Pet Dental Care: Is it Really Worth it?

Pet dental care can help pets live longer

You know your pet benefits from regular wellness exams, up-to-date vaccinations, and year-round parasite protection, but many pet parents don’t realize that pet dental care is just as important. Professional dental exams and cleanings can be costly, and it’s easy to think they just aren’t worth the money. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

February is Pet Dental Health Month, and The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital want to make sure our readers know how important (and cost effective) it can be to invest in your pet’s dental health.

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How do Essential Oils Fit Into Pet Safety?

Pet SafetyA trip to the spa typically involves a scent of some kind that decreases stress, such as almond, eucalyptus, clove, peppermint, pine, tea tree, and ylang-ylang. Often mixed with vitamin E oil and massaged into the skin, these scents trigger certain responses through our olfactory receptors, brain, and nervous system. While these products, known as essential oils, are gaining in popularity, they can also threaten pet safety and health.

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Paw In Hand: Moving Forward With New Year’s Resolutions For Your Pet

Cat as a presentLists, lists, lists! The holiday shopping list gives way to the cooking or baking list, and on and on it goes. Looking ahead to the new year can only truly be done if there is a moment of understanding about the year we’re leaving behind. There will always be things that we wish to change from one year to the next, and making thoughtful New Year’s resolutions can invigorate your routine or mindset as you turn your calendar’s page.

But what about making New Year’s resolutions for you pet? Whether it’s to improve – or lengthen – his or her quality of life, or infuse a bit more zeal to the everyday, we’ve got five ideas to help you positively forge ahead. Continue…

Keeping Pets Safe: The Spring Season Edition

Superhero dog running up hillPet safety is a theme that is on most pet owners’ minds year-round, but Spring presents additional challenges when it comes to keeping pets safe. From lawn care and garden bed prep, to general spring cleaning, chemicals, poisons, and other hazards seem to be in high use this time of year. Keeping pets safe becomes more of a challenge when combining these noxious chemicals with poisonous plants, active wildlife, and increased outdoor activity.

So, before spring has officially sprung, take a moment to investigate the hidden dangers that may be in the garage, around the home, or in the yard. A bit of precaution can keep springtime a fun time for you and your pets. Continue…

Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter

iStock_000040252740_SmallHaving your pet spayed or neutered is a very important part of pet wellness care. Animals that have been “fixed” are much less likely to have behavioral problems, become lost, and develop health issues such as cancer.

When choosing where to have your pet spayed or neutered, it is important to be sure that the hospital or clinic performing the procedure is doing everything possible to make surgery safe and successful. Wheaton Animal Hospital is proud to provide high-end, quality pet care in every aspect of our daily work, including pet spays and neuters.

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The Problem with Online Pet Pharmacies

 

You may be asking yourself, “Why shouldn’t I order my pet’s prescription online?  Good prices, direct shipping, what’s to lose?”  Be aware that it may not be as good as it sounds though. Take the following into account before choosing where to purchase your next veterinary prescription:Screen shot 2012-12-26 at 3.53.39 PM

  • When your veterinarian prescribes a medication, he or she can dispense it in a safe manner, ensuring your pet has had any recommended screening performed, looking out for drug interactions, and keeping the product in an appropriate manner.  This does not always happen with online pharmacies.
  • The FDA says, “buyer beware” about online pharmacies.  There has been much concern about the quality and authenticity of drugs that can be obtained online.
  • If you have a problem or question, your veterinarian is able to address it directly.  Not all veterinary pharmacies can claim the same.
  • Websites that sell prescription veterinary products without the need for a prescription are breaking the law, plain and simple.  If they are ignoring the law in this respect, where else are they cutting corners?
  • Many drug company warranties such as those for heartworm prevention are invalidated when the product is purchased through such venues.

Talk to us or to your veterinarian.  He or she truly has your pet’s best interest at heart. And you may be able to walk out the door with your pet’s medication for little more than ordering online.

Our on-site pharmacy is well stocked and able to fill prescriptions before you leave. We are also a compounding pharmacy which means that we can tailor your pet’s medication to their unique needs. This gives us the ability to adjust the dose and method of delivery or to offer solutions for pets that are difficult to medicate, such as adding flavors or ordering transdermal medications.

Talk to us or to your veterinarian about the options they offer. Sometimes convenience is not worth the risk, and your pet’s medications fall into that category.