Frenship Vet Clinic’s pet health care primer: what you need to do and when

Frenship Vet Clinic reminds you that it’s every pet owner’s responsibility to properly care for their animal companions and ensure that they get the health care they need for a long, rich life.

We love our pets for the unconditional love and joy they bring into our lives every day. In return, it’s our responsibility to properly care for them and ensure that they get the health care they need for a long, rich life.

“It’s up to owners to ensure that their pet’s health stays on track for life,” says Dr. Steve of Frenship Vet Clinic. “Owning a pet can be one of life’s greatest joys, providing you with a best friend and a constant companion. Make sure that you repay your pet’s loyalty by caring for him and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that you can both benefit from.”

As you’re making your New Year’s resolutions for a healthy 2013, add these pet care resolutions to your list:

• Vaccinate regularly. Between 6 and 16 weeks of age, pets need to start a regular schedule of vaccinations. For dogs, vaccines for distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus are needed. For cats, shots will generally include panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis and calcivirus and perhaps feline leukemia. Rabies vaccinations are also essential for both cats and dogs, and should be given regularly throughout your pet’s lifetime.

• Spay or neuter your pet. Spaying or neutering is an essential part of responsible pet ownership. However, even pet parents who know how important the procedure is might not be aware of how early a pet can start reproducing. Spaying/neutering your pet can be done before their first heat cycle. Dr. Steve recommends doing the procedure when the pet is five months old.

• Keep up with preventive care. In addition to vaccines, you need to protect your pet from other threats to their health. Some of the most common concerns are ticks, fleas and worms. For both kittens and puppies, you can start fighting heartworm early, by beginning a program of heartworm medication at 6 weeks. If your puppy is older than 7 months and you’re not sure whether he’s been given heartworm medication in the past, you should have him tested before you start any prevention measures.

• Prevent fleas and ticks. Keeping your pet free of fleas and ticks will make his life more comfortable and also help prevent diseases. Start a regular flex and tick prevention program using medications recommended by your veterinarian.

• Care for your pet’s teeth. Did you know that the health of your pet’s mouth directly affects overall health, quality of life, behavior and even longevity? Every dog and cat needs professional and home care for their dental needs! “Periodontal (gum) disease is the number one diagnosed problem in dogs and cats. Dental cleaning and scaling under anesthesia should be done annually or as recommended,” explains Dr. Steve.

Be pro-active to prevent illness and injury and keep your pet healthy and happy! Frenship Vet Clinic is your partner in providing the best health care for pets of all kinds, and their staff is happy to answer any questions you may have.

Frenship Vet Clinic is located at 202 E Hwy 62 in Wolfforth (on the access road). Call 806-866-2838. Frenship Vet Clinic offers a full range of pet health services, including vaccinations, dental, other preventative medicine, diagnostics, internal medicine, surgery, and more.

Visit www.frenshipvet.com for more information. There you can learn more about Dr. Steve and the staff, read articles, and access resources like an online pet pharmacy.

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