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Fire Ants Are No Sunday Picnic For Pets

When Fire Ants Attack - Your Pet’s Wellness is Important to Whitworth Animal Clinic

When Fire Ants Attack – Your Pet’s Wellness is Important to Whitworth Animal Clinic

Since their introduction from South America, fire ants have become a serious nuisance throughout the southeastern United States. Along with their ability to wreak havoc on crops, they also pose a threat to both people and their pets. Because of fire ant’s aggressive behavior, it’s important for any pet owner to keep an eye out for signs of an attack on your pet and take quick action when needed.

No Small Problem

With a warm climate and no natural predators, fire ants have heavily colonized the South all the way to central Tennessee. This means north Alabama, including Huntsville, Madison, and other nearby communities, are an attractive habitat for these pests. Not only will they attack when their mound is bothered, they are often attracted to a pet’s food bowl. Attacking from the ground, the ants usually spread up the legs and onto the underside of the pet. They both sting and bite simultaneously – hence the feeling of being on fire at the bite spot. The pet’s reaction is usually scratching or rolling. A dog or cat will also try to remove them with its mouth, where they then have access to the muzzle nose, mouth and ears.

As soon as you see even one fire ant on your pet, take the following actions:

  • Immediately move the pet to another location away from the anthill or attack site,
  • Use a cloth, a glove, a brush or even your hand to knock them off, brushing downward with short strokes,
  • Do not try to spray the ants off with a hose or dunk the animal in a pool or bath, as water actually provokes the ants to cling to the animal with a harder grip with their mandibles.

Treatment

In most cases, the pet suffers painful bites but will recover with prompt at-home follow-up treatment, similar to neutralizing a jellyfish sting:

  • Clean the bites with pure ammonia on a cotton ball to mitigate the stinging.
  • Make a paste of water and either meat tenderizer or baking soda, apply to the bites and let it sit 20 minutes.
  • Wash paste off with antibacterial soap and lightly pat dry.
  • Apply an hydrocortistone lotion or spray to the bite areas.
  • To reduce itching and swelling place a cold compress on the affected spots

Complications

Whitworth Animal Clinic, serving the communities of Madison, Huntsville, Decatur and surrounding areas in north Alabama, can provide both medications and advice. There are some situations where pet wellness can be threatened and a trip to the clinic is vital. If the animal was seriously swarmed with ants, bring it in immediately, as the animal can suffer an allergic reaction, depending on the size of the dog, it’s age, and the number of bites. Small and elderly animals are at the greatest risk of serious reaction. This will become apparent soon after the attack and might include pale gums, seizures, regurgitation, or loss of balance. Fire ant bites often get infected, indicated by a continuation of swelling, inflammation, pustules on the bite site, and oozing after a day and a half.

With the presence of fire ants lurking in the grass, northern Alabama is not as pet-friendly as in the past. Your pet’s wellness depends on awareness of this constant threat and taking fast action when called for. Whitworth Animal Clinic is here to help in any pet emergency.

Pet Allergies: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

photo of a Jack Russell Terrier wallowing on its back | Whitworth Animal ClinicDoes your pet suffer from allergies? When pets begin to itch and scratch, some owners are quick to blame fleas. However, these blood-sucking insects are not always the culprits. The irritation could also point to another type of allergic condition. Let’s examine the most common pet allergies.

Environmental Allergies

A lot of people tend to suffer from seasonal allergies. Animals are at risk as well. Pollen, dust mites, and mold can all cause pets to experience allergy flair-ups. You should pay close attention to changes in your pet’s behavior. If they start to excessively scratch or rub against walls, this could definitely be the result of pet allergies. On the other hand, respiratory problems that stem from rhinitis will cause your pet to act very sluggish. Ear infections are also especially common in dogs. Whitworth Animal Clinic urges you to get your pet examined as soon as possible. The required treatment will vary from one pet to the next. While some may benefit from topical treatments and baths, others will need to get vaccinated.

Food Allergies

Your pet’s diet has a major impact on its overall health. Simple changes, such as giving your pet gluten-free foods, can be a major benefit. Some animals are hypersensitive to certain foods. Beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, and soy are just a few of the known culprits. Even gnawing on bones will cause issues for some dogs. Because food allergies can develop at any age, they often confuse pet owners. Like environmental allergies, food allergies can cause itchiness. Don’t be surprised to see hives and rashes on your pet’s body. You also need to watch out for gastrointestinal problems, which may include vomiting and diarrhea.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

The chemicals inside your home have a direct impact on your pet’s likelihood of suffering from allergic contact dermatitis. While walking around, your buddy can easily get exposed to insecticides, paint, and detergents. If you look closely, you’re likely to notice redness on their skin. In contrast to cats, dogs are prone to developing hot spots. The irritation often causes dogs to complicate the problem by scratching profusely. Over time, hair loss and scabbing are likely to occur. Although washing your pet with a medicated shampoo can bring temporary relief, antihistamines may be necessary to completely alleviate the symptoms.

Located in Madison, Whitworth Animal Clinic proudly serves all of the surrounding areas in North Alabama. From treating pet allergies to veterinary surgery, we provide a wide range of different services. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Whitworth.

*This article is not meant to take the place of professional veterinarian advice. If you have any questions, please contact Whitworth Animal Clinic or a vet in your area.

© 2018 Whitworth Animal Clinic. All rights reserved.

There’s an App for That: Animal Poison Control

photo of a little white maltese dog and human food ingredients toxic to himIf you’re a pet owner, be sure to download the app for Animal Poison Control. It may one day save your friend’s life. Believe it or not, even tasty treats from your cabinet can put a pet’s life in serious danger. Here are some of the potential dangers that may lurk in and out of your home.

People Food

Think twice before giving your pet leftovers from the kitchen table. Although these foods may seem harmless, they could wreak havoc on your pet’s digestive system. According to the ASPCA, dark chocolate is an absolute no-no. It can cause pets to experience a wide range of troublesome symptoms, including abnormal heart rhythm and seizures. Some of the other dangerous foods include raisins, yeast dough, and salty snacks. Despite being a favorite among dogs, raw bones can actually puncture a pet’s stomach.

Plants

Plants definitely make your home look more inviting. Although there are also health benefits to having plants around, be sure to keep them away from your pets. Some are toxic to certain pets. For example, Azalea leaves can cause dogs to experience severe diarrhea. Meanwhile, just a few nibbles of an Easter lily may cause a cat to vomit.

Household Products

It’s no secret that pets are known to be quite curious. Unfamiliar smells will cause them to investigate. Never, ever make the mistake of leaving cleaning supplies out. Whitworth Animal Clinic recommends that you keep them stored in a secure area at all times. If you happen to find your pet licking a spilled chemical, contact Animal Poison Control by calling (888) 426-4435 immediately!

Medications

The overwhelming majority of human medications are not safe for pets. As you probably already know, some pets have a knack for chewing on stuff. You certainly don’t want them to gnaw on your prescription bottles. Tylenol, antidepressants, and blood pressure pills are all toxic to animals.

Outdoor Hazards

Make sure that the yard remains a safe place for pets to roam. As we discussed earlier, you should be careful about growing certain plants in your garden. Insecticides and pesticides pose an even greater threat to animals. Even in small amounts, these toxic chemicals may require emergency attention. If your vehicle happens to leak engine coolant on the ground, clean it up as soon as possible.

Located in Madison, Whitworth Animal Control proudly serves North Alabama and all of the surrounding areas. We provide veterinary emergency care, which gives your pet around-the-clock access to help. We also offer plenty of other important pet services, including micro-chipping and vaccinations.

* This article is not meant to take the place of professional veterinarian advice. If you have questions, please call the staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic or contact a vet in your area.

© 2018 Whitworth Animal Clinic. All rights reserved.

How Can I Cut Down on Pet Shedding?

photo of grooming with a dog brush on a shetland sheepdogShedding is an animal’s natural process of losing old or dead hair. Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to shedding than others, but most pets lose hair. Some dogs, particularly dogs who are kept indoors most of the time, tend to shed the same amount throughout the year, while other breeds develop a thick coat to combat the cold weather and shed more in the summer. If you notice an abnormal amount of hair loss in your dog, however, there may be something going on that warrants a visit to the vet. You pet may be coping with stress, in need of better nutrition, or there could be a medical issue that needs attention.

If you live in Madison or surrounding areas in north Alabama, you can contact Charles D. Whitworth, D.V.M., who heads up the Whitworth Animal Clinic, to ask whether your pet is at risk or is simply dropping dead hair at a normal rate. Although shedding is to be expected in most dogs and cats, the mess those hairs make around your home can be quite a nuisance. While there is no way you can stop your pet from shedding completely, there are some steps you can take to at least keep things under control.

Brush your pet regularly. Make a habit of brushing your dog’s hair at least two or three times a week, perhaps even daily if your dog has long hair. Not only does brushing reduce shedding by catching dead hairs on a brush instead of your rug or couch, but it also relaxes your pet and enlivens her coat to be shinier and healthier. You’ll also be removing accumulated dirt from the skin and help prevent matting. It’s a good idea to ask the north Alabama professionals at Whitworth Animal Clinic for tips on the best type of brush to use. There are various kinds of brushes and de-shedding tools that work differently depending upon your breed’s coat.

Keep your dog on a high quality diet. If you are feeding your pet nutritious food, without a lot of fillers, you can help avoid excessive shedding issues from occurring. Stay away from pet foods that are high in corn or grains that are hard to digest. Instead, look for diets that list meat and protein as the first or main ingredients.

Give your pet a weekly, gentle bath. This is especially true during the hotter months, when shedding tends to be more of an issue. If your pet is clean, his coat will be healthier. Use an oatmeal soap so the skin doesn’t become dried out.

Add some Omega-3 fatty acids to your dog’s food. Check with your vet or call Charles D. Whitworth, D.V.M. for advice on the amount or type of Omega-3 fatty acids to serve your pet before going forward, however. This nutritious additive can be in the form of olive oil, flaxseed oil, dietary supplements, or fish, such as salmon (no bones, of course!). The amounts and types given vary depending upon body weight, but Omega-3 can decrease dandruff and calm skin as it also improves the texture of your pet’s coat.

Make sure your pet gets regular check-ups. Keeping your pet healthy with regular visits to your Madison area veterinarian is important to ensure your dog isn’t shedding for a reason that can be avoided. For example, some dogs have food sensitivities or allergies that can cause shedding. Issues with fleas can also lead to shedding, so get some flea protection advice while visiting your vet.

Whitworth Animal Clinic is a full-service veterinarian facility serving the communities of Madison, Huntsville, Decatur and surrounding areas in north Alabama. Charles D. Whitworth, D.V.M. and the staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic provide the latest in preventive health care, routine check-ups, and lab and surgical procedures. Contact us today for a consultation or to learn more about pet shedding.

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Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

photo of senior woman smiling with her dog in the woodsMost people consider their pet to be a friend for life. However, pets offer more than just great companionship. They can also help boost your health. Dr. Charles Whitworth urges you to make pets a part of your life. Here are some of the top health benefits of pet ownership.

Less Stress

As you may already know, stress can take a major toll on your mind and body. Having a pet by your side will help you to overcome life’s anxieties. In fact, a study performed by the State University of New York at Buffalo found that pets are actually more effective at reducing stress than close friends and family. Even when facing extremely difficult times, pets are able to provide a sense of calm.

Improves Fitness

By now, everyone should understand the consequences of being a coach potato. In order to remain healthy, you need to exercise on a regular basis. A pet can motivate you to start enjoying a more active lifestyle. Simply taking your dog on a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood can improve your health. Playing a game of fetch is yet another way to get your blood flowing. If you want to take your fitness to the next level, considering jogging with your pet. Expect your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to plummet.

Less Likely to Have a Stroke

Studies show that pet owners are significantly less likely to have a stroke. This is especially true for the people who have cats at home. Felines have a knack for putting your mind at ease. Whether you’re lounging on the couch or doing a little household cleaning, a cat will be more than happy to keep you company.

Fewer Allergies

Although allergies tend to be hereditary, there are some ways to decrease your risk. Children who grow up with pets are less likely to suffer from allergies as they grow older. There will also be a lower risk of your child developing serious asthma complications. Being around animals can certainly strengthen their immune system. This means less dependence on medications and fewer trips to the doctor.

Helps People Suffering from Diabetes

Based on recent statistics, there are more than 30 million diabetics living in the United States. Dogs can be trained to prevent diabetic attacks by sensing chemical changes in their owner’s body. After being alerted by their dog, the diabetic will then know it’s time to grab an emergency snack.

Located in Madison, Whitworth Animal Clinic is a professional veterinary practice that proudly serves North Alabama and the surrounding areas. Led by Dr. Charles Whitworth, our facility offers a wide variety of different pet services. Whether your pet requires a vaccination or needs to be treated for a health ailment, we promise to give your loving friend the best possible care. To schedule a visit, simply contact Whitworth Animal Clinic at your earliest convenience.

* This article is not meant to take the place of professional veterinarian advice. If you have questions, call the staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic or a vet in your area.

© 2018 Whitworth Animal Clinic. All rights reserved.

Responsible Pet Ownership

photo of Maltese dog and his owner on exam in vet clinicUnderstandably, many people consider their pet to be a beloved family member. Like a child, pets demand a great deal of care and attention. You must be willing to make a serious commitment to their well-being. Here are some of the most important aspects of responsible pet ownership.

Microchipping

Trying to track down a lost pet can become a living nightmare. Although pets such as dogs have an uncanny ability to find their way home, you should never take any chances. Microchipping your pet should always be a top priority. Because microchips are embedded underneath the skin, they are far more reliable than ID tags and collars. The entire process of microchipping is harmless, so don’t worry about your pet feeling any pain.

Get the Necessary Vaccines

Responsible pet owners understand the importance of vaccinations. Vaccinations help shield your pet from dangerous diseases. Young animals are especially vulnerable, which means that may require a series of vaccinations. Whitworth Animal Clinic can administer all of your pet’s required shots.

Be Careful About Giving a Pet as a Gift

The truth of the matter is that not everyone is cut out to be a pet owner. Gifting an animal to a negligent person is a disaster waiting to happen. While some people are simply not able to handle the extra expense, others may lack the necessary time and dedication it takes to be a good pet owner. Depending upon the person’s living arrangements, their landowner may not even allow pets on the premises.

Be Sure to Socialize Your Pet

It’s never a good idea to keep your pet locked in a cage for long periods of time. In order to thrive, pets need to be exposed to the outside world. An antisocial pet is far more likely to attack strangers and experience constant fear of new people. They must also be able to safely mingle with other animals. Whitworth Animal Clinic encourages you to begin socializing your animal as soon as possible.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Securing your home will go a long ways towards keeping your pet safe. Never make the mistake of leaving around dangerous items. Even foods such as chocolate candy can cause serious health problems for some animals. You should also store your household chemicals in a good location. Remember, curious pets love to investigate things.

Located in Madison, Whitworth Animal Clinic is a professional veterinary that proudly serves the entire North Alabama area. From vaccinations to emergency surgeries, our top-rated facility offers a wide variety of different pet services. Don’t hesitate to contact Whitworth Animal Clinic for more information.

* This article is not meant to take the place of professional veterinarian advice. If you have any questions, call the staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic or a vet in your area.

© 2018 Whitworth Animal Clinic. All rights reserved.

Socializing Your New Kitty or Puppy

photo of cute puppy kissing a kitten on a white background | Whitworth Animal ClinicPets need to become accustomed to being around people and other animals as early as possible. You definitely don’t want your pet to develop a cold personality. Friendly pets tend to be far happier and more enjoyable to be around. Here are some tips for socializing your new kitten or puppy.

Socializing Kittens

Kittens are adorable animals that can grow to become loyal companions. They desire a great deal of love and affection. One of the most important aspects of socializing a kitten is to make it feel comfortable right away. Keeping a relatively quiet home will certainly help your kitten to adjust to its new surroundings. You don’t want to scare it by blasting the television at a loud volume. Like so many other pets, kittens like to be caressed. Softly stroking the kitten’s body will make it feel at ease. If you have kids at home, teach them to be gentle. Roughly handling a kitten is bound to create a sense of fear.

Whitworth Animal Clinic recommends that you begin the process of socializing at an early age. Don’t be afraid to introduce the kitten to new faces. You certainly can’t forget about the importance of play time. According to experts, you should dedicate at least two hours of your day to spending time with the kitten. Most kittens are usually active and ready to have fun. To keep your kitten entertained, give it a few toys to play with.

Socializing Puppies

As you may have heard, it’s often harder to teach an old dog new tricks. The American Kennel Association reveals that the majority of a dog’s personality is formed during its first four months of life. That’s why it’s important to start socializing puppies in a timely manner. An anti-social puppy is far more likely to become annoyed by the presence of other people. When you first bring your puppy home, give them some time to check out the scene. Over time, it will gradually get used to the new environment.

Nervous and skittish dogs are always at risk of suddenly snapping at strangers on the street. For this reason, it’s a good idea to expose them to different kinds of people while they’re young puppies. Set aside some time to take your puppy outdoors on a regular basis. This will help it to become accustomed to various sights, sounds, and smells. You should also gradually start to familiarize your pup with other animals. However, make sure the interaction is positive and non-frightening.

If you need help socializing your pet, don’t hesitate to contact Whitworth Animal Clinic. Our professional staff will always be there to provide a helping hand. Located in Madison, Whitworth Animal Clinic proudly serves all of the surrounding communities of North Alabama. From pet vaccinations to veterinary surgery, we provide a variety of important services.

* This article is not meant to take the place of professional veterinarian advice. If you have any questions, call the staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic or contact a vet in your area.

Favorite Cat Books for All Ages

photo of a grandfather and grand children reading a bookA cat’s curious nature and funny antics make it an ideal pet for any family. Even single people find cats to be amazing companions. Here are a few cat books that Whitworth Animal Clinic encourages you to put on your reading list.

Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss will forever remain a favorite among children. It is the perfect book for beginning readers.

Cat Spitting Mad: A Joe Gray Mystery
This book is a great read for teenagers and adults. In this entertaining story, two house cats must help solve a mysterious murder. The fate of their friend, who was wrongly accused of the crime, hangs in the balance.

I Could Pee on This: and Other Poems by Cats
If you love a good laugh, don’t miss out on this funny book. As you sit back and read these humorous poems, you are bound to crack a smile at some point.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Kids will love reading Pete the Cat. The cool cartoon pictures make it even more exciting.

Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat
Everyone can gain knowledge by reading this book. A world-renowned cat expert details her favorite training tips.

A Street Cat Named Bob
This is a story of how a man and cat become perfect friends. Even through the toughest of times, their bond remains unbreakable.

Into the Wild
Although this is a story about wild cats living in a fantasy world, the characters seem so real. The epic adventures are bound to leave children in awe.

Homer’s Odyssey
Despite being completely blind, Homer won’t let this issue stop him from being a loyal pet. He brings joy to a struggling young woman who needs all the inspiration she can get.

The Best Cat Ever
Rescued from the streets on Christmas night, a cat named Polar Bear grows to become his new owner’s best friend. Over the years, these two pals will share a lot of memorable experiences.

Tailchaser’s Song
If you have a passion for fantasy novels, Tailchaser’s Song is the perfect book for you. The story’s main character, a young cat named Fritti Tailchaser, must survive a world filled with mysterious creatures.

Bad Kitty Books
This is a series of books about Bad Kitty, who has a reputation for being quite mischievous. Expect young children to burst out in laughter at Bad Kitty’s amusing behavior.

Cat Sense
This documentary allows you to see cats from a different perspective. Although Cat Sense deals with the psychology of cats, it has a humorous spin.

The Christmas Day Kitten
Based on a true story, The Christmas Day Kitten is ideal for this upcoming holiday season. A new arrival to the family helps create memories that will last for a lifetime.

Making Rounds with Oscar: the Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
Although Oscar looks like a regular cat, he has a hidden talent of teaching others about empathy and courage. Oscar helps inspire the entire nursing home where he lives.

Why Paint Cats
While this book often pokes fun at certain cat lovers, its comedy is well worth your time. It is also great for the people who have an appreciation for art.

I Am a Cat
This book is told from the perspective of a stray kitten. It hilariously explains what the young cat actually thinks of humans.

Located in Madison, Whitworth Animal Clinic proudly serves all the surrounding areas in North Alabama. From vaccinations to flea control, our top-rated facility provides a long list of important pet services. Dr. Whitworth and his staff at Whitworth wish all of our clients and their furry family members a happy holiday season!

© 2017 Whitworth Animal Clinic. All rights reserved.

Favorite Dog Movies for Holiday Family Viewing

image of a dog watching a movie with popcorn and cokeFor many people, nothing beats spending the holidays with their family and friends. If you are a dog owner, your pooch will also be around to help boost your spirits. Here are a few dog movies that Whitworth Animal Clinic urges you to view this holiday season.

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
In this fun Christmas cartoon, Linus and Lucy’s younger brother longs for a new puppy. Snoopy’s brother Spike may prove to be the perfect companion.

The Search for Santa Pause
Santa has gone missing and he needs to be found as soon as possible. Will a team of magical dogs and an elf be able to save Christmas?

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
After an elf accidentally crashes Santa’s sled, the magical toy bag comes up missing. To ensure that Christmas goes as planned, Beethoven must help recover this treasured bag from some conniving thieves.

The 12 Dogs of Christmas
It seems as if everyone has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. This movie shows how a young girl uses dogs to help inspire people.

A Dog Named Christmas
A young man, who is mentally challenged, wants everyone to understand the importance of the town’s “Adopt a Dog for Christmas” program. The staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic recommends this film for true dog lovers.

An All Dogs Christmas Carol
Although this is a funny cartoon, it still manages to highlight the importance of thinking about others. Dealing with a serious injury, Timmy must rely upon friends to recover the money for his operation.

Santa Buddies
If you want to get inspiration for the holidays, be sure to watch Santa Buddies. It is bound to put a smile on everyone’s face.

The Dog Who Saved Christmas
The fate of a family’s Christmas rests in a lone dog. Can he overcome the thieves who have no intentions of giving up easily?

Up on the Wooftop
While Toby is an extremely small dog, he maintains his dream of one day leading Santa’s sleigh.

Chilly Christmas
Chilly is a beach dog that has always lived in sunny California. When his family decides to move to the big city of New York, they plan to find him a new owner. However, Chilly and an 11-year-old boy refuse to let that happen.

One Christmas Eve
In this heartwarming movie, a loving puppy helps reunite a family who has been dealing with a recent divorce.

Dog of Flanders
Suffering from a great deal of physical abuse, a neglected dog is fortunately nursed back to health by a young boy and his grandfather. As you watch the movie, you will discover why this dog becomes such an important part of their life.

Lost Christmas
Don’t miss out on Lost Christmas if you love the sight of a cute puppy. It shows the power of miracles.

Located in Madison, Whitworth Animal Clinic proudly serves Huntsville, Decatur, and the surrounding areas in north Alabama. Led by Dr. Charles Whitworth, our facility provides a number of important pet services. Whitworth Animal Clinic wishes all of our clients and their furry family members a happy holiday season!

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Don’t Neglect your Cat: 3 Reasons Vet Visits are Important

photo of a veterinarian holding a cat and using a stethoscope on its neckDid you know that pet owners are much more likely to bring their dogs to the vet than their cats? Yet cats have just as many potential health problems as dogs, and there’s no doubt that cats are just as loved by their owners as dogs are.

Cats just have a way of appearing self-sufficient. Yet outdoor and indoor-outdoor cats are running risks every day that can be minimized with a quick trip to the Vet. Indoor cats may appear immune to certain diseases, but this is a false sense of security that leads some owners to think their cats don’t need care. Here are three reasons that vet visits are as essential for cats as they are dogs.

Hiding Their Feelings

Pain isn’t expressed by a cat like it may be in a dog. Accustomed as cats are to taking care of their own hygiene, most cats deal with their problems independently of humans. Even the cuddliest feline is as good at hiding its feelings as it is at simply hiding. Loud complaining cats hide their real problems behind their imaginary complaints. Furthermore, not all disorders cause pain, and yet they are doing damage day by day. This makes it essential to see the Vet regularly. A gentle exam and lab work may reveal what the cat can’t tell you. It also provides a benchmark for the next visit to the Whitworth Animal Clinic.

Preventative Care

Veterinary care has developed ways to monitor, prevent and treat diseases once fatal to cats. Although it can be a struggle to get your cat into its crate, it is definitely worth the trouble to bring him or her to Whitworth Animal Clinic. Simple, routine testing can reveal small problems before they turn into big ones. Regular medications may bring a lethargic cat back to its playful self. Heartworm prevention will ensure that your cat lives a longer, healthier life. Other issues such as flea prevention and diet problems can be resolved. Preventative dental care can ensure a cat’s teeth remain healthy throughout its lifespan. Since cats age at a rate four times that of humans, you could say a yearly visit equals a human being seeing the doctor only once every four years. That puts in perspective how critical it is to bring your cat regularly to the Vet. In the long run, preventative care is much more cost effective than advanced treatments, and it reassures you that your cat is as healthy as it can be. Whitworth Animal Clinic wants to be your partner in extending the life of your cat.

Age-Appropriate Care

Many people are aware of how quickly a kitten’s health can turn. Kittens are growing rapidly. They no sooner enter one stage than they start moving on to the next. This makes regular kitten visits essential. As they age, it is important to remember that cats age faster than humans. This includes the progression of diseases. Lab work may be perfect at the year mark and reveal a big problem six months later. The key is regular visits to catch problems early. This may also save money by preventing emergency visits when it may be too late to correct a problem. At Whitworth Animal Clinic, we often find ourselves explaining that indoor cats are just as susceptible to disease. In fact, since many live longer than outdoor cats, you could say they are more likely to develop cancer, diabetes and other problems. Senior cats need special care and extra monitoring to catch the onset of an illness. Managing senior health problems can extend the life of your cat. If you have questions about age-appropriate care, the staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic is ready with answers and solutions.

Bring your cat to Whitworth Animal Clinic for a check up. Let us partner with you for the life of your pet.

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