Monthly Archives: January 2017

Pet Health Concerns in 2017

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petvet-img-01The year has started anew, and we’re all preparing for the good and the potentially bad. Our pets are included in these concerns, and so there are pet health issues for which we all must prepare in the coming year. Some are old and, for some pet owners, they’re new.

Joint Problems

It’s another year of life for your pet and aging brings complications. If your dog is entering later years, joint issues may pop up. Certain breeds are more likely to have ligament problems, and the heavier your pet is, the more chance there will be of this issue. Repairing this can get costly. So, check with your vet and ask about precautionary measure to keep joints healthy and lubricated.

Cancer

Cancer isn’t just a problem for us humans. Pets can get it, too, and it can be just as deadly. It is also expensive to treat. Losing a pet to this disease is painful for any loving owner. Do everything you can to prevent this. Get pet insurance to help prepare for costs, and talk to your vet about how to avoid potential causes.

Gastrointestinal Problems

This is one of the most common problems pet owners face. Pets can eat and swallow things they shouldn’t, become ill with infection or a virus, suddenly become sensitive to a food, and more. If you haven’t experienced this yet, you will. Every pet owner sees it at some time. So, take care with your pet’s diet this year.

Teeth Care

This is one of the most commonly-ignored pet care items. Many, many an owner ignores a pet’s teeth until periodontal disease kicks in. Taking care of teeth doesn’t necessarily require vet visits. There are special pastes, brushes, chews, and more to help prevent tooth decay, and your vet can tell you how often a professional cleaning may be needed.

We take care of all these and more at Pet Vet Hospitals. Make us your go-to for pet care this year. We’re happy to take the job.

Prepare for the Year with Pet Insurance

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Houston Vet with DogYou have heard of it before and have probably been told it’s a good idea—pet insurance is well-worth the expense. However, if you still don’t have it, whether you’re procrastinating, or you’re trying to decide whether you can afford it, here is a reminder of why this is an important thing to have.

Pet insurance works like most health insurance; it helps you with those vet bills that, as your pet ages, can become rather expensive. If your pet is ill or hurt, you want to be able to afford anything they need. Insurance protects you against not only not being able to afford the upfront costs of those procedures, but from causing you financial problems as a result of trying to pay for them.

You may be thinking you can wait until your pet really needs the insurance. This could be a problem. No pet insurance plan covers preexisting conditions. That means that, if you discover your pet has a problem, and then you try to get insurance, it won’t work. While most insurance programs don’t require an exam to get the insurance, the sooner you get it, the better off you’ll be. You’ll be prepared for the emergency, rather than stressing over more than just your pet’s health.

Even if your pet is healthy, he or she may not be at any time. She could eat something bad, catch a virus, develop heartworms, have an accident, and much more. These are all terrible things to deal with for anyone, but not having the funds to cover help makes them even worse. Cancer treatment, for example, can carry extreme costs.

Veterinary costs are not going to get better and your pet’s chances of getting sick are not going to go down with each day that passes. Don’t wait. Start your pet’s year with good pet insurance. If your pet is young, start with a basic plan. Then, as she or he gets older, you can upgrade. We can answer any questions you may have at Pet Vet Hospitals, including what type of insurance we recommend.