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How vaccines from your veterinarians in High Point, NC, can help protect your pet
You love your pet, and your pet loves you. That’s why you want to make sure your pet enjoys good health and stays healthy. One of the easiest ways you can do this is to make sure your pet gets vaccinated. Your veterinarian is an expert at caring for your pet and can help you keep up with necessary vaccinations.
The veterinarians of Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, offer comprehensive pet care services, including vaccinations to protect your pet.
So, why does your pet need vaccinations? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, these are the 5 main reasons to vaccinate your pet:
- To prevent serious pet illnesses
- To prevent diseases that can result in costly treatment
- To prevent animal diseases that can pass to humans
- To prevent wildlife diseases like distemper and rabies
- To comply with local or state requirements for vaccinations
Your kitten or puppy should receive their first vaccinations at around 6 weeks old and will need additional booster shots throughout their lives. Early vaccination is important because your young pet does not have a fully matured immune system, and is more susceptible to disease.
There are two types of vaccines:
- Core vaccines, which are required in certain geographical areas or locations because they protect your pet against diseases common in that area
- Non-core vaccines, which are recommended if your pet has individual, unique conditions or needs.
There are some important considerations to discuss with your veterinarian regarding vaccinations, including:
- Whether your pet is an indoor or outdoor pet
- Whether you plan to travel with your pet to certain areas
- Whether your pet is in contact with other pets
- Whether your pet is in contact with wildlife
To find out more about how vaccinations can protect your pet, and when your pet should be vaccinated, call the veterinarians of Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, at (336) 886-2315. Call today!
Cats and dogs can be the best friends we ever have. We love them like our own children, and we only want the best for them when it comes to caring and grooming. Choose a professional veterinary hospital to groom your pets. At a vet like Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital or Total Care Veterinary Hospital, your pets will be handled by professional animal caretakers. We will ensure your pet is safe at all times because we understand how anxious they can get. Our trained staff can reduce your pet's stress and provide beautiful grooming. Visit one of our two locations in High Point, NC, for the best in pet grooming.
What to Look For in a Great Groomer:
1. What is the groomer's experience?
A professional groomer has an extensive history of good grooming and knows how to groom your pet's breed. A good groomer will understand your pet's limits so as not to stress them during the grooming process. They will also know how to build a relationship with your pet over the grooming session so that you can feel safe when you return for other grooming appointments. Our groomers have professional experience in a vet hospital so they are familiar with a wide variety of breeds and issues your pet may have.
2. Is the facility well equipped to handle my pet?
The best grooming facilities are well equipped to handle all of your pet's needs. They will have a variety of tools available to safely wash and groom your pet. The environment should not be threatening to your animal and they should feel comfortable with their groomer. Make sure to check how your pet is housed, see how many other pets are there, and make sure the facility is clean. You will also want to know if they can deal with an emergency situation that can occur. The benefit of grooming services at a veterinary hospital is that you know they will be able to handle emergency situations and have doctors on hand to diagnose any problem we may find while grooming.
3. What other services are offered?
Your groomer should be skilled in a wide variety of pet care services. Great groomers can fully bathe your pet and cut their hair in a timely manner. They also may be able to provide medical services at veterinary groomers if they notice any conditions like a rash or boil. Your veterinarian in High Point, NC, makes sure you are getting the best option for grooming. We understand that regular grooming is an essential part of your pet's health and we want to ensure they have a long happy life with you.
To schedule a grooming visit, call us today at (336) 886-2315 or (336) 841-8877. The Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and Total Care Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, are ready to care for your beloved pet with the best grooming service we have to offer.
How nutritional counseling from your veterinarians in High Point, North Carolina can help your pet stay healthy.
If you are a parent to a pet, it’s only natural to want the best for your pet. After all, they are a member of the family. It’s also tempting to want them to enjoy some of the foods that you enjoy, but this practice isn’t good for your pet.
Nutritional counseling for your pet can be a big help. The veterinarians at Total Care and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospitals in High Point, North Carolina offer a wide range of veterinary services, including nutritional counseling for your pet.
So, why is nutritional counseling important for your pet? You want your pet to live a long, and healthy life and a big part of health is what your pet eats, especially on a daily basis.
Nutritional counseling can help you know what is right and wrong to give to your pet. Many pets have underlying health conditions or allergies, and nutritional counseling can help you avoid giving your pet the wrong foods.
Eating the correct diet can also help your pet stay healthy and avoid common conditions like carrying excess weight, heart issues, and tooth problems. If your pet does have an underlying health condition, nutritional counseling can put you and your pet on the right track to minimize the effects of the condition.
As a general nutritional guideline, remember to:
Give your pet lots of freshwater, which helps to keep your pet cool and aids respiration and digestion. Bacteria can build up in water, so change it often.
Give your pet a balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Nutritional counseling can help you know the correct blend of nutrients, based on your pet's age, weight, and overall health.
If you feed human food to your pet, do it sparingly, making sure to only give up to 10% human food to your pet.
- Human foods that your pet can eat include:
- Salmon, peanut butter, and cooked eggs
- Green beans, carrots, and sweet potatoes
- Apples, cheese, and cottage cheese
Human foods you need to avoid giving to your pet include:
- Nuts and salty foods
- Coconut oil and avocados
- Raw eggs and raw meat
- Grapes, raisins, and citrus fruits
- Foods containing garlic or onions
- Foods containing alcohol and caffeine
For animal-specific nutrition tips, please visit the Online Veterinary Education Library on the website at https://www.totalcarevethospital.com/education.html
You and your pet deserve to live a long and healthy life together, and pet nutritional counseling can help. To find out more about why nutritional counseling is important for your pet, call the veterinarians of Total Care and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospitals in High Point, North Carolina. Call Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital at (336) 886-2315 or Total Care Veterinary Hospital (336) 841-8877 for an appointment.
At certain times in their lives, your dogs and cats will need vaccinations to keep them healthy. Core vaccinations are necessary when your pet is still young, and booster shots will be required throughout your pet’s life following the initial immunizations.
The veterinarians at Total Care Veterinary Hospital are located in High Point, NC, and they are dedicated to helping High Point residents care for their pets.
Core Dog Vaccines
Essential vaccines for your dog include:
- Rabies: Your puppy will have his first rabies shot at around three months of age. This is a single dose shot, and he will need a booster shot each year following the initial administration.
- Distemper: This is a two-dose shot. Your puppy will have the first shot at around four months of age, with a second shot within four weeks. He will need a follow-up shot one year later with a booster shot every three years.
- Parvovirus: Your puppy will require three doses of this vaccine. The first is usually given at around four months of age. The second will be given 3-4 weeks later.
- Adenovirus 1 (canine hepatitis): Your puppy will have his first dose between 2-4 months of age. The second and third doses will be administered 3-4 apart. He will need a follow-up shot after one year, with a booster every three years.
- Adenovirus 2 (kennel cough): Your puppy will have his first shot between 2-4 months of age. The second and third doses will be administered 3-4 weeks apart. He will need a follow-up shot after one year, then a booster every three years.
Core Cat Vaccinations
Essential vaccines for your cat include:
- Rabies: Your kitten can have her first dose from 8 weeks of age onwards. She will require two further doses twelve months apart, then an annual booster.
- Feline distemper: Your kitten can have her first dose from 6 weeks of age onwards. She will require two further doses 3-4 weeks apart, then one more dose a year later.
- Feline herpes virus: Your kitten can have her first dose from 6 weeks of age onwards. Two further doses will be given 3-4 weeks apart. She will receive a follow-up shot after a year, then a booster every three years.
- Calicivirus: Your kitten can have her first dose from 6 weeks of age onwards. She will then need two further doses, 2-4 weeks apart. A follow-up shot will be given after one year, then she will need a booster every three years.
If you need to update your pet’s vaccinations or you’d like more information about pet health, call our High Point practice today at (336) 841-8877.
Just like you, your cat or dog needs regular grooming. Coat, ears, nails—they all require consistent and thorough attention to stay fresh, clean, and free of odors and parasites. Here at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, the professional staff offers a full range of pet grooming services that will have your feline or canine friend looking and feeling great.
What are your pet grooming options?
In general, they're either at-home/do-it-yourself or professionally supervised by the four veterinarians here at Skeet Club and Total Care Veterinary Hospitals. Your at-home version may work depending on your experience, your pet's temperament, and the space/equipment you have available in your house or apartment. Additionally, you must consider your physical ability to handle your large breed dog or anxious cat, and how that may impact the outcome of brushing, bathing, and nail trimming.
Your cat should be brushed daily and bathed only when very dirty or when she just cannot keep herself clean anymore. A dog needs a full bath every three months, according to the ASPCA, or more often as lifestyle and owner ability warrant. Additionally, if your animal has behavioral considerations, skin conditions, or allergies, you may need help from the pet groomers here at our High Point location.
What we offer you and your pet
At Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, our team offers full grooming services. This includes:
- Nail trimming
- Ear care
The groomers are highly trained in all things canine and feline, including skin conditions, allergies, behavioral issues, and more. Your pet will leave the facility looking and smelling great, and feeling completely refreshed.
At Total Care Veterinary Hospital, the team offers baths for both cats and dogs, including large breeds. Does your dog have an extremely thick and matted coat? Our professionals can handle it, and with regular visits to our hospitals, your pet is assured of a pleasant experience and wonderful results.
At Total Care and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospitals, our doctors and support staff love caring for your furry friends. Call for a pet grooming appointment, won't you? For Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, phone (336) 886-2315 or for Total Care Veterinary Hospital, call (336) 841-8877.