Puppy Wellness

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Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.

Our puppy wellness program is designed to help get your puppy started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization.

Schedule your puppy for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your puppy has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will make sure your new dog is protected against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, among other diseases. Your puppy will also need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are extremely common in young dogs.

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Looking for veterinary services in Stafford?

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Stafford Animal Hospital offers a wide range of veterinary services for pets in Stafford and surrounding areas.

These include:

  • Pet wellness and vaccination programs to prevent illnesses
  • Animal medical services for diagnosing and treating health conditions
  • Pet surgery including spay and neuter
  • Pet dental cleanings and treatment to avoid serious dental diseases
  • And many more

If you’re ready to see our expert veterinary team in Stafford, call Stafford Animal Hospital today at (800) 375-7994 or make an appointment now.

Our web page is linked below for more information.

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How are we doing?

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Throughout our history it is through our clients and customers feedback that we have learned so much about our service.

Often we discovered our many strengths or unsung heroes.  However even more importantly this has at times lead to those moments when we really need to take a further look into a matter more deeply.

 Sometimes this resulted in one big change and other times many small ones.  None the less, we greatly appreciate those individuals whom have made the effort to enlightened us.  For they have helped us to become better with each presented opportunity.

We strive daily to do our very best to meet the needs of our customers. First and foremost it is your experience that matters the most.

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How are we doing? In your words…

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Throughout our history it is through feedback that we have learned so much about our services and where to focus for our most efficient approach for our future.

Often we discovered our many strengths or unsung heroes. However even more importantly at times this feedback has led to the discovery of ways to improve that we hadn’t yet even considered to take a further look into.

 None the less, we greatly appreciate those individuals whom have made the effort to enlightened us. For they have helped us to become better with each presented opportunity.

We strive daily to do our very best to meet the needs of our customers. First and foremost it is your experience that matters the most.

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The Importance of Pet Dental Care

 

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Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

What is veterinary dentistry, and who should perform it?

Veterinary dentistry includes the cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction, or repair of your pets’ teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. These procedures should be performed by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist. Subject to state or provincial regulation, veterinary technicians are allowed to perform certain dental procedures under the supervision of a veterinarian.

The process begins with an oral exam of your pet’s mouth by a veterinarian. Radiographs (x-rays) may be needed to evaluate the health of the jaw and the tooth roots below the gumline. Because most dental disease occurs below the gumline, where you can’t see it, a thorough dental cleaning and evaluation are performed under anesthesia. Dental cleaning includes scaling (to remove dental plaque and tartar) and polishing, similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings.

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Allergy – General in Dogs

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What is an allergy?

An allergy is a state of over-reactivity or hypersensitivity of the immune system to a particular substance called an allergen. Most allergens are proteins from plants, insects, animals or foods.

“…with allergies, the immune response can actually be harmful to the body. ”

Exposure to the allergen, usually on multiple occasions spanning months to years, sensitizes the immune system, and a subsequent exposure to the same or related allergen causes an over-reaction. Normally the immune response protects the dog against infection and disease, but with allergies, the immune response can actually be harmful to the body. Allergies may be thought of as an unnecessary normal immune response to a benign foreign substance.

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Avoiding Raw Food in Cats

I have read many things on the Internet suggesting that I should feed my cat raw food.

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I know my cat’s wild cousins hunt their food, so they eat their food raw. Is it OK for me to feed my cat raw food? Is that better than feeding prepared dry or canned food?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stand united in their position (based on very robust data) that feeding raw food to cats is potentially dangerous to both the cat and to you. The most recent study, conducted from 2011 through 2012, screened commercially available raw pet foods for bacteria that can cause illness. The raw pet food products were frozen in tube-like packages, made from ground meat or sausage. Nearly 25% of the raw food samples tested positive for harmful bacteria, including Salmonella ssp. and Listeria monocytogenes. These bacteria can pose a health risk for the cats who eat the raw food, as well as for the cat owners who handle the food while preparing it.

What kind of illness does Salmonella cause?

The CDC estimates that 1.2 million or more cases of food-borne salmonellosis occur in humans in the US annually. Approximately 400 people die each year from the disease. There is some uncertainty as to the total number of cases because milder cases may not be diagnosed.

Symptoms of salmonellosis in humans generally start 12 – 72 hours after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea (often bloody)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain

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