Your La Mesa Veterinarian Answers Questions About Essential Veterinary Care
Here at University Pet Hospital we try to inform and educate our clients who want the best for their pets. Here are a few common questions concerning pet vaccinations, veterinary dermatology, pet grooming, dental care and emergency treatment:
Why are pet vaccinations so urgent?
Pet vaccinations provide critical protection against illnesses, some of them deadly, that your pet does not naturally possess. Puppies and kittens gain some immunity from their mothers at birth, but this temporary protection soon wears off, leaving them vulnerable to distemper, hepatitis, FVH (in cats), parvo (in dogs) and other ailments. Rabies is particularly frightening because it is invariably fatal to pets and can spread easily to humans through an infected animal’s bite.
What are the health benefits of pet grooming?
Pet grooming at a veterinary clinic enables the practitioner to examine the ears and skin closely for signs of infection, dermatitis, mites, fleas, ticks and other common health threats. Bathing and trimming a pet’s hair can eliminate painful mats and tangles, not to mention bacteria next to the skin. Some pets may also need to have blocked anal glands expressed.
Why might my pet need veterinary dermatology?
Many things can irritate your pet’s skin, from environmental or food allergies to flea infestations. These irritations may cause him to scratch, which may cause additional irritation, hair loss, bleeding and bacterial infections. Veterinary dermatology can diagnose and treat these conditions. A veterinary dermatologist can also detect, remove and biopsy potentially cancerous skin tumors.
What kinds of dental care should my pet receive?
Pets should receive a combination of home dental hygiene and veterinary evaluations and cleanings. Brushing your pet’s teeth at home can help reduce the buildup of plaque, which feeds bacteria that can damage the gums, teeth and other parts of the body. Professional checkups and cleanings allow us to detect and treat any dental conditions while deep-cleaning the teeth and gums.
What are common examples of a veterinary emergency?
Anything that causes your pet significant pain or threatens his life should be considered an emergency. Typical examples include choking, heat stroke, fractures, lacerations, neurological symptoms, difficult urination or labor, and poison ingestion.
Rely on Us for Vaccinations, Veterinary Dermatology, Pet Grooming and More
Our veterinary team can answer even more questions on veterinary dermatology, pet vaccinations, pet grooming and other topics in the course of a personal conversation. We encourage pet owners to bring their beloved companions to University Pet Hospital for an initial consultation and evaluation. From the first set of pet vaccinations to spaying/neutering, microchip implantation and other wellness procedures, we can help La Mesa pets get the healthiest possible start in life, then continue to administer to their health with regular pet grooming, veterinary dermatology, dental care and, when necessary, emergency treatment up to and including major surgery. Contact our clinic to schedule an appointment.
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