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. Proper early care and screening help to give your new baby the best start in life.
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 patient's medical history and blood work are recommended with older patients. These precautions will make a procedure as safe as possible with a senior pet.
Indoor pets need heartworm preventives because heartworms are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Here in the south mosquitoes are everywhere, even, on occasion, in our homes. Both dogs and cats should be on heartworm preventives year round.
Similar to human food intake, a diet that is low in fat and high in protein is essential to the life of your pet. Oakdale Animal Hospital recommends several high-quality pet diets.
Flea and tick preventatives have improved greatly in recent years. These preventatives are safe and effective in a wide variety of forms. At Oakdale 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.
Disasters can often strike without warning, so proper preparation is always a must. In addition to making the necessary preparations for you and your family, you must also consider what you will do with your pet(s). Making arrangements for your beloved furry friends ahead of time will save you the hassle of determining how and where to care for them if you must evacuate in an emergency. Before Disaster Strikes
- Contact hotels outside of your immediate area to learn about policies concerning animals on the premises. Create a list of pet-friendly places and keep this information with your emergency supply kit.
- Ask friends and relatives living outside of your immediate area to look after your pet if you must evacuate your home.
- Compile a list of veterinary care facilities located outside of your immediate area in case your pet needs medical attention.
Preventing and treating dental disease improves both the quality and length of your pet's life. However, dental care is frequently overlooked, making dental disease the most common disease that we see in pets. It is one of the most common causes of heart disease in companion animals, and it is the cause of many other systemic problems. Dental disease is often very painful and should never be ignored if you suspect your pet may be suffering from it.