Fraser Valley Animal Hospital

2633 Ware Street
Abbotsford, BC V2S 3E2

(604)854-2313

www.fvah.ca

Dog Wellness Month

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Dog Wellness

Each stage of your dogs life has unique care; from the growth and development of your puppy, the training needs of your adolescents, the eager and self assured adults and our super seniors brain and aging body. Our veterinarians can help educate you through all of your pets ages and stages.

Every dog develops and ages at their own rate usually related to breed.

  • Puppyhood ends between six and 18 months of age.
  • Adolescence starts between six and 18 months of age.
  • Adulthood starts between 12 months and three years of age.
  • The senior years begin between six and 10 years of age.

Spaying

Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.

By spaying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.

Neutering

Neutering your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents male animals from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Neutering will not change your pet’s personality.

By neutering your pet, you’re reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behaviour, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Neutering, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.

Weight Management

Our pets only require a specific daily allotment of calories, the tricky part is that it will vary based on age, spay/neuter status along with lifestyle. Below are some of the common reasons why its important to have this discussion with your veterinarian to help provide early intervention. If you are aware that your pet may be carring a few extra pounds know that you are not alone and we are here to help

• Dogs fed 25% fewer calories lived 2 years longer.
• Overweight large breed dogs had a 4% chance of seeing their 13th birthday whereas lean dogs had a 50% chance of seeing their 13th
• Overweight dogs needed treatment for arthritis at age 6 vs. age 12 for lean dogs. That is a whole lot of financial savings not having to pay for a NSAID (pain medication for 6 years).
• Though not as many studies have been done in cats, we know that a cat with a Body Condition Score (BCS) of 6 or greater have a significant risk of living with a chronic disease (such as diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, cancer)

Balanced Diet/Nutrition

Nutrition starts well before puppies are born, and we want to ensure that when your puppy is born we start them out right. The foundation of every cell in our body rely on nutrition to survive. Nutrition can be a very complicated topic but know that with the help of our trusted Food companies such as Royal Canin, Purina Vet, and Hills Prescription Diet we have you covered. From growth and development, adult care, senior and medical therapeutic diets our trained staff are here to help guide you in making the best decision for your pet. 

Dental Care

We all know how important oral health is but how often do the majority of us brush our pets teeth. There are many products now available to help support your pets oral health. Dental diets; such as Royal Canin - Dental and Hills Prescription Diet - t/d, enzymatic water additives, toothpastes and dental chews. Now what about getting your pets cleaned professionally. Here at FVAH, we came up with a program to help all our pets maintain a healthy mouth.  It is much easier to keep a mouth healthy than to try and repair a mouth!  Our Pearly White Program costs no money to be a part of and there is no obligatory long term contract.  We know from studies that a healthy mouth can add 2 years to a pet’s life

For More information check out our Dogs only section on our site.