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When to See a Vet After Your Pet Has Had an Accident

When you or your child has an accident, you don’t automatically rush to the nearest emergency room. Some accidents and minor injuries do not require immediate or professional attention. The same is true of your pet. Veterinary care is not cheap, and you don’t want to make a visit to the vet unnecessarily. At the same time, it is important to have your pet checked out after an accident if they could be seriously injured. Here are some tips on when to see the vet after your pet has an accident.

Changes in Behavior

Often pets will change their behavior when they are in pain or something is otherwise wrong. Although your pet cannot actually talk to you to tell you where their pain is or its severity, they can tell you that something is wrong in other ways. Your pet may become lethargic and want to sleep or lie about constantly. Your pet may also exhibit some concerning behavioral issues such as biting, nipping, or clawing if they are in pain and want to be left alone. Any major or sudden changes in your pet’s behavior should be taken as a sign that something is wrong and warrants a trip to the vet. Continue reading “When to See a Vet After Your Pet Has Had an Accident”

When to Consider Euthanasia

The decision to let go of your pet can be a very difficult one. Most pet owners never want to consider saying goodbye to their pet and being the cause of their demise. Yet when the time comes that your pet is nearing the end of their natural life, there are a number of reasons you might want to consider euthanasia.

Your Pet Is In Constant Pain

When your pet is in constant pain due to illness, cancer, or degenerative diseases, there is no reason to allow them to suffer. Although they are in severe pain, they might be able to live naturally for many more years if they are otherwise healthy. Euthanasia in these situations is very humane. Continue reading “When to Consider Euthanasia”

Three Signs Your Pet Needs Different Food and Nutrition

Many people choose their pet food based on price, recommendations from friends and family, or just whatever is available at the local corner store with a coupon, yet the food that you give your pet is extremely important. Some pets require very specific dietary needs, and it could be that those needs are not being met by your pet’s current food. Here are three signs your pet needs a different pet food.

Dull Coat

When your pet isn’t getting adequate nutrition, its coat will become dull, and it may shed more than normal or out of season. Dogs particularly require a diet high in fatty acids to keep their coat looking beautiful and healthy. If you notice your pet doesn’t look as beautiful as they once did, it is a definite sign that you are giving them the wrong food. Continue reading “Three Signs Your Pet Needs Different Food and Nutrition”

When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying or neutering your pet has a lot of benefits for your pet, for your family, and for society at large. Thousands of pets are abandoned each year in America due to overbreeding. Responsible pet owners make sure that their pet is spayed or neutered in a timely manner. Here’s what you need to know about when to spay or neuter your pet.

Dogs

Most dogs can be spayed or neutered at about four to six months, although it can be done as young as eight weeks if your pet is healthy. As a general rule you want to make sure that your pet has been spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity. This occurs faster for smaller breeds than for larger breeds. If you are unsure about your dog’s breed and when it should be spayed or neutered, talk to your vet. Continue reading “When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet”

The Importance of Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth

As a pet owner, you want your pet to be as healthy and happy as possible. You would do anything to keep your pet healthy, including taking them to the vet for checkups, exams, and vaccinations. But one of the things that is often neglected is the pet’s oral health. It is very important that you care for your pet’s teeth appropriately and get a dental exam for your pet at least once per year.

Oral Health is Digestive Health

Your pet needs to be able to eat and chew effectively in order to be healthy. If your pet has dental issues, they may not be able to bite and chew as effectively as before. This can cause problems with their appetite as well as their digestive system. It is important that you are feeding your pet food that they are able to comfortably chew. Seeing your vet is a good idea to both get treatment and food recommendations. Continue reading “The Importance of Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth”

3 Signs Your Pet Isn’t Getting the Right Nutrition

Everyone wants what is best for their pet. Manufactured pet food is formulated to give your pet all of the nutrients that they need. Yet some cheaper pet foods or homemade pet food may not be giving your pet all of the nutrition that they need. Here are three signs that your pet isn’t getting the right nutrition.

Potty Changes

If your pet isn’t getting the right nutrition, you may notice some differences when they go to potty. Urine may be decreased while thirst is increased or decreased. You may also notice that your pet’s feces is different in color or consistency. These are signs that your pet is not getting the nutrition that they need, and it should be addressed quickly by your vet.

Appearance

Your pet may change in appearance if they are malnourished. They may have a dull coat or shed more frequently. They may have a sad, droopy look. Skin disorders can also become a problem if your pet isn’t getting the right nutrition. Your pet may also have sudden changes in body weight. Continue reading “3 Signs Your Pet Isn’t Getting the Right Nutrition”

Why Annual Wellness Checkups are Important

You love your pet, whether it is a new puppy or kitten or a dog you have owned for years. You want your pet to be healthy and live a long life. Part of making sure that this happens is to make sure that your pet gets into the vet at least once a year for vaccinations and a thorough examination. There are some excellent reasons why annual wellness checkups are important.

Early Detection

One of the problems with diagnosing a pet is that they cannot tell you the symptoms they are having. Your pet may be having health problems that you cannot detect on your own. You may believe that your pet is completely healthy, when in reality they may be in the beginning stages of a serious health condition. Annual wellness checkups allow your vet to fully examine your pet and ask you questions about their lifestyle that can give insight into any potential health problems. Early detection of many health conditions in pets can lead to further treatment options. If health problems are found too late, treatment options may be limited. Continue reading “Why Annual Wellness Checkups are Important”

The Importance of Routine Wellness Visits for Your Pet

As your child grows, routine wellness checkups are usually recommended once per year. Even as an adult, it is recommended that you have a physical examination annually. Your pet’s health is no less important than that of your family. Wellness visits for your pet serve the same purpose as wellness visits for your child. It allows you to address concerns, and it allows the vet to discover any medical conditions early enough to be treated effectively.

Vaccinations

Like your child, pets need to have routine vaccinations to remain healthy. Scheduling a routine wellness visit for your pet each year can help you keep up to date on shots for your pet. This is often important for obtaining pet licenses as well. When pets are younger, they may require more than one annual visit for vaccinations, especially just after birth.

Dental Health

Your pet’s dental health can also be assessed at a routine wellness visit. Dental health is important for your pet, because how well they are able to chew will directly affect their nutrition, growth, and aging process. You may not notice problems with your pet’s dental health on your own, but a vet knows what to look for and can address these concerns easily during a wellness visit.

Medical Conditions

You may be able to know when your pet is in pain or not feeling well, but some medical conditions are not easily detectable. Many conditions can exist for some time before symptoms appear. The sooner conditions and illness are detected, the more likely it will be that treatment will be effective. Wellness visits allow your vet to fully examine your pet so any medical conditions can be caught early.

If you have a pet you need to have examined, contact our offices today. We will be more than happy to schedule an appointment for your pet’s wellness visit, where we can address any concerns. We also have wellness plans that cover your pet for routine visits throughout the year.

Why Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene is Important

It can be easy to forget about your pet’s dental hygiene. After all, your pets don’t come with you to your regularly scheduled teeth cleanings. But it is very important to stay on top of your pet’s dental hygiene to be sure they live a long and healthy life.

Why Is Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene Important?

Just like humans, if pets are left with bacteria in their mouths, it can enter their bloodstream and affect the heart, liver, and kidneys. Some veterinarians report that a very high percentage of people’s pets are facing some negative effects from poor dental hygiene. The good news is that it is very preventable with regular scheduled cleanings and checkups.

Regular Check-Ups

If you have never scheduled your pet for a teeth cleaning, don’t stress – you still have time! It’s better that you learned about this later rather than never. Pets don’t have the same ability as humans to communicate with us if their teeth or gums hurt. A regular dental check-up will give you the peace of mind that your pet’s dental health is okay and he is feeling great. Continue reading “Why Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene is Important”

How Do Dogs Get Dehydrated?

Your dog can’t exactly ask for a drink of water, but his hydrations plays a major role in his health. Just like severely dehydrated children and adults can end up in the hospital, a dehydrated dog will experience a number of dangerous and unpleasant symptoms. Here is what you need to know to avoid doggy dehydration and ensure that your pup always has plenty to drink.

How Does Dehydration Affect Dogs?

Dehydration, defined as a lack of water in the body, will cause serious medical complications for dogs. Just like humans, dogs depend on proper fluid to stay health. When he doesn’t drink enough water, his blood circulation becomes weaker and less effective.

Without enough blood circulating through his body, your dog will experience a number of symptoms caused by electrolyte imbalance. Such imbalance threatens his digestion, waste removal, and other biological processes.

Symptoms of Dehydration

It’s relatively easy to identify dehydration in your dog. Common symptoms include sunken eyes, unusual lethargy, loss of appetite, dry mouth, and even depression. Other signs include vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive drooling, and loose, wrinkled skin.

Dogs at High Risk of Dehydration

All dogs are more likely to become dehydrated during the summer since the hot weather triggers excessive sweating, but small dogs are naturally at an increased risk of becoming dehydrated since they have a higher body surface area-to-volume ratio. Elderly and pregnant or nursing dogs also need to be watched carefully and monitored for signs of dehydration. Continue reading “How Do Dogs Get Dehydrated?”