The month of October might conjure up images of goblins, jack-o-lanterns, and ghouls, but pet owners have another reason to celebrate: It’s National Pet Wellness Month. There’s no better time to inspect your pet’s overall wellness and make healthy routine changes. In honor of National Pet Wellness Month, Mount Carmel Animal Hospital, based in Baltimore County, shares the top tips for keeping your cat or dog healthy this month and year-round.
Advantages of Regular Pet Examinations
Yearly veterinary checkups are critical to inspect your pet’s overall health, weight, and vaccination status. Regular pet examinations can assist your vet in detecting signs of illness or health complications early. Since dogs and cats age faster than humans, this is vital because health issues can escalate quickly. Early detection allows for early intervention. This can help your pet live a longer, happier life.
A major benefit to yearly exams with your veterinarian is your pet’s dental health. Over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three have active dental disease. Dental disease left untreated can cause major health issues like heart problems and kidney failure. Furthermore, cats are prone to what’s called tooth resorption, which is very painful and difficult to detect. By bringing your pets in for regular visits, you can address dental disease before it becomes a major problem for your furry friends.
The Mount Carmel Animal Hospital team in Baltimore County believes preventive care is the key to healthier pets. Call us today at 410-343-0200 to schedule your pet’s vaccination appointment!
By regularly prioritizing our pet’s long-term overall health, pet parents can avoid many medical issues and increase the longevity of their furry friends. By vaccinating your pets, you lower their risks of contracting serious and preventable illnesses.
Did you know you can also decrease your pet’s risk of getting mammary tumors and prostate disease by spaying or neutering them? About 50% of mammary tumors are cancerous and intact females are approximately five times more likely to develop mammary cancer than those that are spayed. Approximately 50% of intact male dogs begin experiencing protatic changes as early as four years old.
Spaying and neutering your pets helps reduce the chances of your pet developing these issues and increases their life expectancy by up to two years.
Parasites, such as ticks and fleas, can become seriously problematic for your pet. These nasty creatures not only cause discomfort but carry diseases that can seriously harm your pet. This makes it vital to keep your beloved pets on a reliable prevention treatment. Bravecto is one preventative for dogs that treat and prevents ticks and fleas, protecting your dog from diseases like Lyme, Anapaslma, and Ehrlychia. Bravecto Plus will protect your cat from fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, and heartworms. Because Maryland weather fluctuates throughout the year, and ticks only need the temperature to be above freezing to be active, it is strongly recommended you keep your pets on prevention year-round.
Maintaining your dog’s health during its life is among the most essential aspects of dog parenting. This is where Sentinel Spectrum comes in. The use of this chewable tablet involves protecting against heartworms and intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. Year-round prevention is key to keeping your pet safe from these awful parasites.
Since it’s National Pet Wellness Month, take your pet to our veterinary hospital for a wellness check today!
HERE AT MOUNT CARMEL ANIMAL HOSPITAL, WE’LL TREAT YOUR PETS LIKE FAMILY!
Mount Carmel Animal Hospital has been serving the Northern Baltimore/Southern York community for over 30 years and is proud to be an independently operated, small animal practice committed to excellence in veterinary medicine and client service. From grooming to wellness services, along with Canine Life Skills Training Courses, and surgical procedures, we have the expertise that will best serve the needs of you and your pet. Contact us at 410-343-0200 and follow us on Facebook!