Monthly Archives: April 2017

On the Road with Your Pet

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Whether you travel on vacation, you move to a new home, or get on the road for any other reason, you may find yourself taking your pet on the road. It’s less common to take cats on vacation because they don’t often travel well, but many people take their dogs wherever they go. No matter what pet you take, traveling with a pet can be both fun and trying.

Keeping Calm

An important part of traveling with a pet is keeping it cadog-237187_1280lm. Some pets get situated easily and can be distracted with treats and toys. Others need some help. It may require some hands-on soothing. Or, some natural soothers found at your local pet store may help. You can certainly talk to your vet about sedation if you feel it necessary. However, never try to sedate your pet without talking to your vet.

Safety

Keeping your pet safe in the car is also paramount. Restrain your dog with appropriate accouterments. There are devices made specifically for this that you can purchase. Keep your dog’s head out of the window at all times. For cats, it’s best to keep them confined to their carriers. Make sure they have enough room to move, turn, and be comfortable.

Taking Breaks

Your pets need breaks from the car. They need to stretch their legs, get some air, and relieve themselves, just like you. So, plan to take a few extra breaks on your way. Find a good rest stop with some open space. Keep your pet on a leash when you take him or her out. Show your cat the litter box and give him or her a chance to use it. Offer your pets water, too; travel can sometimes bring on dehydration, particularly if your pet gets motion sickness.

If you need more advice for going on the road with your pet, come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Pet Boarding

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dogs people connection adoptionAs much as we would like it, sometimes it’s just not feasible to take our pets with us. They may not travel well, they may not be welcome at the destination, etc. So, finding suitable pet boarding is something that every pet owner should do in order to be prepared for those times when pets cannot go on the trip.

When it comes to cats, it is usually best not to take them with you on a trip unless you’re forced to because you’re moving, or some other necessary reason. In fact, it’s also better not to board a cat; if you can leave your cat at home and have someone come to visit every day, that is best. Cats often do not react well to being removed from their comfortable, familiar environment for a lengthy period of time.

Dogs are better travelers. Many people take dogs on trips, even long ones. However, when it’s simply not possible, a good boarding system is a must. Your dog should receive the best care—exercise and playtime, regular potty breaks, a comfortable, clean space, food, water, etc. The same can be said for cat boarding. If you must board your cat, you want to make sure he or she is getting the very best attention.

Veterinary clinics often offer more than medical services. Sometimes, they also offer pet grooming, daycare, and boarding. So, if you have a vet whom you trust, start there. Ask about potential boarding services. If your vet does not offer them, then the next best thing to do would be to ask your vet’s opinion on other options. She or he probably knows of good boarding in your area.

It’s also great to ask other pet owners whom you know and trust. Online searches and reviews are an essential part of searching for businesses, now. Ultimately, you’re looking for a place that will not only board your pet, but that is trustworthy and will give more than basic care for your animal. It’s hard to leave a pet behind, sometimes. You want it to get the same care you give and it can be worrisome, wondering if they’re okay.

When you need vet care, call us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We can provide and recommend the best.

Choosing Your Vet

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Vet using technologyVets are important parts of pet owner’s lives. When they’re great, they save pets’ lives, and keep the family together. So, it makes sense that pet parents search hard and choose wisely when they seek out a vet. If you’re in the market for a vet, don’t put the search off; get a good vet before you need one.

Start by asking around.

People whom you trust are the best sources of information, as are those who own pets. “Old-school” talking is still one of the best ways to get what you need. So, ask friends about the vets to whom they go. Ask questions such as:

Are they kind?

Are they thorough?

Are they more concerned with pet health than with money?

You can learn a lot by going directly to people like you.

Google still works well.

Most businesses, including veterinarians, now run on positive online reviews. So, Google, Google, Google, or use whatever search engine you prefer. Read reviews carefully and watch for clearly-padded positive reviews, negative reviews that don’t really seem to be fair, etc.

Take your time without taking too long.

You want to be thorough so that you find the right person. However, you don’t want to take too much time; the longer you wait, the longer your pet will go without good care.

Try a test visit.

If it’s not too expensive for you, you might narrow down your list of potential vets to just a very few, and then pay them a visit. Start by calling and asking some fundamental questions. Then, if you’re still not sure, make an appointment. Some vets will offer a first-time reduced fee for new patients, so it is worth asking if that’s the case.

At Pet Vet Hospitals, we are proud of our service records. Call us and ask us anything about our services. We’re happy to prove ourselves to be your best option for veterinary services.

The Big C: Watching for Signs of Cancer in Your Pet

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labrador-380800_1920Cancer is a terrible, all-too-common thing. People all over the world fight it every day, and so do our pets. Give your pet a fighting chance; know and watch for the signs of cancer in your pet. The earlier you catch it, the better the chances that you and your pet will continue to live happily together.

Check for Lumps

Some dogs are just “lumpy.” Many times, the lumps are just cysts that will go away on their own, or that need to be perforated and heal. However, it’s important to keep an eye on them, even if your pet has a history of them. Check them often and watch for changes in consistency, color, and size. Have your vet evaluate them, tell you what to expect and how to check them, and see your vet anytime you suspect changes have occurred. When it comes to concerns about cancer, you cannot be too careful.

Wounds that Won’t Heal

A wound that won’t heal could be a sign of infection. Or, it could be a cancerous area. Always have persistent wounds checked ASAP. Generally, it’s good to have a vet check any wound on your pet to make sure that it heals properly.

Strange Smells

New smells can indicate a lot of things. For example, your dog’s ears may have an odor if they have an infection. Always have new smells checked by your veterinarian. They may turn out to be nothing terrible, but even if they’re just an infection, you can get whatever it is treated before it gets worse. The same goes for unusual discharge. Any new smells or leaks should be evaluated immediately.

Talk to your vet about the signs of cancer in your pet. Know what to watch for, particularly if your pet is older. Come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals; we’re here to keep your pet healthy.