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    Common Mistakes Cat Owners Make

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Many people consider cats to be the perfect pet for good reason. They can provide years of love and companionship minus the intensive upkeep that other animals may require. Yet as convenient as cat ownership can be, it still demands proper animal care. Though they have their pets’ best interests at heart, some cat owners may overlook several important aspects of their animals’ care and wellbeing. 

    Putting Off Reproduction Prevention

    From the moment they come home with their owners, some cats become housebound animals. Unlike dogs, cats can enjoy long and healthy lives without ever leaving their homes. However, an open window or unattended door can give any cat the perfect opportunity for escape. If she or he hasn’t yet undergone spaying or neutering, even a single afternoon of being outdoors can result in an unintended pregnancy and unwanted kittens.

    Postponing Annual Checkups

    Many cat owners hold their pets to the same healthcare standards to which they hold themselves: if they don’t feel sick, they don’t go to the doctor. Yet annual physicals are integral to the health of humans and cats alike. A yearly checkup can give veterinarians the opportunity to check for signs of illness before a cat displays symptoms of it. With early detection, a cat owner can make lifestyle modifications or administer medication to help improve his cat’s health before it goes into steeper decline.

    Underestimating Warning Signs

    Cats often adhere to a daily sleeping, eating, and elimination schedule. Should a change occur to any of these activities, cat owners should take notice. However, far too many people dismiss unusual behaviors as temporary abnormalities and fail to respond with a trip to the veterinarian. In some cases, though, these habit changes can signify a serious health problem, which when left untreated, can lead to severe and even deadly consequences.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital understands the devotion and love that pet owners have for their cats and dogs. So if your feline friend is overdue for her spaying procedure or general checkup, now is the perfect time to contact our Lake Mary practice. Call us today at (407) 792-3322 for an appointment.

    How to Administer a Pill to a Cat

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Does your cat have a condition that requires oral medication? This video offers some tips on how to give her a pill.

    First, per your veterinarian’s approval, crush the pill and mix it into a small amount of canned cat food. If she refuses to eat her food, try hiding her pill in a specially formulated treat. Such treats have cavities in which you can insert the pill. Cats have a keen sense of scent, so she might refuse the treat if she smells the medication. If these options fail, you can still get your cat to take her pill by manually injecting it into her mouth with a pill popper.

    Do you have more questions about how to administer cat medication? Then call Lake Emma Animal Hospital in Lake Mary at (407) 792-3322.

    Preventing Dehydration and Overheating in Your Dog

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Though the hot weather months are coming to an end in many parts of the country, Florida tends to experience summer-like temperatures throughout the year. For that reason, pet owners must be vigilant about protecting their dogs from dehydration and heat stroke during every season. Like humans, dogs can be vulnerable to common hot weather problems, but the following tips can ensure that your dog remains cool, hydrated, and healthy all year long.

    Water Access

    Though many veterinarians advise against the use of free feeding methods, they often recommend that dog owners keep water bowls filled with fresh, cool water for their pets. Especially when temperatures are high, a dog can dehydrate quickly. If you tend to let your pet roam outside in the backyard, it becomes all the more important to give him continual access to water so that he can drink as needed.

    Sun Shade

    If you find it difficult to stand or sit under direct sunlight for more than a few minutes, you can expect your dog to feel the same. While napping in the sun is a favorite pastime for many dogs, being exposed to direct sunlight while outdoors on a hot day can lead to a host of issues, including dehydration, heat stroke, and sunburn. If you let your dog outside, give him a reprieve from the sun by setting up a shaded area in your backyard. As mentioned, keeping a bowl of cool water close by can also help to alleviate any heat-related health problems.

    Walk Schedule

    It’s important to keep your dog on a consistent walking schedule so that he can get regular exercise and relieve himself after mealtimes. Should temperatures rise to an uncomfortable or even unhealthy level, though, you may want to temporarily adjust your walking routine. Until temperatures become safe again, consider taking your dog outside only in the early morning or late evening hours so that he can get outside but remain safe from the dangerous complications of excessive heat and sun exposure.

    Interested in getting more pet wellness tips? Then call Lake Emma Animal Hospital at (407) 792-3322 to speak with one of our animal hospital associates. We offer our vet services to the residents of Longwood, Sanford, Heathrow, Altamonte Springs, and Lake Mary.

    Screening for Hip Dysplasia

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Does your dog exhibit an uneven gait? Is it difficult to get him to go on walks? Then he might suffer from hip dysplasia. This condition occurs when the femur bone does not fit correctly into the hip socket.

    You can find out if your dog suffers from hip dysplasia by making an appointment with an animal hospital. If your dog is younger than two years old, a veterinarian can administer a PennHIP screening for hip dysplasia. This method entails the x-raying of your pet from multiple angles to determine if his hip joint is in correct alignment. If your dog is two years old or older, he can undergo an OFA screening. As with a PennHIP screening, your dog will undergo an x-ray procedure. A radiologist then analyzes the results to determine if hip dysplasia is present.

    Let Lake Emma Animal Hospital help you keep your pet healthy and happy. If you suspect that your dog may have hip dysplasia, we can provide both PennHIP and OFA screening services. To make an appointment, call our Lake Mary office today at (407) 792-3322.

    Your Guide to Important Dog Vaccinations

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Vaccinating your dog can protect the canine from certain diseases and extend his life. Work with your vet to ensure that your animal gets the following vaccinations in a timely manner:


    Rabies is a disease that kills dogs, which is why it is important to keep up with your rabies vaccinations. Your dog can get the first round of rabies shots as early as 3 months. Most veterinarians recommend that the dog get a second vaccination after a year and continue with boosters every 3 years for the best results.


    This airborne virus can cause a lot of health issues for your dog, including brain damage. The first round of distemper shots is administered between 6 weeks and 16 weeks. Dogs over 16 weeks need 2 doses that are given 3-4 weeks apart. After the first shots, puppies will need a booster a year later and should continue get boosters about once every 3 years.


    Kennel cough is a common illness in dogs, especially if you have put them into a pet boarding facility. The bordetella shot protects your dog from this disease. After the initial dose, your dog should visit the vet once every six months or once a year to get boosters for further protection.


    Canine hepatitis is spread through coughs and sneezes and could cause liver damage and even death for a dog. The adenovirus vaccination helps protect the animal from this serious disease. Puppies under 16 weeks need at least 3 doses, while puppies over 16 weeks only need 2. With boosters every three years, you can protect your dog from canine hepatitis.

    Bring your pet in to Lake Emma Animal Hospital to get the vaccinations you need to keep him healthy and strong. Our animal hospital brings you the pet care you need to ensure that your animal has a long and healthy life. For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (407) 792-3322.

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