The Importance of Annual Pet Blood Tests
Veterinarians recommend blood work for your pet for many reasons. Sometimes we recommend blood work when your pet is sick to help us determine why your pet is sick, how best to treat them or whether more diagnostic tests are needed. However, sometimes we recommend blood work when your pet is seemingly healthy at their yearly wellness exam or before a surgical procedure.
Why is this? Yearly blood work is a vital tool for preventative health care. Routine blood work can help us diagnose illness in your pet before they even start showing signs at home. This could mean an early cure for your pet, but even in illnesses we can't cure early detection is important. It can help us make changes for your pet that could slow the progression or decrease the severity of diseases. These changes may be a simple as a diet change or increasing the frequency of their routine exams.
How to Prepare a Pet Emergency Kit
As Hurricane Sandy approaches, we urge you PLEASE don't forget about your pets! It is a great idea to have a Hurricane Pet Emergency Kit. This emergency kit should include:
Feeding Your New Puppy: Diet Recommendations
We recommend feeding your puppy a high-quality nutritional diet. Low-quality pet food often contains filler products that provide no nutritional value to your puppy’s health. A puppy will absorb more nutrients from a higher-quality diet which causes it to produce less stool.
Preventing Heartworm and Lyme Disease
Heartworm disease is transferred to your pet by the mosquito. The mosquito transfers the worm larvae from an infected dog to your pet. The larvae then develop into worms that live in your pet’s heart and vessels. The veterinary staff of The Animals’ Hospital of Levittown recommends giving your pet heartworm prevention on a monthly basis, year round.
Pet Surgery FAQs
Is Anesthetic Safe for My Pet?
Today's modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at The Animals' Hospital of Levittown, we perform a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics, to ensure that a fever or other illness won't be a problem. We also adjust the amount and type of anesthetic used depending on the health of your pet.
Vaccination Schedule for Cats
Vaccinations are an important part of keeping your cat happy and healthy. Our veterinarians recommend that your kitten begins its vaccination schedule at 6-8 weeks of age (following the guidelines set below).
Vaccination Schedule for Dogs
Vaccinations are an important part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. The Animals’ Hospital of Levittown recommends that your puppy begins its vaccination schedule at 6 weeks of age and ends it at 16 week of age.