How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?
On average, pets can age seven years for each human year. If a pet does not visit their veterinarian for three years, it would be the equivalent of a person not seeing their doctor for 21 years! Because pets age much faster than humans, the caring veterinarians at Hometown Veterinary Hospital recommend yearly check-up for pets in good health, and more frequently if they are sick or more advanced in age.
Blood work is recommended before any surgical procedure, to help ensure the pet does not have an underlying condition that may make surgery difficult or even dangerous for the pet. Yearly blood work is also advised, as these values can indicate many disease states that could be treated more effectively if diagnosed early.
Regular veterinary care can increase the life expectancy of your precious pet. Schedule an appointment with them at Hometown Veterinary Hospital today!
Why does my pet need a dental procedure?
Our animal companions need dental care for their overall health, just like people do. Without proper dental care at home and the veterinarian, bacteria can grow on our pet's teeth, causing the teeth to decay and damage to the gums. Over time, these bacteria can also cause harm to their organs including their heart, liver, and kidneys. The experienced veterinarians at Hometown Veterinary Hospital recommend dental care as early as one year of age to best protect your pet from periodontal disease. Our caring doctors understand that maintaining your pet's dental health at a young age can result in better overall health and result in long-term cost savings by avoiding corrective dental procedures in the future. Contact one of our friendly staff professionals today at Hometown Veterinary Hospital to set up your pet's dental appointment!
What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
Heartworms are a parasite that is transmitted to both dogs and cats through the bite of an infected mosquito. Heartworms can be found in all 50 states, and are extremely prevalent in the Jackson, Mississippi area due to heat and humidity. Hometown Veterinary Hospital offers several safe and effective heartworm preventatives right here at our clinic so you can begin administering this medication to your pet as soon as possible.
Please remember that it is always less expensive and more effective to prevent heartworms in your pet than it is to treat them. Contact one of the caring team members at Hometown Veterinary Hospital, and have your furry family member protected against this potentially deadly parasite.