I thought we'd talk about changes in an aging pet. This is not a favorite topic for most pet owners but an important discussion none the less. Having just a little information makes the situation easier to manage and handle when our four legged family member hits senior status.
We hear that dog owners sometimes forget to give their dogs an oral or topical heartworm preventive at the time every month - it happens. But missed or delayed doses mean that the dog could be at risk of developing heartworm disease.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month Do you have questions about taking care of your pet’s teeth? We’ve answered some commonly asked questions.
What a winter we have had, or should I say, didn't have?!? It is time to address the subject of fleas and ticks. In this part of the country we can talk about this year round. It just doesn't get cold enough or for long enough to slow these blood thirsty insects down. The harmful effects of fleas and ticks can reach far beyond severe discomfort. Both fleas and ticks can carry serious diseases that are dangerous to both you and your pet.
The holidays are upon us and what a wonderful time of year to share with family, friends and our pets. This is also a very busy time of year, and we must be watchful of what our pets are up to. The holiday season can be a dangerous and toxic season for dogs and cats. We want to take this time and address some of those issues. As much as we like to see our patients, we would rather our clients and patients enjoy their holidays and avoid any pet emergencies.
We should talk about why you should consider microchipping your pet. Let's face it, dogs and cats can get out and become lost. Doors get left open, gates aren't closed properly, storms or fireworks scare nervous pets and off they go. If your pet gets lost traveling they may not know where home is located. Microchipping is a great way to have a permanent identification of your beloved pet in case anything were to happen.
Proper nutrition for pets is one of the most imperative, yet easiest, methods of ensuring superior health. As in people, the appropriate diet helps pets to live longer, healthier lives. Overweight cats and dogs are at higher risk for many illnesses. It is all too easy to spoil our pets with fatty, high calorie people food. Our pets look at us with "those eyes" and we give them a nibble or two and thus the cycle continues. Fresh veggies are always better options for giving snacks to our pets. In addition, a high-quality diet can help prevent or manage certain disease processes.
Brrr... Winter is upon us. We hopefully have about 2 more months of the cold, well, more like 3 months. We would like to take this opportunity to discuss winter safety for pets and their owners.
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