New Animal Health Resources for Pet Owners

Cold Weather Pet Safety flyerWe’ve created more pages to help inform pet owners about pet health and pet care. Please feel free to share these pages and materials with your clients.

With our cell phones almost always at our fingertips, it can be hard to imagine that someone couldn’t get in contact with us. But there are times that you cannot be reached. What happens if there’s a pet health emergency while you’re on vacation or out of town on business? Are there clear instructions regarding who’s authorized to make decisions regarding your pet’s health? We provide guidance and a link to a helpful form that can reduce your stress and make sure your pet’s health is addressed as you want it to be in your absence.

Our new page on canine parvovirus provides an overview of the virus, how it’s spread, the signs seen in an infected dog, treatment, and prevention.

A pet may be called a “senior” at 6 or 7 years of age, but we know they still have plenty of life left in them. The “senior” designation is based on the fact that veterinarians begin seeing more age-related health issues in pets at these ages. Our page focuses on some of the issues and emphasizes regular veterinary exams to keep pets in tip-top shape.

Spaying and neutering present benefits and risks to pet health, and our new page focuses on balancing the information and emphasizes that the decision to perform these procedures should be made after consultation between the veterinarian and pet owner.

…and since it seems like most of us in the northern and Midwest U.S. are experiencing a never ending winter, we’ve also developed a client handout about cold weather pet safety. It’s designed to be handed out to clients or posted in your clinic, and has room for you to add your clinic information and/or clinic logo. The pdf flyer is available as a download for AVMA members only.

If you have suggestions for other topics, please feel free to make them in the comments.

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