Pet Health

Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age.  Click here for more information.....Welcome to Shank Animal Hospital's Pet Health Resource Center!  If you need any patient information, you may visit ePetHealth.com and access your pet's records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Importance of:

 

Heartworm Prevention:

If your dog or cat is not on a monthly heartworm preventative, the risks of contracting this potentially fatal disease are significantly increased. It takes only one heartworm-carrying mosquito to infect your pet. Worst of all, adult heartworms can survive in dogs for up to seven years, and in cats they may survive from a few months up to several years.

Help reduce your dog's or cat's risk for contracting heartworm disease by following these simple steps:

1. Have your pet tested annually.

Despite monthly prevention, there are reported instances where pets are infected with heartworms. As a result, consistent testing by your veterinarian is one of the best ways to ensure your pet remains heartworm free. For pets that contract heartworm disease, conventional treatment usually requires ongoing, expensive visits to the veterinarian office for x-rays, blood work, and injections.

Although there are heartworm treatments available for dogs, there can be serious risks involved depending on your dog's health at the time of diagnosis. For dogs with severe heartworm disease, treatment may be too harsh on the respiratory system, in that case your veterinarian will determine the best treatment plan for your pet.

Although it's estimated 95% of dogs diagnosed with heartworms are treated successfully, there is currently no effective and safe medical treatment for cats infected with heartworm disease.

2. Give monthly heartworm prevention.

If your veterinarian's tests do not show a presence of adult heartworms, it's likely your vet will recommend a monthly heartworm preventative. It's important to consistently give your pet heartworm medication at the same time each month, as this may considerably reduce your pet's risk of disease.

The American Heartworm Society reports pets being diagnosed with heartworm disease throughout the year (even in winter) in all 50 states. Practicing monthly prevention can help reduce your pet's risk of infection.

In addition, some heartworm preventatives may also protect against other worms such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
 
***Common signs of heartworm disease include persistent cough, weakness, sudden weight loss, and trouble breathing. If your pet shows any of these symptoms, you should consult your veterinarian immediately.
 
 
 
Spaying and Neutering:
 
Spaying will decrease a female pet’s chances for cancer in the uterus, ovaries and breasts and will decrease her chance of a life-threatening infection in the uterus.  Neutering a male pet will reduce the incidence of prostate problems and enlargement, as well as testicular or anal cancer later in life.  Click here to learn more about spaying and neutering your pet.

Dental Care:

                                     

Bad breath in pets, particularly dogs, is often joked about, but it is not a laughing matter. Dental disease affects up to 80% of pets over the age of three, and just like humans, there can be serious consequences of poor dental health. Contact our office for more infoormation on how much to feed your pet to keep him/her within a safe weight range.

Weight Control: 

Many of times clients give their pets treats and additional "snacks" as a form of affection, but this very things can lead to heart problems or early arthiritis in your pet if not probably monitored. Your pet's weight is an important aspect in keeping your pet healthy. Contact our office for more infoormation on how much to feed your pet to keep him/her within a safe weight range.

Holiday Pet Tips:

Dogs and cats need to maintain their usual routine and diet during the holidays.  Make sure your animals stay away from high-fat foods, which can cause inflammation in the pancreas, as well as abdominal pain and vomiting.  In these instances, animals will need hospitalization to recover. Click here for more information......

Pet Allergies:

While the allergy season for pets may be similar to the allergy season for people, the symptoms your pet experiences are quite different. People with allergies often sneeze, have a runny nose and itchy eyes. Pets, on the other hand, commonly manifest their allergy symptoms through their skin. Common areas affected by allergies include: face, ears, axillae (arm pits) and abdomen. Symptoms associated with allergies include itching, redness, and hair loss. Click here to learn more about pet allergies.......

Household Toxins:

Pets may encounter toxic chemicals around your home without you being aware of it. Do you have any of the items listed below in your home? If so, take extra precautions to place these items in a secure location to avoid accidental toxicities. Medications for people and pets can be potentially toxic to your pet. Do not assume that medications that are safe to give to people are safe for your pet. Common drugs that pets ingest that cause toxicity include: anti-inflammatories (e.g.: aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen), inhalers and mood-changing drugs (e.g.: antidepressants).  Click here to learn more about Household Toxins.....

Joint Disease & Osteoarthritis:

Have you noticed that your pet is slowing down? Or not able to get around as easily? Your pet may be suffering from degenerative joint disease (DJD). DJD (also known as arthritis and osteoarthritis) describes an irreversible breakdown of the cushion-like tissues (cartilage) within the joints. As the joint cushion disappears, the pain increases. DJD develops in joints as a result of an underlying condition such as obesity, trauma, developmental abnormalities (e.g.: hip and elbow dysplasia), and infection (e.g.: Lyme’s disease).  Click here to learn more about Joint Disease & Osteoarthritis……

Pet Senior Wellness

Dogs over 7 years of age and cats over 10 years of age enter a new stage of life: their senior years. As your pet ages, it is important to be proactive to detect problems and pain before symptoms progress. Symptoms in senior patients can be difficult to recognize as they often occur gradually and may be subtle. Click here for more information about Senior Pet Health......

Dental Health

Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age.  Click here for more information....

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease, a potentially life-threatening condition, is found in geographic areas that house mosquitoes. While treatment is available for heartworm infection in dogs, prevention is much safer and without side effects.  Click here for more information regarding Heartworm Prevention.....



 

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