Well it’s January, and if you are like millions of Americans, you have begun a New Year’s resolution to be healthier in 2017. So it makes sense that January is also National Walk Your Pet Month! Just like for us, exercise is essential to keep your pet healthy. Research supports that daily exercise helps maintain a healthy weight for your pet, and also decreases the risks of metabolic diseases ( such as diabetes), heart disease, arthritis, and injuries to the knees and back. I
With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, we at Valet Vet thought it would be nice to list the parts of the family meal that you can share with your pets. Disclaimer: Per the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, feeding dogs large quantities of a new food, as well as fatty foods such as turkey gravy, mashed potatoes with butter, and dressing, can cause pancreatitis. This potentially deadly inflammation of the pancreas produces severe symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, an
Feeding your pet rabbit should be easy and enjoyable. Remember that rabbits are herbivores who survive on grasses in the wild. Pet rabbits get a bit more variety than wild rabbits, but the basic nutrition should stay the same. The most important part of a rabbit's diet is timothy hay. Your rabbit should never run out of hay. Some people even use hay as bedding so that they can fill the whole bottom of the cage with the food product. The fiber of timothy hay is critical for p
Thanks to advances in veterinary care, more and more pets are living longer than ever before. As your pet ages, it is important to understand their specific needs and challenges. Regular visits with your veterinarian can help detect problems early before they become problems or lead to significant illness. Common Senior Pet Problems Eyes and Ears When your pet ages they will begin to develop age related conditions. For example, your pet may begin to lose their eye sight or he
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a client tell me that their pet has never been to the vet or, at least, not since their first round of vaccines or spay/neuter appointment. Every time I hear this, a little part of me dies inside. While I know that most clients love their pets dearly and correlate not seeing a veterinarian as some measure of success toward their efforts of caring for their pet’s overall health, more times than not, there is a lot they are missing.
(Dr. Gina examining a patient in her mobile clinic) Mobile veterinary care is quickly becoming very popular among pet parents in cities and towns across the United States. More and more pet parents are making the transition from traditional veterinary practice to specialized and focused care at home. These pet parents have found that mobile veterinary care is not only more convenient for their busy schedules, but a lot less stressful on their pets. There are many reason why p
I don't know about you, but I agonize over choosing names for my both my children and pets. I personally feel that names are super important. Maybe it is because as a child I desperately wanted my own identity (I'm an identical twin), or maybe, its because I really value uniqueness. Who knows. But I do know that when ever it's time to choose a name for one my kids or fur babies, I tend to stress a little more than most probably do. After all, a name is something you are stuck