Pet ownership tips

By April 1, 2015 January 16th, 2017 Blog, Uncategorized

Our animal clinic in Tampa FL continually stresses the importance of responsible pet ownership.  We strive to provide appropriate preventative veterinary medicine so you can have your pet live a long, happy, healthy life.  In order to take care of your pet properly, there are certain points that need to be addressed.  Below, we will list these and give some basic information to help you take care of your furry family members.

Proper examinations are the basis for your pet’s health.  Our vets recommend annual visits, at a minimum, and ideally twice yearly exams.  These exams give our veterinarians the opportunity to find changes in your pets that may eventually lead to health problems.  Remember, our dogs and cats sometimes are not good at letting us know when something is wrong.  If your pet hasn’t been in to the animal clinic in awhile, then make sure to get them checked out.

Monthly preventatives are another important aspect of caring for your pet.  Being a veterinary clinic in Tampa, we are continually dealing with fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.  All of which are capable of transmitting disease to your pets.  There are many different kinds of preventatives on the market and our veterinary staff can help you make the correct decision for preventatives based on your pet’s lifestyle.

Next, it is important to make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise.  As with many humans, most of our pets are not receiving adequate exercise and are getting heavier and heavier.  The good news is that as we get our pets more activity, we also tend to get more activity making us healthier as well.  A walk or two a day will greatly improve your dogs health and also provide a great bonding experience.  For the cat households, there are many toys out there that get your cats moving.  Once again, your cat will love the bonding time as well as get in better shape.  Remember, start light and gradually work up to your desired amount of time for exercise.  Along with exercise, monitoring your pets caloric intake is important.  Our veterinary clinic recommends canned food as a maintenance diet.  This usually will get your dog or cat into a leaner body condition.

As our pets age, it is even more important to get regular care for your furry family friend.  Our Tampa vets recommend twice yearly exams for these middle age and senior pets.  This allows us to stay ahead of many illnesses and provide better treatment outcomes.

To summarize, taking the time for proper preventative veterinary medicine will keep your pet healthier longer and save you money in the long run.  Our veterinarians in Tampa have seen many cases that were saved because the owners were diligent about their pet’s examinations and preventative care.  Just like in human medicine, early detection generally leads to better treatment outcomes.  Our animal clinic’s goal is to provide your pet with a long, happy healthy life and you are an important part of the process.




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