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    Choosing a Weighted Vest for Your Dog

    Last updated 20 hours ago

    If your dog is overweight, then be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of purchasing a weighted vest for your best friend. As the friendly pet expert in this video shares, weighted vests are an excellent tool for pet owners to use to encourage weight loss and to curb bad habits or destructive behaviors. When shopping for your dog's weighted vest, take into account his or her size and weight.

    Once you've found the right vest for your four-legged friend, place ten percent of his or her body weight into the vest's pockets. As your pet grows used to the vest and shows signs of weight loss and improved health, increase the weights to be approximately 20 percent of his or her body weight.

    Are you interested in learning more about how you can help your pet shed excess pounds and live a healthier, happier life? If so, then be sure to call (408) 565-8601 today to schedule a consultation with a veterinarian here at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic.

    Helpful Tips from LAVC: Assemble Your Own Disaster Kit/Supply!

    Last updated 4 days ago

    With the Napa earthquake in recent memory, it makes sense to either assemble or renew your own disaster kit/supply.  

    In addition to replacing outdated survival and first aid materials, it is good to review contact information, check that your own medications and medical history (in case you cannot tell someone) are also updated.  If you wear contact lenses or glasses, this is a good place to put an old pair of glasses.

    Be sure to include any pet medications your pet may absolutely need, such as heart failure medications (heartworm preventative is not that essential), ongoing medications such as thyroid replacement pills, allergy medications.  You may want to include any microchip information in there as well, or other pertinent medical information, special ID markings, such as tattoos.  A simple slip leash for each dog would be a good idea.  If you have cats, placing the earthquake kit near the carriers will keep those close to each other.

    What Preventative Health Care for Dogs Entails

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Becoming a pet owner means taking on a number of new responsibilities. You are now responsible for taking care of your dog now as well as ensuring that she is healthy and happy for the future. These tips can help you provide preventative health care for your dog:

    Staying Up-to-Date on Vaccinations
    One of the best and most important ways to protect your dog’s health is to keep her up-to-date on all of the necessary vaccinations. Dogs need vaccinations starting from an early age in order to strengthen their immune systems and protect them from numerous diseases and illnesses. Your veterinarian can answer any questions you have about vaccinations for parvovirus, distemper, kennel cough, and rabies.

    Visiting the Veterinarian Regularly
    Plan to visit the veterinarian at least once a year for regular checkups and vaccinations. Your veterinarian is an important link between you and your dog’s health. During visits, the veterinarian will check your dog’s eyes, ears, mouth, and body to make sure she is healthy and not suffering from any signs of disease. Your veterinarian can also make recommendations for improving your dog’s health or behavior.

    Neutering or Spaying
    Fixing your dog is important for keeping the pet population under control. This action can also help protect her health and future. Spaying your dog will improve her behavior and prevent the irritability associated with going through heat, making it easier to train her. Ask your veterinarian more about spaying and neutering and how they benefit pets as well as their owners.

    Keeping Your Dog Clean and Groomed
    Cleaning and grooming your dog do much more than keep her looking great; they also protect her health and help her live a happier life. Regular bathing removes dirt and debris that may buildup on your dog’s coat. Brushing removes tangles to ensure healthy growing. It is also important to trim your dog’s nails regularly so that she can walk properly and avoid painful breakage.

    Start ensuring a healthy future for your dog with help from the veterinary experts here at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. Discover the many reasons to visit our pet clinic by giving us a call at (408) 565-8601.

    The Latest Heartworm Regulations for Dogs

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Heartworm prevention should be a priority for all dog owners. Dogs can contract heartworms after being bitten by an infected mosquito. A few months after the initial bite, the heartworms fully mature and start reproducing in the dog’s lungs and heart. Heartworm disease is a serious condition that can be fatal, which is why it is essential for dog owners to learn about prevention.

    The latest heartworm regulations for dogs come from the Companion Animal Parasite Council. The council has recently urged veterinarians and dog owners to start requesting microfilariae tests along with the antigen tests that are typically performed to detect heartworms. The microfilariae test is beneficial because it can detect baby heartworms in dogs. Performing both tests provides the best prevention techniques for protecting your dog’s health.

    Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic offers a variety of pet clinic services, including tests and vaccinations. Find out how our veterinarians can help your dog by giving us a call at (408) 565-8601.

    People Food that Can Be an Occasional Treat for Dogs

    Last updated 22 days ago

    You would never dream of eating your dog’s food, but you have probably wondered whether it is okay to give your dog some of your food. There are many food that your veterinarian will recommend keeping away from your dog, but there is plenty of people food that is perfectly acceptable as an occasional treat:

    Peanut Butter
    If your dog hasn’t tried peanut butter yet, he is in for a treat! Peanut butter is a popular people food that pet owners feed their dogs. This creamy food is packed with a variety of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin B, vitamin E, protein, and niacin. If your dog has to take a pill, try putting it in peanut butter to make it more appealing.

    Let your dog enjoy a lighter creamy treat by giving him yogurt as a snack. Yogurt is another great source of nutrients, providing both protein and calcium. Look for yogurt with live bacteria that works as probiotics for your dog. Avoid yogurt that contains sugars and artificial sweeteners to provide a healthy and tasty treaty to your furry friend.

    Green Beans
    Vegetables are good for you and your dog! Green beans are a great option when you want to give your dog a treat or a snack. These vegetables contain vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and manganese. You can help your dog lose weight by replacing some of his food with low calorie green beans that are healthy and filling.

    Apple Slices
    Some fruits are also healthy snack options that are safe for dogs to eat. Apple slices provide a crunchy snack and many health benefits. These fruits contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. Crunchy foods are also good for polishing your dog’s teeth and removing leftover food particles that can lead to tooth decay.

    Learn more about which foods your dog can and cannot eat by contacting the pet hospital staff here at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. Discover our veterinary clinic services on our website or call us at (408) 565-8601 to schedule an appointment.

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