chew

If you plan to keep your rabbit inside the house, be aware that they will chew on anything that they can get their paws on. Investing the time to bunny-proof your home is necessary to prevent any accidents with electrical wires and furniture.

When you start thinking about adopting a bunny, consider both the benefits of having one as a pet, but be sure that you’re able to take care of one before bringing him or her home. Many rabbits have been abandoned, and are constantly searching for loving homes.

Every year after Easter, animal shelters find themselves with an overwhelming amount of abandoned rabbits that were meant to be gifts. For that reason, the decision to bring any kind of pet into your life is very important. They are delightful little creatures.

For more information on caring for rabbits, contact Dr. Lopez at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center. As a leading veterinarian in Anaheim, Dr. Lopez provides excellent care to all kinds of exotic animals.

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