Haensel and Gretel

Haensel and Gretel

Hello, I’m Gretel.  The big guy on your left was Haensel.  We were rescued as kittens in 2004 and became part of the Gibson family. Though he had FIV, Haensel lived happily for eleven years.  I’m still doing fine at 12+ thanks to good care from Dr. Ackerman at Belmont Pet...
Gus

Gus

This is a photo of Gus after his visit w/ Dr. Ackerman on 9/14. His exact age is unknown, but we’ve had him for 2 years, 1 month. He was adopted from the Peninsula Humane Society. From Gus: “I am a wiggly guy, so I appreciate Dr. Ackerman’s patience & her understanding of me. She is so kind & I know she cares about...

Is Your Cat Missing the Litter Box?

You have a problem. Your cat is thinking outside the box, and not in a good way. You may be wondering what you did to inspire so much “creative expression.” Is your cat punishing you? Is Fluffy just “bad”? No, and no. House soiling and missing the litter box is a sign that your cat needs some help. According to the Winn Feline Foundation, house soiling is the number one complaint among cat owners. The good news is that it is very treatable. An accredited veterinarian can help you determine if the problem is medical or related to social or environmental stressors. In addition to a complete physical exam, the doctor will ask you specific “where and when” questions. Health factors Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, a specialist in feline urinary disorders at The Ohio State University, and founder of the Indoor Cat Initiative says that many veterinarians recommend a urine test for every cat with a house soiling problem. The urinalysis will determine if blood, bacteria, or urinary crystals are present — signs that your cat might have feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). FLUTD is very common and can cause painful urination. Cats that begin to associate the litter box with pain will avoid it. Other medical possibilities include hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, diabetes, and arthritis and muscle or nerve disorders that might prevent your cat from getting to the litter box in time. Environmental factors If there is no medical cause, the next step is to look at environmental factors. Start with the litter box. Your cat might be avoiding the litter box because it is not cleaned...

April as National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

The American Red Cross has dedicated April as National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.  It is important to have emergency supplies for your pet ready at all times. When a pet faces an emergency, pet owners know to turn to AAHA-accredited hospitals for the care their pets need. Now, it’s easier than ever before to locate an accredited hospital, thanks to the American Red Cross’ new pet first aid mobile phone app. Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals to be featured in the new app. The app features AAHA-accredited hospitals in its Vet Hospital Locator tool, which allows users to find accredited hospitals when looking for a veterinarian. Users can locate hospitals by using both hospital name and the user’s current location. Searching by the user’s current location enables pet owners to find the nearest accredited hospital in times of emergency. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited. Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state and provincial regulations. These hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence. “We know from our research that 90 percent of pet owners will seek an accredited hospital once they understand that not all animal hospitals are accredited,” said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP, CEO of AAHA. “The AAHA-Accredited Hospital Locator makes it very easy for pet owners who value the bond they have with their...
Belmont Pet Hospital - Animal Care Pet Hospital for dogs, cats and exotic pets + dog boarding, cat boarding, dog bathing and cat bathing.
539 Harbor Blvd Belmont, CA 94002
Phone: (650) 593-3161