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Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is a major milestone and adjustment for your family. It's important to start their lives with you off on the right foot by getting them into Trilby Animal Hospital for a puppy and kitten pet wellness visit. These preventative care visits and examinations allow our Toledo veterinarians to evaluate and assess the health of your newest addition, while also providing you the information you need in order to be a responsible and successful pet parent.
At your first visit with your new pet, the veterinarian will take the time to do a complete and thorough examination. Note that these exams may take longer than a normal pet examination, because the doctor has to get an accurate idea of your tiny new animal's health. During this exam, the veterinarian will listen to your pet's heart rate as well as examine their ears, eyes, mouth and skin. Your new puppy or kitten will receive any starter vaccinations that it needs. We highly recommend that all Toledo pet owners get the necessary vaccinations for their pets, as it keeps the animals healthy as well as protects the general pet population in the area.
Various tests will be performed at this appointment. Regardless of whether you have a new puppy or a new kitten, it's important to bring in a fresh stool sample in order for the staff members at Trilby Animal Hospital to complete a fecal test. The stool should be less than six hours old. A new kitten may be tested for feline leukemia and a new puppy will receive the proper heartworm prevention materials.
Once the exam and the tests are complete, the veterinarian will talk with you about caring for your new puppy or kitten. The veterinarians at Trilby Animal Hospital want to make sure all new pet parents take the time to educate themselves about their latest furry addition. Topics that are often discussed at this appointment include proper nutrition, dieting tips and food recommendations as well as behavioral expectations, training your pet and helping them socialize with other animals. As proponents of animal population control, our veterinarians will also provide you with the information you need about spaying and neutering your new puppy or kitten.
Before you leave your puppy and kitten wellness appointment, you will have the opportunity to ask the veterinarian and other staff members any questions you might have about caring for your new pet. Recognize that the staff at the animal hospital is available for any questions you might have, even once you are home and getting settled with your new pet. We know that bringing home a new puppy or kitten is exciting, challenging and even a little bit scary. We are here to walk you through this process and adjustment, and help you give your new pet a wonderful life.
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.