Your sweet puppy was attacked last night on your walk by a large boxer. Both of your dogs, the puppy ad the older dog were on leashes and the other boxer was not. The owner of the boxer appeared to be hooking her dog up in her driveway and the boxer reacted to yours and the other owner lost control. It is so important to be able to maintain control of your animals! Now you dogs and you are both traumatized in addition to the pain and extra care that is required to keep your old girl comfortable while she is recovering. You are so mad and sad that this happened, and you want to spread the word so this does not happen again! Responsible pet ownership is serious business and it is always important to make sure that you are in control of your animal, even on your own property.
Local Vet Clinics Offer a Number of Important Services
Both local vet hospitals and local vet clinics offer many veterinary services that pets need. From yearly shots to help after a larger animal attacks your dog, there are many reasons why pet owners find themselves going to visit a doctor for their pet. As more and more families make their dogs and cats a part of their families, it only makes sense that there are times when these furry friends might need medical attention. With the use of pet insurance and regular visits to the local vet, many pet owners are able to provide excellent care for their animals.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the many reasons that pets are so important to their owners and their families, as well as some of the most common procedures that these animals require when they visit their local vet:
- 25% of pet dogs in the U.S. are diagnosed with some form of arthritis.
- As many as 76% of dogs suffering from severe dysplasia and arthritis can live a happy and comfortable live with the proper procedures and pain and lifestyle management.
- An estimated 80% of dogs show signs of dental disease by age three, leading to abscesses, loose teeth, and chronic pain.
- An estimated 70% of cats show signs of dental disease by age three, leading to the same kinds of abscesses, loose teeth, and chronic pain.
- 80% of dogs by three years of age have periodontal, also known as dental, disease.
- 70% of cats by three years of age have some kind of periodontal disease.
- Just by brushing, a pet owner can reach 90% of the surface of a dog’s teeth. Flossing is not essential.
- Unfortunately, 65% of pet owners do not brush their pet’s teeth, although veterinarians explain the importance of this daily habit.
- Even though younger pets only need to visit once a year, most vets suggest twice a year checkups for older pets.
- More than in any other country in the world, there are over 75 million pet dogs in the U.S.
In many homes, pets are treated just like another kid. They have their own beds, their own eating areas, and, in some cases, their own televisions to keep them entertained while the humans are away at work or at school. It only makes sense, then, that many of these pet owners are diligent about making sure that their animals get the veterinary care that they need and deserve. Working on a regular basis with a local vet provides some of the same advantage of always visiting the same family doctor. For both minor check ups and shots, as well as emergency visits when they are needed, a local vet is familiar and can provide the kind of care that your animal needs the most.
In addition, returning to the same vet allows a pet owner a level of trust that might not be part of a visit to see an animal doctor who you are not familiar with. Whether your young puppy has been attacked by another dog or you are dealing with an abscessed tooth in an older pet, getting the care that your animal needs sooner rather than later can be a real advantage. Do you have a family vet?