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Essential Pet Health Tips You Should Follow

Your day-to-day care is the primary influence on your pet’s quality of life. The staff of Metrotown Animal Hospital is here to support you with veterinary care and information. Do you have a canine or feline friend – or both – in your home? Follow the links for helpful dog care and cat care tips, including:

Dog Care Tips

The Importance of an Annual Physical Examination in Dogs

Annual physical exams are an important part of providing optimal health care and the best longevity for your beloved companion. Dog’s age quickly, and they are unable to tell us if they are feeling a little off. Remember, it may be one year in your life, but that can be about 5-10 comparative years in your pet's life. A lot can change in that much time.


Your veterinarian has special training and experience in detecting subtle illnesses in pets. Listening to the heart can detect murmurs. Increased lung sounds may indicate early illness. Abdominal palpation may reveal pain in certain areas, abnormal size and shape of various organs or even tumours.


Checking out the eyes can detect early signs of cataract or other ocular problems. Ears may be in need of cleaning or medication. Dental disease may be detected as well as signs of allergies or skin problems. It's easier for someone who doesn't see your pet every day to detect lumps and bumps that you may not have noticed. Comparing annual weights, too, can determine if your dog is heading down the path to obesity or is slowly losing weight.


As a dog reaches middle to old age, annual physical exams become even more important. Certain problems that you may simply attribute to "old age," and just something you will have to live with, may be signs of underlying disease and may be very treatable. 


Annual physical exams also give you an opportunity to ask your veterinarian any questions you may have about your dog's health. Your veterinarian may recommend certain additional tests to determine overall health based on physical exam findings or may have suggestions for improving the quality of your dog's life.


A physical examination is not just a chance for your vet to see how cute your dog is; a thorough exam can pick up on a variety of illnesses and prevent potential catastrophic disease. By finding, diagnosing and treating these problems early, your pet will live a much healthier and longer life.

The Importance of a Recheck Examination in Dogs

A recheck examination is an appointment that allows your veterinarian to assess the progress and follow-up on your dog's disease or problem. Even if your dog physically looks and feels better, he or she may not be completely back to normal. Some diseases can progress undetected. Let your Veterinarian be the best judge of when and how many recheck visits are required for your pet.


It is often more difficult to treat diseases or conditions that have been going on for a long time or are not thoroughly treated the first time. Consider the possibility that recheck exams may actually save you time and money in the long run. Some chronic diseases can spiral out of control if not closely monitored for subtle changes. This could ultimately lead to more lengthy procedures, hospitalizations, trips back and forth to your veterinarian, and significantly higher veterinary bills.


The recheck visits to your veterinarian will depend on the medical condition your dog has. If the condition is chronic, they may require life long-term treatment as well as regular rechecks. These are a worthwhile investment in your dog's overall health. By taking your dog in for a "recheck" you are providing your dog with the best possible care by allowing his progress to be professionally monitored. By finding, diagnosing and treating these problems early and thoroughly, your dog will live a much healthier and longer life.

Puppy Care

While puppies come in all sizes and breeds, all breeds have many things in common. These include basic care, health precautions, and training. The following are tips our veterinarians have compiled on the most common topics that new owners ask about:

Cat Care Tips

The Important Annual Feline Physical Exam

Annual physical exams are an important part of providing optimal health care and the best longevity for your beloved companion. Cats age quickly, and they are unable to tell us if they are feeling a little off. Remember, it may be one year in your life, but that can be about 5-10 comparative years in your cat's life. 


A lot can change in that much time. Sometimes, cats can be ill for weeks, and you are unaware of it. This may not be from a lack of monitoring or caring; your cat just hides his illness until it is so far advanced he has no choice but to show signs of disease.


Your veterinarian has special training and experience in detecting subtle illnesses in pets. Listening to the heart can detect murmurs. Increased lung sounds may indicate early illness. Abdominal palpation may reveal pain in certain areas, abnormal size and shape of various organs or even tumours. 


Checking out the eyes can detect early signs of cataract or other ocular problems. Ears may be in need of cleaning or medication. Dental disease may be detected as well as signs of allergies or skin problems. It's easier for someone who doesn't see your pet every day to detect lumps and bumps that you may not have noticed. Comparing annual weights, too, can determine if your cat is heading down the path to obesity or is slowly losing weight.


As a cat reaches middle to old age, annual physical exams become even more important. Certain problems that you may simply attribute to "old age," and just something you will have to live with, may be signs of underlying disease and may be very treatable. Annual physical exams also give you an opportunity to ask your veterinarian any questions you may have about your cat's health. 


Your veterinarian may recommend certain additional tests to determine overall health based on physical exam findings or may have suggestions for improving the quality of your cat's life. Remember, the primary goal for your veterinarian is to keep your cat healthy and provide the best care available. Your veterinarian cares a great deal about your cat - almost as much as you.

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