We love and adore our pets, and indeed consider them members of the family. Like their human owners and other “family” members, they may encounter health issues from time to time. People taking on the responsibility of becoming a pet owner have to recognize that to keep their pet healthy and fit, they must be very proactive in their pet’s health care. Many means of doing so should be looked into and understood so that the pet receives the best care possible.
The very first, and certainly most important thing new pet owners should do, is to find a trusted, respected veterinarian in their area. If you live on Florida’s Gulf Coast in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area and are interested in finding a veterinarian in your area, simply input veterinarian services St Petersburg FL into a search engine such as Google or Bing. Within moments, several pages of veterinarians, services, clinics, animal hospitals, and more will pop up onscreen. This is the very best way to get started.
Pet owners can administer their own treatments for their pets (heartworm medicine, flea and tick treatment, etc.), but to truly make sure the pet is healthy, an annual physical examination should be performed by the veterinarian. Routine exams for pets, as they are with humans, will help head off potentially serious diseases or conditions early, while they can still be treated.
Full-service veterinarians at animal hospitals have the most modern means of making a diagnosis, provide treatment, and in some cases, provide hospitalization for their “patient”. They may administer oral and injectable medications (https://www.drugs.com/vet/), intravenous fluids, tube feeding, or oxygen therapy. And if the situation dictates, surgery may be recommended.
General and orthopedic surgery take place daily at animal hospitals for a great number of different animal species. General surgery can include, among many other procedures, tumor removal, routine spays/neuters, and other soft tissue procedures. Some orthopedic procedures performed include femoral head osteotomies, fracture repair, medial patella luxations, stifle repair (knee surgery), and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) for cruciate injuries.
Full-service animal hospitals feature state-of-the-art digital radiography systems, better known as x-rays. For quick readings, they are able to get very high-quality radiographs, producing them in just a few seconds. If the need should arise, the attending veterinarian can transmit radiographs to a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist, who can lend their assistance and expertise on cases they’re called upon to review.
If the animal hospital has an In-House Laboratory and Pharmacy, this can be much more convenient and quicker for veterinarians, as lab tests don’t have to be sent out to be analyzed. Tests such as complete blood counts, kidney and liver function, blood sugar levels, and many more can be performed and analyzed in the same building. Results come in much more quickly; owners find that this saves them a considerable amount of money as well. The In-House Pharmacy is a great convenience as well. Prescriptions can be picked up right there, saving an extra stop or trip for the owner who would otherwise have to go elsewhere to fill the pet’s medical prescription.