Pet Care

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Need a vet?  The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) evaluates veterinary practices on  the quality of their facilities, staff, equipment and patient care.  Search the organization’s website for a list of accredited veterinarians in your area.

Routine care and preventative steps can go a long way in maintaining your pet’s health and minimizing the risk of finding yourself facing high medical care costs.  Spaying and neutering all animals can prevent many health care problems.  Administer regular vaccinations, heartworm and flea preventions.  Feed a high-quality food and provide plenty of fresh water.

Even the best cared-for pet may become ill or injured.  Early detection can make the difference in your pet’s health.

Symptoms of Illness

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Diarrhea, constipation or difficulty with urination
  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Difficulty breathing or excessive panting
  • Coughing, sneezing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Head shaking
  • Limping
  • Listlessness
  • Scooting
  • Constant scratching
  • Dull, patchy coat
  • Bad mouth odor
  • Lumps on or beneath the skin
  • A change in overall behavior

If your pet exhibits any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.