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Our Toledo animal hospital is founded on a strong commitment to pet wellness care. From regular wellness exams and pet vaccinations to nutrition counseling and pet dental care, our veterinary care team works hard to keep your pets healthy and active. Our comprehensive wellness services are designed to enhance all aspects of your pet’s health, from the puppy and kitten years to the golden years.
As part of proactive pet wellness care in Toledo, veterinarian Dr. Alan Moore recommends an annual veterinary health exam for all dogs and cats. During this exam, Dr. Moore will perform a full physical and conduct diagnostic tests to assess your pet’s overall health. For example, a diagnostic blood panel allows our team to monitor your pet’s blood count. Changes in platelet or white blood cell levels could indicate a previously undetected health problem such as cancer. Just like with humans, early detection is essential to successful treatment. This is why wellness exams are so critical. These regular visits help Dr. Moore and our team to closely monitor your pet’s overall health and identify potential problems before your pet’s overall health is compromised.
During your pet’s annual exam, Dr. Moore will confirm that your pet is up to date on all critical vaccinations. Many vaccinations, including rabies, require regular boosters in order to maintain these vaccines’ effectiveness. Dr. Moore will also discuss your pet’s current lifestyle and may make additional vaccine recommendations. For example, if your dog is a frequent visitor to dog parks, doggy daycare or boarding kennels, our veterinarian may recommend vaccinating against kennel cough, which is highly contagious.
Dental care is also an important part of our Toledo pet wellness care services. Since pets cannot brush their own teeth, plaque, tartar and bacteria can easily build up along the gum line, causing periodontal problems. The majority of pets aged three years or older suffer from periodontal disease. Pets with periodontal disease may have swollen or bloody gums, experience difficulty chewing and even lose teeth. Worse, without regular cleanings, this build up can push away the gum line, creating pockets of space that are susceptible to bacterial infections. Should these bacterial infections enter the bloodstream, the health of a pet’s internal organs can be severely compromised. Regular dental cleanings are the best way to reduce your pet’s risk for periodontal disease, tooth loss and serious bacterial infections.
Pet nutrition is also an important part of wellness care at our animal hospital. Nearly half of all pets are overweight or obese. While a few extra pounds on your pet may not seem like much, a little excess weight can have a big impact on your pet’s health. Our animal hospital’s nutrition services include weight management and dietary counseling. We can also help pets that have been diagnosed with a food allergy.
Quality pet wellness care is fundamental for the life of your pet. Contact our animal hospital to learn more!
Canine Influenza Update October 2017
There has been a recent outbreak of cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) in the greater Toledo area this month. The virus can present as either of two strains, and is highly contagious. Virtually all dogs are susceptible to CIV regardless of breed or age. Symptoms range from coughing, sneezing, fever a runny nose and even a life threatening pneumonia. Typically, a dog will act like it's having kennel cough. A dog is most likely contagious before showing any signs. The Canine Influenza virus does not persist in the environment for very long, but it does spread easily between individuals, usually transmitted through direct contact with a contagious dog's saliva or nasal secretions. Treatment for CIV involves supportive therapy: antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infections, cough suppressants, or anti-viral medication. Sometimes fluid therapy is necessary depending on how long the dog has been sick. Dogs that go to day care facilities, boarding kennels, dog parks or training classes are at higher risk for exposure to CIV. If dogs spend most of their time at home or rarely come into contact with other dogs, they will likely have lower risk. There is no evidence that this virus is transmissible to people. We now carry a vaccine that helps protect dogs from outbreaks caused by both strains of the Canine Influenza Virus. The vaccine aids in the control of disease associated with CIV. The vaccine can be given in dogs at 7 weeks of age or older. A second dose is given 2-4 weeks later. A minimum of two doses is required for primary immunization, and annual vaccination with one dose is recommended. Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding your dog's possible exposure to CIV or if you anticipate vaccinating your pet against the virus.
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Welcome to Trilby Animal Hospital! We are located in Toledo, and we are
a full-service animal hospital, offering medical, surgical, and dental
veterinary care. Our mission is to provide the highest level of veterinary
care for your pets in a friendly environment. Our friendly and courteous
staff would love a chance to meet you and to take care of your pet.