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When you choose the veterinarians at Pond Mills Animal Hospital to be your pet care partner, you can be assured your pet is receiving the most advanced veterinary care from experienced pet care providers.
Feeding your dog twice a day — once in the morning and once in the evening — though puppies under five months of age should be fed multiple times a day as they are small and cannot eat as adult dogs.
Another benefit of set feedings is that a dog that eats on a schedule poops on a schedule. In addition, if you live in an urban area, leaving a bowl of kibble on the ground all day can attract unwanted house guests, like cockroaches and mice. It is to everyone’s advantage to keep feeding times regular. Your dog will remain at ideal body condition score as you are feeding based on feeding guide and not leaving the food in food bowl all the time especially in a multi pet house.
Every pet should be checked for worms on their initial visit regardless of their deworming schedule.
Strategic deworming guidelines for newly acquired puppies/dogs or Kittens/cats are following.
- Every 2 weeks until 3 months of age
- Once/mo from 3 to 6 months of age
- Four times/yr after 6 months of age
Adult Dogs/ Cats
- Treat regularly, considering potential exposure to parasites and prepatent periods. (4 times/yr)
- Bitches: Before mating; at parturition; at 2 weeks; then 4 weeks after giving birth
- Lactating Queens: Treat concurrently with kittens
Every healthy dog should visit the veterinarian at least once every year. If your dog is older, make two visits per year or depending on health problem. This will give your vet the chance to properly examine your dog and determine its health level. In these annual visits, your vet will complete a physical exam, take your dog’s temperature and check his heartbeat, among other things. Your dog may also go through other tests, such as heartworm tests, prior to being prescribed preventative medication.
If you have a senior dog, keep in mind that older dogs are more prone to health conditions, such as arthritis, cancer, and a range of other conditions. Routine health exams and blood/urine test may be able to detect a health problem at an earlier stage, preventing them from worsening, making treatment easier and providing your senior canine a chance at better quality of life.
Veterinarians strongly recommend that dogs be given heartworm prevention. In some parts of the country, where mosquitoes are less active in the winter months, you may be in the habit of only treating your dogs for heartworms half the year.
It is very important to take care of teeth for your pets and if it is not taken good care then it leads to number of problems like tooth pain, gingivitis which is inflammation affecting any of the structures supporting the teeth—the gums, the roots, the bone around the roots or the periodontal ligaments that anchor the roots to the…