Frequently Asked Questions
Each individual procedure will vary from pet to pet and condition to condition. As with humans, the older the individual the more precaution needs to be taken. Typically a physical examination, review of the patients’ medical history and blood work are recommended with older patients. These precautions will make a procedure as safe as possible with a senior pet.
Remember that an average ratio between our furry friends and humans is approximately 7 years. This means that if our pet has not been to the veterinarian in the past year, it is the equivalent of a human not having a check up in seven years. The more frequent examination, blood work and dental examination can help extend your pets life by as long was 25%.
The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends a full dental cleaning every six months for your pet, just the same as your dentist recommends for you. Still, imaging what that cleaning would be like for you if you did not brush your teeth at all between dental visits. Dental home care is the single most important aspect of regular dental care. With proper home care, your pet may not need that six month dentistry, this saving you the expense and your pet the extra anesthetic.
Similar to human food intake, a diet that is low in fat and high in protein is essential to the life of your pet. Cumberland Animal Hospital offers the newest and most efficient food for your pet available today.
It is always important to call Cumberland Animal Hospital immediately for an appointment when your pet exhibits a change of behavior or sudden weight gain or loss.
Flea and tick preventatives have improved greatly in recent years. These preventatives are safe and effective in a wide variety of forms. At Cumberland Animal Hospital, we fit the preventative product to the pet’s problem and environment. Parasite control is of great importance to eliminate disease carrying parasites.
Puppies should have their initial examination around 6-8 weeks and kittens around 9 weeks of age if there are no signs of any problems or concerns. Multiple immunizations at different visits will be required to get your new pet’s immune system ready for exposure to the environment outside your home. Puppies and kittens are highly susceptible to viruses, infections, and/or parasites and proper early care and screening help to give your new baby the best start in life.
Indoor pets need heartworm preventives because heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes, and mosquitoes can certainly enter our homes. Both dogs and cats should be on heartworm preventives.