Pets are wonderful, but have a talent for getting into trouble, or needing urgent care. Before you bring home a new pet, make sure you budget for emergency medical expenses. Dr. Fidelis at Kindred Care Pet Hospital in Richmond would like you to keep a few things in mind when you’re ready to invite a new furry friend into your home.
It is nearly impossible to protect your home from parasites, but it is easy to protect your pets, with some help from your veterinarian. Many common parasites like fleas, ticks, and worms can be prevented from harming your pet with spot-on topical treatments or chewable tablets. Brushing your pet regularly can help you check for the first signs of parasites.
Pets are like small children in that they tend to put anything they come across into their mouths. Contrary to popular belief, pets do not instinctively know what is good and bad for them to eat. Common items that can poison a pet include chocolate, antifreeze, human medications, poisonous plants like poinsettias, and household chemicals. Any pet showing signs of poisoning should be taken to an emergency pet care hospital immediately. Do not try to make your pet vomit, as this can make things worse.
Small pets can easily break bones or suffer from internal injures during falls, getting stepped on, or getting into fights with other pets. If your dog or cat slips away from home, it may end up getting hit by a car. These types of injuries require urgent care.
Without good teeth, it is difficult for pets to eat. Pet rodents and rabbits need to be checked often for overgrown teeth. Dogs and cats are prone to periodontal disease, which can lead to problems in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Dogs and cats need their teeth brushed regularly. If you cannot do it, then your pet needs a professional dental cleaning by a veterinarian. We can also help you find treats that are designed to improve your dog or cat’s oral health.
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Pets bring an immense amount of love and joy into our lives. Dr. Fidelis at Kindred Care Pet Hospital is here to help when you run into a bump on the road and need a veterinarian to help with a pet problem. Call our team today at 281-265-0009 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.