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May is a great month for getting your dog tested for Heartworm. The test we use tests for Heartworm, Lyme and 2 other tick borne diseases. If they are not already on preventatives, we can get them started on Heartgard and a flea and tick product like Nexgard or Frontline. These products are applied or given as a treat once a month. Both the Heartgard and the flea/tick products can be purchased in multiples which can save you some $$$$!!
Give us a call and we can schedule an appointment for you!
Memorial Day is fast approaching. For those that are going to be boarding your pets, be sure to check what necessary vaccines are needed for the kennel they are going to before their stay. Some vaccinations need to be boosted the first time they are given and will need enough time for them to be effective. Call for an appointment so we can get you in before their kennel stay!
The importance of annual exams.
Most annual exams are routine check ups. However, this gives us the opportunity to check your pet out from head to tail. Early detection of problems gives us the upper hand when diagnosing and resolving most issues. That tiny lump you found as you were brushing your pet could mean nothing....or.....it could be something more serious. Any changes in your pet whether physical or behavior should be checked out.
Early Detection is Key
If cancer is detected early it can be treated more effectively, so it's important to check you pet regularly for the 10 Early Warning Signs as recommended by the Veterinary Cancer Society.
1. Swollen Lymph nodes
2. An enlarging or changing lump
3. Abdominal distension
4. Chronic weight loss
5. Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
6. Unexplained bleeding
9. Straining to urinate
10. Oral Odor
If your pet has any of these early warning signs, you should take him or her to your veterinarian as soon
as possible for a more complete examination. In addition, you should keep you pet away from environmental toxins like lawn fertilizers and surface and rug cleaners that have warning labels relative to children and pets. Many veterinarians see a link between environmental toxins and cancer.
As always, we value your questions so, fire away. REMEMBER, I can't, uuuuummmm I mean, the docs can't diagnose a problem without being seen. But, feel free to ask and we'll tell you if you should bring your pal in. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The next best cat ever,