Pet owners increasingly demand the same degree of care for their pets as they expect for their family. Learn about how advancements in pet care demonstrate how veterinarians are helping these pets live longer and happier lives.
Pet owners increasingly demand the same degree of care for their pets as they expect for their family. Advancements in pet care demonstrate how veterinarians are helping these pets live longer and happier lives.
Microchip Identification - The microchip is a tiny form of computerized identification implanted under a pet’s skin by a veterinarian. Microchips supplement traditional collar and tag identification. They do not replace them. Once the chip is in place, it can be scanned to provide necessary information to reunite an owner with a lost or stolen pet.
Flea Control - Pet owners have several new options in controlling fleas, ranging from topically applied solutions that kill fleas on contact to new pills and oral liquids. Many of these products are used only once a month. New lawn products contain live organisms that feed on flea larvae, eliminating the need for chemicals and insecticides.
Pain Control - Veterinarians have always had the primary responsibility of alleviating animals’ pain and suffering. Veterinarians now use nicotine-patch technology to offer animals better pain control. Pets receive even, sustained pain control over several days without the inconvenience of pills or injections.
Behavior Modification - Behavior modification programs can help you prevent or correct pet behavior problems. Puppy socialization classes and individualized counseling is offered by many veterinary hospitals. Common, yet manageable behavior problems include digging, barking, biting, and housesoiling.
Dentistry - In addition to pain relief, dental procedures for pets offer many other health benefits. Many kidney and heart valve infections in dogs and cats are related to bacteria originating in the mouth. Aggressive veterinary dentistry has greatly improved the length and quality of many pets’ lives. Regular dental visits are recommended for the treatment of calculus, abscessed teeth, and periodontal disease.