Parasites might be small, but they can sure cause big problems when it comes to your pet’s health. Some can be seen with the naked eye while others require a microscope. Either way, they can make both you and your pet sick. Luckily, Shelden Veterinary Care has some great tools for parasite prevention in pets.
While the new year provides a unique opportunity to press the reset button on a variety of patterns, behaviors, and questionable habits, it’s never too late to make important changes. To be sure, pet health can be supported year-round, and if there are ways you can better support overall wellness, now is as good a time as any.
At its core, Halloween is a time for carving pumpkins, decorating the yard with witches and ghouls, and figuring out a costume that will win this year’s grand prize. Whether you plan on dressing your pet up for some trick-or-treating or staying indoors and passing out handfuls of sugary treats, your pet’s safety should be at the top of this season’s to-do list.
“Why does my pet need to be vaccinated if he or she never goes outside?” It’s a common question among the owners of indoor-only pets asks veterinarians.
Although it may seem as though vaccinations for indoor pets are a waste of money, the reality is that being inside does not eliminate your pet’s exposure to infectious disease. Keeping your pet’s vaccinations current is an important part of his or her health care plan.
Whether you love the season or are counting the days until summer, winter definitely presents some unique challenges. For pet owners, this includes keeping your pet warm, dry, and in good health.
Although we’ve had some pretty mild daytime temps here in Louisville, pet winter safety remains essential. One component of this is learning how to prevent hypothermia in pets, as well as recognizing the signs that your pet may be in danger.
While the staff at Shelden Veterinary Care wishes we could just stop pets from aging altogether, biology prevails. This makes it important to recognize (and accept) when your pet becomes a senior, so you can provide him or her with the care needed to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle.
Most pets are considered at their golden years around age 9, with larger breed dogs considered senior by age 7. A senior pet often needs more tender loving care, but even the spryest of older animals benefit from additional attention in the form of frequent veterinary monitoring. Continue…
Research shows that 70-80% of pets over age three have some form of dental disease (inflammation of the gums caused by tartar buildup). If left untreated, dental disease can lead to pain and tooth loss. Because dental disease is essentially an infection in your pet’s mouth, it can spread to the heart, liver, and kidney, resulting in failure of these major organs.
Your cat’s whiskers may start to twitch at the mere mention of a new year’s resolution, but considering the power of the fresh start effect, he or she may be more inclined to accept your adjustments or improvements as of January 1st.
Besides learning to use your can opener (to finally open that darn tuna can) or magically passing through glass windows, your cat’s health and happiness may benefit from other game-changers. To that end, we offer our five resolutions that are easy to commit to in 2016. Continue…