The Hospital Lobby: Safety and Lobby Etiquette

Veterinary lobby etiquette is a matter of manners and pet safetyA veterinary hospital lobby can be a busy, but interesting place. It’s fun to see different pets, talk to owners, and visit with staff. However, the business and rapidly changing environment of the lobby can also be cause for situations that can quickly escalate.

The safety of all our patients is very important to us at Maywood Veterinary Clinic. With that in mind, we’d like to pass along some tips for hospital lobby etiquette and safety. Being prepared for your visit can make it more enjoyable for you, your pet, and others.

Lobby Etiquette and Safety

The hospital lobby is a confined space, and although you’ll likely encounter friendly, healthy pets, remember that some pets who visit us are sick or in pain. Being aware that not all who visit us are enjoying good health can help to alleviate many potential problems. Continue…

How to Tell if Your Cat is Sick

Cat behavior is key to telling if your cat is sick.Cats are notorious for masking symptoms of pain or illness, making it quite difficult for most owners to know whether their cat is sick or not. Because cats are innately wired to act OK even when they’re ill, it’s important to know what signs to look for in order to keep your pet happy and healthy.  

The Subtle Signs of Illness in Cats

There are some obvious situations that require veterinary care, such as when your cat is struck by a vehicle, attacked by another animal, or when they exhibit serious symptoms, like collapse. However, subtle signs your cat may be in trouble include: Continue…

For Fluffy’s Sake: Does Indoor Cat Care Involve Regular Vet Visits?

cat dental carePeople who share their homes with cats are definitely a lucky bunch, but not because they have to visit the vet less. Alarmingly, however, the prevailing perception is that indoor cats require less veterinary attention. Sure, certain risk factors associated with outdoor exploration are significantly reduced, but indoor cat care should still include disease prevention on numerous fronts.

Reasons Why

We know well that cats generally dislike the travel kennel, driving in the car, and leaving their territory. It can be extremely threatening for cats to smell, hear, and see other cats and/or dogs in the waiting room. Now add to this the cost of wellness visits – especially when cats are otherwise healthy – and the draw of the internet to diagnose possible problems.

What’s the result? Fewer cats receiving the support and care necessary to sustain lifelong health and wellness.

Feline Subtleties

Cats not only age much faster than their human owners, but they’re also notoriously skilled at hiding symptoms of illness or injury. In fact, subtle shifts in feline behavior or habits commonly escape the notice of even the most involved owner. Many cats end up suffering from a problem long before they’re actually seen by a vet, but we’re determined to stop this trend.

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