Healthcare Tips: Making Sure They Stay Healthy
Basic Pet Needs:
- Annual health exams until age 8.
- Immediate vaccination boosters series and any necessary vaccinations based on the lifestyle of your pet's.
- Appropriate parasite check-up and Heartworm preventative care.
- Keeping their nails trimmed, their coats clean and brushed, along with feeding them quality food.
- Provide shelter if your pet is consistently outside. It's important to have plenty of shade and water available at all times.
- Start a behavior class. You are never too old to learn what your pet needs you to know.
- Spay or Neuter your pet around 6-8 months of age. Print the below coupon for savings on spay or neuter services!
- Flip their lip... if you notice any stains, blood, bad breath, or tooth loss, be sure to visit our Dental Page for more info and savings.
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Your pet's happiness and quality of life will always depend on you. When your pet turns 3 years old, keep up the routine you've been doing for their first 12 months on Earth, plus:
- Have one of our doctors check your pet's teeth and schedule their first annual teeth cleaning.
- Don't wait for annual exams if you suspect there's a problem. Watch for lethargy, panting, limping, confusion, weight gain or loss, excessive drinking. Check their eyes, ears and nose for any discharge. Also look for changes in your pet's stools or urination. Make an appointment immediately if you notice any of these issues, or if you feel as though your pet is not acting "normal." Unfortunately, our pets can't chat it up with us when they're having medical issues. Pets talk to us by changing their behavior. If you notice any abnormal behavioral changes don't hesitate to reach out.
- Feel your pet for lumps and bumps. Your pet will love the attention and being touched by you. Petting your pet has actually been proven to help reduce the owner's blood pressure as well. So relax and enjoy the love your pet will provide while you're checking their health, their skin, and their coat.
- By the age of 8 a dog is almost 50 years old. Your pet is now officially entering their senior years!
Your pet is officially over-the-hill and his or her medical needs have changed. Here's what we recommend for senior pets:
- Your pet might become less active than they used to be. Although a walker isn't required, it's a good idea to reduce the amount of food they consume to avoid obesity. Oh, and take it easy on the love treats. Pet obesity is a major health risk. As much as you love your pet and love giving them love treats, treats can be extremely fattening.
- Arthritis symptoms like stiffness and soreness, debilitation, difficulty climbing stairs, or lagging behind you on walks. Catching arthritis early can help relieve the pain your pet's experiencing, and allow them to have fun again. In some cases, pets will need medication to help them remain active.
- It will also be important to check your pet's body temperature changes. You will need to keep them cool or warm based on the weather.
- With Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) you will notice your pet is disoriented, confused, and showing decreased activity or even interest in activity. Your pet's quality of life can be improved with medication for CCD.
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Not sure if your pet needs a doctor right a way? Here's some information that might help.
Monitoring signs of a serious problem:
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Repeated vomiting
- Diarrhea lasting over 3 days
- Open scabs or sores
- Lameness lasting 5 days or more
- Increase of abdomen size
- Persistent coughing or gagging (dog)
- Heavy breathing at rest (cat)
- Excessive panting