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Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting event! These irresistible bundles of fur offer unconditional love and companionship. You can show your love for your new puppy or kitten by bringing him or her to a veterinarian promptly for a pet wellness exam. Your veterinarian can screen your furry friend for potential health problems and recommend a vaccination schedule. Your local vet is also an important resource of wellness information; you can learn about your pet’s ideal diet, for example.
A complete physical examination is highly recommended for all new pets. Your veterinarian will thoroughly examine every inch of your pet to ensure there are no health problems. If health problems are detected, early diagnosis can provide for effective treatment. During your pet’s exam, the veterinarian will recommend appropriate screening tests and treatments, such as deworming. After your pet’s first exam, he or she should return to the veterinary practice every year for another checkup. As your pet grows older or develops medical issues, the vet may recommend more frequent exams.
Talk to the veterinarian about an ideal vaccination schedule. Your furry friend needs certain vaccines to defend him or her from serious illnesses. Certain vaccinations are called core vaccines – these are considered highly critical for all pets. Non-core vaccines are administered based on your pet’s lifestyle and unique needs.
The overall wellness program for your puppy or kitten should include certain basic procedures and treatments. Your veterinarian is likely to talk to you about the importance of spaying or neutering your animal, if he or she has not yet undergone this surgery. You may also wish to ask the vet about preventive dental care and allergy testing.
At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our friendly and knowledgeable veterinarians offer comprehensive examinations, vaccinations, and spaying or neutering, in addition to special services such dentistry and allergy testing. Ask us about our Life-Cycle Wellness Program, which provides critical preventive healthcare for the life of your pet. Pet owners in Dallas can call Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309 and those in McKinney can call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033.
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Be sure to use a comb after brushing. You will be able to tell by the sound the comb makes as it goes through the pets hair if they have any sort of knots.
You will also hear the sound become harsher when matting is present.
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Just as your own oral health can affect your total body wellness, the health of your pet’s teeth and gums can have a major impact on his or her overall wellbeing. That’s why it’s important for you to schedule regular dental checkups and dental cleanings for your pet with your regular veterinarian and to take steps to treat any dental disease that does develop. Continue reading to find out how you can identify dental disease in your pet.
Gum Inflammation and Recession
One of the most common types of dental disease in pets is gum disease (gingivitis, and periodontal disease). This condition is caused by plaque that accumulates along the gum line and irritates the gum tissue, leading to inflammation. If gum disease is allowed to progress, the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where even more food and dental plaque can accumulate. If you notice that your pet’s gums seem swollen and red – even just a little - schedule a dental checkup with your veterinarian.
A variety of dental conditions can lead to bad breath, or halitosis, in pets. For example, gum disease and tooth decay can both cause bad breath. While your pet’s breath may always have lingering odors from the food you feed him, the breath of a normal dog or cat should never be foul.
Pain and Discomfort
As dental disease becomes more severe, it often causes pain or discomfort for the affected pet. This can be hard to stop at first, because dogs and cats naturally will hide signs of dental pain. You may notice that your pet is taking longer to eat and chews his food more gingerly than before. Your pet may also drop food out of his mouth while eating. Drooling is another common later stage sign that your pet is experiencing oral pain. Swelling in your pet’s face and nasal discharge can also be signs of dental disease or tooth root abscesses.
At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer a range of dental services for pets, including oral cancer screenings, tooth extractions, and periodontal surgery. Any of the Doctors at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help you with a routine dental cleaning. With locations in both north Dallas and the McKinney / Frisco area, we are ready to serve you. For more information, please call either Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 972-239-1309 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344.
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No matter what breed your dog is, he or she can bring love and happiness to your life. You can help your pet live a healthy life by feeding a high-quality food that is appropriate for the pet’s life stage and individual needs. In addition to choosing food based on your dog’s life stage, you may also want to consider your dog’s breed when selecting a food. Consult with one of our doctors, or your regular veterinarian, about the best types of food for your dog, and consider the following information.
Variations Due to Size
One of the major factors that can affect your dog’s nutritional needs is her size. Small dogs and large dogs tend to have different energy levels, so smaller dogs may need foods that are lower in calories but denser in nutrition than standard foods. Certain breeds that have short legs and long backs, such as dachshunds and corgis, may benefit from foods that promote a lean body, as excess weight can lead to back problems for these dogs.
Variations Due to Lifestyle
Different dog breeds were developed to lead different lifestyles. For instance, herding and working breeds like Australian shepherds and huskies tend to be very energetic and ready to complete a variety of activities throughout the day. Because of this, these breeds may need dog foods that are more calorie-dense. Dog breeds that were developed to be companions, such as Chihuahuas, may naturally be more sedentary and have unique nutritional needs.
Variations Due to Health Conditions
There are certain health conditions that tend to be prevalent in different dog breeds. Hip and joint problems, food allergies, and digestive issues are all health conditions that are more common among some dog breeds than others. In many cases, diet can play a major role in minimizing or preventing these conditions. Talk to your vet to learn about health problems your dog may be prone to and the steps you can take to find the perfect food for your dog.
Would you like more information about choosing the best food for your pet? If so, visit Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our north Dallas area veterinary practices offer a variety of services, including wellness checkups, pet grooming, and pet boarding. For more information, call us at (972) 239-1309.