May is National Pet Month and the staff at Downtown Animal Care Center wanted to take a moment to talk about essential veterinary care for your furry friends. Often customers come to us with a new pet and ask what basic care is essential to keep their pet happy and healthy?


Basic Care

Just like their human counterparts, pets need nutritious food, clean water, a shelter to protect them from the elements and regular veterinary care. It is essential that your pet sees a veterinarian at least once a year for a wellness check and more frequently if there are ongoing health concerns. Like humans, animals can suffer from a wide variety of chronic conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disease and bone and joint problems. Seeing a veterinarian on a regular basis helps your vet identify and treat any issues early, potentially saving your money and even your pet’s life. Downtown Animal Care Center has an experienced veterinary staff to treat your pet and give you peace of mind that your pet is receiving the best care possible.

Spay and Neuter
We urge all pet owners to spay and neuter their pets. Pets that are not spayed or neutered are more prone to serious illnesses, behavioral problems and getting lost, not to mention overpopulating the area with poor, unwanted animals. D.A.C.C. offers affordable spay neuter services by appointment. Please ask your veterinarian when your new pet should be spayed or neutered.

 

Vaccinations

Both cats and dogs need regular vaccinations to protect them from a wide variety of illnesses like: theParvovirus, Feline Leukemia, Distemper and Rabies. For puppies, kittens or adult pets with an unknown history, it is important to ask your vet how many vaccines are needed to completely protect your pet. It is also crucial to make sure that your pet receives regular booster shots to maintain protection. Downtown Animal Care Center offers a convenient walk-in vaccination clinic on Sundays from 10a.m. -3 p.m. Regular vaccinations are also offered during regular business hours by appointment.
Hygiene

Pets need regular brushing, bathing, and dental care. Pet owners can do this at home, taking care to look for hidden bugs, cuts or skin irritation while brushing or bathing, or they can use a grooming service that can care for your pet and also provide nail trims. Dental care is also critical for helping pets avoid serious health problems that result from periodontal disease.
Diet

With the help of their vet, pet owners should identify the appropriate diet for their pet to maintain proper health, strong clean teeth and a shiny coat. You should avoid feeding your pet human food because that can lead to health problems such as skin issues and obesity in your pet. Also, changing your pet’s water daily prevents bacterial or algae growth that can make your pet ill.
Parasites
Tapeworms, heartworms, fleas and ticks are just a few parasites that can seriously endanger your pet’s health. We recommend monthly application of preventative flea, tick and heartworm medications that protect pets and their families from these nuisances. You pet will needed to be tested prior to receiving a prescription, and will need to be retested either annually or biannually depending on the number of months of the year the preventative is prescribed. Ask your vet which is the best for your pet.

Following this care guide will help your pets live longer, happier lives, but it is just a start. Partnering with a Veterinarian that you trust is equally important. We invite all pet owners in the area to call us at 303-595-3561 with any questions or to make an appointment. We are conveniently located in Downtown Denver and are open 7 days a week to meet your needs.