As pet owners, we know our pets better than anyone else. We’re familiar with their daily routine, habits, likes, and dislikes, and it can seem like we’ve memorized every whisker, strand of fur, and precious paw pad. However, even the most astute pet parent can’t detect health problems that lurk beneath the surface.
How are you to know when your pet’s liver or kidneys aren’t functioning properly? How do you know whether their joints are beginning to feel the effects of arthritis? That’s where annual pet wellness exams come in!
Cats, like any other creature, are susceptible to a variety of infectious diseases that can have serious consequences on health and well-being. One such infectious disease that cat lovers need to have an understanding of is feline leukemia. This viral infection is truly one to avoid when possible, and at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital we are here to arm you with the knowledge you need to do so.
The Pathophysiology Behind Feline Leukemia
While the leukemia that affects our human loved-ones is the result of a cancerous process, feline leukemia is actually caused by an infectious virus. Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus, similar to HIV in people. It results in a serious infection that may appear even several years after exposure to the virus. Continue…
You may roll your eyes a little when we ask for a urine sample or to run a blood test on your perfectly healthy pet. Afterall, if it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? …But, at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital we are about more than fixing broken pets. In fact, one of our prime directives is to prevent illness and disease whenever possible.
Wellness testing plays a big role preventative medicine, and is one of the most effective things you can do as a pet owner to keep your four-legged family member happy and healthy.
The Power of Wellness Testing
Why all the fuss about wellness testing? Your pet appears to be doing fine and our physical examination seems to be spot on. Wellness testing, such as blood and urine screenings, are actually windows to some very valuable information, though.
When we think about being a responsible pet owner, what comes to mind? We may associate qualities such as loving, devoted, and attentive with caring for a pet. Providing food and fresh water, daily exercise, and veterinary care are also a likely part of your definition.
For National Responsible Pet Owner Month (yes, there really is a holiday for everything), we want to think more fully about what it really means to be a responsible pet owner and consider tips for providing the best care for our pets. Continue…
What does it mean to be a responsible pet owner? Certainly, good pet care includes providing food and fresh water, daily exercise, and veterinary care. We would also hope that a responsible pet owner is loving, devoted, and attentive with caring for a pet.
For those pet owners who truly see their pets as part of the family, we want to think about what it really means to be a responsible pet owner who not only meets our pet’s daily needs, but provides the best care and quality of life for our pets.