Q: How safe is my pet’s procedure?
A: Each individual procedure will vary from pet to pet and condition to condition. As with humans, the older the individual the more precaution needs to bee taken. Typically a physical examination, review of the patients' medical history and blood work are recommended with older patients. These precautions will make a procedure as safe as possible with a senior pet.
Q: How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?
A: Remember that an average ratio between our furry friends and humans is approximately 7 years. This means that if our pet has not been to the veterinarian in the past year, it is the equivalent of a human not having a check up in seven years. The more frequent examination, blood work and dental examination can help extend your pets life by as long was 25%.
Q: Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?
A: The overwhelming answer is absolutely yes! Tartar is loaded with bacteria that gets into the blood stream transmitting harmful bacteria to your pet's internal organs. This bacterial can limit the lifespan of your pet.
Q: How important is nutrition for my pet?
A: Similar to human food intake, a diet appropriate for the age of your pet high in quality protein and fiber, low in fat is essential to the health of your pet. Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital offers Hill's science diet wellness and prescription lines. Less allergenic and hypoallergenic diets are available.
Q: How long should I wait to bring my pet to the veterinarian if I notice a change in their behavior?
A: It is always important to call Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital immediately for an appointment when your pet exhibits a change of behavior or sudden weight gain or loss.
Q: What if I begin to notice visible parasites for the first time on my pet?
A: The flea and tick preventatives have improved greatly in recent years. These preventatives are safe and effective in a wide variety of forms. At Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital, we fit the preventative product to the pet's problem and environment. Parasite control is of great importance to eliminate disease carrying parasites.