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    Deciding Whether to Travel with Your Pet

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Your pet is your best friend and a member of your family, so it’s only natural that you’d want to bring him with you when you travel. Before you decide to bring your pet with you on a trip, it’s essential to visit your veterinarian to make sure he’s healthy and ready for travel. There are a number of other factors you should weigh before you make your decision, so keep reading for tips on how to decide whether to travel with your pet. 

    Where You’re Going

    If you’re going on vacation and thinking about bringing your pet along, it’s important to consider where your travels will take you. A car trip an hour or two down the road is quite different from a cross-country flight, especially for an animal. In addition to thinking about how far away your destination is, give some thought to what your accommodations will be like once you arrive. If you’re staying in a hotel in an unfamiliar city, it could cause your pet more stress and anxiety than your absence at home. However, if you’re staying at a friend’s house with a large yard, your pet could have a great time.

    What Kind of Pet

    In general, dogs are more adaptable to change than cats. Cats are generally not amenable to travel, as you have probably experienced when taking just a short drive to the veterinarian. Traveling with a dog can be slightly easier, but there are still times when it’s not a good idea. An older dog may be less adaptable than a younger one, and flying anywhere in the summertime with a pet should be carefully considered.

    If You Go

    If you do decide to travel with your pet, do plenty of research on the area you’re going to and make sure you have appropriate documentation for your furry friend. You’ll also need to bring all of his supplies, including food, toys, and bedding, to keep him comfortable.

    Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic in San Jose is dedicated to providing quality care for your four-legged friends. Call us at (408) 565-8601 to schedule an appointment to find out if your pet is ready for travel, or to inquire about our convenient pet boarding services. 

    Tips for House Training Your Puppy

    Last updated 17 days ago

    House training your puppy will make both of your lives easier, and is a necessary step after you bring a new puppy home. Watch this video for tips on how to house train your puppy.

    There are a number of different methods you can use to house train your puppy. Try creating short-term and long-term confinement areas. The smaller area will be where your puppy can chew, nap, and drink water, and the larger area will be where your puppy can eliminate. When you’re at home, keep your pup on a lightweight leash so you can supervise him at all times. If you think he needs to use the bathroom, take him outside and praise him when he does his business.

    Help your new puppy have a long and healthy life by bringing him to Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic in San Jose. We take care of our clients’ pets like they’re our own. Call us at (408) 565-8601 or visit our website to learn more about our full range of veterinary services. 

    What to Feed Your Senior Dog

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Did you know that your dog’s nutritional needs change throughout his life? Just as you fed him puppy food when he was young, you may need to feed him senior food when he gets older. Depending on the size and breed of your dog, he could be just seven years old when it’s time to feed him a senior diet. As your dog gets older, he may experience issues such as arthritis, weight gain, dental problems, and intestinal problems. That’s why it’s important to feed your senior dog a diet that takes his unique nutritional needs into consideration. Senior dog food is still high in protein to maintain muscle mass, but usually contains fewer calories to reduce the risk of weight gain from a slower metabolic rate.

    Bring your senior dog to Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic in San Jose for quality senior veterinary care. Contact us at (408) 565-8601 to schedule an appointment for your senior dog so he can stay as healthy and happy as possible in his golden years. 

    Good Dog: Tips for House Training Your Pet- [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Your dog is your best friend, and it’s up to you to make sure that you lead happy, healthy lives together. When you get a new puppy or adopt a dog from a shelter, there is an adjustment period that you’ll go through that includes house training. Puppies and even some older dogs don’t understand that they should go to the bathroom outside, so it’s your job to use positive reinforcement and consistency to effectively house train them. House training requires vigilance on your part, as your dog could decide to relieve himself any time you’re not paying attention to him. Establish a consistent feeding schedule so that it’s easier to predict when your dog will need to go. Avoid punishing your pup for accidents, and instead focus on rewards for good behavior. Check out this infographic from Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic in San Jose for more tips on house training your pet. Please share with your two-legged friends and family! 

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    Answers to Your Questions about Heartworms

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Being a pet owner can bring you years of happiness and companionship as you and your furry friend go through life together. Owning a pet is also a responsibility, as it’s up to you to make sure your pet stays as healthy as possible. Heartworm disease is one of the major problems that can affect dogs, cats, and other animals. It can be treated in dogs, but it is an intensive and costly process. There is unfortunately no approved process for treating heartworms in cats. Read on to learn more about heartworm disease and how you can protect your pet. 

    What Are Heartworms?

    Heartworms are spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes. Heartworms are actually parasites that can be up to a foot long, and inhabit the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. Dogs can harbor just a few or hundreds of worms, while cats usually have a smaller number. Regardless of the number of worms inside your pet, a heartworm infection is considered a serious and life-threatening condition that should be addressed through prevention and regular veterinary checkups.

    How Do I Know if My Pet Has Heartworms?

    In the early stages of heartworm disease, dogs may not exhibit any symptoms. If the infection goes on for a period of time, your dog may have a mild cough, lethargy, fatigue, and a decreased appetite. As the disease progresses, your pet may appear to have a swollen belly caused by an accumulation of fluid that can lead to heart failure.

    How Do I Prevent a Heartworm Infection?

    Your pet should be tested regularly for heartworms when you visit your veterinarian. Your vet can also prescribe monthly preventive heartworm medication which can greatly reduce your pet’s risk of contracting the disease. Before starting the medication, your pet will need to be tested for heartworms since the medication can be harmful if there is an existing infection.

    Let the compassionate veterinarians at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic take great care of your pet. Call our San Jose office at (408) 565-8601 to schedule an appointment for your pet, and visit us online if you need to order heartworm medication.

     

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