Preparing Your Pet for a Visit to the Vet: Tips for a Stress-Free Experience

dog at vet office.

If you’ve ever had to wrangle a cat that suddenly has the strength of a puma into a carrier or cleaned up after a carsick dog, then you understand how stressful vet visits can be for pets and owners alike. 

At Oroville Animal Health Center, we want all of our animal friends to stay healthy and up to date with their medical needs. If the thought of taking your dog or cat to the vet makes you cringe, try these tips for making veterinary visits less stressful for you and your pets.


Pet Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events

Dog with green clover hat.

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, and what better way to honor your Irish roots than to celebrate the day with your favorite furry companion?

At Oroville Animal Health Center, we understand your desire to include your pet in holiday festivities. The important thing is to cater to your pet’s needs and comfort zone. Whether your four-legged companion is a social butterfly or a wallflower, there are plenty of fun ways to mark the occasion. 

Check out these suggestions from our team, and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with your pet!


Warm, Cozy, Winter Pet Safety Tips

Dogs in a blanket.

The weather has the power to change our behavior, improve well-being, and add layers of meaning to any time spent outdoors, but it can also simply be something that we have to deal with. This is evident in the middle winter as we slog through just for the reward of eventually reaching spring. Our pets may not alter their behavioral patterns or habits as much as we do, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t vulnerable to the season’s whims. Protect your pet from various external hazards with our winter pet safety tips.


Common Litter Box Issues, Explained

Small kitten trying to use a litter box.

Felines are fastidious animals that uphold the many virtues of cleanliness and routine. Perhaps this is why cat owners commonly express shock and concern when/if their cats start eliminating everywhere else but the one place designed just for them. Not all cats face litter box issues. Of the many felines that do, however, there is often an explanation that requires immediate attention and action. 


Hot Dog! Keep Your Pet’s Paws Safe from the Summer Heat

Dog walking on pavement

Longer days, barbecues, and long afternoons by the pool are just a few of the reasons we love summer. As we enjoy the perks of the season, however, it is important to remember that our pets need a little extra attention so they too can enjoy summer. Oroville Animal Health Center wants to help you protect your pet’s paws from the heat as you enjoy the season together: 


Why Microchip Your Pet?

A dog with a collar.

Whether you’ve newly adopted a puppy or you’ve had the same cat for 10 years, bonds with pets form quickly and deeply. If you were to somehow get separated from your furry friend, do you have safeguards in place to ensure that you can find your way back together? Microchipping your pet can help improve your chances of a happy reunion. Keep reading to find out how a microchip can become a lifeline in an unthinkable situation:


What Is Heartworm and How Can You Prevent It in Your Pet?

A dog with a sad gaze.

At Oroville Animal Health Center, we believe that preventive care is the cornerstone to overall health and wellness for your pet. Although heartworm disease is a serious medical concern for animals, it is also a very preventable condition. Keep reading to learn more about what heartworm actually is and how you can keep your pet safe from it: