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The holiday season will soon be upon us. This is a good time to take some simple
preventive measures to help assure that everyone has an enjoyable time. If your dog
or cat hasn’t had a thorough physical exam including vaccinations, this is a good time
for it. All pets should be current on their vaccinations and pets older than 3 yrs. should
have an annual metabolic profile performed. A dental exam would also catch any
excessive tartar on the teeth or gum disease, which can cause them to lose their teeth
or result in damage to the heart, liver and kidneys. Gum infections and bad teeth can
harbor infectious bacteria that can be transmitted to you if you are licked in the face,
scratched or bitten by them. This is especially true for people with compromised
immune systems. Both dogs and cats can transmit MRSA bacteria if they have contact
with an individual that has this disease.
November chill is in the air, but fleas and ticks are still looking for a host. Continue to
use your flea and tick preventive as well as heartworm medicine. If you plan to travel to
your feast and place your pet in a boarding facility then make sure that they or up to
date on their vaccinations including Kennel cough and Canine Flu. We have seen cases
of both diseases recently.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast and make sure that your pet gets its own feast and
doesn’t share your meal with you. Many foods in a Thanksgiving spread can cause
digestive problems and some can produce nervous system and kidney issues