Nothing is more fun then having a new puppy and wanting to take them everywhere with you. Puppies go through a key socialization period up until around 16 weeks of age. During this critical time (and even after), it is important to socialize your puppy the right way.
What is socialization?
Good socialization consists of exposing your puppy to a variety of different people, sounds and environments and showing them that they have nothing to worry about. Remember, good socialization doesn't mean your puppy has to have an interaction with the stimuli. As long as your puppy is calm, happy and engaged, it means they are having a positive experience!
March was National Heartworm Awareness Month. Heartworms disease is severe and potentially fatal for pets like dogs and cats. Caused by a parasitic worm that is transmitted through infected mosquitos, heartworms live in the heart and surrounding arteries of many mammals including cats and dogs. They cause excess strain on the heart and lungs. Heartworm disease is expensive to treat but, thankfully, it's almost 100% preventable.
February is National Dental Health Month. Our pet’s oral hygiene is just as important as ours. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease, also known as dental diseases, is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats and by three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, periodontal disease goes beyond bad breath and can present multiple problems in the oral cavity and internal organs.
When your pet comes in for their annual or biannual exam, our doctors perform a thorough physical exam to check for lumps, bumps and any abnormal physical changes. Often, we can find developing heart conditions, dental disease, evidence of arthritis and the start of skin and ear problems before the patient shows any symptoms.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Avery Creek Pet Hospital is offering a $25 discount on all of our dental cleanings throughout the month. As we near February, we want to remind you of the importance of dental health, and what pet owners can do to ensure they are properly and appropriately caring for their pets’ teeth.