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Pawsitive Pet Health Tips

During your pet’s life as a patient of Animal Hospital, we document each visit to our veterinarians by recording essential information in a medical record that becomes a history of his or her health. We assemble this information using our veterinary medical knowledge, comprehensive diagnostic tools available and by asking you, the owner, pertinent questions about your pet. And while you are the best meter of your pet’s health and well being on a day-to-day basis, we believe we can proudly say, "only you know your pet better."

A good preventive program is the best medicine for ensuring the good health of your pet. Following are some simple things you can do at home to promote good pet health:

  1. Take the fat test by spreading fingertips across your pet’s rib cage. Apply light pressure to identify the position of each rib. If you have to apply a lot of pressure to define the ribs, a weight loss program, under the direction of a veterinarian, may be in order for your pet.
  2. Exercise your pet daily. It will be good for you too. Use common sense in defining the intensity of your program, and consider the pet’s age and current physical condition.
  3. Brush your pet’s teeth. Treat your dog to an enzymatic beefhide specially formulated for pet dental health daily.
  4. Monitor food and water intake daily for regular consumption, and make sure your pet is urinating and defecating normally. Look at the substance!
  5. Peer into those ears and take a whiff of them! Normal ears should have little or no odor and minimal debris in them. We sell excellent over-the-counter ear cleansers for use on healthy ears.
  6. Give your pet a once over love pat. Run your hands over the entire body, including the paws, checking for unusual lumps or bumps.
  7. When outside the confines of your home, always keep your pet on a leash or in a secure carrier.
  8. Attach our rabies and other identifying tags to a collar and keep it on your pet. This will protect your pet if you fail to do number 7 above. Additionally, have your dog or cat microchipped.
  9. Let your pet give you some lip. Lift up those lips and look for healthy pink gum color and teeth. Beware of unpleasant odors, loose teeth and oozing red or pale gums. Remember to do number 3.
  10. Give heartworm preventative to dogs and cats on time as directed, even if they are strictly indoor pets. Apply flea control if your preventative does not contain ingredients to protect your

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