Do you have a new puppy or kitten? If so, it’s important to bring them to a local veterinary specialty center for their vaccinations as soon as possible. You’ll need to do this every 3 to 4 weeks until your kitten or puppy is 16 weeks old. Once your pets are older, however, your veterinarian will likely recommend that you bring them in twice a year for a regular wellness check-up.
Since your pets are part of the family, you want them to be healthy and happy.Forbes magazine ran a report about pet owner spending during the last recession. They found that 92% spent the same amount or even more during that period. When it comes to their pets, Americans clearly have a soft spot.
Just like humans, pets may develop dental issues as they grow older. By the time they are 3, for example, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats may have some type of dental disease. This can lead to abscesses, loose teeth, and chronic pain.
Even though it’s a well-known fact that fleas can jump from animals to humans, were you aware that they can leap 150 times their own height? When your dog or cat has fleas, it can make them very uncomfortable. Just like humans, pets will scratch and scratch at those flea bites. The result? Skin irritations that may become infected.
If you’re curious to learn a few more facts about these pests, female fleas will lay 2,000 eggs over the course of her lifetime. Furthermore, female fleas are able to consume 15 times their own body weight in blood every day.
It’s interesting, and perhaps disturbing, to note, however, that fleas are able to survive without blood for 100 days. They can lie in wait for their next meal in a variety of places . . . This includes the front lawn where you may walk your dog, or where your cat likes to curl up beneath a shady bush for a nap.
Unfortunately, emergencies may occasionally arise with your beloved 4-legged family members. If they become injured or ill, however, it’s important to remember that there are emergency vet services available at a local veterinary specialty center. If you’re concerned that your dog or cat isn’t behaving like their usual cheerful selves, it’s best not to wait for severe signs of a pet emergency.
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