Veterinary Care Canton Vet Tips

10 Tips from Dr. Bryant on Veterinary Care

What your vet wishes you knew about your pets

Dr. Bryant was recently featured in Canton Family Life.  She shared several tips for owners on care and animal behavior.

Veterinary Care Canton Vet Tips

1) Regular physical exams are the most important thing you can do for your pet’s health. This allows you to tell your vet about symptoms or behaviors that might alert the doctor to problems. Animals naturally hide symptoms. By the time the illness is apparent to owners, it is often late stage and our treatment options may be limited. Clients frequently describe things they think are no big deal, but are signs of a possible underlying disease. Physical exams and blood tests can help identify many of these diseases.

2) Animals feel pain, just like we do. They can’t tell us what hurts and rarely cry or whimper. Animals tend to curl up and sleep to try to avoid pain.

3) Human medications such as Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, other over the counter anti-inflammatories and decongestants are dangerous and potentially fatal. Always call your veterinarian before giving any medication to your pet. Many veterinarians will answer these types of questions over the phone.

4) Dental disease is real, and really hurts. Most animals won’t show signs of pain and will keep eating. However, owners describe how much more alert and spunky their pets act after those painful teeth are treated or removed. There are no shortcuts in dental care. There are many people out there in the business of selling shortcuts, but safe and thorough dentistry requires anesthesia and dental x-rays.

5) Heartworm disease is caused by mosquitos which are around all year long in Georgia. No winter breaks for them. Heartworms lead to heart failure and is nearly 100% preventable with a simple preventative every month, all year round. 80% of unprotected dogs in Georgia will get heartworms at some point in their lives. Cats get heartworms too.

6) Most people know chocolate is toxic to pets, but did you know grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure? Onions and macadamia nuts can cause problems as well. Xylitol is a common artificial sweetener in chewing gum, medications and other foods like yogurt. This can cause rapid and severe liver disease in pets. And it doesn’t take much. A half of a stick of gum can make a small dog sick.Best Veterinarian Canton Ga

7) Food does not equal love in your pet’s eyes. They may surely enjoy snacks. But they will still know how much you adore them, even if you minimize snacks to keep them at a healthy weight.

8) Speaking of foods… quality matters. Many of the less expensive, popular foods are high in fat. This is why your pet likes them so much. Better foods do cost more, but tend to have lower fat contents and less non-digestible materials. This often means less poo! Labeling on foods is notoriously untrustworthy. There are all kinds of gimmicks and loopholes in the claims they make. Just because it’s on the label, doesn’t mean it’s true.

9) Cat foods are a bit easier… the best food for most healthy cats: Canned Fancy Feast. Avoid dry foods when possible. Bottom line; ask your veterinarian for two or three good food options that are available in stores. The vast majority of our patients eat regular store foods and we are happy to make recommendations.

10) If your pet is drinking more than usual, urinating more than normal, vomiting, not eating, sleeping more than usual, is less active or having soft stools…don’t wait. At least call and ask for advice. Most veterinarians, or one of their veterinary nurses, will be able to talk to you and get you some basic information. Unfortunately, waiting to see if things get better on their own, or using old fashioned home remedies, often makes things much worse.

You can view the full article on Veterinary Care in Canton Life Magazine Here

18 Comments

  1. I had no idea that the cheaper dog food had a high fat content. Thus creating a lot of excess excrement. Now I know why I need to go with the more quality foods. If I go that route hopefully I’ll be able to spare my dog a visit to the hospital.

  2. I had no idea that grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure! We love to give my dog the nutrition he needs, and I always thought that fruit was just as good for him. We will be sure to not give him any grapes.

  3. I really like your second tip “animals feel pain, just like we do.” I think that is something really important to remember. We have been wanting to take our pets to a new animal hospital for a while now. We will have to keep these tips in mind while we are searching.

  4. I had no idea about a lot of these things! There was one time my neighbor kept feeding his cat whenever it wanted food, and it ended up gaining so much weight that it developed heart problems. I remember that we had to take him to the animal hospital in order to help him recover. It was really sad.

  5. Number 9 is an eye opener. I regularly give my cat Fancy Feast as a special treat, but I thought a good quality dry food (like Iams) should make up the majority of his diet. So ideally it’d be best if he ate soft food all the time? I know he wouldn’t object!

  6. I just got a new puppy, and I love him so much. He is so little and precious, I want to do anything I can to take care of him. Your advice on not using food to buy your dog’s love was really interesting. When my puppy does something right, I give him a treat. I’ll be sure to remember this, and find a different way to encourage him.

  7. I had no idea that animals naturally hide symptoms. I can see why this would be important to be aware of if you are thinking your pet might be sick. I agree that having regular physical exams would be a good way to catch any sickness that they might be feeling. It might even be good to ask the vet what things you could look for if you suspect there might be sickness.

  8. I love what you said in number two. I think this information would be perfect for anyone who might think they want to become a veterinarian. I was unaware that animals tend to curl up to avoid pain — I think that is so sad! Thank you so much for the reminder, and I will make sure to be more attentive!

  9. I had no idea that heart worm disease was caused by mosquitoes! I have always wondered where they came from so that makes a lot of sense. We have been thinking about taking our dog to the vet so that we can figure out what the best course of care is when it comes to preventing heart worms so I’ll be sure to ask the questions that I have. Thank you for sharing!

  10. I just moved towns and I am nervous about finding the right vet for my dog! She is my baby and best friend! I like the idea that animals feel pain, just like we do and so I want to find my dog a doctor that understands that and will treat her well.

  11. This is some really good information about the veterinary car for your pets. My grandmother is very close to her pet cat. I didn’t realize that can cat food is better for your cat. That is a good thing for her to be aware of.

  12. You said that dental disease is a problem among animals. I recently took my dog to the vet so they could see how he was doing. Maybe I should ask them to check his teeth and to take care of them.

  13. I love that this article pointed out that food quality does matter! We as humans don’t pick the cheapest foods with zero nutrition 24/7– at least I hope we don’t! We should be making sure the same goes for our pets. They need quality food to live off of so they can be healthy and taken care of. I think if they are eating the right food, they can live a lot longer and have healthier lives.

  14. My wife and I have been looking for a good animal hospital for our dog for if there are any issues that we need. I’m glad that I found your information about some things that could potentially cause a trip to the animal hospital, in particular a lot of sleeping to try and avoid pain. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for our dog oversleeping and be sure that if we do need to take him to the animal hospital, we’ll know he’s well taken care of!

  15. Thanks for the information on vet care. We have a small dog, and I want her to live a comfortable, healthy life. I didn’t know that human medications could be fatal to my dog, so that is good to learn!

  16. It’s good to know that regular phsycial exams with a pet are important since they often try and hid their symptoms. My wife and I are thinking about getting a dog, but neither of us have owned one before and we don’t know much about proper care. We’ll definitely be sure to have our dog checked routinely by a professional to ensure it stays happy and healthy its entire life.

  17. I had no idea that 80% of unprotected dogs in Georgia will get heartworms at some point. My own dog just got heartworm disease and I am trying to find the best ways to care for my beagle. Thanks for pointing out that heartworms can be easily preventable every month, as I find a dog lawyer, I’ll be sure to keep that in mind.

  18. It’s interesting that fat content can affect your pet’s digestion. My dog has been having some issues with diarrhea lately. We should look into changing his diet to see if he’s eating too much fat.

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