My pet is acting normally and is eating and drinking fine. Does my pet really need a physical exam yearly?
Absolutely! Although our pets may seem normal, they can have an underlying illness that is undetectable unless a thorough exam is performed. Since animals have a natural instinct to never show weakness as a protective measure, you typically do not see clinical signs and symptoms of illness until they are extremely sick. At VCH, we can identify these early minor problems and prevent them from getting any worse.
I'm not sure if my pet is sick and needs to see a veterinarian. Is there any way that I can talk to a veterinarian?
The Veterinary Center of Hudson prides itself on having a highly knowledgeable staff and the ability to answer most concerns over the phone. When they are unable to provide guidance, you will be glad to know that Dr. Bestic will be able to take your call and discuss your situation.
My pet is having surgery tomorrow. Do I need to withhold food and water?
At VCH, we require all surgical patients to be fasted after midnight. However, they are allowed free access to water until they come into the hospital
When is the best time to have my pet "fixed"?
Although some clinics spay and neuter pets at very young ages, we feel that there is increased risk for anesthetic complications and highly recommend waiting until 5-6 months if possible. We also do not recommend spaying after the first heat cycle as the risk for mammary cancer greatly increases with each heat cycle.
My pet has a terrible odor coming from the mouth. Do you think my pet has a bad tooth?
Dental disease is definitely a possibility, but so is kidney disease, a foreign object stuck in the gums, the type of food or treats, or anal gland disease can all cause a bad odor. We recommend a complete physical exam to help identify the problem
My pet has chronic allergies and gets ear and skin infections all the time. Is there anything other than steroids and antibiotics that we can use to solve the problem?
In the past, skin and ear problems were only treated with steroids and antibiotics. These medications only cover up the problem and do not solve the underlying issue. At VCH, we work with our clients to identify the allergen and avoid using steroids whenever possible to help prevent the harmful side effects of long-term steroid use.
Pet Health & Behavior Information
http://www.healthypet.com/ (searchable library of medical & behavior articles)
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/ (searchable library of medical & behavior articles)
http://www.indoorpet.osu.edu/ (Indoor Cat Initiative)
http://www.felinecrf.com/ (Feline chronic renal failure)
http://www.aahanet.org/PetsMatter/petsmatter.htm (AAHA Newsletter)
http://www.thebehaviorclinic.com/ (A local classmate of mine that specialized in behavior medicine)
Pet Bond & Grievance Support
http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/honoringthebond.htm (Ohio State Veterinary School)
http://www.avma.org/ (American Veterinary Medical Association)
http://www.akc.org/ (American Kennel Club)
http://www.ohiovma.org/ (Ohio Veterinary Medical Association)
http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/ (Helping pets with cancer)
Other Helpful Sites
http://www.remindmypet.com/ (sign up for free reminders to give pet medications)
http://www.balanceit.com/ (recipes for homemade diets)
http://www.petfriendlytravel.com/ (looking for places that allow pets)
http://dogtime.com/pet-insurance/center/home (information on pet insurance)