October is National Pet Wellness Month, this is a great time to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your pet. Schedule an annual exam and discuss spay/neutering your pet, diet and weight management, dental care, preventative care, blood work, or anything else concerning puppy/kitten, adult, or senior pet care. Always remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t be afraid to call and ask your veterinarian for help, that’s what we’re here for!
Seeing your veterinarian regularly for annual exams and problematic issues is important to keeping them happy, healthy, and living longer lives. We recommend seeing your pet twice a year to make sure all is well and of course whenever something comes up. Unfortunately, we tend to see cats half as often as their canine counterparts, making it harder to diagnose illnesses when they come up.
When you first get your pet you’ll want to discuss spaying or neutering them and when the best time might be. Generally we spay or neuter cats or dogs around 5 to 7 months of age, this can vary depending on breed, size, or possible health issues. We always run a pre-anesthetic blood panel and CBC before our surgeries to make sure there are no hidden complications, or issues needing to be dealt with.
Talking about diet and weight management are key in helping to avoid unwanted health complications. Each pet has different nutritional needs, these can change over time as well, keeping your veterinarian in the loop on what you’re feeding is a good way to make sure a good quality and quantity are being fed. An estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the US are overweight or obese, don’t be afraid to ask about what or how much to feed. Pet food labels can be a confusing mess to figure out, you’re not alone.
Keeping in line with diet and weight management, teeth need to be taken care of as well! Dental care can be tricky to us as pet owners. Taking time to brush your pets teeth, making sure the dental chews you use are safe, knowing what water additives can be used can be hard. We have tips and tricks to help you along that we might just share with you if you’d like to chat. We also recommend having annual dental check ups done to keep the teeth in great chomping condition.
We have many options for you to help with prevention of fleas, ticks, heartworms, or intestinal parasites. We offer a few different options so seeing what works best your you and your pets lifestyles can help us figure out the best preventative for you. We also offer tests to make sure your pets are parasite free.
As far as blood work goes, we offer many in house tests, this helps get us and you results faster. Tests we can’t run in house we send out to the lab specified for the particular test needed. These labs usually have quick turn around on times so we can still get your results in a timely manner, helping to get treatments started as soon as possible.
As your pet ages, the require different types of care. Young puppies and kittens need their initial vaccinations and exams, spaying or neutering, and a diet formulated to help them grow. Adults still need vaccine boosters, and their bi-annual exams, they no longer need the puppy/kitten food since their caloric intake is not as great. We also recommend annual parasite screenings. For seniors we recommend blood work beginning at age 7. This will give us a baseline and help us catch any underlying issues hopefully before they become a true problem.
Pet wellness is necessary to help keep your pet happy and healthy. We are always here to help answer questions and assist in giving your pet the best life possible. Feel free to schedule your annual exams at your convenience. As always, if your pet seems ill at all, call to have them seen right away, don’t hesitate.