If you’re a pet owner, it’s important to be as familiar as possible with your pet so that you can easily recognize when something is wrong. You can learn how to perform a routine pet check on your cat by watching this video from the ASPCA.
First, check your cat’s ears for any signs of odor, redness, or discharge. Check the eyes for signs of redness or runniness. Gently open your cat’s mouth and check the tongue, gums, and teeth to make sure they are healthy. Run your hands over your cat’s entire body to check for any lumps or abnormalities that should be examined by a veterinarian. For a full demonstration, watch the video.
When your pet needs a wellness exam, come to Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital in New York City. Our caring and knowledgeable veterinarians offer an extensive range of pet care services, such as vaccinations and acupuncture. To arrange an appointment, call (917) 675-3708.
If you’re considering taking your pet on your next vacation, you’re not alone. According to a 2010 study, 61% of all pet owners in the U.S. take their animal companion on a trip at least once a year. Before you hit the road, however, you should pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
Is your pet up to date on his or her vaccinations? If you aren’t sure, a trip to the vet will enable you to be sure of whether your pet can travel safely. A pet is likely to encounter other animals on a trip, and encountering a virus or a germ that he or she is not immunized against could result in a serious illness. If you are planning an overseas trip, most countries require that your pet be accompanied by proof of various vaccinations or a USDA-certified health certificate.
If you are planning to fly, you should ask your veterinarian whether your pet has any conditions that could be aggravated by traveling at a high altitude. If your pet has a respiratory disorder or a heart condition, air travel could induce vomiting, fever, or diarrhea. Even a pet without such a condition may be prone to altitude sickness. Check with your airline to make sure there are no restrictions on pet travel that you are not aware of.
It’s equally important to consult a veterinarian if you are planning to drive. If a pet is not used to the car, a long car ride could induce motion sickness, hyperactivity, or severe anxiety. You should take your pet on several shorter trips before a long one, and watch for signs of distress or nausea. If your pet seems to be exceptionally bothered by these trips or becomes sick afterward, talk to your vet about possible medications that you can use to calm your pet.
At Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, we provide comprehensive pet care services, drawing on both Western and Eastern medicinal traditions. Our veterinarians are caring, experienced, and utterly professional. Contact us today at (917) 675-3708 to schedule an appointment for your pet.
Keeping your pet healthy is key to giving it a long and comfortable life. Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital provides excellent veterinary care, caring support, and top-notch treatment options so you can keep your loving companion safe, happy, and healthy. Call us today at (917) 675-3708.
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