Skip Winter Parasite Prevention? Not A Chance!

Don't skip winter parasite prevention if you're going to keep pets safe from ticks and fleas!

Keeping your pet free of parasites year round is a responsibility of pet ownership. We all know that parasites can make your pet uncomfortable, but did you know they can also cause serious illness in both your pet and – at times – in your family? Some parasites can be transmitted to humans, so keeping your pet parasite free all year means a healthier pet, healthier family, and healthier home. Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital explores the why and how.

Winter Parasite Prevention

Many pet owners mistakenly believe that once cold temperatures arrive they can skip a few months of flea, tick, heartworm, and intestinal parasite prevention. Nothing could be further from the truth! Here are a few reasons why:

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Not for the Faint of Heart: Heartworm Disease and Prevention

heartworm preventionHeartworm disease has long been a known problem that affects dogs, and recently it is becoming apparent that cats are infected with heartworm more frequently than originally thought. In fact, it has been reported that up to 15% of cats in some areas are now testing positive for this disease.

In the U.S., heartworm disease was once limited to the south and southeast regions, but, for a number of reasons, it is now found in all 50 states. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital thought it an opportune time to bring you the facts about heartworm prevention.

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Open Wide: Supporting Pet Dental Health at Home and at our Hospital

pet dental healthIf you had to choose between taking a shower every day or brushing your teeth, would you vote for a clean mouth? To be sure, there’s nothing better than that fresh feeling, but have you ever skipped a day, week, month, or longer? Probably not. If it’s unacceptable for us, then it makes sense for pet dental health to take its turn in the spotlight.

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Looking Back and Ahead: Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2017

yard safety for petsAs 2017 comes to a close, many of us are making resolutions. We’re going to exercise more, eat better, be more mindful. Perhaps some of our resolutions include our pets, too. If you’re making lists of resolutions, we hope to be able to help you keep any pet resolutions you make, and one way we can do that is through our blog.

Over the course of the past 12 months, Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital has attempted to give you relevant, fun, and educational blog posts that help you keep your pet healthy and happy. From seasonal pet safety, to keeping your pet in good health, to just a dose of fun, we hope our blog has kept you entertained and given you some things to think about.

We’d like to share our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2017 here, comprised of the topics you found most interesting. If you have any feedback about what topics you’d like to see in the coming year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. And, let’s make those pet resolutions come to reality together, this coming year.

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Growing Old Gracefully: A Focus on Senior Pet Wellness

Despite the fact that aging brings certain changes to health and well-being, the idea that aging itself is a disease is a misconception. Many health issues associated with aging are avoidable with proper veterinary care and prevention.

November is senior pet wellness month! If you want the best life for your very best friend, the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to help.

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Pet Immunization: Preventing the Spread of Disease and Keeping Your Pet Healthy

This past month we have observed National Pet Immunization Month – a month devoted to educating and raising awareness about the importance of immunizing our furry friends. Infectious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses like parvovirus and distemper can present serious risk to any unvaccinated pet, even if they primarily live indoors.

Diseases that used to be more prevalent, such as the fatal and zoonotic (meaning transmissible to humans) rabies virus, have significantly decreased in the number of cases since the vaccine became available and is required by law. There are many more illnesses, however, which have not diminished and can be serious and life-threatening if your pet catches them.

Read on to learn more about why pet immunization is so important to your pet’s health and also helps protect other pets and people.

Core Vaccines and Why They’re Necessary

Vaccines (or vaccinations) consist of antigens which resemble the disease(s) that are being vaccinated against, but do not actually cause the disease. This slight introduction of an invading organism causes the body’s immune defenses to “prepare to fight.” By introducing these antigens in minute doses, the immune system becomes better equipped to fight off the actual virus should the pet come into contact with it.

An example of why immunizing your pet is so necessary when preventing the spread of disease was the outbreak of the canine influenza virus in 2015. While canine flu isn’t as serious as parvo, the reason for the rapid spread of the illness was that it was a new virus and dogs hadn’t been vaccinated against it.

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Prevent Future Issues with Pet Wellness Exams

 

pet wellnessHave you ever wondered why we schedule your pet’s wellness exams at least once per year (or more often for older pets)? It’s easy to try and put off these routine visits, especially if your pet seems healthy or there haven’t been any changes since the last time you visited the veterinarian.

As it turns out, many health issues can be detected early during wellness exams, making treatment that much more effective. One of the keys to optimal health and longevity for our pets is to take a proactive approach, and annual pet wellness exams aim to do just that.

Nose to Tail

After collecting a thorough medical history of your pet, the next thing your veterinarian will do during your pet’s wellness visit is conduct a full physical exam. Your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, skin, coat, and abdomen will be evaluated, and recommendations will be made from there. Just a quick glance at these areas of your pet’s body can tell an expert a great deal about your pet’s overall health and wellness. Continue…