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Visit us for comprehensive veterinary care
Aticle BannerHumans are supposed to go to the doctor every year for a well visit. The same goes for our cats and dogs. At San Marco Animal Hospital, we urge you to schedule annual check-ups for your pet. During these visits we can help keep your pet healthy by identifying problems early while they are more easily treated, and often less expensive.

Our pets age at about six to seven times the rate of humans, which makes it even more crucial to maintain yearly check-ups as they get older.

During an annual exam, the vet will do a full physical exam of your pet and compare these notes with the previous visit. Temperature and weight are taken, and a visual examination of the skin, eyes and coat give the vet an indication of your pet’s health. If you have any concerns, annual exams are a great time to bring them up with your vet.

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Taking care of a disabled pet
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is on December 3. While we focus on disabled people, we shouldn’t forget the disabled animals, who are also crying out for help.

If you own a disabled pet, you would have some idea about what they go through. If you care for this pet properly, it wouldn’t become a burden to you. In fact, you and your pet would find great joy in your relationship.

Some helpful tips:
  • Build a routine – Thinking about your pet’s needs may overwhelm you, but if you incorporate these activities into a daily routine, it will be easier to motivate yourself. Your pet will also get used to this routine over time, and will look forward to it.
  • Speak to your vet, who would be the best source of support and information.
  • Get a second opinion – Some veterinarians may offer specialized advice on pets’ neurological conditions. You may receive innovative solutions and treatment plans that will work, and give your pet better quality of life.
  • Find a support group – Get in touch with others who are dealing with the same situation and learn how they tackle it. Empathy, encouragement and useful tips can be shared among group members. Get friends and family to help you without trying to do everything yourself.
  • Search online - The internet hosts a wealth of information including how to care for disabled pets, and on special discounted items for needy animals.
  • Look after yourself – Taking care of a disabled animal could be stressful. It’s important that you look after yourself too to ensure that you are not negatively affected.
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Protect your pets during festive season
Christmas and New Year are times of joy and festivities for us, but is it the same for our four-legged companions? As we decorate our homes with Christmas trees, lights and tinsel and stock our larders with festive meal ingredients, there are certain things that pet owners should be concerned about. We should take care to ensure that this season is free of dangers for our furry friends.

Among the foods which should be kept away from cats and dogs is chocolate, which is highly toxic to them, causing serious poisoning and indigestion. Agitation, heart problems, hyperexcitability, tremors, and life-threatening convulsions are among the symptoms. Grapes, sultanas, and raisins; garlic and onions; Macadamia nuts; leftover turkey; fatty foods; and alcohol are some unsuitable consumables.

A Christmas tree poses its own dangers. Floral arrangements including seasonal plants like poinsettia, holly, ivy, and mistletoe are dangerous for both cats and dogs while lilies could even be lethal to cats. Decorations on Christmas trees, electric bulbs and wires can put our pets at risk of electrocution, strangulation and indigestion.

Another danger facing our pets is crackers and fireworks. The loud noises and lights increase their anxiety, resulting in lost and ‘run away’ pets. Bring your pets indoors and prepare a comfortable place for them with their familiar bedding, and toys. Having someone stay with them to make them feel calm and secure and distracting them with some activities or music are good ideas. You can ensure their safety by microchipping them and having ID tags with updated information, so that even if they do get lost, you should be able to find them.

Parvovirus kills many unvaccinated puppies, so protect your new furbaby by calling 904-516-9767 to schedule an exam and necessary vaccinations for your puppy.
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