While 2020 has been, shall we say… unpredictable, we can reliably count on two things: the final page of the calendar will turn to 2021, and the boundless love of our fuzzy little weirdos. Indeed, our pets have been steadfast in their support this past year just as the team at Sunrise Veterinary Animal Hospital has been steadfast in our commitment to your pets’ health and well-being through all the ups and downs.

As you know, part of our ongoing commitment to you and your pets’ health and happiness is our blog. And we are excited to celebrate the date change with our top blogs list! Hopefully you enjoy a look back at our most-read blogs of 2020…

Our Top Blogs of 2020!

#5 Fast Acting: The Best Ways to Protect Your Pet From Smoke and Wildfire
It is simply part of life here in California. Various disasters like earthquakes, mudslides, and wildfires force people out of their homes every single year, and without preparations, the consequences can be dire. Even when a natural disaster isn’t right around the corner, though, pets and people can still be affected by it. Wildfire smoke can cause dangerous symptoms even if the flames are many miles away. As a result, it is important to know how to protect your pet from smoke.

#4 Frito Footsies: The Case of the Corn Chip and Why Your Dog’s Paws Smell
Dogs never cease to amaze and entertain us with their curious, and often hilarious, ways. There are many things that cause us to ponder over our dogs’ behaviors, antics, and yes, even smells. Take, for example, that odd aroma that wafts off of your dog’s paws. Does it smell like corn chips? Most likely, yes.

#3 Sneaky Slithers: Keeping Your Pet Safe from Snakes in the Yard
An uninvited visitor can be disruptive or downright annoying, but can they also be dangerous? You bet when it comes to snakes. Venomous and nonvenomous snakes are common to our area and sightings aren’t always on trails and in wild places, but in our yards and gardens, garages and patios. Snakes know no artificial boundaries, so they just go where they are able to thrive, and the backyard can seem inviting.

#2 On the Trail with Fido: Is the Rattlesnake Vaccine Right for Your Pet
If your best hiking or walking buddy has a penchant for sussing out every wild animal in a 20 mile radius, you are not alone. Dogs are endlessly curious and sometimes want to get close and personal with wildlife that can cause them harm, like bears, skunks, and yes, rattlesnakes. We live in prime rattlesnake country, and encounters between dogs and snakes are common.

#1 Encounters in the Wild: Snake Safety for Pet Owners
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, maybe not so much the lions (unless they are of the mountain variety) and tigers part, but in the great outdoors here in California, wild animal encounters are certainly a concern for pet owners. While tangles with skunks and brushes with mountain lions are definitely worrisome, the most common wild animal exposure that we worry about at Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital is snakes.

And Off We Go!

As we step into 2021, we hope you’ll remember that your team for Sunrise Boulevard Veterinary Hospital is by your side for whatever your pet may need. Please don’t hesitate to call with any concerns or questions you may have, or to schedule your pet’s annual wellness check!