Aspects of Pet Wellness
Pet wellness exams are somewhat routine for most small household pets. There may be slight variations based on the specific needs of your pet, but during a typical wellness check the vet will do a thorough physical exam, a dental checkup and administer vaccinations, if necessary.
Doing preventative wellness visits for your pet is one of the best ways to ensure that your pet stays healthy and pain-free, but they can also save you lots of money on expensive treatments or cures if you wait for your pets to have problems before you bring them to the vet. Preventative wellness is not only about checking for illness or disease, it is also about providing treatments or applying medications to help prevent issues that are common to certain pets, such as heartworm, tumors, fleas, and ticks.
What Vets Screen For at Different Life Stages
You will notice during vet visits that, as your pet ages, the vet will check different aspects of their health. With puppies and kittens, the major focus, in most cases, is on building up strength, ensuring immunity to diseases and reinforcing trust. Vaccinations will also be administered and your vet will establish a schedule of treatments and checkups that are specific to your pet’s breed, size, weight and other factors. These guidelines should be adhered to as closely as possible in order to ensure the safety of your pet. In some locations, certain vaccinations are state-mandated and must be kept up to date on a strict schedule.
Flea & Tick Prevention
Flea and tick prevention will be an ongoing health maintenance task for your pet. The specific vaccinations that your pet receives will vary depending on your geographical location and the particular threats faced there. This is a crucial aspect of wellness, as some of the diseases that can be contracted via fleas and ticks are not only uncomfortable for your pet, they can also be life-threatening.
Spay & Neuter Services
This will be one of the first things you’ll do to maintain the health of your pet. Most vets will definitely recommend spaying and neutering procedures to help prevent the development of tumors and reproductive diseases such as mammary or testicular neoplasia and prostatic disease.
How Your Veterinarian Can Help Guide You through Your Pet's Entire Life Cycle
If you’re looking for a veterinarian in Council Bluffs or Glenwood, you’ll always have a choice of not just one but four highly skilled and experienced veterinarians at The Animal Clinic. Our four caring veterinary physicians each have their own style and specialties so, with all of their support, the various issues of any household pet can be successfully addressed as they grow from puppies to seniors. This kind of caregiver consistency is integral to your pet’s health and wellbeing.
As community pet care providers, we are proud to be partners with you in helping to keep your pets safe, healthy and active for as long as possible. Building a rapport with our pet patients and their owners is very important to us, as it assists us in learning the intimate health and lifestyle details that can be extremely useful in detecting and addressing problems in a timely manner.
Schedule a Pet Wellness Exam with our Council Bluffs or Glenwood Veterinarians
If you’d like to get your pet started on a consistent, healthy regimen of pet wellness exams with caring, experienced neighborhood pet professionals, give us a call! We’re always happy to welcome new pets and their owners into our clinic. We consider it a privilege to be able to serve the community and we look forward to meeting you and serving all of your pet health needs! Call us today at (712) 323-0598 for our Council Bluffs Clinic or (712) 527-9454 to reach us at our Glenwood Clinic. Read More
Why You Need to Keep Your Pet's Teeth Clean
As mentioned previously, pets do not have the ability to regularly clean their teeth. This can lead to a variety of health problems developing over time. The most common oral health issue that we see here at our practice is periodontal disease. This particular oral disease can affect their heart and digestive system. It can also lead to decaying teeth that will eventually fall out, making it difficult for your pet to eat food properly. We highly recommend that you check with your veterinarian to schedule a regular dental cleaning service that will keep their teeth clean.
How We Treat Your Pet's Teeth
Any animal hospital will have a proper dental program for your pet that aims to give them the care they need. Our clinic is equipped with the best oral cleaning devices in the industry and can help remove the plaque and bacteria that is negatively affecting your pet's teeth. We will use our veterinary expertise to determine the health of your pet's teeth and when you should bring them back to our animal hospital for regular check-ups. A pet's teeth are incredibly important and keeping them healthy is the best way to ensure that their quality of life is always high.
Contact The Animal Clinic, A Veterinarian You Can Trust
There are too many pet owners out there who neglect taking care of their pet's teeth. As mentioned before, this can lead to a variety of health problems that can affect your pet's quality of life. Fortunately, The Animal Clinic has the expertise and resources available to help keep your pet's teeth clean. Our professional staff is standing by to assist your pet whenever they need oral care or any other kind of animal services. Please give us a call today at (712) 527-9454 for our Glenwood office or (712) 323-0598 for our Council Bluffs office. Read More
Incurable vs. Curable
There are two very different types of skin problems in dogs and cats: those that can be cured and those that your pet will deal with for a lifetime. The curable skin disorder we see most often is bacterial dermatitis. Your pet will have crusty scales on their skin, lose patches of fur, and suffer inflamed eruptions of sores. It's a tough disease to cure, often taking three months or longer, and we usually see it in pets that need a more nutritious diet. Some other curable skin disorders include yeast infections, ringworm, and skin problems due to parasites like fleas and mites.
Incurable skin diseases can be miserable for both pets and their owners. They can be caused by hormone imbalances, allergies to flea saliva or certain foods, or autoimmune disorders. In most cases, once we find the correct antigen we can control the symptoms throughout your pet's life.
The Most Common Dog Skin Problems
We have canine patients with skin problems all year long, although the summer months are busier due to the increased number of parasites in the environment. The reasons we see these dogs are varied, and these are the most common problems:
- Itchy skin, which can be a problem on its own or a symptom of something more serious. Itchy skin can create larger problems such as hair loss and sores
- Allergies, which can be the result of a reaction to fleas, something in the environment, or a food that’s affecting your dog.
- Sores and hot spots, which are moist, open wounds. These can be caused by parasites as well as a bacterial infection and should be seen by one of our veterinarians as soon as possible
- Hair loss, which isn’t normal for any dog, no matter what age. It can be caused by a wide variety of things, from parasites to Cushing’s disease
- Dry, dull coats, which are most often associated with poor diet. An addition of Omega-3 fatty acids to your dog’s food will usually add some shine and smooth texture to your furry friend’s fur
Cats are very good at hiding any health problems, but most owners should be able to tell when they're suffering from a skin disease. Here are some of the most common skin problems we see in our feline patients.
- Masses and swellings beneath the skin. We almost always need to do a biopsy to diagnose the problem, but in most cases, it’s nothing more than an abscess caused by a bump or lesion
- Sores on the face or ears that don’t go away can be caused by allergies, viruses, fungus, and bacteria. It’s important that we see your cat if any sore doesn’t heal within a week
- Hair loss, which can be very sudden in cats. This can be caused by fleas, ringworm, allergies, and even stress. In older cats, it can be an indicator of more serious internal problems
- Allergies, which can come from the environment, fleas, or food, just like in dogs
- Flaky skin and dull coat, which might have two reasons. A lack of Omega-3 fatty acids can cause poor skin and fur in any cat. If your cat is obese, it might not be able to reach part of its back to groom itself.
Being aware of your pet's health is an important part of being a responsible pet owner, and this includes watching for changes in your pet's body. If your dog or cat is suffering from any dermatology symptoms, make an appointment with a veterinarian in Council Bluffs or Glenwood. Our experienced and professional teams will be happy to care for your dog or cat right away. Give us a call at the Council Bluffs location at (712) 323-0598 or the Glenwood location at 712-527-9454 today. Read More
Quality Senior Pet Care
Senior pets have special care needs as they get older, just like the humans who care for them. When you have a small dog or cat, they are considered a senior pet when they reach 7 years old. For larger dogs, they are considered a senior a year or two earlier. As your pet gets older, it is recommended that they receive a wellness exam twice a year to prevent disease or to catch any problems early on.
Why Routine Wellness Exams For Senior Pets Matters
Your pet may be struggling with an illness or disease that you are not aware of. A senior wellness exam can catch medical issues while they are still in the early stages of development. If your pet is showing signs of arthritis or diabetes, your veterinarian can begin to manage the condition before it becomes a serious health risk to your pet. Wellness exams are recommended every six months so that your pet is not suffering from a condition that can be treated with medication or changes to their diet.
Senior Pets Need Extra Care
Senior pets benefit from twice a year wellness visits because they have an increased risk of joint related pain such as arthritis. Senior pets who are in pain will be less active, gain weight, and only exacerbate any existing problems. When you see your pet starting to slow down, this could mean they need medication to treat an underlying condition.
As your pet gets older, you may need to make adjustments in your home to make your pet more comfortable. They may need help getting into a car, or struggle using stairs. Talk to your veterinarian about modifications that you can make for your senior pet.
Call For A Wellness Exam Today!
Call the Council Bluffs location at (712) 323-0598 and set up a wellness exam for your senior pet today. If you live in Council Bluffs or Glenwood, vet care will help your pet feel better. Your pet will receive a thorough examination and receive care for any issues that are discovered. Give your pet a chance at healthy aging with regular wellness exams.
Call: (712) 527-9454
58950 Iowa Rd. Glenwood, IA 51534
Your Home Will Remain Secure In Your Absence
Bringing your pet to our boarding facility for care will allow you to have the peace of mind that your home is secure while you are away. There is no worry about having someone come into your home while you are not there, and you will not need to wonder if your pet has escaped the confines of your home due to a security breach caused by your caregiver.
Your Pet Will Receive Care Around The Clock
Our caregivers are available at all hours of the day, ensuring that your dog or cat is looked after throughout their stay. Often, people have someone come to their home to feed their pet or take it for a walk. This does not allow for much time for socialization and there is the chance of a medical emergency arising when the caretaker is not around to handle it. At our boarding facility, someone is always there to tend to your pet's needs.
Your Pet's Specific Needs Are Met
If your pet requires a specific diet, simply bring along their food supply to our facility and our staff workers will feed it to your pet according to your exact desires. A pet requiring medication will receive the proper dosage on time, every time. A dog or cat that tends to become very lonely when their owner is away will receive plenty of attention from our caregivers. Pets that are rather shy will have the opportunity to be secluded from other pets staying at our facility.
When you schedule a stay for your pet, let our caretakers know your dog or cat's demeanor and any special instructions you require for their care. Our Veterinarian will conduct an examination of your pet before their stay to rule out any medical problems or to treat conditions as necessary.
Contact The Animal Clinic, today!
If you are ready to make an appointment for Pet Boarding, and you live in the Council Bluffs or Glenwood area, contact The Animal Clinic to find out about availability for the dates you require. Call our practice today at (712) 323-0598 for further information about our services.
Call: (712) 527-9454
58950 Iowa Rd. Glenwood, IA 51534
What Are Pet Vaccinations?
Animal vaccinations are chemical mixtures that are injected into your pet. They contain antibodies that are designed to improve your pet's immune system. They can help your pet fight off potentially deadly diseases and other unwanted bacteria that can cause severe harm. Pets that live indoors are not normally exposed to the viruses that are found outdoors. This means that they need vaccinations if they are to go outside if they are to have a fighting chance against disease.
What Kind of Vaccinations Do My Pets Need?
Your veterinarian will be able to determine what specific vaccinations your pet needs. As mentioned previously, your pet will need to go on a vaccination cycle to ensure that they are constantly getting the shots they need. They will require updated shots regularly since viruses can evolve and adapt when out in the wild. Older vaccinations may not be as effective when it comes to fighting off these viruses. Here is an example of some of the diseases that vaccinations prevent your pet from contracting:
- Canine Hepatitis
- Lyme Disease
- Upper Respiratory Vaccines
- Canine Influenza
- Feline Distemper
- Feline Leukemia Vaccine
You want to make sure that you are working with a veterinarian professional that you can trust. The Animal Clinic has the expertise to help you get the treatment that your pet needs whenever they are due for their vaccination shots. We always go above and beyond to ensure that your pets get the treatment that they deserve to stay healthy. Our clinic is always clean and our staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. Be sure to give us a call today at 712-323-0598 for Council Bluffs and 712-527-9454 for Glenwood. We look forward to providing your pet with high-quality care. Read More
Spay & Neuter
Controlling Pet Population
The most obvious answer to this question is that it prevents your pet from becoming pregnant if it is female (spay), or from getting a female pregnant if he is male (neuter). With the large amount of dogs and cats up for adoption of all ages, the decision to leave your pet open for breeding is one that needs serious consideration. Breeding the right way is an expensive and time consuming activity, which includes extra care for a pregnant animal as well as any kittens or puppies she might have. Both spay and neuter surgeries are inexpensive options by comparison and can curb overpopulation and prevent unnecessary euthanizing of healthy young pets.
Stabilizing Pet Moods and Safety
Pets that are not spayed or neutered are more likely to be more aggressive or moody than altered pets. When they have had the surgery, they normally calm down a bit and are easier to train both in behavior and in "bathroom" habits. Behaviors such as howling or trying to escape in order to mate are much less likely if a pet has been fixed.
Health Benefits for Spayed & Neutered Pets
Spaying and neutering can help to prevent several types of cancers in both female and male pets as well as infections. Also, since pets will be more inclined to stay home, they will be less likely to suffer an unfortunate fate, such as being hit by a car.
Your Pets Aren't Missing Anything They Need
If you choose to spay and neuter early, usually before six months of age, your pet will not feel deprived that they did not get to be a parent. Pets can be spayed or neutered when they're older as well, but the strongest benefits come when they are young. They will likely turn more of their attention toward taking care of you, their owners.
Make an Appointment at our Council Bluffs or Glenwood Locations
To learn more about spay & neuter options for your pet, and everything you need to do to help keep your pet happy and healthy contact us at the Council Bluffs location at 712-323-0598 or the Glenwood location at 712-527-9454. Read More
How Technology Can Help you Find Your Lost Pet
Make no mistake, the tried-and-true collar ID tag is still an essential part of any pet's "wardrobe." Mist individuals will look for this tag and use its information to contact the owner of a lost dog or cat in the Council Bluffs IA area. But this measure isn't enough, for one simple reason: collar tags, and sometimes entire collars, can come off, leaving a pet unidentifiable.
Microchipping offers a permanent second form of ID. A tiny transceiver chip contains a unique identification number, which is also contained in a nationwide database alongside your contact information. This chip is injected via syringe (no surgery is required) between your pet's shoulder blades, just beneath the skin. When a vet or animal shelter worker's RFID scanner scans your pet, the chip sends its ID number to the scanner. It's then a simple matter to check the number against the database and contact you. (Please note that you must update your contact information with the nationwide database anytime it changes!)
A Powerfully Effective Preventative Strategy
The best thing about microchipping is its remarkable success rate for reuniting pets with their owners. A microchipped pet whose contact information is kept up to date has better chances of finding his way back to you than a pet who hasn't undergone microchipping. The odds increase by 239 percent for dogs -- and by an amazing 2000 percent for cats! You can schedule pet microhipping during any routine wellness exam, but it's best to get it done ASAP even if you have to schedule a separate appointment. A theft, natural disaster, or other unfortunate incident can happen at any time, so this isn't a procedure you want to keep putting off.
Schedule Your Pet's Microchipping with our Veterinarians in Council Bluffs or Glenwood
Are you seeking microchipping services for your pets? Contact our veterinarians in Council Bluffs or Glenwood today. Call either of our locations to schedule this quick, easy, non-surgical preventative procedure. You'll be you did the next time you're wondering where your pet has gone! Call the Council Bluffs location at (712) 323-0598 or Glenwood location at (712) 527-9454. Read More
Flea and Tick Prevention
Why It's So Important To Treat and Prevent Flea Infestations
Fleas aren't just an irritation for pets and their owners, they are a health hazard. Aside from the unpleasant experience of having a flea infestation in your home, fleas carry parasites and disease. For example, tapeworms are carried by fleas. When cats ingest fleas, which is inevitable during an infestation, they may contract the parasite.
Tapeworm can result in weight loss and requires treatment. Fleas irritate the skin and can result in infection due to biting and scratching. Hot spots are a common malady for dogs that causes extreme discomfort and requires intervention. Once your pet has fleas, getting rid of them is a process, especially if they are in your home. A full-blown flea infestation takes time and money to eliminate, which is why prevention should be a priority.
Ticks are another problem and can cause serious health issues for both pets and humans alike. Both Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are borne by ticks and so it is vital that you examine your pet for ticks on a regular basis, as well as taking other preventative measures.
A Look at the Different Types of Flea and Tick Prevention
When it comes to preventing fleas and ticks, you have multiple options. Topical products are popular, as are oral medications that prevent fleas and ticks. Controlling these pests is far easier if your pet spends most of its time indoors. Your indoor cat isn't as at-risk as a dog who spends most of its time in the back yard. However, even indoor pets can get fleas, as it only takes one flea coming indoors to create an infestation.
Once an infestation has occurred, you'll need to thoroughly vacuum all surfaces, wash and dry all bedding and loose fabrics such as throw rugs, pillows and mats. You may have to repeat the process more than once.
Topical and oral flea and tick treatments also repel ticks, however you should still check your pet regularly and yourself if you live in an area with ticks and spend time outdoors. Other preventative tips include keeping your yard free of tall grasses and shrubs.
How Your Veterinarian Can Help
Flea collars, oral medications, drops, powders and baths are all commonly used, but which is best? While topical flea and tick treatments are effective, they aren't without risks and side effects. The best way to know what the right route to take is to consult your veterinarian in Council Bluffs or Glenwood.
Schedule and Appointment for Flea and Tick Prevention with our Council Bluffs or Glenwood Veterinarians
Taking factors such as overall health, age, weight and lifestyle, your veterinarian will help determine the best course of treatment. If you would like to know more, contact the Council Bluffs location at (712) 323-0598 or Glenwood location at (712) 527-9454. Both veterinary locations offer comprehensive, friendly and experienced care for all stages of your pet's life. Call and schedule a visit today. Read More
What Is Pet Diabetes?
Pet diabetes is a condition that occurs when your pet's body cannot use glucose the way that it is supposed to. Diabetic pets don't produce enough insulin to break down the glucose in the blood. Without proper management, this disease can be fatal.
What Pets Are At Risk For Diabetes?
Pets can develop diabetes at any age; however, in dogs, it usually comes on between the ages of 4 and 14. Female dogs develop diabetes more often than male dogs. Also, certain breeds are predisposed to diabetes.
In cats, the condition often comes on after the age of 6.
The most common cause of diabetes in cats and dogs is obesity.
What Are the Symptoms Of Pet Diabetes?
To keep your pet healthy, it is essential that you can detect the signs of diabetes early. The symptoms include:
- Excessive drinking
- Increased urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Chronic infections
- Recurring infections
- Cloudy eyes, particularly in dogs
There is no cure for diabetes; however, there are steps that you can take to manage your pet's condition, allowing them to live a long and healthy life. The treatment methods include:
- Insulin: If your pet is diabetic, they will need insulin every day. It is given in the form of an injection, and your vet will teach you how to administer the medication.
- Diet: Keeping your pet on a strict diet is essential in managing diabetes. If your dog is diabetic, a high-fiber diet is recommended. If your cat is diabetic, your vet will recommend a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
- Exercise: Your pet will need to exercise daily to manage their condition. Daily exercise for a dog is easy. You can simply extend the length of their walks. Regular exercise for a cat is a bit more challenging, but your vet can help you create an exercise plan.
- Spaying: If your female dog has been diagnosed with diabetes, you should consider having her spayed. This procedure can help manage her diabetes.
- Regular schedules: To manage your pet’s condition, stay on a set schedule. You should feed them and give them their insulin shots at the same time every day.
Heartworm and Intestinal Parasite Prevention
The Heartbreak of Heartworm Infestation in Dogs and Cats
Heartworm is an often-fatal parasitic infestation of the heart and lungs in dogs and cats. This parasite enters the pet's bloodstream through mosquito bites while still in its immature form. In dogs, they grow into long, tangled masses of worms that affect cardiopulmonary function, causing fatigue, breathing difficulties and eventual death if untreated. Cats tend to carry relatively few heartworms, but these invaders can trigger sudden, acute attacks, including fainting, seizures and even death.
Heartworms aren't the only parasitic threats to your dog or cat. Mosquitos can also transfer tapeworms, long, flat worms that hijack nutrients from your pet's digestive system. Hookworms, which can be transmitted through mother's milk or directly through the skin, cause tarry stools, diarrhea, and anemia. The most common parasite of all, roundworms, can inhibit growth in baby animals and cause diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal distention.
Treatment and Prevention Options From Your Veterinarian in Council Bluffs or Glenwood
Whichever veterinarian in Council Bluffs or Glenwood your pet sees, you'll be glad you turned to our experienced team. Treatment for parasite infestations can prove to be tricky, especially where heartworm is concerned. Heartworm treatment in dogs may need to be prefaced with other treatments involving antibiotics (to stamp out a heartworm-related bacterium called Wolbachia), corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, and a heartworm preventative drug to stop any new worms from developing. The heartworm treatment itself may require multiple rounds of medication over a period of months. Cats have it even tougher, since there is no safe heartworm treatment regimen for them at all. Prevention is clearly is smartest and easiest route to take. We can put your pet on a simple monthly medication route to keep heartworm from proliferating in the first place.
Many of the same medications that can prevent heartworm also protect against hookworms, roundworms and/or tapeworms. If your pet already has a problem with one of these parasites, your veterinarian in Council Bluffs or Glenwood will perform fecal testing to identify the intruder and then prescribe the appropriate course of medication. Your pet may also require treatment for diarrhea and dehydration. Following treatment, fecal testing can make sure the parasite is gone. In the meantime, we can instruct on how to reduce the presence of these parasites in your home and yard.
Free Your Pet From Parasites, Schedule an Exam with The Animal Clinic
Give your pet a parasite-free life. Call the Council Bluffs location at (712) 323-0598 or Glenwood location at (712) 527-9454 to schedule parasite testing, prevention or treatment today! Read More
How Animals Get Allergies
What's behind your pet's allergies? Allergies are the result of an animal's immune system reacting to the wrong stimuli. Normally the immune system releases histamine and antibodies to fight invading germs, saving the animal from dangerous infections. But sometimes a totally innocent substance can generate the same response, producing a variety of irritating symptoms. Sneezing, wheezing, and watery eyes may be caused by airborne triggers such as pollen, smoke, aerosols, and industrial pollutants. Skin problems such as itchy red hives may be caused by flea bites or shampoos.
Food allergies can be deceptive in how they display symptoms. While a food allergy may cause digestive distress, it may just as easily take the form of skin irritation or respiratory problems. Pets that are highly allergic to a specific food or food additive may even experience a dangerous airway constriction or other acute symptoms of anaphylactic shock.
Our Vet Clinic Can Diagnose and Treat Your Pet's Allergies
If your pet is showing the telltale signs of an allergy, bring him to The Animal Clinic. Our skilled vet team can perform an examination to rule out other possible causes such as respiratory infections or digestive parasites. We can diagnose your pet's allergy through:
- Serum allergy testing using a blood sample for analysis
- Elimination diets to pinpoint a specific food or food ingredient
Our vet team can prescribe antihistamines, steroids, or other drugs to relieve acute pet allergy symptoms. If a flea infestation is the cause of the allergic reaction, we can treat that problem and place your pet on preventative medications to keep these little allergy triggers away. Hypoallergenic diets can also help your pet eat without experiencing reactions.
Contact Us Today For Real Relief For Your Pet
We're delighted to provide genuine relief for pet allergy issues in the Council Bluffs or Glenwood areas -- and we predict that you'll be even more delighted when your pet returns to his happy, healthy self. Call our Council Bluffs location to schedule an appointment at (712) 323-0598! Read More