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    Health Benefits of Grooming Your Dog

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There’s a reason why dogs are known as man’s best friends. Dogs are loyal, steadfast companions, and are always there for you whether you need a laugh or a pal to be by your side. Since your dog takes such good care of you, you owe it to him to do the same. In addition to routine visits to the veterinarian, you should make sure your dog is well-groomed. Grooming is not just about aesthetics for dogs (though it can definitely make your buddy look and feel better). Keep reading to learn about the health benefits of grooming your dog.

    Parasite Prevention

    Dogs are naturally curious creatures, and can get into a lot when you’re not looking. Though some of their playfulness may be harmless, they can also get into trouble if they’re in areas where they’re exposed to fleas, ticks, and other critters. When your dog gets groomed, the groomer will check over his entire body to make sure there aren’t any unwelcome guests taking up residence. If your dog has any fleas or ticks, the groomer will remove them. Any medications your dog may need to get rid of other parasites will be handled by your veterinarian.

    Ear Issues

    Your dog relies on his ears to know when you’re home, when you’re putting food into his dish, and of course, to alert you when the mail carrier arrives. Because of the shape of dog ears, they can tend to have problems including ear mites and ear infections. Your groomer will be able to spot any such issues, and may recommend an over-the-counter treatment to help clear up the problem. If your dog scratches or rubs his ears a lot, talk to your veterinarian.

    Skin Conditions

    Different breeds of dogs are more susceptible to certain skin conditions than others. As your dog is groomed, he’ll be washed with a high-quality shampoo that may help soothe skin irritations.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital is proud to offer grooming services for all breeds of dogs and cats at our Lake Mary area veterinary clinic. Call (407) 792-3322 to make an appointment for your four-legged friend to be bathed, trimmed, and pampered at our grooming facility.

    What Is Von Willebrand's Disease?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Your dog relies on you to keep him healthy for his whole life. Bringing him to the veterinarian on a routine basis can help detect any potential health problems before they become too serious. Von Willebrand’s disease is a disorder in dogs that is similar to hemophilia in humans. Certain breeds of dogs including German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, standard poodles, and golden retrievers tend to have this disease more than others. Many dogs that have this disease may not show any symptoms of it until a small injury or minor surgery results in loss of blood. Symptoms include spontaneous bleeding from the nose or gums, or skin that bruises easily. If you have a dog that is at high risk for von Willebrand’s disease because of his breed, you can have him tested. Even if your dog does have the disease, he can still usually live a full and happy life with appropriate veterinary care.

    Call Lake Emma Animal Hospital at (407) 792-3322 to have your dog examined and tested for von Willebrand’s disease. Our friendly and experienced veterinarians provide compassionate care for your pets and your whole family. Inquire about our full range of veterinary services for your furry friends.

    Common Mistakes Cat Owners Make

    Last updated 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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.

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