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    Caring for Your Pet After Surgery

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Any kind of surgery can put a lot of stress on you and your animal. If your veterinarian is planning to perform surgery on your animal, use the following tips to care for him once the surgery is complete:

    Pay Attention

    While some swelling and bruising is normal after surgery, you should be on the lookout for excessive bruising that could indicate a problem. If you notice this or any unusual seepage or bleeding from the wound, you should call the vet to see if you need to return to the animal hospital for further treatment.

    Administer Medication According to the Directions

    If the vet prescribes any medication, it is important to read the directions carefully and follow them exactly. You should always give the animal the full dose of the medicine. Do not give the animal any other medication without first talking to your vet about it.

    Monitor the Animal’s Activities

    Your pet will need to stay stationary while he heals. The vet will tell you how long the animal needs to stay still and it is up to you to ensure that it happens. Whether you need to put the animal in a kennel or use a leash, it is really important to limit the activities to give the animal a chance to heal.

    Return to the Vet for a Follow-Up Visit

    As the animal starts to heal, you should schedule a follow-up visit with your vet to ensure that everything is looking good after the procedure. The vet can give you further care instructions that help you keep your pet healthy and happy throughout the entire healing process.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital provides some of the best pet care in the area. Whether your pet needs surgery or a general checkup, our vets are here to keep your pets as healthy as possible. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (407) 792-3322.

    Teaching Dogs to Greet Houseguests

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If your dog already knows how to sit and stay, you can use these commands to teach him to greet your houseguests calmly. Stand with your dog on a leash in the sit position near the door. Have someone ring the doorbell and command the dog to sit and stay as he starts to bark.

    Whenever the dog gets up to go toward the door, you should reinforce the sit and stay command. Once the dog stays sitting, you can have your friend enter the house and walk past you and the dog without looking at you. Keep practicing until the dog can sit and stay without command. Check out this video to learn more.

    The vets at Lake Emma Animal Hospital can help you keep your animals in the best health. Call (407) 792-3322 to schedule your next appointment.

    Should You Enroll Your Pooch in Obedience Classes?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When you adopt a pet, you are probably only thinking about how much fun it will be to go on walks or cuddle with your new furry friend. You might not realize that a disobedient pet can wreak havoc on your home, though. Keep reading to find out if your pet can benefit from obedience school and whether or not you should think about enrolling him in behavioral classes:

    Your Dog Runs the House

    If your dog does not listen to any kind of command, a stint in obedience school can help you learn how to train the animal so you can regain control of your house. You should not have to come home every day to piles of chewed up shoes or a different kind of present on your nice, clean carpet.

    You Want to Take the Dog in Public More

    Obedience training can also help you prepare your dog for social interactions with people and other animals. If you do not feel comfortable bringing your dog out in public, it might be time to sign up for some training classes. These lessons can help you and the dog feel more comfortable with each other and in other social situations.

    Your Dog Does Not Get Stressed Out Easily

    If your dog does not do well in stressful situations, it might not be the right move to enroll him in obedience classes with a lot of other animals. One-on-one training is often better for animals that get stressed out in new situations. Talk to the instructor at the obedience school about your dog’s behavior so you can determine which kinds of classes will be the best for your dog.

    At Lake Emma Animal Hospital, we want to offer your animals the best care in the area. With top veterinarians and a full-service animal hospital, we make it easy to keep your pets in the best health. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (407) 792-3322.

    Vaccination Schedules for Cats and Dogs

    Last updated 2 months ago

    One of the most important things you can do for the health of your pet is to adhere to the vaccination schedule set out by your veterinarian. Vaccines protect your furry friends from dangerous illnesses so they can stay healthy, active members of your family for years to come. Your pets will also need to be up to date on their vaccines before most pet grooming and pet boarding companies will accept them. Here is a look at the vaccination schedules for cats and dogs.

    Cat Vaccinations

    There are four core cat vaccinations: rabies, feline distemper, feline herpesvirus, and calicivirus. The rabies vaccine can be given as early as eight weeks of age, with a booster after one year. After that, a booster is required every one to three years, depending on the type of vaccine used and state regulations. The other core vaccines are given as early as six weeks of age then repeated every three to four weeks until the kitten reaches 16 weeks. After that, there is a booster after one year and then revaccinations every three years. The feline leukemia virus vaccine, which is a non-core vaccine, can be given at eight weeks and then again three to four weeks later. After that, cats require annual boosters. Bordetella, another non-core vaccine, can be given at eight weeks and again two to four weeks later, and then repeated annually.

    Dog Vaccinations

    There are also four core dog vaccines: rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. Rabies vaccines vary according to state regulations, but both the one-year and three-year vaccines can be given at three months. The one-year vaccine requires annual boosters while the three-year requires one additional vaccine at one year with boosters every three years thereafter. The other vaccines require three doses between the ages of six and 16 weeks, then another dose after one year with boosters every three years. There are a number of non-core vaccines available for dogs, including Lyme disease and kennel cough. Your vet will help you decide which ones are right for your dog.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital vets can help you stay on track with your pet’s vaccination schedule. For questions about pet vaccinations or for an appointment, call our animal hospital in Lake Mary, Florida, at (407) 792-3322. 

    Choosing the Right Playmates for Your Dog

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Dogs are social creatures who love to play. Finding playmates for your dog can keep her socially satisfied while giving her the chance to use up some energy and keep mental skills sharp. Your vet is a great source of advice as you build a social circle for your dog. These tips will also help.

    Make Sure Your Dog Wants to Play

    Dogs generally enjoy play as a rule, but not all dogs want to play with other dogs. Some dogs prefer to play with their human family members instead, while others may not feel like romping around as they get older. You can tell a lot about your dog’s attitude towards playmates by observing her behavior during your walks. Dogs who are eager to have pet friends will become excited when they see another dog and try to engage that dog in play on the spot. Dogs who want to be left alone may try to hide behind you or may growl or bare teeth at other dogs. Don’t try to force a dog that doesn’t want friends into playing, as you’ll cause anxiety that could make your pet become aggressive.

    Consider Age, Sex, and Size

    Dogs generally enjoy playing with other dogs in their same age group who can match their activity level, so try to pair your pet with another dog similar in age. It’s usually best to choose opposite-gender playmates, as dogs of the same sex often don’t get along—especially if they are close in age. Although large dogs often try to play gently with smaller dogs, they can still accidentally get too rough. Dogs of similar sizes make the safest playmates.

    Listen to Your Dog

    If you pay close attention, your dog will tell you which other dogs she likes best. Look for the dogs your pet plays with the longest and those she tries to avoid. These cues will help you choose the best playmates.

    The vets at Lake Emma Animal Hospital can help you learn to read your dog’s behavior and learn healthy ways to train and socialize your pet. For all of your pet care needs, call our Lake Mary location today at (407) 792-3322. 

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