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National Pet Wellness Month


National Pet Wellness Month

We recognize National Pet Wellness Month by focusing on certain things that pet owners can do to increase their pet’s lives. Our pet experts are well educated in their fields, professional and diversified. They are available to assist you with keeping your pets happy, healthy and cared for!

Puppies and Kittens

The following are some suggestions to keeping puppies and kittens well:

· Make sure your puppy or kitten receives all their booster vaccines from 6-8 weeks old until 4-5 months old. From the first vaccine, your pet will need additional vaccine "boosters" until they are between 14-16 weeks of age. This can be determined by your veterinarian depending on what age you start their vaccine series.

· Check for intestinal parasites by bringing along a stool sample to your appointment. Many young animals have at least one intestinal parasite. They are fairly easily diagnosed and not too expensive to eliminate. If your pet is positive for a parasites, your veterinarian will prescribe a medication. Checking for intestinal parasites is important, because some parasites can be transmitted to other pets, children and adults.

· Start new puppies on Heartworm preventative as early as 6 weeks of age and continue every month all year around. Heartworm prevention also de-worms monthly for round and hookworms! Inquire about Flea and Tick Products from your veterinarian if you feel your pet might be in need of them. There are many products available for the prevention of heartworm, fleas and ticks, so please be advised by one of our amazing Veterinarians!

· Have your pet spayed or neutered to help prolong their lifespan and decrease their chances of certain cancers. Females are spayed, males are neutered. Un spayed females are at risk for mammary tumors and uterine cancer if not spayed. Un neutered males are at risk for testicular and/or prostate cancer.

· Microchip your puppy or kitten so if they become lost you have a better chance of recovering them. You can get your pet microchipped at any age; however, many people choose to have it done during their pet's spay or neuter in fear that it will be painful. It is not as painful as many think and is done all the time on pets who are awake, during a routine visit. 

. Start grooming early! Typically this is when puppy vaccines are complete. Your groomer will advise a very low stress, first puppy visit. This allows your pet to familiarize the sounds of the dryers, be introduced to a warm, gently bath, the sound of clippers and so forth. Your groomer will know how important this first visit it for your pup and will do everything to keep it low stress and fun. 
Take a look here at our amazing groomers. We have a mobile groomer and a grooming salon for your convenience. Some groomers will groom cats. If you are interested in your cat being groomed, please inquire when you call one of our groomers. 

· Socialize your young kitten or puppy so it becomes a well-adjusted and happy adult. This should be done very early on between 2 weeks and 2 months of age!
This also includes basic training! Talk to our amazing Professional Dog Trainer, Kathrine Breeden, owner of Be Kind To Dogs and find out what you can do to help socialize and obedience train your puppy.

. Give them plenty of exercise and fun! We have AMAZING Professional Pet Sitters that also offer dog walking, puppy socialization and puppy, kitten, cat and dog FUN HOUR! Give them a call and see who fits your needs the most!

Adult cats and dogs

· It is veterinary recommended that all adult cats and dogs are seen at least once a year but preferably twice a year. This allows you to monitor any subtle changes in their routines like elimination, water and food intake, activity and mental awareness.

. Update your pet’s vaccines according to your veterinarian’s recommendations.

Stool checks are not just for puppies and kittens! Adults need to be checked annually!

· This requires a fresh stool sample, (7-10 hours), and only about 1 tbls. worth. Place the sample in a ziplock baggie, keep it in the refrigerator and bring it with you to your pet's appointment! Results are back in less than 24 hours in most cases, unless it's the weekend!

There are a intestinal parasites that can be transmitted from your pet to you so it is highly recommended that you do this each year.

· Brush your pet's teeth daily. Preferably starting at a young age so it becomes routine. 

· If your dog or cat has dental disease make sure to address it quickly so that it doesn’t lead to further conditions such as periodontal disease, heart and kidney disease.

· Update your dog’s heart worm test annually. Heartworms are transmitted by a mosquito and we have been inundated with mosquitoes in Arizona for several years! Read more about transmission, prevention and treatment of heartworm disease, here:

· Rule of thumb! When your pet reaches the age of 7, they are entering their senior years. It is important to see the veterinarian so that you can have a senior blood panel, urinalysis and possibly X Rays giving your vet a baseline of your pet's current health. This will be very important should your pet become ill in the future!

· Feed your pet an age appropriate diet and make sure they get plenty of exercise! 

· Feed your pets a high quality diet, like the cat and dog diets you will find at pawTree. pawTree has an entire line of products to keep your pets well, including, joint support, skin support, flea and tick sprays, fish oil supplements, dental treats, and many more products for your pets. 

So here's to all the pets Az Pet Professionals love!! 

Happy Wellness Month!

Kim MacCrone-CVT

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