Pets need proper dental care just as much as they need proper medical care. That’s why Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital offers some of the area’s best dental care for pets.
In this video, you can listen to our founder, Dr. Marc Siebert, talk about our dental care options. He starts by discussing the importance of good dental hygiene before outlining the cleaning process from start to finish.
Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital offers your pets the best in dental care, as well as answers any questions you may have about home dental care. Call us at (917) 675-3708 to speak with a member of our team.
Vaccinations may not make your cat the happiest member of your family, but they are certainly necessary for your cat’s health. Missing even just one vaccination could result in painful and sometimes even fatal consequences for your pet cat. Read on for an overview of the three most important vaccinations your cat needs:
Distemper is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that is spread between cats through contact with contaminated saliva or feces. This highly debilitating disease can cause such symptoms as vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, loss of motor control, and unexplained fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in death. The distemper vaccine should be administered once a year.
This upper respiratory infection closely resembles distemper, but with the additional symptoms of conjunctivitis, anorexia, excessive drooling, and gluey discharge from the eyes and nose. It can be spread relatively easily between felines through sneezing and physical contact with saliva. The vaccine that prevents rhinotracheitis should also be administered annually, and you should monitor your cat closely after it receives the vaccine for signs of an adverse reaction.
One of the most feared of all animal-borne diseases, rabies attacks and destroys the brain from the inside out. In many municipalities, routine rabies shots are required for a cat to be licensed as a pet. Even if your municipality has no such law, it’s always a good idea to have your cat vaccinated anyway, as rabies can easily spread from cats to humans. In either case, there is no cure for rabies, which is why these shots are essential. The frequency of administration depends on the type of cat as well as your area’s municipal laws.
When the time comes for your cat to get its shots, bring it down to Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. Our expert veterinarians will administer their shots and perform a full checkup to ensure that your furry friend is in top physical shape and good health. To set up an appointment with us, call us at (917) 675-3708.
When pets are part of your life, keeping them happy and healthy is always on your mind. Whether it’s at home or on the road, and whether you are using traditional or holistic methods, you want your pet to have the best care possible. At Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, we provide gentle, loving care for pets. Call us at (917) 675-3708 for a thorough pet examination. To learn more about playing your part in pet health at home, take a look at these resources.
Have you ever considered using alternative methods like herbology for your pet? You can begin your research on this ancient practice with this article.
If you have a foreign trip coming up, be sure to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get the health certificates and vaccines you’ll need for your pet to travel with you.
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Does your dog like to ride in the car with his head out the window? The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that’s a safety no-no. You will find the rest of the ASPCA’s tips for car rides with pets at this page.
Your pet is part of the family, and your vacation wouldn’t be the same without your animal companion. So how do you make sure your pet is comfortable and safe while you’re traveling? Review these tips to ensure good pet care when you’re on the road.
Visit Your Veterinarian
Make sure you have proof that your pet’s vaccinations are current, as these are required for foreign travel and sometimes for interstate trips. Also, some airlines require a health certificate that is dated within 10 days of your trip. Having your pet equipped with an identification microchip is also a good idea in case you are inadvertently separated.
Decide on Transport
Most airlines are used to transporting pets; just check with the airline you’ve chosen and follow its specific animal care guidelines. Small pets can usually ride with you as long as they stay in a carrier stowed under the seat. Larger animals usually will have to travel in cargo. Most bus and train companies don’t allow animals, but driving is always an option, and there are many pet-friendly hotels.
Select Your Carrier
It’s best to keep your pets inside a carrier or strapped into a harness while you’re driving. This prevents them from distracting you and keeps them safe in the event of a sudden stop. Make sure the carrier is big enough for them to stand up and turn around in, and strap the carrier in place for maximum safety.
Bring the Basics
If space permits, bring food and water from home. Switching brands of food or varieties of tap water as you travel from place to place can cause digestive problems—the last thing you want when you’re in a car with an animal. Also make sure you have an adequate supply of any medicine your veterinarian has prescribed.
Your veterinarian can be your best friend when it comes to pet travel. At Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, our staff members are also pet owners who can advise you on traveling safely with your beloved friend. Call us at (917) 675-3708 to schedule a consultation at our office in Chelsea.
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