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How often should my pet have an exam?
Herschel Animal Clinic recommends yearly visits for most pets and older pets – at least every 6 months. Yearly exams include physical examinations by our veterinarians, plus annual vaccinations or booster vaccinations, parasite screening & prevention, and various lab tests. For puppies and kittens, we need to see them more frequently during their first year of life. For pets over age 7, we recommend exams and blood work every 6 months to help us detect diseases and issues before they become a problem.
How safe is my pet’s procedure?
This includes monitoring of vital signs, assessing your pet for pain indicators, and keeping them well fed, warm, and comfortable in their surroundings.
Why does my pet need a dental cleaning?
Besides just bad breath, dental disease:
· Releases bacteria into the bloodstream
· Increases risk of heart, liver, and kidney disease
Pets need regular dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life.
Regular cleaning also:
· Reduces need for more advanced and expensive treatment in the future, such as teeth extractions and oral surgery
Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs.
What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning?
The anesthesia we use is safe for all animals, and your pet is constantly monitored during the dental procedure. A professional cleaning, sometimes called a prophylaxis, removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. Your pet's entire mouth, including teeth, tongue, gums, and lips, will be examined and assessed.
I noticed a change in my pet’s behavior. Should I see a veterinarian?
Changes in behavior such as appetite change, lethargy, energy level, aggressiveness, inappropriate elimination, and vocalization (barking/meowing) can be symptoms of behavior or health issues.
What should I do if I notice fleas or ticks on my pet?
Isolate your pet from other animals and small children to prevent the spread of the parasite. Bring your pet to our vet clinic for a thorough testing for parasites. Parasites can most often be treated easily, but parasite preventative measures are best for your pet and your wallet.
At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Contact us to discuss specific details based on species, breed, and size. Spaying/neutering has health and behavior benefits for your pet and, of course, helps prevent overpopulation.
What are heartworms? How can I prevent my pet from getting heartworms?
Heartworms are a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets. Twelve-inch-long worms that look like spaghetti live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of infected pets, causing lung disease, heart failure, organ damage, and can be fatal if untreated.
How does my pet get heartworms? Heartworms living in infected dogs, cats, or wildlife produce baby worms that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up these worms, and when it bites another animal, the worms enter through the bite wound. Heartworms can grow and live for 5 - 7 years in dogs and 3 years in cats.
What can you do to protect my pet? There is NO treatment for cats, so prevention is critical and the only means of protection.
Herschel Animal Clinic has safe, effective products available that cater to you and your pet's lifestyle and your budget.
We get a lot of questions when pets return home after staying with us, whether it be after boarding, daycare, or even surgery. We have decided to write a few of these changes down so you can know what to expect (or at least not be alarmed by). Here are a few of the comments/questions we get…
1) Q: “Oscar is acting like he is starving! Did Oscar get fed while he was there?”
A: Of course!! Oscar was fed the food that his owner brought when he was dropped off, or if his pet owner didn’t drop
At daycare, (unless it is a puppy), pets are not fed lunch. Just like my 3-year old son when he gets home from school, they have usually built up a huge appetite playing all day!
Of course, it goes without saying that after a surgery/dental, pets are hungry because they
2) Q: "Bailey drank a whole bowl of water when she got home... was she allowed to drink water while she was there?"
A: All pets have access to water during their stay. That being said, when they are here just for the day, such as for daycare or grooming/bath, they are given water when they are walked. This is to prevent them from splashing and turning over water bowls in the cages (and getting dirty). It is also normal for pets to feel more comfortable drinking water when they return home.
3) Q: "Fido was really tired and slept the entire evening after I brought him home. He seemed worn out!"
A: Chances are, Fido is worn out! If we did our job, Fido had lots of play time and exercise while boarding or in daycare. There is so much activity in our hospital that Fido is likely
4) Q: “Maggie’s stool is loose. Has she been having diarrhea while she was there??”
A: First of all, if Maggie was having diarrhea, the staff and doctors would have contacted you and started Maggie on medicine. That is the good thing about boarding your pet at a veterinary hospital…if they develop problems, the issues are addressed immediately.
Secondly, pets often experience excitement when returning home. Plus, they are often rewarded with treats/chews upon arriving home. So this “excitement” leads to colitis, a common cause of loose or watery stool. Some pet owners expect it and we arrange to send home medication to prevent diarrhea.
We take every precaution at Herschel Animal Clinic to prevent viruses and parasites from being passed along. Stalls/runs and cages are sterilized with Parvosol and dilute bleach solution. We require dogs to be checked every 6 months for parasites (unlike annually at most vet hospitals). This is the reason: some of the parasites we see are easily spread between dogs (Coccidia and Giardia) and are not prevented by monthly heartworm preventatives. We have staff that clean/scoop fecal material as soon as it hits the ground. See the previous blog about our resort team and the great job they do!
So, to recap, loose stool/diarrhea is common but please let us know if it continues for more than 24 hours.
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