Exploratory Laparotomy Surgery
Exploratory surgery is performed to examine the organs within the abdomen. It is most commonly done to remove foreign materials from the stomach or intestines.
Finding a Pet-Friendly Rental
There are many online resources that assist in finding nearby pet-friendly rentals.
Flea and Tick Education
Dogs and cats share the same fleas, and fleas can travel from one pet to another. Ticks are everywhere, and the diseases they carry can pose serious risks to your pet. Thus, it is critical to protect all of your pets from fleas and ticks with high-quality prevention products.
Frequently Asked Questions
Anicira Veterinary Center is a nonprofit animal hospital with locations in Harrisonburg, Manassas, and San Diego.
Guide to Bathing Your Dog
How often should you bathe your dog? And what products should you use? Learn the answers to these questions and more.
Housetraining a Puppy
Housetraining a puppy requires time, vigilance, patience, and commitment. Following the procedures outlined below, you can minimize house soiling incidents.
How to Switch Your Pet’s Food
While there are many reasons for a diet change, there are a few basic rules to make the process as easy and painless as possible.
Introducing New Dogs to Resident Dogs
Animals that live in groups, like dogs, establish relationships, through which the individuals involved interact and live together. These relationships also take time to build, so proper introductions are important to help the dogs adjust to one another and start to build on their relationship.
Litter Box Issues
Cats tend to have surface and location preferences for where, and on what, they like to eliminate. Most cats prefer a loose, sandy substance, which is why they will use a litter box.
Nipping and Jumping
The goals of working with this normal puppy behavior are to redirect your puppy’s desire to put something in her mouth onto acceptable chew toys and to teach her to be gentle when a hand is in her mouth.
It’s perfectly normal and reasonable for dogs to bark from time to time, just as children make noise when they play outside. However, continual barking for long periods of time is a sign that your dog has a problem that needs to be addressed.
Perineal Urethrostomy in Cats
Perineal urethrostomy is performed to prevent a urethral blockage so that your cat can pass urine and avoid the life-threatening emergency of urethral obstruction.
Pet Eye Removal Surgery (Enucleation)
Enucleation is a surgery performed to remove a pet’s eye(s). After recovering from surgery, pets may feel more comfortable and happy.
Positive reinforcement is the presentation of something pleasant or rewarding immediately following a behavior. It makes that behavior more likely to occur in the future, and is one of the most powerful tools for shaping or changing your pet’s behavior.
Post-Op Instructions for Spay or Neuter Surgery
After surgery, follow these instructions.
Pre-op Instructions for Spay or Neuter Surgery
Before surgery, follow these instructions.
Although it’s perfectly normal for a puppy to chew on furniture, shoes, shrubbery and such, these behaviors can be a problem for you.
Pyometra is a life-threatening infection of the uterus which requires emergency surgery. During surgery, the infected uterus and ovaries are removed.
Re-Housetraining an Adult Dog
Many adult dogs adopted from animal shelters were housetrained in their previous homes. While at the shelter, however, they may not have gotten enough opportunities to eliminate outside, and consequently, they may have soiled their kennel areas.
Risks Associated with Declawing
Many people believe that declawing a cat is the best way to prevent inappropriate scratching, but declawing is not a quick fix, it is major surgery. Declawing removes the last bone of each toe to prevent the regrowth of the claw.