There is nothing you can do that will better ensure your pet's good health and longevity than to maintain a regular schedule of preventive care exams. Not only do these exams help protect your pet's health, they help protect your financial well-being also. Allowing us the opportunity to catch issues while they are still at their earliest and most treatable is an obvious benefit, but less apparent is that it simply costs less to prevent disease rather than treat it. For example, take the cost of a monthly heartworm preventive versus the $1,000 or more it would cost to treat an infected dog. And for a cat, the heartworm prevention is priceless since there are no treatments for feline infection.
It’s a new year, and you have vowed to get in shape and improve your health. Although you might have made this resolution before only to fall back into old habits before the end of January, you mean it this time. The good news is that having a pet gives you even more motivation to achieve better health. Not only does the love of your furry companion give you the incentive to take better care of yourself, but it encourages you to improve your pet’s health as well.
Your pet is a loved and valuable member of your family, so it only makes sense that you want to buy him a special holiday gift. If you decide on a toy, we at Springhill Animal Clinic would like to remind you of the following important safety considerations:
Your pet’s size: This is especially important when purchasing a chewable toy. A squeaky toy ball, for example, would be fine for a cat but not a large dog due to the potential choking hazard.
Stuffing material: Beads, foam, and other stuffing material could come loose from the toy if your pet bites it or tears it apart. If you choose a stuffed toy, be sure to supervise your pet until you know how she will react to it.
Attachments to toys: Items like ties, ribbons, plastic eyes, and even stitches can easily come loose and present a choking hazard to your dog or cat. You may want to consider removing these items first if your pet is especially rambunctious with toys.
As much as you and your children might enjoy Halloween, this particular holiday can be a stressful one for pets. They don’t understand why you have decorations and carved pumpkins with candles in them around the house and naturally feel curious enough to investigate. Your dog or cat may end up swallowing something inedible or even starting a fire by knocking over a candle. These are just two of several Halloween safety concerns to keep in mind. Springhill Animal Clinic wants to provide the following safety tips to help keep your pets safe and happy during the month of October.
You may not realize it, but every time we see your herd, we're providing a physical examination to ensure there are no indicators of underlying health issues. Often done from afar, cattle physical examinations may include such things as whether the animal is responsive to the environment, alert and attentive and how it rises or walks.