Dental disease is the most common health problem for pets, and two-thirds of pet owners don’t properly care for their pet’s teeth. Dental disease isn’t just a threat to your pet’s teeth—it can cause major health problems such as infections that spread to the heart, lungs, muscles, and other major organs. Luckily, making just a few changes in your pet’s routine at home and at the veterinarian can result in optimal oral health and a longer, happier life. Take a look at this infographic from the San Diego veterinary team at ABC Veterinary Hospitals to find out more about dental care for your furry friend. If you know any fellow dog or cat owners who need the details on dental health, feel free to spread the word by sharing this infographic!
Arthritis is not a condition that is specific to humans. Veterinarians often diagnose arthritis in pets after complaints of acute pain or sudden limited mobility. If your little friend has been diagnosed with arthritis, there are a few tips and tricks you can try to help alleviate pain and discomfort that he is feeling.
Physical Activity Light exercise can loosen your pet’s joints and strengthen his muscles, in addition to other known health benefits. However, rigorous exercise can exacerbate your pet’s arthritis symptoms. This is why veterinarians recommend taking it slow, as running can cause too much shock to the joints, especially if your pet is overweight. Some light playing can also help keep your pet warm and loose.
Keep Warm Cold temperatures will only make your pet suffer through the night. This results in the arthritic joints feeling worse in the morning and throughout the day. Give your pet extra blankets and consider sticking a heating pad or hot water bottle in with his bedding. And if your pet lives outside, bring him in at night when temperatures drop.
Home Safety There are several little adjustments you can make around the house to make your pet more safe and avoid arthritic flare-ups. For example, your pet may not be as good with stairs as he used to be. Use a childproofing gate or an obstruction like plywood to keep your pet away from the stairs outside of your supervision. You can install ramps around the shorter inclines to give your pet easier access.
At ABC Veterinary Hospitals, we treat arthritis and other orthopedic concerns for your pet. Call us at (858) 278-1825 to make an appointment for your pet at our animal hospital. Our veterinarians provide comprehensive and quality care for pets throughout San Diego. Call or contact us online to make an appointment for your pet.
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