Welcome to Shank Animal Hospital’s Pet Health Resource Center! If you need any patient information, you may visit ePetHealth.com and access your pet’s records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Spaying and Neutering:
Spaying will decrease a female pet’s chances for cancer in the uterus, ovaries and breasts and will decrease her chance of a life-threatening infection in the uterus. Neutering a male pet will reduce the incidence of prostate problems and enlargement, as well as testicular or anal cancer later in life. Click here to learn more about spaying and neutering your pet.
Bad breath in pets, particularly dogs, is often joked about, but it is not a laughing matter. Dental disease affects up to 80% of pets over the age of three, and just like humans, there can be serious consequences of poor dental health. Contact our office for more information on how much to feed your pet to keep him/her within a safe weight range. Click here for more information……
Many of times clients give their pets treats and additional “snacks” as a form of affection, but this very things can lead to heart problems or early arthritis in your pet if not probably monitored. Your pet’s weight is an important aspect in keeping your pet healthy. Contact our office for more information on how much to feed your pet to keep him/her within a safe weight range. Click here for more information……
Holiday Pet Tips:
Dogs and cats need to maintain their usual routine and diet during the holidays. Make sure your animals stay away from high-fat foods, which can cause inflammation in the pancreas, as well as abdominal pain and vomiting. In these instances, animals will need hospitalization to recover. Click here for more information……
While the allergy season for pets may be similar to the allergy season for people, the symptoms your pet experiences are quite different. People with allergies often sneeze, have a runny nose and itchy eyes. Pets, on the other hand, commonly manifest their allergy symptoms through their skin. Common areas affected by allergies include: face, ears, axillae (arm pits) and abdomen. Symptoms associated with allergies include itching, redness, and hair loss. Click here to learn more about pet allergies…….
Pets may encounter toxic chemicals around your home without you being aware of it. Do you have any of the items listed below in your home? If so, take extra precautions to place these items in a secure location to avoid accidental toxicities. Medications for people and pets can be potentially toxic to your pet. Do not assume that medications that are safe to give to people are safe for your pet. Common drugs that pets ingest that cause toxicity include: anti-inflammatories (e.g.: aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen), inhalers and mood-changing drugs (e.g.: antidepressants). Click here to learn more about Household Toxins…..
Joint Disease & Osteoarthritis:
Have you noticed that your pet is slowing down? Or not able to get around as easily? Your pet may be suffering from degenerative joint disease (DJD). DJD (also known as arthritis and osteoarthritis) describes an irreversible breakdown of the cushion-like tissues (cartilage) within the joints. As the joint cushion disappears, the pain increases. DJD develops in joints as a result of an underlying condition such as obesity, trauma, developmental abnormalities (e.g.: hip and elbow dysplasia), and infection (e.g.: Lyme’s disease). Click here to learn more about Joint Disease & Osteoarthritis……
Pet Senior Wellness
Dogs over 7 years of age and cats over 10 years of age enter a new stage of life: their senior years. As your pet ages, it is important to be proactive to detect problems and pain before symptoms progress. Symptoms in senior patients can be difficult to recognize as they often occur gradually and may be subtle. Click here for more information about Senior Pet Health……
Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age. Click here for more information….
Heartworm disease, a potentially life-threatening condition, is found in geographic areas that house mosquitoes. While treatment is available for heartworm infection in dogs, prevention is much safer and without side effects. Click here for more information regarding Heartworm Prevention…..
Contact our office for more information at 954-564-1263.