Rutland Veterinary Clinic Blog
Top-of-the-line, nutritious food in your pet’s bowl? Check! An array of interesting and pounce-worthy pet toys all over the house? Yep! Daily walks that show up all the other owners with your dog’s incredible training and personality? You got it! It may seem like nothing is missing in your quest to be the most responsible pet owner around (and we agree!), but it’s always good to brush up on your skills.
At Rutland, we’re happy to celebrate Responsible Pet Owners Month and recognize people like you who keep their pets healthy and happy. In observance of this special month, we thought we’d outline some of the skills and talents exemplified by amazing owners like yourself.
It might start with a little extra begging between meals or cute, treat-worthy antics. Sometimes, pets are allowed to free-feed, a practice that inhibits portion and calorie control. Other times, owners feel guilty for leaving their pet alone and decide to treat them. Since pets don’t typically feed or exercise themselves, the root of pet obesity is overfeeding. However, there is good news. Pet obesity is entirely preventable and, once diagnosed, manageable!
Some pet owners glide from season to season seemingly unbothered by our climate’s requirements. However, in a place that commonly experiences single digits and sizable snowstorms, we know that cold weather pet care must remain a priority all season long.
We’re not saying you and your pet can’t enjoy the winter, but with a little extra care and vigilance, your fun factor can set new highs.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and also a potentially dangerous one for pets. When the temperatures drop and the holiday food and decorations come out, the risk of illness or injury to our pets increases.
Take a look around your home and make sure it’s a safe and inviting place for your four-legged family members. To help you out, your friends at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center have these essential holiday pet safety tips for creating a pet-friendly season.
A Festive Display
Decking the halls is a beloved holiday tradition, and as long as we keep pet safety in mind, we can continue to enjoy a festive home.
Cats are America’s top pet, but they don’t receive the same level of veterinary care and support as their counterparts. Some of this is due to the stress and fear related to traveling, but a major deterrent for cats and their owners is the cold, scary environment of many veterinary hospitals. At Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, we’re prepared to change that perception with our cat friendly practice, and we’re positive you’ll see the difference.
It’s well documented that cats visit the vet less often. Allowing routine wellness visits to slide can drastically affect a cat’s overall health and longevity. However, when visiting a cat friendly practice, cats receive the care they need while experiencing less stress and fear.
Establishing a good rapport with a cat is easier during kittenhood. Certainly, cats of all ages can learn to love the vet’s office, but if we can convince a young cat that we care for them, routine care is more likely in the long run.
A veterinary house call can be of great value to pets, owners, and veterinarians. A house call veterinarian is capable of doing most things available within the veterinary clinic. At a veterinary house call, we can perform wellness exams, vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, and pedicures; we can treat routine illnesses such as allergies, eye and ear issues, skin problems, and gastrointestinal issues; and we are able to manage a wide variety of chronic conditions such as arthritis, behavioral issues, diabetes, kidney disease, seizure disorders, and thyroid disease.
Benefits of a Veterinary House Call
The first (and most obvious) benefit of the veterinary house call is convenience. House calls bring veterinary care into your home. That means no driving to and from the vet clinic and less time commitment for owners. House calls also make veterinary care more accessible to people who are homebound, have mobility issues, or are unable to drive.
The importance of pet immunization may not be something most pet owners consider, but the fact remains that immunization saves millions of lives. Infectious diseases that once plagued our animal companions are no longer as common, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and the introduction of vaccines.
Vaccines are integral to the lifelong health of both cats and dogs. By following your veterinarian’s recommended vaccine schedule, you’re also reducing the spread of infectious diseases to others.
To observe National Pet Immunization Month, the team at Rutland wants to highlight some of the reasons vaccinations are so vital to the life of your pet companion.
As a pet owner, choosing the right veterinary clinic is a matter of trust and confidence. Knowing your pet is in good hands is essential, as is feeling supported in receiving the best care possible. That’s why knowing what an AAHA accreditation means to you and your pet is important.
Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center has been AAHA accredited since 1963. We’re happy to assure our clients that we strive at every level to meet and exceed AAHA standards of excellence.
What is AAHA?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) was founded in 1933 with the purpose of establishing and overseeing the veterinary profession and its reputation and guidelines. To date, it’s the only professional organization of its kind in the field of veterinary medicine.
You probably wouldn’t allow yourself to skip a day or two of brushing your teeth or avoiding all of your dental appointments. However, our pets often suffer from periodontal and other oral health problems due to lack of at-home care and professional cleanings.
While the task of brushing your pet’s teeth may be at the very bottom of your “fun list,” there are good reasons why pet dental care should get more attention. You may be surprised to learn just how connected oral hygiene is to a pet’s overall health.
Did you know that dental problems are among the most common reasons people bring their pets in to see us? Unfortunately, over two-thirds of adult cats and dogs over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease.
Along with tooth loss, broken teeth, and inflammation, one of the worst outcomes of neglected oral health is systemic illness.