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General Pet Tips

Useful Tips for your Pet Care

  1. Spay or Neuter – Cancers and diseases can be prevented from spaying and Neutering

  2. Vaccinate – Without Vaccination cats are vulnerable to feline calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and panleukopenia. Vaccinating dogs can protect against distemper, leptospirosis, and parvovirus. Both should be vaccinated against rabies.

  3. See Your Vet! – Annual check-ups give your veterinarian a chance to catch any developing illness and take care of it right away.

  4. Fight Fleas – Fleas can cause skin disease, anemia, scratching, allergies, and tapeworms.

  5. Prevent Heartworm – Once your pet is diagnosed with Heartworm, it is difficult to treat and can be fatal. Prevention is easy, test your pet at least once a year.

  6. Exercise that Pet –  Not only is exercise good for physical health, but it is also good for your pet’s mental health too! Exercise can help channel reduce aggressive behavior.

  7. Control Food Intake –  Excess flesh can cause health problems, including arthritis and liver and heart disease. Overweight pets face increased risk during surgery, and really big cats can get a form of diabetes. 

  8. Weekly Home Health Check – Easy as A, B, C.

    1. Check under your pet’s fur for lumps, bumps, flakes, or scabs. 

    2. Check your pet’s ears and eyes for any signs of redness or discharge. 

    3. Make note of any changes in her eating or drinking habits. If something seems off, call the vet.

  9. Memorize Toxic Foods – Alcoholic beverages, avocado, chocolate, coffee, fatty foods, macadamia nuts, moldy or spoiled foods, onions and onion powder, raisins and grapes, salt, yeast dough, garlic, and products sweetened with xylitol.

  10. Dental Care is Important –  Particles of food, saliva, and bacteria—what’s commonly called “plaque”—can build up on the teeth and gums and cause infection. If left untreated, an infection can result in tooth decay—and even move into the bloodstream and affect your pet’s heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, bones, and joints!