Healthy pets are happy companions, and the best way to keep your pet healthy is through regular care and close attention to any signs of illness. If you don’t already have a veterinarian, find one in your area who you and your pet are comfortable with. Of course, we think you won’t find a better partner for your pet’s health than the veterinarians and staff at Brickyard Animal Hospital, but even if you choose another care facility please take your pet in for regular check-ups. Regular visits to your veterinarian can mean fewer health problems for you and your pet. Your veterinarian can give you tips on how to give the best care to your pet. They can also give you information on any new technologies, medicines, or procedures available.
Required vaccinations for your pet are vital to prevent common infectious diseases. The frequency of immunizations will depend on a variety of factors: animal’s age, vaccination history and threats by locale. An immunization schedule that is species-specific and consistent with your pet’s lifestyle will be recommended. Typically, dogs will be protected against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvo virus, corona virus, kennel cough and rabies. Cat’s immunizations include panleukopenia (distemper), rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, Chlamydia, rabies, and feline leukemia.
Pet Diet – Nutrition
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association announced in that it has developed global guidelines for nutritional assessment of dogs and cats. The WSAVA guidelines are consistent with nutritional guidelines that the American Animal Hospital Association released last year in tandem with formation of the Veterinary Companion Animal Nutritional Consortium.
Spaying and Neutering
Millions of unwanted dogs and cats are needlessly destroyed every year. There just aren’t enough good homes for all these pets. This is why spaying or neutering your pet is so important. By having your dog or cat surgically sterilized, you are helping to prevent overpopulation and the birth of unwanted puppies or kittens. Also, these procedures improve your pet’s health and quality of life.
It is never too early to examine blood chemistries on your pets. Wellness panels help to provide a baseline to compare to, as animals age. We use both our in house lab and the best reference lab in the world to provide the information we are looking to document and save. Often, blood values cue us into diseases that are not yet showing symptoms, while these diseases can still be easily and economically resolved. This is your best preventitive measure against Parasites in your pets that can affect your entire family. In Utah, we can make our pets virtually parasite free. We recommend year-round monthly internal parasite control for your cats and dogs as well as seasonal medication for heart worms.
SIGNS OF POOR HEALTH
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that you consult your veterinarian if your pet shows any of the following signs.
- Abnormal discharges from the nose, eyes, or other body opening
- Loss of appetite, marked weight losses or gains, or excessive water consumption
- Difficult, abnormal, or uncontrolled waste elimination
- Abnormal behavior, sudden viciousness, or lethargy
- Abnormal lumps, limping, or difficulty getting up or lying down
- Excessive head shaking, scratching, and licking or biting any part of the body
- Dandruff, loss of hair, open sores, and a ragged or dull coat.
- Foul breath or excessive tarter deposits on teeth