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Archive for January, 2017

13
Jan

From Fleas To Surgery Choosing A Good Vet

Written by admin. Posted in Emergency vet services, Treatment of cancer in animals, Veterinarian tucson

Veterinary surgery options

Adopting a pet is an exciting moment in a person’s life. In truth, many Americans rely upon pets not only for companionship, but for emotional support and in cases that involve therapy or assistance animals, much more. America is obsessed with pets — and in particular, dogs and cats. It’s believed that 46,300,000 households own dogs and 38,900,000 households own cats. Some of these animals are adopted from animal shelters or rescues, while others are bought from breeders. In turn, some animals are babies when adopted, while others are adults. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether you adopt a baby animal or a senior pet — they all need veterinary care, preferably beginning on day one. Veterinary services seem plentiful, but there’s a big difference between choosing a vet that really cares about what they’re doing and choosing the first vet that you find just because they’re the cheapest or closest option. Consider your veterinary options carefully — they can make a big difference in the life of your pet. With that being said, we’ll look into some of the factors you should take into consideration when choosing an animal hospital.

In The Beginning: Early Vet Care

While everyone should take their new pet to see a vet as soon as they adopt it, there is a difference between adopting a young animal and an adult animal in this regard. Most adult animals, if rescued from a reputable shelter or rescue, have been vaccinated and dewormed at the very least. A young animal, on the other hand, will probably have its beginning dewormings and vaccines taken care of, but not all of them. Either way, you need to know if your pet is dealing with any sort of medical conditions. Even when a reputable breeder provides certifications proving an animal’s health, you still need to be sure about what you’re dealing with as a pet owner. For that matter, this first appointment establishes a relationship between you and your pet’s vet — and lets the pet become familiar with the veterinarian. In fact, until a puppy or kitten is 16 weeks old you should bring it in for vaccines every three to four weeks. Many counties require pets to have certain vaccinations in order for them to be licensed. As a pet gets older, the frequency of these visits will decline — unless the pet is a senior or has certain medical conditions.

Fleas And Ticks: More Serious Than You’d Think

YOu may think that fleas and ticks are just minor annoyances — until your pet is suffering from them. Not only can these leave a pet in agony; they can spread to humans as well, an infest an entire home. Talk to your vet immediately about getting your pet on preventative medication. And if your pet does suffer from fleas and ticks, there are treatments available.

Veterinary Surgery: What To Look Out For

When choosing an animal hospital, you may want to make sure that, if necessary, your pet can have veterinary surgery options necessary in case of emergency. This way, your pet doesn’t have to be rushed to an unfamiliar hospital to have veterinary surgery. Of course, in some cases veterinary specialty centers are inevitable — this is why you still may want to be familiar with any specialty centers in your area. Your everyday vet may be able to recommend experts on certain types of veterinary surgery as well. Veterinary surgery can occur for a variety of reasons. It’s recommended that you have your pet spayed or neutered — while these surgeries are very simple and common, they still count. Other surgeries that vets commonly deal with include removing benign tumors, and for that matter dental surgery. Some vets also deal with more serious issues like cancer. Animals are like people — you don’t have to accept a pet’s demise just because they’ve been given a serious diagnosis. You would be amazed by the options available, and a good vet won’t give up easily.

03
Jan

Treatment Options for Dogs and Cats with Arthritis

Written by admin. Posted in Dogs, Pet health insurance plans, Pet medical insurance cost

Dogs

When you have an older dog or cat, whether they’ve been with your family since they were a puppy or a kitten, rescued from a shelter, or recently adopted, you want to protect your animals health. One way to assist you with caring for this important member of your family is through purchasing insurance for older pets. In addition to a basic policy, you may also be able to obtain optional add-on policies for wellness visits and vaccinations.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), older pets may develop arthritis, which while painful, can be managed. Your dog or cat may be suffering from arthritis if they exhibit one or more of these signs:

    Walking stiffly
    Limping
    Leg favoring

Cats, for example, may not be able to groom themselves well when they have arthritis, according to the AVMA, so if your cat has unkempt fur, this may be a possible sign. Since unkempt fur may also be a sign that they’re suffering with a different illness or condition, it’s important to take them in to see their veterinarian. Regular veterinary visits are an important facet of pet care.

If your veterinarian has determined that your dog or cat has arthritis, then they may make several pet care recommendations. Your veterinarian may, for example, recommend medication as well as low-impact exercise, according to the AVMA. It’s important to follow your veterinarian’s recommendations and ask questions to ensure that you understand the pain management plan that they’ve created to benefit your pet.

An important aspect of providing good pet care is managing your pet’s weight. If your dog or cat has a few extra pounds and they have been diagnosed with arthritis, losing this extra weight may make a major difference with reducing joint pressure and pain. Losing extra pounds may also make a profound impact with potential weight-related issues, including diabetes and heart disease.

Your veterinarian may also recommend some type of physical therapy, such as swimming or walking on a treadmill. Another treatment option that your veterinarian may recommend includes alternative medicine, such as acupuncture. Many acupuncturists also specialize in veterinary medicine.

There are other things that you can do, according to the AVMA, to make your dog or cat more comfortable. These include providing soft bedding, gentle play, and massages. You may also want to assist them with grooming or take them to a groomer. Ramps are also helpful so your pets can reach their favorite spot on the couch or more easily move up and down indoor and outdoor steps.

When you notice that your dog or cat isn’t behaving like their usual self, or if you believe they’re exhibiting signs of arthritis, the AVMA stresses the importance of taking them to the veterinarian. It’s important for your beloved pet to receive a proper diagnosis so that they can receive the right type of treatment for their condition. If your pet receives an early diagnosis for arthritis, this can make a major difference with their pain management plan and overall comfort level.