Posts Tagged: Pet Care
During the holiday season, it’s natural to turn our thoughts toward the needs of those less fortunate. As pet owners and animal lovers, it can be difficult to think of the plight of so many pets who languish in shelters all over the country.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to help homeless pets in your community and beyond, and the benefits are well worth the effort!
More than half of all American cats and dogs are considered overweight or obese. Perhaps even more shocking than the prevalence of pet obesity, however, is the fact that a majority of owners who care for overweight pets erroneously classify their pets in the normal weight range. What’s at the root of this disconnect, and how can we work together to reverse this harmful trend?
While few pets seek to get wet when it’s cold, the majority of dogs crave time in and around the water all summer long. A powerful element, water has the capacity to excite and amuse pets, but it also plays a major role in reducing the risk of heat stroke. To be certain, water play is fun, but without pet water safety measures, it can quickly turn perilous.
An Obvious Choice
Swimming, splashing, running through the sprinkler, boating, and other water sports are perfect summer options – and they’re all more fun with a furry friend in tow. Many pets are bred for water recreation while others (like the typical feline) don’t take to it quite as naturally. Also, brachycephalic breeds, those with shorter legs, and big barrel chests are not designed for swimming.
In previous generations, veterinary care focused mainly on treating an animal’s illness or disease after it developed. Today’s veterinary professionals recognize the importance of preventive care for creating a better quality of life and increased longevity for our sweet pets.
At the core of preventive care lies the regularly scheduled check-up (once or twice per year, depending on your pet’s age and health status). More than just an opportunity to administer vaccines, the preventive care exam is the foundation of your pet’s long-term health care plan.
Prevention, Prevention, Prevention!
Taking a proactive approach to your pet’s health is what the preventive care exam is all about. When we see your pet on a regular basis, we’re able to screen for, diagnose, and treat potential health problems before they get out of hand. This not only leads to a better prognosis for your pet, it can save you money in medical bills down the road.