Cat Care

3 Common Reasons Your Cat Is Vomiting and What to Do About It

If your cat is vomiting, you’ll want to know why like a good cat parent. Very few people know the truth behind feline vomiting.

It’s time to demystify this topic once and for all.

Here are 3 reasons why cats throw up:

1. Why Your Cat is Vomiting: Hair Balls

Vomiting in cats is a normal behavior, but not normal enough to ignore. On average, cats vomit twice per month, usually from hairballs.

Anything more than that is a cause for concern.

Because cats self-groom with their tongues, a lot of that hair winds up in their digestive tracts. If your cat is constantly hacking up hairballs, then you have a problem.

Try brushing your cat a few times a week to get rid of any excess hair that might become hairballs. You can also take your cat to the groomer every 6 months or so. There’s also special “hairball” formula treats and food you can invest in.

2. Your Cat’s Eating Habits

Your cat’s eating habits can be one of the causes of vomiting. For instance, your cat eating something off the floor that doesn’t agree with its stomach might result in vomiting.

How fast does your cat eat? Eating too fast can cause cats to vomit. Breaking up wet food into smaller chunks can slow down your cat’s chowing.

If you serve your cat wet food, you might be in the habit of putting your kitty’s leftovers in the refrigerator. Your cat’s food being too cold can cause vomiting.

If you want to keep serving your cat leftovers, make sure the leftover wet food has warmed to room temperature before serving.

Some cats that lived in situations where food was scarce. They tend to eat a lot of food at once, but this can cause vomiting. If this is your problem, change your cat’s diet and serve your cat small portions throughout the day.

If your cat’s eating habits are fine, then it’s time to face the unsettling truth:

3. There’s Something Wrong With Your Cat

Why do cats throw up? If it’s not for any of the aforementioned reasons, your cat is probably sick. Frequent vomiting in cats is a sign of a serious medical condition.

Monitor your cat’s behavior and look for other symptoms. Is your cat vomiting (especially with blood present), having diarrhea, being lethargic, dehydrated, losing weight, or eating and drinking less? If so, you’ll have to visit the vet.

There are many conditions that your cat vomiting could be a symptom of. Your veterinarian will need to run tests to narrow down a diagnosis.

If your cat vomits, wait for 2 hours afterward until you reintroduce food and water. You can also feed your cat a bland diet of boiled potatoes, skinless chicken, and plain rice.

Treat Your Cat With Care

More than half of the cats in the United States haven’t seen a veterinarian in the past year. Please don’t wait if you think your cat needs to go to the vet.

Around 81% of American cat owners see their cats as self-sufficient enough to take care of themselves. This is wrong. Your cat needs your help. If your cat is vomiting, it’s your responsibility to make sure everything is okay.

Invest in your cat’s life and learn more about preventative care for cats. It’ll bring you closer to your feline friend.

5 Human Foods Cats Can’t Eat

Does your furry friend get into mischief from time to time? Cats are known for having a mind of their own in addition to how cute and cuddly they can be. It’s not unlikely for them to find unusual places to lounge or to scratch at some of your furniture every once in a while.

But, one thing you absolutely can’t let your cat do, is eat whatever’s in the kitchen. Most cats stick to their kibble and special treats. Still, sometimes, they take it upon themselves to get a taste of scraps on the floor or something you’ve left sitting out.

The good news is not all human food is harmful to cats. Here are foods cats can’t eat that you definitely need to watch out for, though.

1. Chocolate

You’ve heard this rule if you’re a dog owner, but it’s worth reinforcing it for cats. Do not give your pet chocolate! As delicious and tasty as it can be for you, it can cause serious stomach issues for them.

Not to mention, cats can develop a lactose intolerance as they age. This makes any amount of chocolate twice as bad if it is milk chocolate or made with something like caramel.

2. Citrus

While chocolate is kind of an obvious no-no, you may not be aware of how harmful citrus can be. Oranges, lemons, and grapefruit have a similar digestive effect as chocolate.

They can cause an upset stomach which leads to a lack of eating. Or, citrus may be the reason for your cat’s vomiting or diarrhea.

3. Grapes

It’s one thing to deal with a stinky litter box for a few days and another to have to rush your cat to the vet. That can be the case if your kitty eats a few grapes. Grapes are highly toxic to animals.

They can cause death in cats and dogs, or lead to long-term issues if the animal survives. Grapes may result in kidney failure in your little one.

4. Garlic

Another food to watch out for is garlic. When cats eat garlic, their red blood cells suffer and they may get anemia. You can’t spot this with your naked eye, but a suddenly lazy cat or lightened gums are the only signs you need in order to tell that your cat has gotten into the garlic.

5. Tomatoes

Last but not least, tomatoes. Tomatoes are highly poisonous vegetables to cats.

They can cause digestive problems that go beyond a little bit of vomit or stinky poops. The symptoms are strong enough to require emergency care right away. This goes for tomatoes of all kinds, shapes, and sizes.

What to Do When Your Cat Gets Their Paws on the Human Foods Cats Can’t Eat

If you think your cat has eaten any of the foods above, take them to see the vet right away. Also, keep in mind there are other foods cats can’t eat, so be careful when giving them treats of human food or feeding them scraps.

Always make sure you cook your cat’s food all the way through if you like to prepare it yourself and try to buy the highest quality kibble for them if you can. Every part of their diet counts.

For more preventive care insights for cats, click here!

Why You Should Get a Pet from a Shelter

Would you like to have a cuddly little cat to curl up to you? Or maybe you’d like a sweet little puppy to play with! Animals are remarkable creatures with a lot of love to give. If you like to return love to a deserving animal, please consider adopting from your local humane society.

How do pets end up in shelters?

It’s rarely ever that a pet is relinquished to shelter because something was “wrong” with it. Remember: There are no bad pets, only bad owners. Occasionally, an owner might ask that a pet be re-homed due to moving, allergies or budget constraints. No matter what reason the animal has for being in a shelter, it’s never their fault. They still have a lot of love to give.

Shelter animals are healthy

This is for sure; they’re healthier than they’d be on the street! The first thing a shelter does with an animal in their care is screen for health problems and tries to treat them. The animals at these shelters receive regular veterinary care plus volunteers to make sure they’re free of parasites. Often, the fees for vaccinations and spaying or neutering will be included in the adoption fee.

If you would like a puppy or a kitten

Understandable. Part of the joy of being a pet owner is watching them grow from a tiny puppy or kitten and training them yourself. If this is what you want, then shelters are not in any way hunting for puppies and kittens. If breeding is unchecked, one cat and her offspring could produce 420,000 kittens in seven years! A dog and her offspring with breeding unchecked could have 67,000 puppies in six years! However, do keep in mind the older animals need homes too. If you’d prefer a dog who’s already been trained and is ready to slow down and grow old with you, maybe the older dog is best.

If you would rather have a bunny rabbit….

Then hop right down to your local animal shelter some weeks after Easter. Many people get live rabbits as Easter favors, only to find they’re not up to the full task of caring for such a fragile animal. If you know you’ve got what it takes to care…really care…for a rabbit, you might find some bunny at your local animal shelter. Unfortunately, some people who take in exotic animals like ferrets or guinea pigs and find they’re not up to the task think it will be fine to abandon such an animal. If the animal is lucky, they’ll be found by an animal shelter and given to a competent guardian.

 

Protect Your Pets: Recommended Cat and Dog Vaccination Schedule

Food, water, and a little bit of love. These are the things we strive to give our pets.

But what about taking them to the vet and ensuring they are healthy? Unknown to many people, there are timelines of what shots pets need, based on their age.

Read on to discover more about the recommended vaccination schedules for cats and dogs. You’ll learn what’s best for your pets and how to help them stay healthy no matter what their age.

Knowing the Cat Vaccination Schedule

Cat vaccinations are broken down into different timelines within a cat’s life. This includes:

  • Baby kittens who are under one year old
  • Cats that are young adults, ages 1-5
  • Older cats ages 5-10

With cats, there are some vaccinations they can skip, depending on their lifestyle.

Indoor cats don’t need feline leukemia if they are kept indoors religiously. Although these treatments don’t cause harm to a cat when they are young, there’s no need to subject the animal to them if they don’t go outdoors.

We recommend all cats be given heartworm prevention year round, whether they are indoor or outdoor cats, as this is a mosquito transmitted disease. As well, there is no vaccine available for heartworm prevention.

Use your own judgment when deciding what is best for your pets. Regardless of their lifestyle, all cats need vaccinations to protect against rabies.

Understanding the Dog Vaccination Schedule

Dog vaccinations get a little tricky. Like the cat, they are broken down along the following timeline:

  • Puppy, for the first year of life
  • Young dog, age 1-5
  • Older dog, ages 5-10

Dogs go outside more often than cats since they need walks to relieve themselves. For pet owners that take their mutts to the dog park, there are certain procedures they need to follow to ensure protection.

Rabies is always required for dogs. Owners that don’t get the vaccination and license their dog find themselves at risk for fines.

Studies show that once a dog reaches the older adult phase, they don’t need certain vaccines, such as parvo or bordetella. Always talk to your vet, and look to your dog’s age, health, and lifestyle for cues.

The Needs of Older Pets

Older pets have special needs.

They get tired quickly, have weaker immune systems, and don’t spend as much time outside. A whole list of vaccinations isn’t a necessity for pets once they reach the mark of ten years or older.

Dogs or cats that have cancer, or other diseases that contribute to a weaker immune system don’t need the same vaccinations a healthy puppy would.

Since these dogs aren’t running outdoors as much, and have developed immune systems, vaccinations do they bodies more harm than good. When in doubt, talk with your vet and ask them questions about your dog’s health.

The answers may surprise you, and help you feel comfortable with your decision.

Let Us Help

Taking care of your pets is a lifelong process that goes on until the last day. You don’t have to figure it out alone.

We are happy to help you and your pet at whatever stage of life they are at.

If you have questions about the dog vaccination schedule or aren’t sure how old your pet is, give us a call. We are here to help, whatever your needs are.

CATNIP Facts for Cat Owners

While cats are known to be far more independent than dogs are, these furry creatures are also playful and agile that love to be held, petted, and cuddled with. Cat owners know how little grooming their pets require, and will do just fine with a moderate amount of attention. But as cat owners ourselves, we usually just cannot get enough of cuddling with them or especially the sound of a cat purring. One of the ways to make your cat purr as a result of her having a pleasurable experience is through the magic of catnip.

Catnip is a member of the mint family which has a unique effect on cats. Also known as Catmint, Cats’ plant, Cat cocaine, and Kitty crack, about two-thirds of all cats react to catnip the intensity of which can vary. It is completely healthy for it to be used for cats. Cat owners can use it to train, entertain, and also make their cats perform exercises. Cats lesser than six months of age, that are not sexually active do not respond to Catnip.

So what exactly happens to Cats when they come in contact with catnip? The main ingredient Nepetalactone is a mild hallucinogenic that gives cats a high. It makes them behave hyperactively and are rarely aggressive. The effect stays for about 10 minutes and the cats do not experience any hangover after it. It is also not addictive and has a great shelf life if stored in a freezer.

Check out this infographic from CatsPhD to check out other facts related to Catnip. Learn about other herbs that have a similar effect on cats, and how catnip affect humans does.


Infographic created by CatsPhD.com.

How to Choose the Best Pet Food Brands for Your Pet

We all know how the value of a healthy diet. But maintaining a healthy diet is easier said than done.

That’s especially true when it comes to our pets. There’s no shortage of competition when it comes to the pet food market. In fact, global pet food sales exceeded $75 billion in 2016.

Our pets rely on us to give them quality food. When it comes to your dog or cat, you only want the best.

With so many pet food brands to choose from how do you know which is best? Here are some tips on finding the best options for your pet.

Quality Meat & Protein

One of the most important things to look for in an animal’s food is quality protein from real meat.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials recommends dogs have between 18 and 22 percent protein in their diet. Cats need a similar amount of protein to maintain a healthy diet.

Unfortunately, many pet food brands have become adept at deceiving customers. They indicate that their food contains “meat” without specifying the protein source.

Look for brands that include specific protein labels. Pet food should be high in protein and include multiple types of meat like turkey, lamb, chicken or beef.

Avoid Chemical Preservatives

It’s never too late to change your pet’s diet.

One positive change you can make is to avoid chemical preservatives. Some pet food brands use additives and preservatives that can harm your animal.

Common preservatives you should avoid include Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Propylene Glycol (PG). Consuming these preservatives can cause long-term health damage and even lead to cancer.

Another preservative to avoid is Ethoxyquin. It’s an approved food additive used in animal feed that’s also used in pesticides. Long-term consumption can damage your pet’s liver.

Find brands that use natural preservatives and look out for these chemical preservatives.

What are the best pet food brands?

Pet owners are always on the lookout for the best pet food brand. There are a number of high-quality brands. However, it’s hard to call one brand superior.

There are many factors to consider when purchasing pet food. You need to find a food brand that matches your pet’s age, health, and dietary restrictions.

First evaluate whether you have a growing, mature, or senior animal. You should then decide whether your animal needs dry food, wet food, or freeze-dried food. Keep in mind whether your animal needs special food, such as grain-free dog food.

Once you weigh these factors, you should look for brands that come highly recommended by experts. Your local veterinarian should have a few recommendations of good brands for your pet.

You can also look at FDA’s pet food guidelines. Make sure that your preferred brand is in line with their standards.

You want a brand that is safe, reliable and a good fit for your pet. Weigh all of these factors to find the best brand for your animal.

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7 Pet Safety Tips: Avoid an Emergency This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, not the season to be panicked.

The holiday celebrations can be a very dangerous time for your furry family members. From decorations to harmful foods, hazards are everywhere.

The last thing you want to worry about is your dog or cat getting sick. You want to enjoy spending time with your family, not rushing your dog or cat for emergency pet care.

Read about these seven pet safety tips to keep your fur babies safe this holiday season.

1. Stick to Pet Food

Pet owners sometimes feel guilty that they’re eating delicious food while their pets look at them with those cute eyes and beg for a treat. You might think, “What’s the harm in giving them just a little?”

For starters, bits of bone in the chicken or turkey leg can get stuck in their throats. Or it may splinter, causing cuts and abrasions inside their digestive tracts.

Other foods are outright toxic. Hopefully, you already know not to give dark chocolate and grapes to dogs. Spices such as sage can cause upset stomachs, while nutmeg can cause seizures to pets.

2. The Folly of Decking the Halls with Holly

Like many foods, some plants used as decorations to create the holiday ambiance are unsafe for pets.

Catwoman famously said that mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it (but a kiss is even deadlier). This applies to regular cats as well.

Holly and the sap of poinsettia can cause vomiting when ingested. Other plants that are toxic when consumed are amaryllis, balsam, and cedar.

3. Hold Onto Your Drinks

Celebrations and drinking go hand in hand. Still, you might want to keep your drinks in your hand.

Alcohol can be very harmful to pets and they might be tempted to take a sip out of an unattended glass. Keep temptation at bay by keeping glasses out of reach.

4. Stranger Danger

Your furry friend will be around lots of unfamiliar faces, from visiting relatives to delivery people. This can cause them to feel anxiety and stress, increasing the likelihood to bite.

It’s probably safer for everyone (especially kids) if you put your pet inside their crates. It’s also easy for your pet to escape with all the people coming and going.

5. Caution: Decoration in Progress

If you could make your pet wear a hardhat, now is the time. Hazardous things for your pet are everywhere during this festive period.

The Christmas tree can topple over and crush your pet if not secured properly. If your pet eats ornaments such as tinsel and glass balls, surgery is the worst consequence. Chewing on electrical cords is another potential threat.

6. Health Is the Best Gift

We love giving and receiving gifts, but you have to be careful if you have pets. The materials used to wrap gifts such as wrapping paper, ribbons, and strings can cause intestinal blockage.

Batteries in toys can cause acid burns. Small batteries can also be easily swallowed and removal may require surgery.

7. Mittens and Kittens

Animals can be very sensitive to temperature changes.

Prepare your pets for the cold weather with winter coats or gear, especially if they’re getting on in age.

Emergency Pet Care Is Available

Sometimes, things happen no matter how careful you are.

For emergency pet care services, you can call or visit us anytime.

The Coolest Cat Presents of the Season

We love our cats. There are 95.6 million cats owned as pets in the US. They are like our family members and so we buy our cat presents.

It’s the time for fun and for sharing the love. Families get together, friends try to keep in touch and a time for sharing holiday cheer.

Have some fun and share your love for your cuddly cat this holiday season with these 10 cool cat presents.

1. Feather Cat Toy

Watching your cat stalk, chase and jump is fun and these natural behaviors are fun for your cat too. The Etrech Retractable Wand Toy with 8 feathers look like lots of fun. You are helping your cat get exercise too.

2. High Tech Toy

You would like to play with your cat but haven’t the energy after eating too much holiday food? Try the Tacobear Cat Toys LED Light Exercise Cat Training Tool.

It’s USB charged so there are no batteries to replace. Your cat will love chasing the light around the room while you chill out.

3. Travel Tote

Many people travel to see family and friends during the holidays but this can be a difficult time for your cat. If you take your cat with you a really good pet carrier will mean a stress-free journey for your cat and convenience for you.

Mr. Peanut’s range of airline approved soft sided pet carriers are worth a look. With comforting, fleece bedding both you and your cat will soon be purring contentedly.

4. Travel Bowl

On the subject of travel, you will need to take care that your cat doesn’t go thirsty or hungry on the journey. A collapsible Silicone Pet Bowl from IDEGG is convenient and comes in funky colors too.

When collapsed each bowl folds away to 0.5 inches thick and pops up to hold 12 fluid ounces of water or 1.5 cups of cat food. The color matched carabiners can be clipped to your backpack or pet travel tote.

5. Cat Condo

Cats love a place to scratch and stretch. Having a purpose-built cat condo means your cat doesn’t have to damage your furniture while expressing this natural behavior.

The CozyCatFurniture Cat Condo Corner Kitty Furniture with sisal rope and carpet covering comes in a range of colors. This way your cat’s decor can match yours.

6. Mouse Based Fun

Playing cat and mouse is fun all year round but cat presents with catnip makes them special. The Jolly Moggy Mice Catnip Toy is made of hessian and is filled with enticing catnip.

7. Tempting Cat Treats

We like to have something special to eat and perhaps a tempting treat or two. Give your cat a treat with Temptations Classic Treats. They come in lots of flavors.

8. Personalised Pet Present

The Ultimate Pawprint Keepsake Kit allows you to make a pawprint as a personalized festive memory. Add your cats name to the white clay ornament. The ribbons make this full kit a pretty pet present.

10. Holiday Hat and Scarf

The Bascolor Cat Christmas Costume is the warmest of presents combining seasonal cheer with comfort. The Santa hat is so cute.

Cat Presents

Having fun over the festive season is about including everyone and that goes for your pets too. Don’t leave your cat out.

A present for your cat is a present for you too. Seeing them having fun and enjoying presents is special for both of you.

For more ideas about toys for your cat click here.

What Explains the Sounds Cats Make?

If you’re a cat owner, you’re familiar with the scenario.

One minute, you’re lounging on your couch binge-watching the Animal Planet with your feline friend. Then, you hear it: a sweet, reassuring rumble that vibrates her little, curled-up body.

While a purr is one of the most common sounds cats make, it’s far from the only one. Today, we’re discussing a few more noises you might hear from your kitty, and what’s behind them.

Ready to learn more? Let’s go!

1. Meowing

One of the first concepts we teach babies is that dogs say “woof,” pigs say “oink,” and of course, cats say “meow.”

What we don’t usually discuss with tykes is that it’s not quite that cut and dry.

Though it’s one of the most widely known sounds cats make, a “meow” can mean many different things coming from behind those whiskers.

When your kitty says “meow,” take a look at her environment. Is her water bowl empty? Are you distracted and not watching her cool yarn tricks?

Sometimes, it’s simply a greeting. Other times, it’s a call for attention or a plea for food.

2. Purring

Ah, the glorious cat purr.

It can be soft and subtle, or it can sound like it’s coming from a grown man.

Either way, it’s a gentle way your kitty can let you know she feels safe and content.

Keep in mind, however, that a purr can sometimes mean your kitty isn’t feeling well or is uneasy. When this is the case, her purr is less of an affectionate response and more of a self-soothing mechanism.

Again, the key to discernment is analyzing her environment. Are there other animals around that might be causing her anxiety? Or, are you stroking her ears as she lies on your pillow?

If it’s the former, she may feel threatened and is purring defensively. If it’s the latter, consider it her way of saying, “I love you, too.”

3. Hissing

Of all the sounds cats make, hissing is arguably the least precious — and for good reason.

When a cat hisses, she’s not trying to get your attention or return your affection. Rather, she needs a little space and it’s wise to give that to her.

If the ominous, snake-like sound isn’t enough to push you away, her body will also relay the warning. Often, a hissing cat will flatten her ears against her head, open her mouth widely, and move her tail quickly back and forth as an alert.

Though a hiss can seem threatening to you, it’s likely that your cat is actually the one who feels vulnerable. Let her hang out for a while alone in her favorite hiding spot. She’ll come out when she feels the danger has passed.

4. Chattering

Have you ever watched your cat eyeball a squirrel outside the window, then express frustration when she couldn’t swat at it with her paw?

If so, you’ve likely heard her chatter. Also known as “chirrup,” this noise sounds like a combination of a “meow” mixed with a sheep’s bleat.

When a cat chatters, she’s expressing excitement, mixed with a little frustration. It’s especially common to hear chattering when two or more cats are joined together and spot something interesting!

5. Caterwauling

You might not have known what to call it, but chances are you’ve heard your cat caterwaul.

A kitty in heat will make this sound, as will one that’s seeking a mate. The irony? It’s a loud, shrill wail that sounds about as romantic as a root canal.

Yet, what might not make sense to us is perfectly understandable in the animal kingdom, so don’t be surprised if the call attracts the attention of nearby cats!

Understanding Your Kitty and the Sounds Cats Make

Your cat is a bonafide member of your family. As such, it’s helpful to understand when she needs your help, when she’s looking for your attention, or when she just wants you to keep rubbing her belly.

As Sykesville Veterinary Clinic, we know how important your pets are to you. That’s why, for more than 20 years, we’ve provided our clients, and their humans, with expert medical care and attention.

Contact us to schedule an appointment for your furry friend today!

7 Reasons Why Your Fuzzy Buddy Needs Veterinarian Care

Your little furry friends are more than just pets. They’re like extended family members. In fact, most people view their pets as children. So as a concerned parent, you want to do what’s best for your furry babies.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re pet is a cub or an adult animal, getting proper veterinarian care is a must. However, there are some pet owners who ignore this fact, which only places their beloved pets in harm’s way.

If you want to do right by your pets, then you need to stay up-to-date with their visits to the vet. But if this isn’t enough to convince you, here are the top 7 reasons why you should change your mind.

1. Pets Need Annual Veterinarian Care

Animals are people too. And like people, pets require regular checkups with a veterinarian. You should take your pet to the vet at least once a year. This way, you can learn of any hidden problems that may be present.

Missing regular checkups places your pet at risk of getting ticks, fleas, heartworms, rabies and all sorts of other diseases that can sometimes turn fatal.

Make sure your pets are getting the proper vaccinations to prevent these common problems. Normally, your pet receives vaccines during regular checkups on an annual basis.

Who knows, you may find out your pet has a cancerous tumor or harmful parasites. If these aren’t caught early, it can prove detrimental to the well-being of your pet.

2. Some Symptoms Aren’t Visible

There are some illnesses that have obvious symptoms and signs, but there are others that go unnoticed for a long time. And as with any illness, if you wait too long to get treatment, it will only grow worse.

It’s not easy to spot these ailments, which is why we recommend taking your pet to the vet regularly. There are instances where pets live with a fatal disease for years before it’s recognized, all because the owner neglected regular vet checkups.

Unfortunately, many wait until it’s too late and end up losing their fuzzy buddy. It’s a sad situation that can be easily avoided by sticking with scheduled vet appointments.

If you ever notice your pet acting strangely, it’s important to take your pet to the vet right away. This may be an indicator that something’s wrong.

3. Educate Yourself About Your Pet’s Conditions

Say your pet does have a condition that’s found by your vet. It’s necessary to understand the condition fully, so you can keep your pet healthy. The condition may require more frequent veterinarian care, at-home treatments and/or precautions to take at home.

For instance, if your dog has epilepsy, you can learn how to reduce episodes by safeguarding your pet from things that can trigger it.

Or maybe he has another condition where a diet change is in order or certain physical activities must change. The more you know about your pet’s illnesses, the higher their chance of becoming better.

4. Medical Conditions May Form as Your Pet Ages

All life forms grow older, and with age comes health issues. So even if you feel your dog is in tip-top shape, there may be underlying problems you’re unaware of.

It’s very common for pets to develop new or worsened conditions as they grow older. With proper veterinarian care, you can catch these issues early on or even prevent them.

Senior pets normally require daily medications to maintain optimal health. At this point, it becomes especially important to take your pet to regular vet visits to keep a close eye on her health.

Medical conditions can show up at any age. However, certain issues tend to pop up more regularly, such as hip and joint problems, respiration issues, heart conditions, cancer and other potentially fatal health concerns.

5. Save Money Over the Long-Term

Avoiding regular veterinarian care will only make matters worse for your pet and your finances. If certain conditions aren’t found early enough, you may end up paying more money to try and fix the problem.

As they say, it’s best to nip problems in the bud. And in doing so, you can reduce your medical expenses substantially. For instance, if a small tumorous growth is found, the vet can surgically remove it before it spreads.

Once it spreads, a number of medications, surgery, and treatments increases exponentially.

6. Regular Dental Checkups is a Must

Your pet’s teeth aren’t immune to dental issues we commonly see in humans. For instance, your pet may end up with gum disease, decayed teeth, and gingivitis.

With regular checkups, these issues are found and nipped in the bud. Your vet can also provide you with tips on how to care for your pet’s teeth properly.

For instance, there are certain foods and chew toys that are known to strengthen and clean the teeth and gums. You can even go as far as to brush your pet’s teeth daily.

7. The Top 10 Conditions Threaten Your Pet’s Health

There are 10 conditions that are commonly found in felines and canines. So if you own a cat or dog, then regular visits to the vet is crucial.

Let’s review the top 10 conditions for dogs:

  1. Atopic or allergic dermatitis
  2. Ear infections
  3. Pyoderma (hot spots)
  4. Benign skin neoplasia
  5. Upset stomach
  6. Periodontitis/tooth infection
  7. Intestinal inflammation/diarrhea
  8. Cystitis or urinary tract disease
  9. Osteoarthritis
  10. Anal gland sacculitis/expression

Then for your cats, these are the leading health problems:

  1. Periodontitis/tooth infection
  2. Renal disease or failure
  3. Cystitis or urinary tract disease
  4. Diabetes mellitus
  5. Upset stomach
  6. Hyperthyroidism
  7. Intestinal inflammation/diarrhea
  8. Inflammatory bowel disease
  9. Valvular heart disease or murmur
  10. topic or allergic dermatitis

Get the Veterinarian Care Your Pet Needs

Taking your pet to the vet shouldn’t be a matter of if, but when. The same goes for the health of your pet – it’s very rare for an animal to live its entire life without any health problems.

So it’s up to you as a pet owner to do what’s best for your furry pal. At Sykesville Veterinary Clinic, we offer services to dogs, cats and even pocket pets (birds, hamsters, etc).

Our vets offer a full-range of veterinarian care, which includes dentistry, radiology, chemotherapy, ultrasounds, glaucoma screening and blood pressure screening. We even have an in-house lab and special discounts for senior pets and multiple pet owners.

If you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of our vets, contact us today!