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Do Pets Need Anesthesia for Dental Care?

You probably understand that routine dental care is crucial to your furry pal’s health, but did you know that anesthesia needs to be used during pet dental procedures? Anesthetizing your pet allows the veterinary team to perform a thorough oral health assessment, treat any dental issues they find, and prevent stress and discomfort for your pet. Although you may be concerned about anesthesia, your veterinarian takes specific precautions to minimize your pet’s risks and ensure their safety.

Why are regular veterinary visits important?

Visiting the veterinarian regularly is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health. Although your pet may look healthy, diseases often cause no obvious signs in their early stages. Wellness exams and screening tests allow your veterinary team to detect diseases before they progress and begin treatments that will extend your pet’s healthy years by your side.

7 Steps for a Stress-Free Veterinary Visit

Have you ever skipped your pet’s veterinary visit because they don’t like going to the veterinarian? A veterinary hospital’s unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can cause some pets to become anxious. Unfortunately, pets don’t understand that poking them with needles, checking their temperature, touching their toes, or sticking instruments in their ears is beneficial to their health, and they can become stressed. In response to a stressful scenario, your pet’s brain enters fight-or-flight mode, and remembering previous visits can trigger repeated and worsening anxiety during future veterinary visits.  

What is a veterinary technician?

Veterinary technicians are educated professionals who help veterinarians care for pets by providing nursing support, acting as patient advocates, performing diagnostic procedures, and assisting in anesthesia and surgery. While they may have the opportunity to cuddle the occasional puppy or kitten, a vet tech’s job is much more than playing with cute dogs and cats.

Top 10 Facts Pet Owners Should Know about AAHA’s Canine Vaccination Guidelines

Vaccination is an easy way to protect your pup’s health and prevent diseases that can spread from dogs to humans. All dogs are at risk for contracting potentially fatal infectious diseases from other pets, backyard wildlife, or pests, but certain lifestyle factors can alter these risks and affect vaccine recommendations.

What Common Household Items Are Toxic to Pets?

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is a 24-hour helpline staffed by veterinary toxicologists and other veterinary professionals experienced in pet poisonings. Each year, the ASPCA APCC receives thousands of calls and compiles a list of the top 10 pet poisons, which most often are everyday household items. Here are the poisons currently topping the list and how you can keep your furry pal safe.

Should my pet be vaccinated?

Vaccination is a crucial and cost-effective method to protect your pet’s and the public’s health. Many diseases that affect our pets can spread via wildlife or unvaccinated pets, and several can also affect people. AAHA recommends all pets receive core vaccines—those deemed medically or legally necessary to meet minimum health standards—along with additional vaccines based on lifestyle.

What is limber tail in dogs?

Is anything sadder than your dog losing their wag? If your normally excitable pup fails to greet you with a whirling tail of excitement when you come home, that’s a sure sign something is wrong. The problem may be a condition called acute caudal myopathy, which goes by many other names, including: Limber tail Swimmer's tail Cold water tail Limp tail Rudder tail Broken wag Flaccid tail syndrome Sprained tail

Why Won’t My Cat Use the Litter Box?

In addition to middle-of-the-night yowling for food, feline inappropriate elimination is a chief complaint of cat owners. When your cat fails to use the litter box appropriately, you likely become frustrated, which damages the bond you share with your feline friend. However, once you understand the reason behind your cat’s behavior, you can put effective solutions in place to resolve the issue and restore the relationship with your cat.

What Is Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation?

Pets can encounter many health challenges throughout their lives, from injuries and surgeries to age-related conditions, that impact their mobility and overall well-being. But all is not lost—the world of veterinary physical rehabilitation offers tailored solutions that will help your pet regain their strength, mobility, and quality of life.

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