Soundside Animal Hospital Blog
1. Schedule two vet appointments this year- Pets need regular veterinary care to live long, healthy & happy lives. Seeing your pet when he or she is feeling good during a wellness exam gives veterinarians a baseline to use in case of trouble. We will update needed vaccinations and discuss early disease detection blood and lab tests.
2. Discuss annual dental cleanings – Besides bad breath, poor dental health can cause pain and lead to heart, liver & kidney disease. Learn more about pet dental disease…
3. Don’t skip on their exercise – Regular exercise maintains your pet’s healthy weight, builds strength and endurance. Exercise reduces behavior & medical problems associated with inactivity. Do not let the winter keep you from jogging or walking your dog – most dogs will retrieve balls or toys for hours if you will toss it for them! Encourage cats to be active with toys or chasing laser pointers.
4. Consider training – Beyond learning sit, stay & come here, effective obedience training can help your pet become a successful member of your family.
5. Provide year-round heartworm prevention – Heartworms, a potentially life-threatening disease, is prevalent in Florida because of mosquitoes. While treatment is available, heartworm prevention is safer, more cost effective & without side effects. All pets – even indoor – need to be on year-round heartworm prevention. We have safe, effective products available.
6. Help your pet be reunited if lost – Microchipping is a permanent form of pet ID. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters can scan a lost pet and obtain the owner’s contact information if implanted with a microchip. Make sure the information is up to date if you moved or changed phone numbers. Ensure ID tags are current also and securely fastened onto your pet at all times.
7. Be mindful of what they eat – Talk with us about nutritional counseling for your pet. Certain “people foods” are toxic to pets – chocolate, avocado, grapes/raisins, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts and alcohol and any foods containing xylitol (artificial sweetener often found in peanut butter and desserts).
8. Keep them looking & feeling fresh and clean – Regular bathing & grooming keeps skin, coat & nails healthy!
Thank you for letting us be your partner in your pet’s health!
Halloween is a time for the little ones to dress up in their scariest attire and enjoy the “tricks and treats” of this spooky night. While this sounds like fun for the whole family, your furry family members may not enjoy this ghastly night of ghouls. In fact, many pets not only find this night of fright anxiety- and stress-inducing, but they can also be at risk for indulging in all of the poisonous-to-pets “treats” that abound.
Sunshine, warmth, and pristine beaches are among the many reasons people flock to our little beach community. We may love the Florida warmth and water, but for pets it can be a different story. Keeping our four-legged family members safe from the dangers associated with water, high temperatures, and humidity should be on the agenda all year long, which is why we’ve compiled our top summer pet safety tips in one place!
We know that your pet’s safety and well-being is important to you. Most of us pride ourselves in providing for our pet’s physical and emotional needs, but many of us fall short when it comes to planning for the unexpected, including being prepared for our pet’s safety during an emergency situation.
A night sky filled with dazzling fireworks or illuminated by an arc of lightning, followed by a boom of thunder, are enjoyable parts of summer for many of us, but our pets probably feel differently.
Noise anxiety in pets is common among the four-legged set, and it can reach its peak during the summer months. For some pets, noise anxiety can develop into a full-blown phobia, resulting in a variety of destructive, repetitive behaviors, such as barking, chewing, and even self-injury.
As responsible pet owners, we do everything we can to prevent our furry friends from becoming separated from us. Despite our most conscientious efforts, however, it only takes a moment for a pet to slip out of a door or gate that’s accidentally left open, or any of the countless other situations in which our pets could potentially go missing.
Mosquitoes come with the territory in hot, humid Florida, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them or the diseases they can spread. Sure, entomologists may be able to proclaim some far-fetched advantages to having these insects around, but the transmission of heartworm disease will never be one of them.
We all want to take the best possible care of our pets, from choosing the right food to daily exercise and regular wellness checkups. Flea and tick prevention is another important component of responsible pet ownership, and one that’s also easy to overlook.
When considering your pet’s overall health, it may seem realistic to isolate the mouth from the whole body. After all, what does a little plaque and tartar have to do with other parts of the body?
They may seem like different planets in a solar system, but the fact remains: poor pet dental health is very closely linked to compromised immunity and inflammation throughout the entire body. Gum disease is a real threat, not only to the strength of the teeth, but it can become a menace to your pet’s health.
If maintaining or improving your pet’s dental health isn’t one of your New Year’s resolutions, it should be! Good dental hygiene is a cornerstone of your pet’s health and wellness, and you can have a big influence in this area.
Oral health begins with at-home pet dental care. Even if you’ve never considered the health of your dog or cat’s pearly whites, it’s never too late to start!