Author Archives: Breckinridge Park AH

Bloodwork: Not Just for Senior Pets! 

As we all know, dogs and cats don’t have the same life expectancy as their human friends. While 40-50 is the beginning of middle age in humans, it begins between 5 and 10 years for our pets. Senior pets, like senior people, need more medical care and attention than younger pets. Our veterinarians at BPAH, your neighborhood Richardson animal hospital, often recommend, at the minimum, bloodwork testing during their senior patients’ annual checkups. However, it is also important to have […]

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Ultrasound on Pets?! Richardson Veterinarians Explain Why: 

It breaks our heart when one of our beloved pets shows signs of discomfort and distress. Maybe he isn’t eating, maybe she doesn’t want her tummy touched, or maybe he doesn’t want to play with his favorite toy. If x-rays, lab work and examination don’t give a clear indication of the cause, an ultrasound may be the key to getting a diagnosis and proper treatment. Your favorite Richardson veterinarians at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital offer ultrasound for this very reason. […]

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Heartworm Disease: Life Cycle, Prevention and Treatment

Telling our clients is that their beloved pet has tested positive for heartworm disease is among the toughest things we have to do here at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital. Heartworm disease is a serious affliction that affects both domesticated and wild animals in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. Left untreated, heartworm disease can lead to a host of potentially fatal conditions including lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs of infected animals. The Heartworm […]

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Fecal Testing for Cats and Dogs

Why is my veterinarian recommending fecal testing for my pet? Fecal tests are among the most common procedures we perform, and pet owners often have questions about their necessity. This is understandable because it requires them to collect and bring in the fecal specimen to be tested, which is not a pleasant task. Here are some of the most common questions we hear about fecal testing for cats and dogs. What’s involved in fecal testing? Fecal testing involves the collection […]

Periodontal Disease in Cats and Dogs

One of the most common unaddressed problems we see here at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital is dental disease among the adult cats and dogs we treat. By age three, most cats and dogs have some degree of periodontal disease. One reason is that aside from bad breath, there aren’t a lot of signs that your pet is developing dental disease. As a result, dental disease often goes unnoticed and untreated for years and care often comes too late to prevent […]

Vaccines vs. Titers

Which is better: annual vaccines or titers? It’s a question we often hear from our clients. As a responsible dog or cat owner, you know how crucial vaccines are to your pet’s health and well-being. You no doubt took your puppy or kitten to the veterinarian for their first round of vaccines and are probably conscientious about their yearly shots. But, like many pet owners, you may also be concerned about the possible negative side effects all those routine vaccinations […]

Heartworm Havoc

Heartworm treatment can cost anywhere from $800-$1200 from start to finish; this may or may not include the treatment itself, antibiotics, hospitalized care, and pain medication, all of which are necessary for a safe, viable treatment. This price is also different depending upon the animal hospital. Treatment is also only available for dogs; cats cannot undergo heartworm treatment. Heartworm prevention, on the other hand, can be as low as $70 – $100 per year. Not only that, but most heartworm […]

Nix Nail Trim Negativity

Nix nail trim negativity Scratch back at nail trim anxiety with these tips to reduce your veterinary patient’s fears. Mar 26, 2018 By Mikkel Becker, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CTC, KPA Graduate, BA Communications FIRSTLINE Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stress-reducing tips that include strategies for pet owners to try at home before the pet reaches your clinic. Keep an eye on for more topics like cat carrier training, exam table woes and handling. Oh, that dreaded nail […]

How Much Do Dogs Sleep?

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Ever wonder why your dog sleeps the way they do? Here is an article to help answer some basic questions.

Boarding Checklist

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It’s that time of year again! Time to round up the gang and hit the road. Hopefully your pet is able to travel the with you, however, we know that sometimes it isn’t able to happen. Wherever you decide to board your animal, here is a link to a checklist to be sure your have everything you need to make the drop off process easier!