My veterinarian is retiring. He’s been my pets’ vet for many years and the fact that I drive more than an hour each way so that he can treat my six-pack of cats says a lot about the excellent care he and his staff provide. I’m very picky when it comes to my pets’ health care, as most pet owners (hopefully) are about the care of their own furry friends. And I tend to be a bit of a nervous Nelly when it comes to health care in general. I’m signed up for recall alerts and I spend some time each week surfing the AVMA’s website to find out about the latest breakthroughs, vaccines, and treatments. I had a minor panic attack after learning about Cytauxzoon felis (Bobcat Fever,) which is transmitted by ticks and can affect domestic cats but not dogs or humans. As someone who hikes and who occasionally picks up a stray tick on her boot, the thought of tracking the troublesome little parasites into the house is alarming enough without worrying that they might be infecting my cats with an untreatable disease. Prevention is, currently, the only course of action. So even though my kitties are indoor only, they now are rocking Frontline, as well as Heartgard for cats.
If you have a dog (especially if you participate in dog competition events), it is best that you give it proper and regular grooming. Regular does not mean that you will take it every day to a grooming salon but instead frequent grooming (once every two weeks) is enough to make it feel light and comfortable. The importance of keeping your dog groomed properly is not only for giving it the best look but to also build a strong bond between you and your dog, especially when you groom it on your own.