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What to Expect During Your Pet’s Ultrasound

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If your vet orders an ultrasound for your pet, there is no need to panic or sound the alarm. The pet ultrasound is a routine procedure that can offer clarity for your pet’s medical condition. Your vet can walk you through all the necessary steps, so you feel confident about what to expect from the procedure. In the meantime, the information in this blog can give you a starting point of reassurance. Before and Day of the Ultrasound The following are several important tips to remember before and on the day of your pet’s ultrasound appointment: First and foremost, follow any instructions your vet gives to you, and make sure the vet knows about any and all special circumstances about your animal, such as anxiety issues. The more your vet knows about your pet, the more the vet can take all the right precautions to make the procedure run smoothly….

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Second Opinions: When You Should Ask Your Vet for a Referral

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When your pet is sick or injured, no doubt your first step is to call your local vet.  Most likely, they know your animal pretty well, especially if you have an established relationship.  And not only does the vet know your pet, but they know hundreds of other animals and have all the medical experience that goes with it.  So, when that sick or injured pet needs care, chances are that your local vet can provide it. However, in certain instances your pet may need care beyond what your vet can provide, or you or your vet may feel more comfortable seeking the opinion of another veterinary professional.  In these situations, talk to your vet about his or her referral services.   What Is A Vet Referral? A vet referral is a recommendation from your local vet telling you to consult another doctor, typically a veterinary specialist.  It is different…

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5 Tips For Finding the Best Veterinary Surgeon for Your Pet’s Needs

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Pet surgery can be a stressful event for both you and your pet.  The surgery may come as the result of an acute injury or accident, a long-term condition, or a progressive illness. But, no matter the cause, it is difficult to put your beloved animal under the knife.  Choosing a veterinary surgeon may add to that stress, as it is just one more decision you have to make at an already difficult time. However, knowing that your furry friend is under the care of a vet you trust will make the situation that much easier. Here are a few guidelines to help you find the best veterinary surgeon for your pet’s needs:     Explore your vet’s website. Oftentimes, your vet’s web page will list which types of procedures they perform in-house, saving you the trouble of searching for another doctor.  At the Animal Medical Center of Somerset we…

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The Dangers of Skimping on Preventative Care for Your Pet

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Most adults make it a point to see a doctor for an annual physical, allowing the doctor to keep tabs on factors including our weight, eyesight, and hearing.  Parents would not dream of skipping a child’s wellness visit to ensure that their children are growing and developing properly. Pet owners should have that same mentality concerning their pets. After all, pets are members of the family, too, and just like humans, it is important to monitor pets as they grow older.  Pets can develop many of the same conditions as people, including diabetes and a variety of cancers. They are also at risk of contracting certain parasites and pests. Unlike people, pets cannot tell us when something is wrong, so pet owners need to seek out preventative care for the animals they love.  While preventative care services might seem like a large investment up front, keeping your pet healthy saves…

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Understanding Pain Management Options for Pets

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Think about the last time you experienced pain. Did you cry out? Did you tell someone or try to hide it from others? Did you administer a remedy to ease the pain? Was this experience of pain similar or different from prior experiences of pain? It might take you some time to formulate answers to all of the above questions. That makes sense because pain is tricky to define. Even though you speak a different language, your pet’s experience of pain may not seem all that different from yours. Sometimes, the types of pain your pet experiences may seem obvious, such as pain from a recent trauma, disease, or surgery or an old-age condition, e.g., arthritis. Other times, the pain may not seem as obvious, and you have to dig for behavioral clues. An animal’s instinct is to show strength against potential predators and, therefore, hide its pain. The sooner…

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Laser Therapy for Dogs: Five Types of Conditions That Benefit

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All dog owners want their pets to have the best quality of life possible. When your pet is in pain, finding a way to relieve their suffering becomes a priority. The good news is that laser therapy may be a viable solution for pain relief for your pet. A variety of conditions benefit from laser therapy including: -acute and chronic injuries -sprains or strains -arthritis -muscular or skeletal abnormalities -swelling due to back disc problems -regenerative benefits for nerve tissue after surgery What Is Laser Therapy? Laser therapy, sometimes known as low level laser therapy, uses specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate the natural healing ability of the body. Positive effects of laser energy include pain reduction, improved healing time, increased circulation, and decreased swelling.  Often prolonged use of pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs can have severe and lasting side effects on dogs. Laser therapy can be a safe and…

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Socializing Your Dog: From Puppyhood Through Adulthood

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Socializing your dog is a time of great expansion and growth for you as a pet owner and for your animal companion.  This is a very important step in the relationship you create with your dog and can be the difference between a happy, well mannered, content dog and a timid, frightened and uncontrollable dog.   Socialization means that your dog is comfortable in public situations, is well-mannered (i.e. doesn’t jump up on people or knock things over, etc.), and knows how to behave in his environment, around people, and around other animals.  Many people wonder, how do you socialize a dog?  While there are numerous methods for specific dog breeds and trainer types, there are a few basic rules-of-thumb that can be applied by almost anyone to achieve great results. When to start It is extremely important to start socializing your puppy as early as you can.  In the…

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Holiday Travel: How to Keep Your Pet Safe

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The holiday season is a wonderful time to travel and celebrate with family and friends, but for pet owners it can often be clouded with worry about the safety and health of their beloved pet. An emergency trip to the vet, especially one in an unfamiliar location, is definitely no fun for either you or your pet, and it usually can be avoided. When you choose to to take your pet with you on your holiday travels, there are some basic pet safety tips to follow. How to Keep Pets Safe The first, and most important, step to ensuring your pet’s safety during holiday travel is to plan ahead. Find out about emergency vet clinics at your destination, and contact them to find out what information they will need in order to treat your pet. At the very least it will be wise to bring your pet’s vaccination and medical…

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