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Spaying and neutering pets are some of the best ways to control the animal population and give your pet a long, healthy life. The feline and canine populations have overstretched the local community’s capacity to care for them adequately. Additionally, pets can avoid certain health problems by getting spayed/neutered. Neutering and spaying animals have many benefits.
Routine wellness exams are an important part of your pet’s preventative healthcare. They help keep your furry friend healthy by giving your vet an opportunity to check them for early signs of disease and to monitor their overall health and wellbeing.
As a caring and responsible owner, you want to do everything in your power to keep your precious pet safe from harm. One of the best ways to do this is to make yourself aware of the things that could pose a threat to them. Here are some of the top items that are hazardous for pets.
Most pets manifest signs of dental issues by the time they are three years old. Some pet owners view symptoms like bad breath as something that their animal companion naturally develops. As a result, dental issues are often overlooked and go untreated. But bad breath is, in fact, one of the best and easiest indicators of oral disease.
All pet owners can agree that losing a pet can be very traumatizing. Most pet lovers will go to great lengths to protect their animals. They usually turn to pet collars, ID tags, and other outward forms of identification. Unfortunately, these methods are not always foolproof. The truth is that if it can come off, it can get lost. Many animals end up lost because their IDs fell off. There is only one truly effective way to keep your pet safe, and this is through the use of a microchip.
I’ve always had an interest in surgery and have always sought continuing education on that subject, especially with orthopedics. At the Animal Hospital of Salinas, Dr. Max Kennedy was able to perform simple fracture repairs prior to his retirement, and he left behind all of his equipment when he left. So when I heard about the NAVC Institute taking place in Orlando, FL, I jumped on the opportunity to take an intensive, 5-day course on fracture repair.
Even as a veterinarian who knows the risks associated with heartworm, I think it is easy to become complacent. We see so many negative tests that it can come as a shock when one comes back positive. That’s what recently happened in our clinic and it had us all revisiting the subject of heartworm disease and how to prevent it.
You may remember that eight months ago I was told that my dog, Spudge, could die at any minute. In addition to sending me into a tailspin of grief, it also prompted me to look into ways I could hold on to his memory. I already knew about several options: making a paw print to put in a frame or hang as a decoration, keeping some fur, garden statues or grave markers, cremation urns, and donations in your pet’s name. Once, when I was in Vet School, I even researched taxidermy and freeze-drying a pet as options for a woman to whom I had spoken while staffing the Pet Loss Support Hotline.