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What your veterinarians in High Point, North Carolina want you to know
Your pet is like a member of the family, and your pet’s healthcare is very important to you. You want your pet to live a long and healthy life. It all begins with what you feed your pet. The veterinarians Dr. Harvey Goho, Dr. Lydia Goho, and Dr. Shelly Figgatt at Skeet Club & Total Care Veterinary Hospitals in High Point, North Carolina want to share what you should know about keeping a healthy diet for your pet.
Pets need water, and lots of it. Water helps your pet stay cool and aids in your pet’s normal body functions like digestion and respiration. Have a constant supply of fresh water available.
Pets also need a balance of nutrients, protein, fats, and carbohydrates which can vary depending on the age and health of your pet. These dietary requirements are more easily available in commercial dog food, and NOT human food from the table. If human food is fed to your pet, it should be in a small amount of 10% or less.
Human foods that can be fed to your pet include cooked eggs, green beans, salmon, peanut butter, apples, cheese, carrots, cottage cheese, and sweet potatoes. It’s important to discuss these foods with your veterinarian before giving them to your pet. You should also monitor your pet for any allergic reactions to these foods.
There are some foods that you should NOT feed your pet. Certain foods can cause diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, and even death. Avoid feeding your pet these foods:
- Alcohol and caffeine
- Salty foods and nuts
- Avocadoes and coconut oil
- Raw meat and raw eggs
- Citrus fruits, grapes, and raisins
- Foods with garlic or onions
For animal-specific diet and nutrition tips, please visit the Online Veterinary Education Library on the website at https://www.totalcarevethospital.com/education.html
If you need help taking care of your pet, talk with the experts. Call the veterinarians at Skeet Club & Total Care Veterinary Hospitals in High Point, North Carolina today!
Do you dread bathing and grooming your pet? Although some animals don't some mind the process, others turn into whirling Tasmanian devils the moment they hear the word "bath." Fortunately, you don't have to tackle the job (or your pet) when professional grooming services are offered by your furry friend's veterinary office. Our High Point, NC, veterinarians - Dr. Harvey Goho, Dr. Lydia Goho, and Dr. Shelly Figgatt of Skeet Club & Total Care Veterinary Hospitals - offer the veterinary care your pet needs to remain healthy and employ professional groomers who keep your pet clean and well groomed.
What services do professional groomers offer?
Grooming sessions in High Point may include:
- Baths, complete with shampoo, conditioner, and a blow dry
- Haircuts and trims
- Removal of matted fur
- Nail trims
- Ear cleaning
- Flea baths
Professional groomers understand that a bath or nail trim may seem a little scary to your pet. They're accustomed to putting nervous pets at ease and use safe pet handling techniques to ensure that your friend emerges from the experience unscathed.
What are the benefits of professional grooming?
In addition to improving your pet's appearance, grooming sessions offer these benefits:
- No More Trashed Bathrooms: You'll appreciate turning bath time over to the professionals if your entire bathroom ends up soaked when you attempt to bathe your pet at home.
- Breed-Specific Haircuts: Getting a breed-specific cut just right takes skill. Fortunately, professional groomers are familiar with the most popular cuts.
- Detection of Health Problems: Although groomers aren't veterinarians, they may notice signs of potential health problems when they groom your pet. If the groomer feels a lump on your pet's body or sees bald patches or rashes, he or she will inform you. Before you leave the office, you can make a convenient appointment with the veterinarian.
Would you like to schedule a pet grooming session? Full grooming services are offered by Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and baths only are provided by Total Care Veterinary Hospital. Schedule an appointment for grooming services or a visit with our High Point, NC, veterinarians - Dr. Harvey Goho, Dr. Lydia Goho, and Dr. Shelly Figgatt - by calling (336) 886-2315 for Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, or (336) 841-8877 for Total Care Veterinary Hospital.
Nothing is more important than making sure your furry friends are happy and safe when you aren’t there.
The vacation is finally happening and while you couldn’t be more thrilled, your pet isn’t quite as excited that you’ve decided to pack up and jet set without them. Here at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and Total Care Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, our veterinarians Dr. Harvey Goho, Dr. Lydia Goho, and Dr. Shelly Figgatt understand the importance of finding a place that will care and love your pet until your safe return.
Make Sure Your Pet is Vaccinated
It is very important that your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations prior to boarding. We would be happy to provide you with the list of vaccinations your cat or dog should have. The last thing we want is for any pets to get sick (even though we have highly trained and skilled veterinarians and staff to treat illnesses, when necessary) so talk to our High Point, NC, pet boarding facility about the vaccinations your trusty pet needs before staying with us.
Bring What They Love
Does your cat or dog have a favorite toy or blanket? Are they picky about the kind of food they get or do they need to take certain medication? It’s always good to pack with them some things that remind them of home, whether it’s their favorite food or a toy they play with all the time. Better yet, give them one of your own personal items like a shirt or blanket that smells like you, which can provide them with the comfort they need.
Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital and Total Care Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to providing quality, compassionate and gentle veterinary services to the High Point, NC, area. No matter whether you want to discuss your cat’s special dietary needs or you need to board your dog or cat while you are away, we are here to make pet care simple and easy on your whole family (even your furry family members).
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.