International Pet Travel | University Animal Hospital NYC

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Patiently waiting for an international health certificate

Last year I posted about some of the nightmares that can come out of the process of international pet travel. With the summer months here I thought it was a good time to revisit the topic. For starters, international pet travel can be a complicated scenario.

Beyond all the stresses you have with traveling suddenly you are required to have documentation that’s specific to the country where you are going. This documentation might require proof of certain blood tests, proof of rabies vaccination by a specific time-frame, microchip information. It’s a hassle and there’s no getting around it. Importing your pet into another country means you are at the mercy of that particular country’s rules and regulations for pet transport.

International Pet Travel – France

For reference, let’s take a look at France and their requirements for importing a cat or dog.

Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets exported to a Member State of the European Union (EU) must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785.  If a microchip does not comply with ISO standards, the appropriate microchip reader must accompany the pet.  Alternately, if a non-ISO compatible microchip was implanted, and the client is unable to travel with a microchip reader, then the accredited veterinarian can implant an ISO-compatible microchip.  The location and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the health certificate.

Microchip implantation (whether ISO-compatible or not) must occur prior to or on the same day as rabies vaccination.  A rabies vaccination given prior to microchip implantation is considered invalid.  If the valid rabies vaccination expires before the booster is given, then the pet must be revaccinated. In both situations, the new vaccination is now considered to be the “primary vaccination.”  After a primary vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before being eligible to enter the EU.

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International Pet Travel – Where Your Dog Can Wear the fanciest Beret

Rabies vaccination is not required for pet dogs, cats and ferrets under 12 weeks (3 months) of age.  Note that some EU Member States do not allow import of unvaccinated pets. Import of unvaccinated pets under 12 weeks of age must be authorized by the EU Member State. The exporter should contact the animal health authorities in the Member State for authorization, and documentation of authorization should be attached to the export certificate.  All dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of 12 weeks must be vaccinated for rabies.

Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to the EU after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. If a pet requires echinococcus treatment for travel to the UK, Ireland, Finland, Malta or Norway, the treatment may be entered in the Passport by an accredited veterinarian. An EU health certificate issued in the United States is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport. If an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the U.S. accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.

Whaaaaaaaat?

Whaaaaaaaat?

Does that seem a little complicated? It is. Fortunately the doctors here are experts at handling these documents and all of the treatments your fuzzy child might need in order to travel to the country of your choice. We handle hundreds of international health certificates each year and we take on the stress so you don’t have to.

Why is so complicated!?

Why is so complicated!?

No matter where you travel you will need an international health certificate from a USDA certified veterinarian (all of the doctors at University Animal Hospital are USDA certified) stating that your pet is healthy and fit for travel. Many countries in Europe use a standard form for this but in some cases there are specific papers required for a specific country. Just a tip — don’t be fooled by websites trying to sell you these documents for a fee. They can usually be obtained from the USDA website free of charge.

Beyond that there could be any number of requirements depending on the country of your destination. If you plan to travel with your pet call us to make an appointment with one of our expert veterinarians to take the stress away.

You don't want to travel without this face by your side, do you?

You don’t want to travel without this face by your side, do you?

Cost Effective Heartworm Products | University Animal Hospital NYC

"Why is you cause me problems, mosquito?"

“Why is you cause me problems, mosquito?”

If you have or have ever had a dog then chances are you have heard about heartworm disease before. What exactly is this disease and how can I keep your dog from getting it? Preventative care is your best solution to fight heartworm disease. There are a handful of reputable products currently available to protect your furry child from this potentially fatal disease. Between Sentinel, Heartgard and Interceptor and the cost effective pricing available at University Animal Hospital for these “once a month” medications there is no reason your pet should not be kept safe from these parasites.

Parasites!? What are we talking about here?

First let’s discuss what exactly heartworm disease is.

For dogs the disease is caused by long worms that reside in the lungs, associated blood vessels and the heart of affected pets. This can lead to severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other internal organs in your dog. These monsters can affect the quality of your dog’s life and his or her overall health even after the parasites are gone. Therefore prevention is the best option for maintaining your dog’s healthy status.

Dogs can develop heartworm disease by getting bit by a mosquito that has had contact with a heartworm infected mammal (which includes a large assortment of wild animals besides just dogs). Once bitten by an infected mosquito the larvae are deposited into the bite wound of the mosquito and over time mature into adult heartworms. These unwelcome intruders can live anywhere from five to seven years in dogs.

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What might happen to your dog if he or she becomes infected?

Many dogs are asymptomatic at first but as time goes on they may develop lethargy, a mild but persistent cough, fatigue, weight loss and decreased appetite and heart failure. Dogs with large numbers of heartworms can develop a sudden blockages of blood flow within the heart leading to a life-threatening form of cardiovascular collapse.

Your dog should be tested annually for heartworm infection. This is a routine blood test that is necessary even if your pet is on preventative medication. Heartworm medications are highly effective, but dogs can still become infected. If you miss just one dose of a monthly medication—or give it late—it can leave your dog unprotected.

Is that true!?

Is that true!?

What about those cost effective heartworm products?

At University Animal Hospital we have a few different products we recommend to protect against heartworm disease.

1. Sentinel

This is a beef flavored pill you give your pet once a month. In addition to heartworm protection it also guards against hookworms, whipworms and roundworms. It controls fleas by preventing the development of flea eggs (it does not kill adult fleas, however). If you purchase twelve doses from University Animal Hospital you receive a rebate for $12.

$12 dollars off a pack of 12

$20 off a pack of 12, or $7 off a pack of 6

2. Heartgard

This is a flavored chew-able treat that is given once every month. Like Sentinel it guards against heartworm disease. It also protects against hookworms and roundworms. If your purchase from University Animal Hospital you receive a rebate for $12 off a pack of 12.

$12 off a pack of 12

$12 off a pack of 12

3. Interceptor

This is a once per month pill that protects against heartworm disease. It also treats and controls hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.

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All of these protections are cost effective when factoring in how much they cover

If you have questions about heartworm disease or any of these products reach out to the staff of University Animal Hospital and we will help any way we can.

Cost Effective Flea and Tick Products | University Animal Hospital NYC

Warm weather is coming

Flea and tick season is upon us

Do not let the recent cold temperatures fool you. Spring is right around the corner. Any day now people will be wearing sandals and tank tops and the heat wave will soon be upon us. With that comes an increased risk that your dog or cat might be interacting with the dreaded parasites. The flea and tick problem.

Ticks are terrifying

Ticks are terrifying

These little monsters are actually a year-round presence but they are far more prevalent in the warmer months of the year.

That is why it’s so important for your pet to be on monthly flea and tick preventative all year round.

Some of our clients at University Animal Hospital have downplayed the need for their pet to be on the flea and tick preventative. I’ve heard people say that fleas and ticks aren’t really an issue in Manhattan. This is simply not true.

"I do naght has like fleas and tick!"

“I do naght has like fleas and tick!”

Fleas can live up to a year without feeding. Ticks like to hang out on the tops of blades of grass waiting to grab onto unsuspecting warm-blooded beings. You don’t need to leave the city to encounter these creeps. You can find them in plenty of places in New York City. I’ve run into ticks in a few of my apartments in Queens over the last several years. Twice in the month of December.

Tiny little parasite

Tiny little parasite

The health concerns of your pet getting bit by a tick far outweighs any apprehension you should have about the medications. The products are very safe and very effective. It just depends where you get it from.

Many pet stores and online pharmacies sell generic flea and tick medication that can be very harmful to your pet. In the cases where they have the actual product and not a cheap knock-off they are getting them through third party suppliers and not the manufacturer or a licensed distributor. Since this product is coming from a third party seller there is a risk that it is not being shipped and stored based on the manufacturers recommendations. This can leave the product ineffective and potentially harmful to your pet. You don’t really know what you’re getting.

Fake Frontline Plus found on ebay can be very dangerous

Fake Frontline Plus found online

These online pharmacies also do not offer some of the rebates and freebies you get from buying the product from a licensed distributor (like University Animal Hospital.) In our case we’re able to offer two free additional doses of Frontline Plus when a client purchases a pack of six. In the case of Nexgard we’re able to offer a free month worth of the medication. With Bravecto there are rebate coupons available that helps keep the cost of the medication manageable. The net down price of the free goods we’re able to offer our clients often-times makes our product considerably less expensive than one you’re buying online.
There are three fantastic options for flea/tick preventative available at University Animal Hospital.

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Topical options are effective.

What kind of flea and tick products are there?

1. Frontline Plus. Chances are you’ve tried this before or have at least heard of it. It’s a topical that is placed on the skin of your pet (between the shoulder blades) once every month. This is a highly effective treatment. If purchased from University Animal Hospital you can get 8 months for the price of 6.

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Chew-ables are growing in popularity.

2. Nexgard. This is a once-a-month chew-able from the makers of Frontline that is just as effective — if not more.

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It’ s a chew-able treat and thus there is no chance the medication will rub off on your hands or come off if your pet gets wet. It’s also beef flavored so dogs tend to love them. If purchased from University Animal Hospital you can get 7 months for the price of 6.

3. Braveco. Like Nexgard this is chew-able but it only needs to be given every three months. That’s just four doses a year. If you buy multiple doses the rebate amounts increase.

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These items are also available for purchase through the University Animal Hospital Online Store

There’s really no reason you shouldn’t take measures to protect your dog or cat from these creatures. The cost of the medications is minor and the peace-of-mind they provide should be more than worth it. Trust me when I say you don’t want to have to treat your pet for Lyme disease if you don’t have to. Not to mention dealing with fleas is a burden I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy (okay, maybe I would but only because I have firsthand knowledge of how terrible it is). You’ll get that story next time

New Dog Flu Hits the City | University Animal Hospital NYC

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Dog Flu cases are on the rise

The newest strain of dog flu to really begin impacting New York City dogs isn’t necessarily a new strain of the virus. This virus (know as H3N2 CIV) actually evolved from an avian flu and appeared in both South Korea and China nearly ten years ago. People may remember the virus being a big deal last March in Chicago when a wave of outbreaks were being reported. Since that time at least twenty-six states have reported cases.

It seems as though the virus is now showing signs of life in New York. A new vaccine is now available. This H3N2 flu vaccine is different from the H3N8 vaccine that has been protecting many NYC dogs over the last couple of years and you will need that particular vaccine to keep your dog protected. Neither vaccine can protect against both strains.

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I has a sick

In most cases the symptoms include nasal discharge, fatigue, coughing and lack of appetite. The H3N2 virus is spreading more effectively than the H3N8 virus because some dogs do not exhibit symptoms and dogs stay contagious longer. That means an infected dog can be spreading the virus around while the owner is completely unaware there is any problem.

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Dog Flu can pass just by dogs sharing airspace

Social dogs are, of course, at a greater risk of infection. The dog flu virus is spread through air, contaminated surfaces (food and water bowls) and humans that have had contact with infected dogs. Boarding facilities, groomers, dog runs and apartment buildings that house many pets are all places that, if frequented, could put your furry child at more risk than others. It’s probably a good idea to avoid those stores or banks that have communal water bowls set out for dogs as well. Can you imagine drinking from a single cup of water that your bank left near the ATMs that several dozen strangers had used that day? I just pictured it and it made me queasy.

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Okay, this is probably not dog flu related but this is too cute to not include here

Though rare, the canine influenza virus can be deadly in some circumstances. Apparently fewer than ten percent of cases are fatal but that number isn’t minuscule by any means.

Is the dog flu worth vaccinating against or not?

At the very least it is worth discussing with your veterinarian if the vaccine is right for you. Make an appointment to meet with one of our amazing doctors if you are thinking about vaccinating your pet for the flu vaccine.

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You can never be too careful

 

 

 

Traveling Tips for Cats and Dogs | University Animal Hospital NYC

If you have ever traveled with your cat or dog you must know that it isn’t the easiest endeavor. Besides finding an airline that is pet friendly there is often paperwork and several hoops that must be jumped through that are necessary in order to board the plane without issue. If you are flying internationally then there’s a whole assortment of steps you have to take in order to cover your bases. If you have not traveled with your pet before then hopefully these dog and cat traveling tips will prepare you for any potential issues that can arise.

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I is flying us there

The first thing to consider is if it is worth the effort to take your pet on your trip with you. Factor in the length of your trip and what will be required in order to bring your fuzzy child along. Most importantly consider the effect it will have on your pet. Does he/she travel well? Will the three days apart be easier than going through all the motions? If it’s a long trip maybe it would be worth it to bring them along for the adventure.

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Dis is da life

If you’re traveling domestically with your pet you should immediately contact your airline and ask what their specific requirements are. Most often the airline has rules specific to them. Almost every major airline will require a domestic health certificate, signed by your veterinarian, that states that your pet has been examined within a certain period (usually 30 days) and is fit for travel.

Many of them require your pet be in a certain sized carrier. They have to be certain that your pet, in the carrier, will fit under the seat. I learned the hard way that the size of this space can alter depending on the size of the plane your flight is scheduled for. I spent at least an hour on the phone with Delta Airlines customer care team having my flight changed to ensure that the plane I would be flying on would have the appropriate sized space under the seat to fit my cat (Maggie Rooneymara Nilbog-Ackerman IV) in her carrier.

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They did not know I wuz inside!

Should I get my pet micro-chipped before I travel?

Consider the possibility that your pet could be lost at some point during your trip and make sure that your pet has a collar and ID tag with your contact information (address and phone number) clearly visible. It’s also a very good idea to have a microchip implanted into your pet (if you haven’t already) which can help locate your pet if he/she is lost at any point during your trip. It’s a quick injection, non-invasive, that can be done when your pet is awake.

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A tiny microchip may save your lost pet

If your pet is a nervous traveler discuss with your veterinarian any supplements or medications they might suggest to help keep your pet calm during travel. There are calming supplements that can help your pet without actually having to medicate them. In some cases your pet might need a sedative but this should always be something you discuss with your veterinarian first. Do not attempt to administer medications without discussing with your vet beforehand.

Pack some water if it’s a long flight. You don’t want your dog or cat to get dehydrated. A few treats to reward good behavior couldn’t hurt either. A chew toy or something to keep him or her distracted is always helpful. Don’t forget to pack a leash, some toys, extra water/food bowls, poopy bags, any necessary medications, etc.

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I needz a health certificate to travel?

If you’re staying at a hotel make sure it is a pet-friendly establishment. A little bit of research goes a long way and you’d rather have things set up in advance than be scrambling to figure them out in a crisis.

Remember that emergencies can happen so it’s also very important to do some research on emergency veterinary hospitals where you’ll be staying just in case your pet begins experiencing symptoms of illness. It’s a good idea to have a copy of your pet’s medical history on hand for this very reason. Save it to your e-mail as a PDF file so it can be easily accessed in an emergency.

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I have all the traveling tips

How hard is it to traveling internationally?

If you are traveling internationally things get a little more complicated. The rules for international travel are not standard. They vary from country to country and change on a semi-regular basis. In almost every case you will need an international health certificate issued by a USDA certified veterinarian that proves your pet was examined and found fit for travel. Most often this needs to be done within ten days of arrival in your destination country. The vets at University Animal Hospital are USDA certified and fully capable of filling out any documentation required to travel. They are familiar with paperwork necessary and can inform you what you’ll need when trying to get into the country of your destination.

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Y is so hi up?

If you are planning on traveling with your pet set up an appointment with one of our doctors to get the process moving and to answer any questions you might have. Let them handle the details and the nightmare of paperwork so you can focus on your trip and the fun things you plan to do, with your dog or cat in tow.

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I haz pakked all the tings

Vet Terms: What Your Veterinarian is Talking About

Does your heart skip a beat or two when you hear your vet refer to your pet using unfamiliar and unnerving words? Learn what some of these more common terms mean so going to the pet hospital with your pet is less stressful for both of you.

“Your dog (or cat) has otitis externa or otitis interna

Your pet either has a middle/inner ear infection (otitis interna) or is suffering inflammation of the external ear canal (otitis externa). Symptoms of otitis interna include frequent head shaking, greenish discharge from the ear (may be tinged with blood) and deliberate pawing/scratching at the ear. Symptoms of otitis externa are similar to symptoms of otitis interna but do no include discharge. In addition, your pet may flinch if you touch his ear and the ear may have a foul smell.

Treatment for both outer and inner ear infections involves antibiotics and regular pet grooming.

“Your pet is suffering gastroenteritis. He needs his blood electrolytes balanced and rehydrated”.

If you brought your dog or cat to the animal hospital because of vomiting and diarrhea, the veterinarian may diagnose him with gastroenteritis. Attributed to viral, bacterial or parasitical infections, gastroenteritis causes rapid dehydration if the animal isn’t treated with appropriate medications. In addition, a dog or cat suffering gastroenteritis may run a low-grade fever, avoid food and sleep much more than usual.

“We will give your pet local anesthesia before performing a biospy, removing a small skin growth, stitching a small wound, etc.”

When veterinarians gives animals local anesthesia, they will inject a specific amount of a numbing agent directly into the area needing treatment. Pets given local anesthesia remain awake during a procedure. On the other hand, pets needing major surgery are given general anesthesia  to put them to sleep.

“Your dog has hypothyroidism” or “Your cat has hyperthyroidism“.

Hypothyroidism is a common disease affecting all breeds of dogs but especially targets cocker spaniels, dachshunds, retrievers, setters and Dobermans. If you’ve brought your dog to our pet hospital because he is losing his hair, has flaky skin, appears to be gaining weight for no reason and seems lethargic, he may have hypothyroidism. When blood tests determine your dog’s thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormones, your veterinarian will prescribe a synthetic hormone call L-thyroxine that restores normal thyroid functioning.

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) is a common endocrine disorder affecting cats, especially cat over ten years old, that increases their appetite but causes weight loss. Cats with hyperthyroidism also drink and urinate more, may vomit and have diarrhea and present skin, nail and coat abnormalities. Restlessness, nighttime meowing/yowling and noticeable behavioral changes are other symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

If diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, your cat can take a medication called TapazoleTM to suppress an overactive thyroid or undergo radioactive iodine therapy. In some cases, the veterinarian may need to remove the thyroid gland if overactivity is caused by a benign tumor.

For more information about veterinary medical terms and procedures as well as services we provide, call our animal hospital today at (212) 288-8884.

The Importance of Pet Teeth Cleaning

Dogs and cats need pet teeth cleaning to keep them healthy both inside of the mouth and in other areas that contribute to the total overall health of your pet. Your veternarian will check inside your pet’s mouth on his or her annual exam. However, a pet dentist at your animal hospital will take x-rays to evaluate any beginning problems below the gum line to better access your pet’s dental condition and keep him or her healthy.

Dog and Cat Oral Health

According to VetStreet, “Eighty-five percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years of age.” This is why it is so important to have dental exams starting at about the age of 2 years old. Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the tissue around the teeth and it can cause early tooth loss in your pet. Bacteria combines with food particles and then minerals from saliva to form a hard substance of plaque on your pet’s teeth. The bacteria works itself under the gums and causes gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. The bacteria then destroys tissue around the teeth and causes tooth loss. If this dental disease is not corrected, it can travel through the bloodstream, infect the kidneys and heart, and possibly cause organ failure of the kidneys or heart in your pet.

Signs That You Need a Pet Dentist

Your pet should see your veterinarian at your pet hospital sooner than one year if you notice any signs of dental issues including broken or loose teeth, retained baby teeth, bad breath, teeth covered with a hard discolored substance, excessive chewing, drooling or dropping food when eating, pain or swelling in the region of the mouth, decreased appetite or mouth bleeding. Each of these problems point to some sort of dental disease in your pet. The American Veterinary Medical Association  suggests that you take your pet to a dentist if they have changes in behavior and act irritable. This is often how they display the pain of dental problems.

Pet Teeth Cleaning

When you take your pet to have his or her teeth cleaned, they will be put under anesthesia. Our pets do not understand that they must remain still to have a thorough teeth examination and cleaning as humans do. The anesthesia keeps them still and quiet so your pet dentist can expertly clean their teeth after taking x-rays, where your dog or cat needs to remain still for them to display under the gum health issues. After your pet wakes up from anesthesia, he or she will be very groggy and will likely spend the night at your vet’s office for safety so that he or she doesn’t injure himself or herself by falling.

Pet Parents Role in Teeth Cleaning

There are several things that you as a pet parent can do to help your dog or cat have great oral health. Pet toothpaste and a pet toothbrush is a great way to start. Vet’s recommend brushing your pet’s teeth once a day. The toothpaste’s are flavored and most pets love the taste of chicken. Dental chews are available for pets to clean their teeth while they enjoy them. Dental chews usually have a nice scent and can alleviate bad breath at the same time. WebMD recommends checking dental chew packaging for the statement “Approved by The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)” This organization evaluates pet products to make certain they meet certain standards for reduction of tartar or plaque for good oral pet health. Taking care of your pet’s teeth is as important as pet grooming, dog grooming or cat grooming to keep their pearly whites clean and healthy.

Pet Care 101: How to Recognize When Your Pet is Sick

 Pet Care – How to Recognize When Your Pet is Sick or Injured  

You live with your pet; you take care of your pet every day. You are familiar with his/her behavior patterns, and you know when your pet does not feel well. However, there are times that every pet owner has to question whether they pet is being defiant by misbehaving or is simply tired and just laying around instead of playing like usually.

Pets and humans are a lot like when they don’t feel well, and it is not uncommon at all for a pet to catch a cold, virus, suffer from constipation, allergies or even hurt themselves. As a pet owner, it is up to you to decide if your pet needs to go to the animal hospital for pet care.

Often times, pet owners may not realize how sick their pet is, or if their pet was injured while outside or in another room by themselves. Therefore, you have to look for signs of injury or illness and it can usually be found in their behavior and in physical changes, such as vomiting repeatedly, a seizure caused from a head injury etc.

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When your dog or cat has a change in behavior, it is almost always a sure sign something is not right. If your normally loveable cat or dog suddenly bites you for no reason, they need to be taken to the pet hospital and seen by a veterinarian or they may end up seeing a pet dentist, or even a pet groomer.

The veterinarian at the animal hospital will treat a pet with a medical condition or an injury. While the pet dentist will see a pet who is suspected of having a problem with their teeth or their mouth and your pet may end up having an animal teeth cleaning down and be fine.

If the veterinarian suspects that your pet may have fleas, ticks, or allergies that are causing them to itch or break out with a rash they may require pet grooming to get to the bottom of the problem. For example, if your cat is scratching nonstop in a specific area cat grooming may be necessary to find out what they are scratching at. If you dog is rolling all over the floor and rubbing up against things then a dog grooming may be necessary to reveal why.

Injured Pet

If you or someone else witnesses you pet getting hurt, then you should bring your pet to the animal hospital to be checked over. Often times, pets do not show any signs of physical injury, but they could have an internal injury that is life threatening.

It is important that you know how to care for your injured pet, for example if your cat jumped out of a tree 30 feet off the ground and like usual landed on their feet, that doesn’t mean they didn’t break a leg or two. If your cat cannot walk, then put him/her in a pet carrier or in a large box with a blanket and drive them to the pet hospital.

If your dog is hit by a car and is bleeding, wrap a towel around the injured area, making sure it is tight, so your dog doesn’t lose too much blood and him/her to the veterinarian.

Animals get sick and injured as often as people. The only difference is there are no ambulances to take our pets to the hospital or provide medical care on the way. That’s why it is so important that pet owners know what to do in an emergency. You should look for a first aid class for pets and take it, then if something ever does happen you will be better prepared to handle the situation.

University Animal Hospital in New York, New York provides the highest of quality medical care, dental care, pet grooming, boarding, and numerous other services for pet owners if you live in the Upper East Side, you may want to check out their services.

Good Animal Care Requires Annual Checkups

Annual Checkups for Consitent Animal Care

The easiest and most effective animal care includes an annual visit to your vet at your pet hospital and keeping up your pet’s vaccination schedule. Vaccines prevent your cat or dog from disease causing organizisms that can invade them and make them severely ill, or in the worst-case scenario, can cause death of your pet. According to the ASPCA, vaccines introduce an antigen to a disease that is similar to the disease but builds up the immune system of your pet to ward off actually getting the disease. Ask your vet at your animal hospital for a vaccine schedule and make certain your pet gets all the core vaccines needed to be a healthy family member.

Flea and Tick Control

The most common external parasites on your dog or cat are fleas and ticks. It is best to keep your pet on a year round preventative medication to control these pests. When they get out of control, fleas and ticks can invade your home and also wreak havoc on the humans in your family. Flea infestations on your dog or cat can lead to more serious complications of the skin. Your pet will scratch constantly, bite, and lick at the site of fleabites. A cat or dog can loose hair in the areas that are constantly licked and can have serious sores on his or her skin that require antibiotic treatment from your veternarian. Excessive fleabites can also manifest into your dog or cat contracting tapeworms and needing medications to remove them from the body. Ask your vet for advice on topical or oral medications that prevent fleas and ticks and at what age your dog or cat can start on the medications. Topical and oral medications are generally administered monthly to all of your pets. The ASPCA states that all of your pets, both inside and outside need to be treated at the same time to prevent an infestation.

Pet Grooming

All dogs and cats, no matter the hair length need brushing or combing on a regular basis. Brushing or combing your four-legged family member removes dirt and spreads natural oils through the coat to prevent tangles and keep skin irritants of tangled hair out of the coat.

Dog Grooming

Dogs with a smooth, short coat only require brushing once a week with a rubber brush followed by a bristle brush. This process removes dead skin, dirt and hair from your pooch. Short and dense hair is prone to matting and requires a slicker brush followed by a bristle brush. Long coats on dogs that are silky need daily brushing to remove tangles. The ASPCA recommends to first, brush the coat with a slicker brush to remove tangles and follow it with a bristle brush.

Cat Grooming

Cats need brushing to remove dead hair from the coat and relieve your kitty from digesting hairballs when grooming himself or herself. Short haired cats can be brushed once or twice a week with a metal comb, followed by a rubber brush to remove dead hair. The ASPCA warns that longhaired cats that are indoors only shed all year round and need to be groomed every few days with a metal comb.

Dental Care

Make sure your pet has a dental exam yearly from a dental vet and keep up with the teeth cleaning schedule for great oral health. Animal teeth cleaning by a pet dentist is crucial to a healthy four-legged family member.

Signs You Need to Take Your Dog or Cat to a Pet Dentist

Signs You Need to Take Your Dog or Cat to a Pet Dentist

There are several signs that your pet is experiencing mouth pain. The pain can be anything from a little sore on their gums to oral cancer. That’s why when your pet displays signs of mouth pain you should take them to the pet dentist, veterinarian or animal hospital  if the other two have closed for the day. You don’t want your pet to suffer, nor do you want the cause of the pain to get worse. They may simply have a piece of food stuck between their teeth something an animal teeth cleaning could take care of .

Most Common Sign of Mouth Pain in Pets Bad Breath

It is not normal for your pet’s breath to smell bad. You smell your pet’s breath every day, if it smells bad, odd or just not like their breath. Then your pet may be experiencing a dental problem.

  • Not Eating Right

If your pet is ignoring most of their food, sitting next to the bowl of food and not eating it, only chewing on one side of their mouth, swallowing their food whole, prefer soft food, not eating their favorite crunchy treats, or dropping the food while trying to eat it – mouth pain is the culprit.

  • Does Not Want the Area Around There Mouth Petted or Touched

If your pet enjoys having the sides of their face petted and suddenly no longer wants you to touch that area, it may be because their mouth hurts.

  • Extreme Drooling

If your Pet is salivating more than normal or if there is blood in their saliva that is a sure sign they are experiencing mouth pain, and possibly even an infection.

  • Pawing at or Shaking their Head Back and Forth

If your pet is trying to paw at their mouth or is shaking their head back and forth a lot, that is a good indicator they have mouth pain.

Change in Behavior

If your pet usually meets you at the door after work and you come home to find them sprawled out on the floor just looking at you that is a good indicator something is not right. If your pet has suddenly become aggressive for no reason, if they have withdrawn from you and would rather lay on your bed alone instead of on or near your lap, refuses affection, decreases the amount of dog grooming or cat grooming, don’t want to play or a decrease in how much or what they want to play, (with dogs if fetch is a no go at play time it is because their mouth hurts, with cats they tend to grind their teeth, and is experiencing a disturbance in their normal sleep pattern. These are all normal signs of mouth/oral pain. You can try pet grooming this may help them relax a little.

If your pet will let you try to lift up their lip in the back, if you can see a chipped or cracked tooth, red and swollen gums, or a yellowish build up on their teeth that you know doesn’t look right, ten your pet is definitely having mouth pain. Call your pet dentist and explain your pet’s behavior and what you saw if their mouth (if anything) and make an appointment at the pet hospital for as soon as possible.

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