Does my pet have allergies?
Nearly every pet is susceptible to allergens. If your pet is scratching or seems uncomfortable, is acting unusually, coughs or sneezes, or has foreign marks on their skin, it could mean your pet has allergies. Your best bet is to have them seen by the veterinarian for a thorough examination.
My pet has gained (or lost) a lot of weight. What’s the problem?
There could be multiple factors attributing to a pet’s weight changes. A lot of times, your pet could be eating the wrong type or amount food and not getting enough physical activity. Have your pet seen by their doctor if you notice unusual weight gains or losses.
My pet seems to be in pain when walking or running. What should I do?
Pain while walking and running could mean your pet has an injury or a chronic condition like arthritis. If you suspect something, make sure your pet gets in to see their doctor as soon as possible. The earlier, the better because you may be able to catch an issue before it becomes a bigger problem
What shots does my pet need?
Only your pet’s doctor can say for sure which vaccinations your pet will need. Each pet’s needs are different and can be based on their lifestyle and environment. Always see the veterinarian to ensure your pet is up to date on shots and that they get the right ones for them.
There are a lot of pet food choices these days. What should I be feeding my pet?
There’s certainly a lot of hype surrounding different types of pet food, but not all the new foods are what they are cracked up to be. Depending on your pet, cats, dogs, and others have specific needs based on their bodies. Talk to a veterinarian to know which food your pet needs in order to live a healthy life.
Is there such a thing as too many toys?
Overstimulation in dogs and cats is possible. Because every dog and cat has different needs, there’s no one formula for all. However, a good rule of thumb is to give your pet interactive play time every day, for at least a few minutes. It connects you and your pet and helps them stay active.
My cat has really long nails. Can I cut them myself?
Generally, yes, you can trim your cat’s nails on your own. However, if your cat squirms a lot or acts like they are in pain when you try to get the claws to come out, stop. There may be an issue there. We’re always available to answer questions and would be happy to show you how to clip their cats nails if you would like. A good rule of thumb is to use fingernail clippers or another nail trimming device and cut only the part that is white, at the ends. Cats have blood vessels in their nails and can bleed if cut too low.
How often should I clean my cat’s litter box?
Your cat’s litter box should be cleaned on a daily basis (yes daily), but more frequently if you have multiple cats. Cats generally like to stay clean and they do not want to walk around in a dirty litter box. You probably don’t want them tracking what’s in the litter box, throughout the house. If your cat doesn’t remind you to clean it out, the smell will. Start with a litter that is specified as “clumping.” This will make it easier to scoop out the waste and take away the smell.
How can I tell if my pet has a skin problem?
Your pet may have a skin problem if they are scratching, digging, rubbing, and seem uncomfortable. Check for any foreign marks on their skin and if you aren’t sure or don’t see them improve, get your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible for a thoughrough examiniation.
How do I find the best veterinarian for my pet?
You have the right to call veterinary offices you’re considering and ask them questions. The way the staff acts toward you is an indication of where you and your pet’s relationship with them would head if you joined their practice. Another good rule of thumb is if in an exam, your pet seems more nervous, uneasy or angry than normal when seeing the veterinarian, that might be an indication that your pet doesn’t like the environment or the doctor. Even though your pet can’t tell you with words, they are most likely telling you something and you should listen.
Is Doggie Daycare right for my pet?
Doggy daycare is a great way for your dog to interact, stay active, and maintain a healthy balance while you, the pet parent need to be away. However, it may not be right for all dogs. Just as you would give a veterinary office a trial run, do the same for doggy day cares. Your dog may like some, but not others. If your dog doesn’t like them at all, that’s okay too. It’s not for all dogs. Although, in general, it is a good thing for them.
Why is pet grooming important? Can’t I just do it myself?
Grooming is essential, no matter the breed, It helps your dog to look better, smell better, and act better. You can absolutely groom your dog yourself. The lucky owners of shorthaired breeds often can get away with just a monthly bath and brush for their pet, while other long hair breeds may require weekly or daily brushing to keep the hair from napping up. Hair napping causes pain and discomfort for your pet. Some breeds of dog require hair cuts as their hair continues to grow in length just like ours. By taking your dog to a professional groomer, you will get service that is guaranteed, by professional groomers who have extensive training and knowledge needed to keep your dog looking and smelling great.
Dog training is expensive. Do I need to train my dog?
If your dog is not well-behaved, gets aggressive, or doesn’t seem to flow well with other dogs or humans, that could be an indication that he or she needs training. Professional dog trainers know how to appeal to the instincts of a dog and make good behavior an attractive option to them. You’ll notice a whole new dog when you give them the chance to be one. You will feel better and so will they!
Can I feed my pet human food?
Veterinarians warn against a diet based in human food, often leaning more towards prepared pet foods (kibble) for reasons of safety, and of course cost. A good rule of thumb would be to consider human food as “treats” and not a staple food source for your pet. Treats being 15% or less than their daily consumption of food.
As your pet’s owner, you may find that your dog likes to eat certain items that don’t disrupt their digestive cycle, like peas or a slice of roast beef from your sandwich. Cats often like to eat raspberries, blueberries, canteloupe and zuchinni. All good for snack time.
Your cat or dog are still officially considered carnivores (meat eaters) so grains like oats, soy, millet, rice and wheat are inflammatory foods for your pet. Also some foods ARE TOXIC to feed to dogs and cats such as grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts and onions. Want to learn if chocolate is poisonous, or what houseplants to avoid? Click here to learn more.
My pet keeps scratching themselves. What could be the problem?
If your pet it itching, it could mean that they have allergies. If they are also nipping at their skin with their teeth, chances are they are trying to get rid of a flea. The recommended thing to do is to take them to the veterinarian to see what tests and treatments are available.
I want to become a first-time pet parent. What kind should I get?
Being a pet parent can be a big responsibility. Dogs are near the top of that “needy” chain with vaccinations, training, diet, walking, barking, biting (if not trained properly), lodging, grooming, and occasional household mayhem. Young busy professionals often find that a turtle or a tank of tropical fish are more fitting for their lifestyle. If you are shopping for a dog, consider their adult size and the size of your home and yard. Large dogs need large homes, and large yards. Also, you may want to consider the breed when selecting a dog. Some dogs are better around children than others. While any dog can be trained to not snap at a young human that is pulling it’s tail or trying to ride them, some breeds are less than enthusiastic with children. Also, consider lifespan. Dog lifespans are 10-15 years. A bird can range between 15 and 50 years. If you want a lifetime pet, consider that turtle, as in captivity they can live up to 80 years.
Is it expensive to be a pet parent?
Being a pet parent comes with costs, such as adoption fees, fees for doctor’s visits, grooming (for dogs), any necessary testing, food, personal hygiene products, toys, etc. According to ASPCA, pet ownership can cost about $1,000 the first year, depending on the pet’s health, and roughly $500 every year after that.
How often should I take my pet to the veterinarian?
We recommend a sliding scale of visits. Early on, puppies and kittens may need to be seen 2-3 times a year for vaccinations, spay/neuter, etc. During adolescence, every 6 months is a good guage for visits. As your pets reach adulthood and then senior status, they should be seen more frequently. Your vet will actually work with you on an advisable schedule for your pet and their health conditions through their life.
I think my pet ate something that may be poisonous. What should I do?
If you think your pet ate something that could be poisonous, call us immediately (937) 667-8489. If it is outside of our normal office hours, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. If your pet doesn’t need to be seen, the doctor can tell you right there what you need to do. There is no time to waste when this happens, so make sure you act fast. Your pet will thank you.
What is AAHA accreditation? Is it important?
AAHA is the American Animal Hospital Association and is an association of more than 36,000 veterinary care providers. Its high standards of quality in pet care let you know that your pet’s doctor can be trusted. When looking for a veterinarian, ask about this. Any reputable provider should be happy to show you that they are accredited. Tipp City Veterinary Hospital is a proud and accredited member of AAHA.
Surgery seems to be such a major procedure. Should I be worried?
What are some of the best ways to keep my pet free of disease?
Some of the best ways to help your pet stay free of diseases is to make sure they stay up-to-date with their vaccinations, do not come in contact with any rabid animals, are not bitten by other animals, stay flea and tick free, have regular check-ups with their doctor, and have a safe and clean environment at home. Your veterinarian has more personalized information on prevention and maintenance for your pet.
What do I do if my pet is bitten by another animal?
If your pet has been bitten by another animal, get them to the veterinarian right away. Their doctor will be able to do things for your pet that could stop any more damage, treat any existing damage, and could save their life.
How often should I take my dog outside?
Smaller breeds and younger dogs need to go outside more frequently than larger breeds and older dogs. A healthy dog will produce approximately 10-20 ml of urine for each pound of body weight. As a rule of thumb, adult dogs should be given the opportunity to relieve themselves between 3 and 5 times a day.