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Saving old receipts and records from your pet’s veterinary appointments is a good idea because it provides an overall picture of your furry friend’s health. However, it can also be bothersome to keep those records organized. Now, keeping track of your pet’s health and veterinary visits is easier than ever before with the Pet Phone app.
When you download this helpful app, you’ll have a virtual filing cabinet to store information from previous veterinary visits. You’ll also have access to a weight tracking feature, which allows you to instantly evaluate whether your pet is at a healthy weight. You can even use the allergy and medications tracking devices, which give you convenient access to all of your pet’s vital information.
The dedicated veterinary staff of Companion Pet Clinic Salmon Creek looks forward to meeting you and your furry friend! Schedule your pet’s next checkup at our animal hospital in Vancouver, WA by calling (360) 216-0034.
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Before you bring your new puppy home, schedule a veterinary visit. Most veterinarians recommend bringing in a new puppy for an exam within a week; however, some breeders require a first exam within 72 hours. Your puppy’s first veterinary visit is crucial. He or she will have a physical exam, followed by some important preventative treatments, such as vaccinations.
During your puppy’s first veterinary exam, he or she will be evaluated for signs of congenital abnormalities, such as heart defects or birth defects. The vet will look for any other health issues the puppy may have, such as distemper or Parvo. The exam is a good opportunity for you to ask questions about caring for your new puppy, such as which type of food the vet recommends and which symptoms require urgent care.
The veterinarian will establish a vaccination schedule for your new puppy. Core vaccinations are those that should be given to all puppies. They include distemper, rabies, adenovirus, and canine parvovirus. Your puppy may also need some non-core vaccinations, depending on his or her risk factors. These may include Lyme disease, Bordetella, and leptospirosis.
Puppies often have intestinal parasites. The vet will perform fecal testing to determine if parasites are present. Parasites such as roundworm, whipworm, and tapeworms can be fatal if left untreated. Your puppy will require regular deworming treatments.
Unlike other parasites, the heartworm resides in the circulatory system. All puppies and adult dogs should have preventative heartworm medications year-round. You can expect to start your puppy on heartworm prophylaxis by eight weeks of age.
Companion Pet Clinic Salmon Creek of Vancouver, WA offers affordable puppy packages, which include the important medical care your new friend needs to stay healthy. Our animal hospital features a full lab, with complete surgical and dental services. Give us a call today at (360) 546-0055 to schedule your furry friend’s first checkup.
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The winter comes with temperatures and precipitation that often complicate things, especially for commuters. In order for your car to run safely and efficiently all year long, you must take proper care of it during the winter. Watch this video to find out a few tips for caring for your car during the winter.
It is always important to regularly check your tire pressure, but this importance is amplified during the winter. Every 10 degrees of temperature change can cause you to lose two pounds of pressure in your tires, so check them once a month. The outside temperature also affects your oil, so use pure synthetic oil throughout the winter; it increases your fuel efficiency, decreases emissions, and can even improve your engine life.
If you would like to know more about how to meet your car’s winter needs, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair at (404) 334-9531. We specialize in tire and automotive repair services in Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Tucker, Cumming, and Smyrna.
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As your cat grows older, he may need special care. Senior cats have a higher risk of developing certain diseases and conditions, such as arthritis and cancer. It’s a good idea to schedule regular wellness exams with your cat’s veterinarian to screen for these diseases. If you notice any unusual behavior or other abnormalities in your senior cat, bring him to the animal hospital promptly.
As your furry companion grows older, you might notice that he no longer leaps up to elevated areas, such as the couch. Your cat may also begin to sleep more often and play less frequently. These can be signs of feline arthritis, which is quite common in senior cats. Your veterinarian can recommend lifestyle changes to help your senior cat, and he or she may prescribe medications.
Feline cancer can be tricky to detect because cats often hide their symptoms. The exact symptoms your cat may have will vary depending on the type of cancer. Some types of cancer can cause vomiting and diarrhea, while other types cause difficulty breathing. You might also detect lumps or bumps under the skin. Surgery or chemotherapy may help.
Just like in humans, diabetes can affect senior cats that are overweight and sedentary. If your cat develops ketoacidosis, a life-threatening complication of diabetes, bring him to the animal hospital right away. Signs of this condition can include lethargy, weakness, vomiting, and breathing trouble. For diabetes, a veterinarian is likely to recommend insulin injections along with lifestyle modifications. Diabetes remission is possible if treatment is administered early enough, in which case the insulin therapy can cease. Otherwise, your senior cat will require lifelong insulin injections.
At Companion Pet Clinic Salmon Creek, our veterinary staff offers a senior cat package, which includes physical exams and screening for common illnesses. Call our Vancouver, WA location today at (360) 546-0055 and ask us about our affordable prices. Our animal hospital also offers spay and neuter services, vaccinations, and microchipping.