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Health Tips

There are a few things you can do to keep your VIP looking and feeling healthy in addition to taking them to us.

Ears

Keeping the inside of your pet’s ears clean will not only feel good, but is a great way to help prevent ear infections. Examining the outside surface will also alert you to the presence of wood ticks, fleas, or anything else unusual.

Teeth

Pets can suffer from many of the same dental problems as humans (i.e., cavities, gum disease, tartar buildup, etc.) Bacteria from gum disease can also get in your pet’s bloodstream causing other health problems. Regular teeth cleaning will save you vet expenses and eliminate the stress of having your pet anesthetized for the cleaning procedures.

Nails

Since pet nails grow in a curve, allowing them to get too long will cause the “fingers” and “toes” to splay or twist when the pet walks. This can be very uncomfortable and can ultimately lead to broken fingers and toes. Regular nail clipping can prevent this, as well as reduce the risk of torn nails. It can also save on wear and tear of your floors, furniture, and carpeting.

Brushing and Combing

Regular brushing and combing is great, regardless of the length of your pet’s coat, because it removes dead hair, distributes the natural oils, prevents mats or tangles from forming, and helps you become very familiar with your pet’s body.

Bathing

Unless your pet has gotten into something smelly or dirty, she will need to be bathed only every four to six weeks. Bathing her too frequently will dry out her skin and strip the natural oils from her coat.