Dental Health in dogs and cats is extremely important. Dogs and cats are unlikely to have cavities, but are very susceptible to gum and periodontal disease. Without proper care, your pet could experience painful tooth loss, sensitivity of the gums, and more.
These problems may sound minor but could eventually lead to more serious health issues such as heart disease (caused by bacteria build up), kidney disease, tooth abscesses, lung disease, bad breath, and weight loss. In most cases, problems in your pet’s mouth go unnoticed until the case is in extreme condition.
That is why it is important to make sure your pet has an exam by a veterinarian every year in which the doctor will check your pet’s gums and teeth! Yearly/regular dental cleanings are highly recommended.
Benefits of Spay and Neutering your pet
One of the best things you can do for your pet is to have them spayed (female) or neutered (male). Millions of unwanted pets are euthanized every year because they do not have a home. Your puppy can be fixed as early as 4 to 6 months in age. It is never too late to get your dog fixed, but the earlier the better.
Getting your pet fixed has several health benefits such as reduced risk for certain reproductive related cancers, prolapsed uterus, Pyometra, decreased risk of prostate disease, and much more. You will also notice that a spayed or neutered pet has less aggressive dispositions which will decrease the chances of your pet getting into a fight with another dog which could result in lacerations and potentially deadly diseases from bite wounds.
Spayed/Neutered pets also tend to wander less and stay closer to home. As a result, they are less likely to get lost, picked up, or hit by a car. This procedure will also suppress unwanted behavioral issues such as marking (territorial urination), barking/howling, escaping, and more!
Spay and neuter procedures are both routine surgeries. Your pet can be dropped off in the morning and will more than like be released the same afternoon. Some pets take longer to wake up from anesthesia and may need to be kept in recovery overnight.
We are proudly offering MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery). With the small 5mm scope that can look into areas of the body that our eyes cannot reach increases our ability to better diagnose and treat many common conditions. These techniques offer our patients less pain and trauma along with faster return to normal activity. Most of these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Schedule your appointment today!
We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your pet on a good quality diet. Bad diet in your pet can cause countless health issues such as, obesity, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, dull or dry skin and coat, dental and gum disease, and more. In some cases your pet may even have an allergy to a specific ingredient in a food such as grain (soy, wheat, corn, etc.), proteins (chicken, beef, etc.), and preservatives.
Because of this, we offer a full array of prescription and standard diets by Hills Science Diet to suit your pet’s specific needs. Treating your pet can also be a very misunderstood caloric and ingredient issue we see a lot! See the chart below from hills to understand how just one cookie a can be all thats keeping your pet from healthy weight!
Statistics show that there are 82 million pet cats in the United States, compared to 72 million dogs, making cats the most popular pet! Yet studies also show the number of feline veterinary visits is declining steadily each year. It is a common myth that cats are naturally healthier, health issues in cats are predominately in outdoor cats and cats will display visible signs of illness like dogs do.
However, this is not true! Cats often hide their illness until they are in need of emergency care. Cats are just as susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, heartworm disease, arthritis, urinary problems, dental/gum disease, thyroid disease, intestinal parasites, and more. It is important to bring your cat annually or sometimes biannually, for routine exams and vaccines!
It may be hard to face, but your beloved pet ages just like we do. In the veterinary field, we classify dogs and cats to be mature adults or seniors beginning at 8 years of age. Let us help you keep your senior pet happy in their golden years! With routine senior blood work, weight management/ monitoring, joint supplements, diet supplements, etc. We are confident that we can keep your companion comfortable, healthy, and active well into their retirement. After all, they’ve there for you all along.
Running blood work on your pet is a great way to monitor your pet’s overall health. If your pet becomes sick, symptom specific diagnostic testing is a primary ar for veterinarians to assess your pet’s internal profile and make an accurate diagnosis. However, it is recommended to run a blood panel when your pet is young and/ or healthy so that if a problem does occur, our doctors have a healthy record to compare to.
These blood panels can be referred to as a Baseline Diagnostic Profile for pets 1-6, and a Geriatric Diagnostic Profile for pets 7+ years old. These test are ran in house and can have results the same day. Blood work is extremely beneficial and in some cases required for our patients having procedures requiring anesthesia. Anesthesia is very safe for a healthy pet, but if there are problems we are unaware of, complications in surgery are likely to occur. It is always better for our doctors to be aware of potentials issues to be prepared.
Main Street Vet proudly sponsors events, activities and non-profit organizations in Madison and Morgan County. We have loved working with the City of Madison, including our Main Stage Sponsorship of the annual Firefly Festival, as well as participating in the Winter Wonderland Festivities, and the Annual Chili Cook-off. We proudly sponsor Equi-fest, and are members of the Morgan County Conservancy. We enjoy hosting and attending the many events organized by the Madison- Morgan Cultural Center. Main Street Vet also sponsors teams for the Morgan County Parks and Recreation, and many Morgan County High School athletic teams and events.
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