Take a Pulse on your Pet’s Health Care Needs

This entry is article 4 of 6 in the September 2014 issue

With fall upon us and the kids back to school, use this time to take a pulse on your pet’s health care needs.

Are your pet’s vaccines up-to-date? If you have children, you know the importance of maintaining a vaccination record. Just like for humans, pets need vaccinations and they sometimes require a booster to achieve maximum effectiveness. Your primary care veterinarian will maintain a record of your pets’ vaccinations and help to ensure you stay on schedule. Your vet’s suggestions will break down into core and non-core vaccinations – those recommended for every pet, vs. non-core vaccines that are advised based on your pet’s lifestyle. Check out this useful chart from WebMD to monitor the recommended vaccination schedule for your dog or cat and use it to start a conversation with your primary care veterinarian at your next wellness visit.

Eye Exams
Your pet is vulnerable to many of the same eye conditions that affect people, such as cataracts, glaucoma, corneal abrasions, tumors, retinal degeneration and dry eye. It’s important that you ensure your annual veterinary checkup includes a thorough eye exam to screen your pet for these eye conditions. Most primary care veterinarians have the capability to perform such routine eye examinations. If it has not been completed this year, contact your veterinarian to arrange for a comprehensive eye exam for your pet. Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine‘s Ophthalmology Service is focused solely on the health of the eyes and also provides access to routine eye care, in addition to the most advanced technologies. We are here to meet all of your ophthalmology needs. You may contact our Opthalmology Liaison between 8:00 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., at 508-887-4696 to schedule an appointment.

Dental Visits
Most primary care veterinarians will examine your pet’s teeth and gums during his or her yearly wellness visit. At that time your veterinarian may recommend that your pet also have a dental cleaning. For most dogs and cats, a yearly cleaning is sufficient to maintain good oral and dental health, and this routine dental care can be done by your family veterinarian. Basically, this will involve some form of sedation, a full oral exam with or without dental X-rays, scaling to remove plaque and tartar and polishing. Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School Dentistry and Oral Surgery team is experienced in these routine dental cleanings, as well as more complicated procedures. If you haven’t done so already this year, take time this fall to schedule a dental cleaning to ensure the best dental health possible for your furry family members. You can make an appointment with the dental team by calling 508-839-5395.

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