Pet Health

Resources for your pet’s health

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Read more information on how to keep your pet healthy through each stage of their life.

Vaccinations

The importance of vaccinations in your pet’s health care plan cannot be understated. Modern vaccination science goes far beyond a rabies and distemper shot. Today, vaccines can protect your pet from many illnesses:

For Cats: feline leukemia, respiratory diseases, and rabies
For Dogs: canine distemper, rabies, parvovirus, respiratory diseases, kennel cough (Bordetella), leptospirosis, Lyme disease, canine influenza, and more

How often your pet needs to be vaccinated depends on the individual animal. Certainly, puppies and kittens need to be vaccinated early. Your veterinarian can educate you on the proper course of vaccinations whether your pet is young, adult, or senior to maintain their health and wellness.

Parasite prevention is nearly as important as keeping your pet vaccinated. Dogs and cats are particularly vulnerable to various parasitic infestations. Many of these parasites can move from your pet to you, meaning that keeping your pet clean from parasites can be a part of your family’s health care.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Before you bring your new puppy or kitten home, you should make sure that you are equipped to handle their basic pet care needs, such as the following:

  • Any time you need to transport your pet, you will need a sturdy pet carrier. It can be very dangerous to transport an unrestrained pet. If they get too anxious in a moving vehicle, they can get frantic, putting both you and them in danger. In addition, the carrier is very useful if your pet urinates, defecates, or vomits during transport.
  • Proper water and food dishes, collars, and bedding should be obtained that will suit your pet’s size and individual needs. Your pet’s bedding should be comfortable and they need to be able to reach food and water without straining.
  • Keep toys safe and appropriate. Try not to overwhelm your young pet with too many choices at first. Make sure they are the right size for your animal companion and meet proper safety standards.
Nutrition

A healthy diet and the right nutrition are at the very core of your dog or cat’s health. Nutrition can be the key to a long and healthy life. 

The Association of Feed Control Officers (AAFCO) is the agency that sets nutritional standards for all manufacturers of pet foods today. They make sure that pet foods contain the right nutritional elements. Just like a human, your pet needs the right balance of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fat, and carbohydrates.

These needs will change as your pet grows older. This means it is important to choose the right food for your pet’s stage of life. Puppies and kittens need different nutrition than senior pets.

If your pet has an illness or disease, their nutritional needs may be specialized. Your pet may require a prescription to treat such conditions as allergies, cardiovascular, liver and kidney, urinary tract, and other conditions. Animal Junction carries specialized prescription foods to meet these special needs.

Senior Pet Care

Your senior dog or cat has provided you with many years of friendship, companionship, and love. He or she is a valued member of your family. Do they not deserve the best in specialized health care, tailored for an animal their age?

Choosing the right health care for your elderly pet can add years to their life and keep them strong and active. Since senior animals age up to seven times faster than humans, it is important to keep on top of their health care. If they age seven years for every year that passes, it means an annual exam is equivalent to an exam every seven years for a human. That makes your pet’s annual check-up very important, as senior pets are at much higher risk for conditions like cancer, diabetes, and kidney or liver problems.

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