The care you provide at home is an important factor in your pet's recovery after surgery. Veterinarians Dr. Harvey Goho, Dr. Lydia Goho, and Dr. Shelly Figgatt of Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and Total Care Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, share a few pet surgery after-care tips that you'll want to take a look at if your pet will soon be undergoing surgery.
Offer food and water
Many pets are cleared to eat and drink a few hours after they return home. Decrease the amount of food and water you offer your pet by about half the first time you feed your dog, cat or small animal. It's not unusual for pets to feel a little groggy or nauseated due to the effects of anesthesia. If your pet feels a little lethargic or ill, they may have no interest in eating or drinking initially. It's important to discuss food and water with your pet's veterinarian, as some pets may have feeding restrictions.
Provide medication as directed
If your pet was spayed or neutered, pain medication probably won't be needed at home. If pain medication has been prescribed, follow the schedule provided by the veterinarian to ensure that your pet remains pain-free.
Find a safe place for your pet to recover
Pets need a quiet place to recover following surgery. Although it's a good idea to keep them in a crate or confine them to a small room, pets will still need plenty of attention and reassurance from you during the recovery period.
Use the Elizabethan collar if needed
Most pets dislike wearing Elizabethan collars, also known as "the cone of shame." Although your dog or cat may not be so happy, the collar prevents your pet from licking the wound or biting the stitches. You can remove the cone when your pet eats, but it should be worn at all times otherwise.
Pay attention to danger signs
Before you leave either of our High Point offices, we'll review possible signs of problems, which may include:
- Significant bleeding
- Loss of appetite
- No interest in drinking
- Lethargy after the anesthesia wears off
- Weakness or trouble walking
- Pale gums
- Difficulty breathing
If you notice any of these signs, call our office.
Do you have questions or concerns about pet surgery? Schedule an appointment with High Point, NC veterinarians Drs. Harvey and Lydia Goho and Shelley Figgatt by calling (336) 841-8877 for Total Care Veterinary Hospital, and for Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, call (336) 886-2315.
You vaccinate your children and yourself against infectious disease. Shots for pneumonia, flu, chicken pox, and more protect your family, help you all have a healthy life and stop the spread of illness throughout the human population. The same philosophy applies to your pet cat or dog, say your veterinarians in High Point, NC. Dr. Harvey Goho, Dr. Lydia Goho, and Dr. Shelly Figgatt stress the importance of keeping your pet's vaccines current at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and Total Care Veterinary Hospital.
Are vaccines really that important?
Yes, they are critical to your pet's health, and because your dog or cat functions as a member of your family, his or her health influences you and your children. Additionally, just as some human illnesses have been practically eradicated in the United States and other developed countries, so some animal diseases have been greatly reduced because of diligent administrations of vaccines. Distemper is a good example.
Knowing this, the American Animal Hospital Association has helped veterinarians develop a vaccine schedule and protocol. While local municipalities may vary on their requirements for pet shots needed for licensing, everyone agrees that the veterinarian is the best source for physical exams, emergency care, selection of a pet and what kinds of shots should be given, along with when and how often.
When you bring your pet to your veterinarian, the doctor will carefully examine your dog or cat to determine his or her current health status. The doctor will schedule your pet's shots based on his or her health, age, breed, how much time the animal spends outdoors, travel and occupations (therapy dog or police dog as examples).
What your dog or cat needs
Typical canine vaccinations include distemper, rabies, leptospirosis, and parvovirus. Typical feline shots include distemper, calcivirus, rhinotracheitis and feline leukemia.
The professional staff at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and Total Care Veterinary Hospital tell pet owners that their furry family members likely will not experience any adverse side effects from vaccines. Occasional allergic reactions can occur, but these are the exceptions rather than the rule. The doctors feel that the risks of having the diseases far outweigh the small chance for reactions.
If it's time for your animal's check-up, please call us for an appointment. We'll happily explain your pet's vaccine schedule and answer any questions you have. Call (336) 841-8877 for Total Care Veterinary Hospital, and for Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, call (336) 886-2315.
Like their humans, pets need a little pampering and professional care every now and then to remain happy and healthy. From grooming to dermatology services, the veterinarians at Total Care Veterinary Hospital & Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, are dedicated to treating your furry loved ones like a cherished member of the family.
Pet Grooming in High Point, NC
Every pet's needs are different, and some will require more care than others depending on factors like the type and length of their coat, breed, etc. Like many pet owners, you may prefer to groom and bathe your dog or cat on your own. And while nothing can compare to regular TLC and bonding time between you and your pet, the American Kennel Club recommends scheduling a professional grooming session and bath from time to time to ensure that your dog reaps all of the benefits of a professional treatment.
Benefits of Professional Pet Grooming
There are a number of benefits to taking your pet for professional grooming services, whether they are docile and well behaved, or have a lot of energy and even more colorful personalities that require a little extra patience and skill. Some of the benefits of going to a professional groomer include:
- Professional tools and techniques
- Save time - No need to set aside time from your schedule to give your dog a bath at home (and additional time to clean up after), you can drop your pet off at the veterinary hospital and run some errands, or get some coffee and then pick them up when they're ready to go!
- Specialized care according to breed and your dog's individual needs
Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC
For more information on grooming, boarding, and veterinary services, contact us today by calling (336) 886-2315 to schedule an appointment at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, or (336) 841-8877 for Total Care Veterinary Hospital.
You may have heard of animal whisperers from watching television shows about pet behavior, but wonder if they’re real. If you’re having a problem with a pet’s behavior, you may want to learn more how to get in touch with what he or she is going through. The pet team at Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC is committed to helping you with a variety of veterinary services, including ways to get in touch with what your pet really wants or needs.
What Is an Animal Whisperer?
Animal whispering first became popular in the early 2000s, when a very effective dog behaviorist began helping pet owners with their dogs. A “whisperer” is someone who is very in tune with the issues that pets are going through, from behavior to potential health matters. It’s still a fairly new profession in the pet world that comes with some skepticism.
Is This a Real Thing?
Some people call animal whisperers “pet psychics,” and believe that they are able to communicate with pets on a psychic level. Whether or not that is a real thing is up to each individual pet owner who goes through this experience. However, animal behaviorists are definitely real and they have helped numerous pets and their owners. Behavior counseling is a service offered at Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point.
Total Care for Your Pet
If you want the best care for your pet, you want total care. Total care is a commitment to treating an animal not just with medication, but with a full understanding of his or her needs. With behavior counseling and training as well as nutritional counseling and regular vet checkups, the team at Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital can help maximize your pet’s health and happiness.
Get More Information
If you’re interested in learning more about animal whisperers and what an animal behaviorist can do for your pet, get in touch with the team at Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital—both located in High Point, NC, today. Call (336) 841-8877 or (336) 886-2315 to schedule a consultation.
For most of us, our pets are beloved members of the family. When they are injured or become sick, or need somewhere to stay while the family is out of town, a veterinary boarding facility is the ideal setting for the comfort and care that they need. Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in Hight Point, NC, offer a range of veterinary and boarding services to cater to your pet's every need.
Keeping Your Pets Healthy in High Point, NC
Like their humans, animals require preventive healthcare and regular veterinary treatment to stay vibrant and healthy. From regular grooming to vaccines, the veterinarians at Total Care and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospitals are dedicated to keeping your pets happy and healthy. Other services include:
- Wellness check-ups and exams
- Dietary and behavioral counseling
- Dog and cat boarding at both Total Care and Skeet Club Veterinary
Professional pet boarding while you are away and unable to take care of your pet offers the advantages of the loving and attentive care of a trusted friend or relative, combined with professional veterinary care in case of an emergency. A boarding facility can offer your pet dedicated care and attention around the clock to keep them comfortable and engaged while you are away. Your pets are secure and happy, and you have the additional peace of mind and tranquility of knowing that your furry loved ones will be safe and well cared for in your absence.
Veterinary Care and Pet Boarding in High Point, NC
When taking your beloved pet along for an extended trip or family vacation is not an option, placing them in a professional and safe environment that you can trust is the next best thing. For more information about our veterinary and boarding services, contact Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital by calling (336) 886-2315, or Total Care Veterinary Hospital at (336) 841-8877.
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