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Proper pet care starts with feeding, watering and exercising your pet on a daily basis and providing basic home care that include brushing your dog’s or cat’s teeth once a week. It also involves scheduling yearly checkup to ensure your pet is healthy and up to date on his or her vaccinations.
Proper Pet Care
More than 60 percent of all U.S. households own at least one pet. Of those households, 70 percent own at least one dog and 46 percent own at least one cat. All pet owners know that proper pet care begins with a healthy diet, fresh, clean water and exercise on a daily basis, but it is also important to be on the lookout for fleas and ticks and to take preventative measures when you find the pests in your pet’s fur.
You should also be aware of foods and plants that could poison your pet, including apple seeds, azaleas, mistletoe, elderberry, potatoes, liquor, apricots, avocadoes, coffee, chocolate, grapes, mushrooms, onions, salt, tea, and yeast. If your cat or dog ingests any of these substances, they should be examined by our veterinarian.
Annual Health Check Up
Scheduling a once a year check up for your pet can prevent illnesses and diseases before they become serious. They can also help insure that your pet is up to date on all his or her vaccines, which can prevent extremely serious illnesses and death.
During your pet’s annual check up, we will perform a nose to tail examination that includes looking for fleas, ticks and ear mites, sore areas, lumps and swelling. We will examine your pet’s teeth and mouth for loose teeth, infections and cavities. The skin and fur will be check for allergies and skin infections. The heart and lungs will be checked for proper function and signs of illness, including heart worms, disease and irregular heartbeat, and we will check for kidney disease.
Additionally, if you’ve never been to our veterinarian before, we will ask which vaccinations your pet has received and when he or she received them. Rabies, distemper, parvovirus and canine hepatitis should be initially administered when your dog is a puppy and boosted after 12 months then once every three years.
Cats should be vaccinated for rabies, feline leukemia, distemper, herpes and calicivirus. These vaccinations should be started between 6 and 8 weeks of age and boosted after 12 months. After the initial vaccinations, boosters should be given every three years.
By scheduling once a year exams for your cats and gods, you will be ensuring their continued health and longevity, and if any illnesses and diseases are found, they can be treated relatively inexpensively. The longer an illness or disease is left to fester, the harder and more expensive it is to treat.
When is the last time you brought your cat or dog into our veterinary clinic for a once a year exam? If it has been awhile, it is time to schedule an appointment by calling 661-589-9900.
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