Posts Tagged ‘pet care’

Are Your Pet’s Vaccinations Up-to-Date?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

My pet is healthy.  It never leaves the house.  Didn’t my pet just get its shots?  These are all common excuses for not having your pet’s vaccinations current.  Here are a few better reasons, though, to make sure they are.

Rabies is not a matter to be taken lightly

People can get rabies, and the health department takes the matter very seriously.  Pets that are not vaccinated and are exposed or bite may be required to be quarantined or even euthanized.  Bats, which are one of the more common carriers in the Ohio area, can often be found indoors.

Many diseases we vaccinate for can be deadly

Diseases such as parvovirus, panleukopenia, and feline leukemia can be deadly, even with treatment.  Why chance it?

Vaccination can prevent costly illness

Upper respiratory infections and other diseases commonly vaccinated for can be costly and frustrating to treat.  While vaccination does not always proved complete protection (similar to flu shots for people), it often greatly decreases the length and severity of illness.

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Pet

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Who knew that dental care could be so important to your pet’s healthy?  Many people forget about their pet’s teeth, however according to a study done by the American Veterinary Dental Society 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by the age of three!

Bacteria combine with saliva and food on the teeth and gums, forming plaque.  This eventually becomes a hard substance called tartar which can lead to inflammation and destruction of the tissues that support the teeth.  Untreated this may lead to oral pain as well as the eventual loss of teeth.  Even scarier is that other organs such as the liver, heart, and kidneys can also be affected.

Dr. Bob can advise you on teeth cleaning techniques, chew toys and treats, oral care products for pets, and a proper nutritional diet. Discuss your pet dental care questions and concerns at your next visit or call Plum Street Pet Clinic today.

To get started with your pet’s home dental care regime, The Healthy Pet website offers this excellent article: Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth.

Looking Good!

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

 

Now that it’s almost time for back-to-school, make sure Fido doesn’t feel left out. Give him some extra attention and make him look sharp for the first day of school, even if he doesn’t get to attend.

  • Ears: Examine the inside of your pet’s ears frequently to catch symptoms of a problem such as pain, discharge, or redness early on.  Your veterinarian can show you how to gently clean the insides of the ears and recommend a good cleanser.
  • Eyes:  Gently cleaning the corners of the eyes with a damp cloth can prevent buildup.  Products may be recommended for animals with tear-staining.  Also, be sure long hair on the face is not irritating the eyes- if so it may be time for a professional trim.
  • Teeth: Many of our pets have dental problems.  The best way to ward these off is by brushing their teeth regularly.  Veterinary toothpastes and brushes are available- never use human toothpaste!  Your vet can demonstrate how to take care of your pet’s pearly whites.
  • Nails: Too-long nails can cause un-natural stresses on the foot, break or snag, and even grow into the paw pads.  Animals require frequent trimmings to keep their feet healthy.  Trim with clippers made for animals and avoid cutting too much and cutting the blood vessel in the nail.
  • Coat: Depending on your pet’s hair, this may require minimal attention to daily care.  Brushing helps to prevent mats and spreads out natural coat oils.  It can even minimize hairballs.  Most animals require brushing at least once a week, but longer haired critters may need to be brushed daily.