Your dog may benefit from a combination of preventive and specialty care services to support their long-term health and longevity. In this post, our vets in Fountain Valley offer 6 tips about how you can help you keep your dog healthy.
Your Dog's Health
For even the most diligent and doting dog parent, maintaining their pet's health is a big responsibility that spans the entire length of your dog's life. That said, our vets are here to work with you to support your dog's long-term health, longevity and well-being. If you can focus on giving your best friend lots of love, we can focus on providing the care and diagnostics that go hand in hand with preventive care. Here are 6 tips on how specialized vet care can help.
1. Plan for Your Dog's Dietary & Nutritional Needs
The quality of the food your dog eats has an important role to play in their health and wellbeing. Fulfill these needs correctly and you'll be well on your way to building a solid foundation for continued health.
Discuss what the best foods for your dog will be with your vet, who can assess their age, lifestyle and breed to provide insights that will help you find the right food to meet your pooch's nutritional needs.
Our Fountain Valley veterinarians focus on caring for many internal health issues in pets. Feeding your four-legged friend the right food can either help to prevent many internal health conditions as they age or be an integral piece in managing existing health issues such as diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders.
2. Help Your Dog Maintain a Healthy Weight
Several serious health conditions in dogs - such as diabetes and joint pain - can be caused or exacerbated by obesity. This is why helping your dog maintain a healthy weight will be critical to their general health.
At our animal care clinic in Fountain Valley we can work with you to determine what type of care they need and help make choices that will benefit your pet's long-term health.
3. Take Steps to Prevent & Treat Chronic Pain
As a pet owner, it can be heartbreaking to watch your dog experiencing concerning symptoms or chronic pain and just want to help them feel better. Our vets are experienced in diagnosing and treating chronic pain and other neurological issues in dogs.
While prevention is a large piece of your dog's healthcare, so is treating developing health issues and problems that may crop up at any age - and especially as your pooch gets older - chronic pain doesn't have to reduce your dog's quality of life and isn't necessarily a normal part of aging.
During all routine checkups, our vets will perform a thorough exam to learn whether any of their limbs or joints are experiencing pain. The vet will then order diagnostic imaging if necessary to gain insight on the likely causes of your pet's issues. Treatment options may include medical therapy, surgery or intensive care.
4. Explore Surgical Treatment Options With Your Vet
Veterinary surgery is sometimes necessary to treat serious health conditions in dogs. Depending on your dog's health condition, they may benefit from advanced technology performed by veterinary surgeons.
Our veterinary surgical team offers comprehensive surgeries ranging from soft tissue to orthopedic surgeries.
5. Seek Advanced Cancer Care
If your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, the right veterinary care and diagnostic testing can make all the difference in your pet's prognosis and continued health. That's why the vets at our Fountain Valley animal hospital are committed to working with you to provide the best care possible, from offering additional diagnostics to help better predict prognosis and exploring different combinations of treatment options, including referrals to specialized veterinary hospitals for the very best care.
6. Consider Therapeutic Treatment Options
Therapeutic treatment options such as cold laser therapy can help support healing and improve your pet's health. Cold lasers have been used in veterinary medicine for years to treat conditions ranging from wounds to ligament injury. Its benefits include decreased swelling and edema and reduced inflammation. It can even help with the healing of broken bones and post-surgical recovery.