Last updated 3 months ago
There are few things dogs love more than food. Help your dog make the most of his mealtime by choosing food containing the nutrients he needs. This guide can help you figure out which food option is right for your furry friend:
Look at the Ingredients
Start your search for the right dog food by examining the ingredients. It is important to know just what your dog is eating as some options contain more fillers than nutrients. Dogs need certain nutrients in order to grow properly and stay healthy throughout their lives. Look for dog foods that contain protein from meat and vitamins from vegetables. Grains can provide carbohydrates that dogs use for energy, but some owners prefer to avoid grain-based foods.
Check Out Reviews
It is always good to look at reviews when searching for a good food option for your dog. Consulting these reviews will help you learn about the pros and cons of each option from other dog owners with a similar desire to keep their dogs healthy and happy. Reviews can help you narrow down your options, but it is also important to remember that every dog is different. Dogs of different ages have different nutritional needs and dogs with certain health concerns will also have different requirements and reactions to foods.
See What Your Dog Thinks
You may be the one buying the food, but your dog has final say when it comes to which option you choose. The best food option will provide the nutrients your dog needs as well as a tasty meal. It is important to test dog food options with your dog to figure out what he thinks of each one. If your dog does not like his food, he will not be able to benefit from the nutrients it offers. Find a food your dog likes to protect his health for years to come.
Visit Lake Emma Animal Hospital for more tips on choosing a great dog food. Our animal hospital offers a variety of veterinarian services for dogs and cats. Contact us at (407) 792-3322 to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 4 months ago
You visit the salon when you need a haircut, shouldn’t your pet get the same type of pampering? Lake Emma Animal Hospital offers pet health services as well as grooming services, allowing owners to help their pets maintain a beautiful appearance and healthy body.
We offer grooming services for all cat and dog breeds. Each appointment starts with a bath catered to your pet’s specific needs. The fur is brushed to remove dead hair and dirt followed by a haircut to get rid of excess length and even out the coat. Our grooming services also include nail trims and ear cleanings. We also check each animal’s eyes, pads, and paws to make sure they are clean and healthy.
Regular grooming is important for removing mats, dirt, and dead hair. If it is time for your pet’s next grooming appointment, contact the friendly vets at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Give us a call at (407) 792-3322 for more information about our services.
Last updated 4 months ago
Nothing compares to the bond between a cat owner and a cat! This special connection can last for years, from a cat’s childhood to its senior years. The veterinary experts at Lake Emma Animal Hospital have created this guide to help cat owners care for their senior cats throughout their older days:
Increase Regular Veterinarian Visits
Pet health is a priority at any age. That is why pet owners are advised to schedule yearly checkups with veterinarians to ensure that their pets are maintaining good health. When your cat becomes a senior, it is a good idea to increase these visits to twice a year. Scheduling checkups every six months will allow your vet to keep better track of your senior cat’s health. This also helps your vet spot any health concerns early instead of when they become a bigger issue.
Change Your Cat’s Diet
As your cat gets older, he experiences changes in his body as well as his metabolic rate. This means that the food he ate in his younger days may not provide the same nutrients or benefits he needs in his older ones. Your veterinarian can help you determine what type of food your cat needs to maintain good healthy during his senior years. This will likely be a diet that has less fat but more protein than the diet he once held.
Keep Comfort in Mind
Just like humans, cats lose energy and stamina as they get older. Cat owners should know how their cats change as they age to figure out the best ways to keep them comfortable and happy. If your cat is losing the ability to fully groom himself, invest in a good brush and help him get rid of loose hairs and keep fur beautiful and clean. You should also make sure your cat stays warm and dry at all appropriate times.
Lake Emma Animal Hospital can help you care for your cat during his senior years! Contact us at (407) 792-3322 to discover the benefits of trusting your cat’s health to our friendly animal hospital staff.
Last updated 4 months ago
Is your new puppy mouthing and chewing? This is a normal habit for puppies that are exploring their surroundings. The teething stage can also cause puppies to chew to find relief. It is important to teach your puppy early on what she can chew on and what she should avoid.
As you will see in this video, it is a good idea to keep your puppy on a long leash for training purposes. You can easily pull your puppy away if she starts chewing on feet or furniture. Give her time to settle down and guide her to an appropriate chew toy or treat. Reinforcing good behavior will help your puppy keep her chewing to her toys and food.
Lake Emma Animal Hospital can help you learn more about what to expect from your new puppy. Discover how our animal hospital veterinarians can help your puppy grow into a healthy adult by calling us at (407) 792-3322.
Last updated 5 months ago
You and your pets visit the veterinarian for regular checkups—but what do you do when it comes to pet allergies? Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergy symptoms during the spring. Knowing what signs to look for and what to do after spotting those signs is important for keeping your pets healthy and happy:
Spot Allergy Symptoms
If you think your pets may be suffering from springtime allergies, it is important to take note of any symptoms they may be experiencing. This will help you explain your pets’ allergies to your veterinarian, allowing him to find the most effective treatment plan. Common symptoms of spring allergies in pets include noticeable hair loss, red spots over the body, and excessive licking.
Be Aware of the Pollen Count
It is a good idea to keep track of your area’s pollen forecast. Pet allergies can be very similar to human allergies and keeping an eye of the pollen forecast will help you determine when to take your pets outside and when it is best to stay indoors. When your pets must go outside during high-pollen times, reduce their risk of suffering from allergy symptoms by cleaning their feet off when they get back inside.
Keep the House Clean
You may think that your pets’ allergy symptoms are due to outside factors, but indoor elements can also be behind signs like excessive licking and hair loss. Dust mites are common causes of allergy symptoms. When there is a lot of house dust, pets may start exhibiting signs of springtime allergies. Keep your pets as healthy as possible by sticking to a regular cleaning routine. Dust all surfaces so that everything either sticks to the cleaning product or falls to the floor. Finish the job by sweeping and vacuuming to thoroughly remove the debris.
If you are concerned about your pets’ allergy symptoms, contact the veterinary professionals here at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Check out our website for more facts or give us a call at (407) 792-3322 to learn about our animal hospital and pet boarding services.