Pet Health - Heart of Florida - Haines City FL, Winterhaven FLHeart of Florida

Pet Health Reccommendations

1. Comprehensive Physical Wellness Examinations.

Since pets age 5-7 times faster than humans, a minimum of one physical pet wellness examination annually is a must to detect problems as soon as possible and ensure pet health. Semi-annual exams recommended as your pet ages.

2. Laboratory Screening For Disease.

Many medical problems can be diagnosed through the use of laboratory diagnostic testing long before clinical signs of disease become evident. Specific recommendations for pet health may include tests for internal parasites, heartworms, as well as baseline blood analysis. As the pet ages, additional testing should be phased in including urinalysis, complete blood counts, blood chemistry screens, and thyroid testing.

3. Nutrition.

Feed the highest quality pet food you can afford. “Premium” foods are more digestible and result in less stool volume. Ask for our recommendations. Pet food labels can be very deceiving. Vitamin supplements help keep the skin healthy and may enhance the pet’s immune system. Fatty acid supplements may be useful for skin problems, arthritis, & inflammatory bowel disease.

4. Fresh, Clean Water.

Water makes up about 70% of the body weight. Water is the most necessary nutrient for good health. Any changes in water consumption should be brought to our attention.

5. Keep your Pet Under Control.

Letting pets run loose takes years off their life. Statistics show pets spending the majority of their life outdoors do not live as long. Be sure your pet wears an ID Tag. Lost pets without ID Tags seldom are returned home. Order a pet identification tag from our front desk today, or add more protection by inquiring about pet microchip insertion for your pet’s security and pet health.

6. Vaccinations.

Maintaining appropriate vaccinations for this area prevents many serious diseases. Vaccination recommendations must be individualized for each pet based on breed, age, physical condition, environmental risk factors, and diseases prevalent to our area.

7. Heartworm Prevention.

Heartworms are a serious & deadly problem. All pets should be on monthly heartworm prevention. Talk to our staff to choose the best heartworm prevention option for your pet.

8. Prevent Obesity.

Extra pounds burden the heart, kidneys, muscles, & joints, decreasing life expectancy 30%-50%. It is much harder to lose weight than to prevent the weight gain. If your pet is prone to weight gain or has gained weight, speak to our staff for reducing diet and treat recommendations.

9. Dental Hygiene.

Tartar buildup is a result of bacterial infection in the mouth and leads to periodontitis. Many respiratory, kidney, liver, and heart infections are a result of bacteria spreading from the mouth. It is important to note that the “real” problem is what you don’t see (what is below the gum line) rather than what you do see (above the gum line.) Dental exams, routine use of dental hygiene products, and dental scaling/polishing are important for a healthy mouth. Please make inquiry as to the many options to promote your dog’s oral health available at our dental center.

10. Grooming & Nail Trimming.

Maintaining healthy skin & toe nails makes your pet more comfortable, prevents odor, and makes your pet “shine.” Poor skin & hair coat often indicate underlying medical problems. Ask to make an appointment with our staff for appointments to either trim your dog’s nails or give a Hydrosurge bath at our facility.

11. Flea & Tick Control.

We now have excellent weapons in our war on fleas & ticks. We recommend the new topical flea control drops available at the hospital. DO NOT BE FOOLED! The over-the-counter “look alikes” are not the same – and in fact can be fatal to some household pets.

12. Medicating Your Pet.

NEVER give human or pet medications not prescribed to your pet. Intolerances, toxicities, and reactions can occur if not using the proper medication or dosing.

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