May 03 2018

It’s National Pet Week!

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National Pet Week has been celebrated during the first week of May for over 35 years. It was created to encourage responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine. In the spirit of this celebratory week, let’s talk about some of the important conversations you should be having with your veterinarian. Open communication with your vet is essential for both of you to provide the best care possible for your pet, and veterinarians are a wealth of information that behooves any pet owner to take advantage of. Some of the important and informative chats you should think about having the next time you see your veterinarian are:

Vaccinations are essential to your pet’s health. They provide immunity against, or lessen the severity of, certain diseases. There are core vaccines recommended for all pets based on species, and other vaccines that may be recommended by your vet based on your pet’s lifestyle. Most localities require pets to have certain vaccinations by law. Speaking with your vet about what vaccines your pet should have is an important aspect in your pet’s preventive health care plan.

Parasite Prevention
Parasite prevention is another important aspect of preventive health care. Giving your pet a regular preventive against heartworm, fleas, ticks, and other internal parasites is infinitely easier than treating your pet afterwards. Your veterinarian will recommend preventives based on your pet’s lifestyle.

Behaviour and socialization training
Talk to your vet about behaviour training and socialization for your pet. Behaviour problems are a big reason people give up their pets, so starting off on the right foot with training and socialization will set both of you up for success. You vet will be able to evaluate your pet’s behaviour and provide advice on training and socialization.

Different species have different dietary needs, which also change as they progress through life stages. A puppy’s needs will be different than those of a senior dog, just as a cat’s needs are different from a dog’s. Your veterinarian will be able to provide guidance on how to provide your pet with the optimal nutrition to meet their individual needs.

Dental care
Dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall heath care that can be easily overlooked. Dental problems can cause, and be caused by, other health issues. Talk to your vet about how to keep your pet’s mouth healthy, and the signs and symptoms of problems to watch for, to help you provide more holistic care for your pet.

Emergency care
Talk to your vet about who to call, and where to go, if you ever encounter an emergency with your pet. It is much better to know where to go to get immediate care after hours than to waste time and panic during an emergency. 

So the next time you have an appointment with your vet, have a chat, if you haven’t already. One day you may be glad you did. As they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” 

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Note: This article, written by LifeLearn Animal Health (LifeLearn Inc.) is licensed to this practice for the personal use of our clients. Any copying, printing or further distribution is prohibited without the express written permission of Lifelearn. Please note that the news information presented here is NOT a substitute for a proper consultation and/or clinical examination of your pet by a veterinarian.

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Companion Therapy Laser

Harbour Veterinary Office is very concerned about pain management in pets. Because of this concern we have added the latest technology for the treatment of joint and soft tissue pain, the Companion Therapy Laser. This Laser introduces heat and light to the deepest tissues, which then reduces pain and swelling. This encourages the animal's own healing processes. The Laser is used routinely following every surgery, as well as for countless other applications. Virtually any painful condition can be made less painful with this therapy. Treatments last only minutes per site and require no anesthesia. Your pet will be very comfortable as this laser produces only slight warmth in the inflamed tissue. Laser Therapy for chronic conditions -ie.. arthritis - usually require 6 treatments to get your pet to a much more tolerable state. Booster treatments are then required every 4 to 12 weeks to maintain the reduced pain. If your pet is currently on a medication to reduce swelling and/or pain, this treatment may reduce or eliminate the need for oral medications. Please ask for more information from anyone on our staff, or go to the The Companion Therapy Laser website, in the Links section of our website.

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Emergency Process
For after-hours emergency information, please call 935-9111 this is the number for the emergency clinic in Northern Suffolk called The Cove. Or please call 366 - 9000. This is the number for the emergency clinic located adjacent to Greenbrier Mall.