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Essential Tips for Caring for Senior Pets to Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we like to use the opportunity by raising awareness about the joy of caring for a senior pet in addition to providing our pet parents with some essential tips on taking good care of a senior pet.

5 Tips for Taking Excellent Care of Your Senior Pet

1. More Frequent Checkups and Health Screenings

By about age 6 or 7 dogs and cats are considered seniors, and this means they should have more frequent veterinary exams and health screenings. These exams make it possible for us to detect, diagnose, and treat age-related illnesses as soon as they develop – rather than waiting until they cause your pet painful or life-threatening symptoms.

2. Dietary Adjustments

Senior pets benefit from a diet formulated specifically for them. These formulas typically contain slightly fewer calories to help with weight management in addition to a host of additional nutrients that can help to address age-related health concerns.

3. Exercise Modifications

Senior pets still want to play and need to stay active. However, you might need to modify their physical activities. Swimming is an excellent, low-impact activity for aging pets. Additionally, for joint health, we recommend taking more frequent short walks during the day instead of a single long walk.
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4. Environmental Changes

You can also help your senior pet feel more comfortable by making some changes around your home. Provide them with elevated food and water bowls to reduce pressure on their joints. Additionally, invest in an orthopedic pet bed and stairs to help your pet get up onto the sofa, bed, or into the car.

5. Stress Reduction With Mobile Veterinary Care

Visiting the veterinary clinic can be a highly stressful experience for many pets, and all of this stress is not good for your pet’s health. When senior pets require more frequent checkups, this can be even more difficult to contend with. That’s why we recommend mobile veterinary care for all pets, especially seniors. With mobile veterinary care, we bring the clinic to your doorstep, providing your pet with all the care they need in the comfort of their home.

Mobile Veterinary Care in Carlsbad, California

Signature Veterinary Services is a mobile veterinary clinic providing comprehensive care to pets living in and around Carlsbad, California. To learn more about establishing your pet’s care with our mobile veterinary clinic or to schedule an appointment for your senior pet, we welcome you to contact us today.

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Pet Obesity Awareness Day: Nutritional Counseling & Weight Managment At Signature Veterinary Services

Oct. 09 is Pet Obesity Awareness Day, and what better way to celebrate than by getting your pet on a healthy diet? Here at Signature Veterinary Services, we specialize in nutritional counseling and weight management for pets, all from the comfort of your home. We know that it is important for owners to be able to provide their pets with the best possible care, and that includes making sure they are eating right and maintaining a healthy weight.

How Do I Know If My Pet Is Overweight or Obese?

If your pet is obese, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to see it. According to the experts, dogs and cats are considered overweight if they are at least 10%–20% heavier than their ideal weight. So if your pet is starting to look a bit too round in the middle, or if you’re having trouble seeing their waistline, they may be considered obese. Our Doctors at Signature Veterinary Services recommend pet owners use an easy tool called Purina Body Condition System. Too much body fat can lead to chronic health problems and a shorter lifespan in your pet. The Body Condition Score uses both visual and hands-on evaluations to assess fat cover, providing a more accurate assessment of a pet’s overall health rather than just their weight.

Common Symptoms Of Pet Obesity

When an animal becomes obese, they are at risk for a variety of health problems. The most common symptoms of pet obesity are endocrinopathies, metabolic abnormalities, cardiovascular disease, functional alterations, and joint disorders.
Obese animals are also more likely to suffer from respiratory distress, high blood pressure, and various types of cancer.
If you notice your pet is overweight, it is important to take them to the veterinarian for a check-up to determine the root of the problem and start them on a weight loss program as soon as possible.

Educate Yourself As A Pet Owner To Make Sure You Are Doing Your Part For Your Pet

Unfortunately, too many pets suffer from obesity due to their owner’s poor understanding of pet nutrition. As your pet’s primary caretaker, it is important for you to understand how to properly feed them in order to prevent obesity and other health problems.
Once you have a plan, here are some tips to help you get started:
These are just a few tips to get you started on the path to better pet nutrition.
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Pet Obesity & Nutritional Counseling At Signature Veterinary Services

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with our mobile clinic, contact us today! Pet obesity is a preventable disease that affects millions of dogs and cats in the United States. Just like humans, our pets need regular exercise and a balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight. Call Signature Veterinary Services to talk to one of our experts, and ask about Nutritional Counseling for your pet. Do your part to help stop obesity before it starts.
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The Best Supplements for Pets: Why Healthy Nutrition Matters

If you’re like most pet owners, you want to do everything in your power to ensure that your furry friend lives a long and healthy life. And one of the most important things you can do is make sure they are getting the right nutrients in their diet. Signature Veterinary Services is here to discuss some of the best supplements for pets, and why they are so important!

What Nutrients Should I Include in My Pets Diet?

Protein:

One of the most important nutrients for pets is protein. Protein is essential for muscle growth and repair, and it also helps to keep the immune system strong. If your pet is not getting enough protein in their diet, they may benefit from a supplement like animal-based collagen or whey protein powder.

Omega-Fatty Acids:

Another important nutrient for pets is omega-fatty acids. Omega-fatty acids help to keep the skin and coat healthy, and they also have anti-inflammatory properties. If your pet is not getting enough omega-fatty acids in their diet, they may benefit from a supplement like fish oil or
krill oil.

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Fiber:

Yet another important nutrient for pets is fiber. Fiber helps to keep the digestive system healthy and can also help to regulate blood sugar levels. If your pet is not getting enough fiber in their diet, they may benefit from a supplement like psyllium husk or chia seeds.

Vitamins & Minerals:

Finally, vitamins and minerals are also important for pets. Vitamins and minerals play a role in everything from bone health to energy levels. If your pet is not getting enough vitamins and minerals in their diet, they may benefit from a supplement like multivitamins or mineral-rich kelp powder.

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Why Does Your Pet Needs Supplements

Just like humans, when pets don’t get the right mix of nutrients from their food they may become sick or experience other health problems. Lucky for you, there are a number of supplements available on the market that can help promote good health in your pet.

How To Find the Right Supplements For Your Pet

It is important to remember that not all supplements are created equal. We recommend doing your research to find the best quality products for your pet. Be sure to look for supplements that are made with natural ingredients and free from fillers, binders, and artificial additives. And always talk to your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet.

Your pet is unique and special, and our doctors at Signature Veterinary Services are here to help you find the right diet for your special furry friend. Call Signature Veterinary Services to schedule an appointment for Nutritional Counseling and talk to an expert on pet nutrition today!

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How Is My Pet's Dental Health?

Your pet might not need to take a bath every single day, but many pet owners don’t realize that their pets need regular dental care to keep their teeth, gums, and bodies healthy – just like we do. In fact, most dogs and cats already have some form of periodontal disease (gum disease) by the time they reach age three. Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on a pet’s general health, even leading to premature death.

Signs and Symptoms of Dental Problems in Pets

We recommend scheduling a dental exam sooner rather than later if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms in your pet:
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How to Care for Your Pet's Teeth

The best way to protect your pet from periodontal disease and the health risks associated with it is to take good care of their teeth and gums.

Pet Dental Care at Home

At home, we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily (or as frequently as possible) using toothpaste formulated for pets and a toothbrush designed for your dog or cat. Additionally, you can provide your pet with dental-friendly treats and chew toys in addition to using water additives and dental-friendly kibble.

Professional Pet Dental Care

Professional pet dental care is similar to dental care for humans. During a routine pet dentistry appointment, our veterinarian thoroughly examines your pet’s teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay or other issues. We then clean your pet’s teeth by scaling and polishing the surfaces of the teeth to remove any accumulated tartar and plaque. This deep clean also extends slightly below the gum line to help combat periodontal disease.

Mobile Pet Dentistry in Carlsbad

With Signature Veterinary Services, we bring everything your pet needs to keep their smile happy and healthy right to your doorstep. We provide comprehensive pet dentistry services and treatments. To learn more about pet dentistry and the importance of dental care for dogs and cats, we welcome you to contact us today.
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How to Prepare for Flea and Tick Season

Thanks to our warm weather, fleas and ticks can be active year-round in Southern California. However, we are moving into the time of the year when they are most active. So, it’s important to prepare your home, yard, and pet to help keep your pets and you safe from parasites like fleas and ticks and the diseases they carry.

6 Tips to Prepare for Flea and Tick Season

1. Use a Preventative

The best way to protect your pets from parasites is with preventative medication. These come in several forms including oral tablets, topical ointments, and collars. It’s best to speak with a veterinarian before selecting a product for your pet because we can advise you on which products will be effective for your pet and safe for the other pets and small children in your household.

2. Do Not Mix and Match Parasite Preventatives

Parasite preventatives should not be shared among different pets in your household. Preventatives for dogs are formulated differently from those intended for cats, and dog parasite preventatives can actually be very dangerous for cats. Additionally, different sized pets will need different doses and formulations.
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3. Clean Up Your Yard

Fleas and ticks thrive in grassy, brushy, and woody areas. Keep your yard free from debris and ensure all your shrubbery and grass is well trimmed to reduce parasite populations in your pet’s immediate environment. Additionally, fleas and ticks tend to concentrate around bird feeders and birdbaths. If you have these features in your yard, place them out of the way of the areas where your pet plays.
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4. Clean Outdoor Pet Places

In addition to keeping your yard clean, be sure to thoroughly clean any outdoor kennels or pet houses, as these are usually highly susceptible to housing fleas and ticks.

5. Be Mindful of Where You Play and Walk

When you take your pet out for a walk, avoid areas that are brushy, have tall grass, or are heavily wooded. These are prime locations for pets to pick up fleas and ticks. Instead, pick a well-groomed walking path or stick to the sidewalk during the coolest parts of the day.

6. Even Indoor Pets Are at Risk

We can bring fleas and ticks inside on our own clothing or pets can pick them up when they go outside to the bathroom.

Schedule a Parasite Prevention Appointment With Our Mobile Team

If you want to ensure your pet is adequately protected from fleas and ticks this season, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Signature Veterinary Services in San Diego. We’ll come your home in San Diego, Orange, or Riverside Counties and can recommend a preventative product for your pet that will be effective and safe for the entire household.