My dog is vomiting - what should I do?

There are multiple possibilities to why a dog is vomiting, starting with the more simple ones like overeating and inadequate food and ending with very severe pathological states including gastritis, pancreatitis, tumors, etc.

Gastritis in dogs can be caused by bacterial and viral infections and inadequate nutrition. Lately there's been a lot of talk about food allergies.

It is importantnow how many times did the dog vomit during the week, day or hour. If the dog vomited just once during the day the reason is probably harmless and you shouldn't panic and there is no need to call your vet. However, if the dog has vomited multiple times during the day or multiple times during the hour that is reason enough for the owners to take their pet for an exam so that the cause can be determined and the right treatment administered.

My dog has diarrhea - what should I do?

Diarrhea is a pathological state and on its own it is reason enough for the owners to contact their vet.Diarrhea can be caused by bacterial and viral infections, but can be linked to allergies as well.

If the dog has diarrhea you need to react immediately, because this state will not resolve on its own. More often it will continue multiple times during the day which can lead to dehydration.

What is the best food for dogs and cats?

There are a lot of pet food manufacturers on the market. At Vet Planet Clinic as a first choice we recommend Orijen and Acana.

It is a Canadian brand that uses top quality ingredients and manufacturing. Beside food for healthy animals, there is dietary pet food like Trovet, Hill's etc.

Pet owners should know that pet shop workers often promote various foods like Premium and Super premium, but there is a significant difference between actually good food and food that just has good marketing. The best food for dogs and cats is a bit expensive comparing with the rest, but the price in this market is a real measurement of quality.

Do heathy animals need supplements?

If the animal is healthy and eats high quality food then there is no need for added supplements.When pets get sick, at first we recommend dietary food and after that supplements that are in line with the animal's health.

The owners need to be aware that it is not advised to give supplements to your pet on your own. We are encouraging owners to consult a veterinarian about the different types of supplements first.

In the past it was advised to give your puppy calcium supplements, but that practice has been abandoned in recent years. You should bare in mind that quality food for dogs and cats contains vitamins C, D and other vitamins and minerals that are necessary for the pet's proper development, and if that is the case, additional supplementation is redundant, even harmful. It is important to note that you should not give human supplements to animals because of the difference in production technology.

My dog has fleas - what should I do?

The goal of regular flea and tick control should lead never seeing a single flea on your dog. We are witnessing a change in climate that is resulting in warmer winters and longer summers, which is ideal for fleas and ticks. Therefore, it is important to use products for flea and tick control once a month on your pet during the entire year.

There are products that have longer action in flea and tick control, like Simparica with action time up to 5 weeks or up to 3 months like Bravecto.

Different products for flea and tick control have different application methods. Powdery products are bad and toxic for dogs and cats and we don't recommend using them. We are offering spray products that are very effective. You should soak the animal in the product. The product contains fipronil and is perfectly safe to use. The owner can apply the product alone at home or bring the pet to Vet Planet Clinic to be treated. Sometimes a better choice is to come to the clinic because the spray bottle is quite big and it can expire if it is used only on one animal. At the clinic we can apply the product during grooming as well as separately. Also, there are products for topical application, as well as tablets that appeared on the market in recent years and that are effective as well.

Final conclusion is that if your dog or cat doesn't have fleas or ticks then the product you've chosen is appropriate for them and you should apply it once a month. You should write the date of application in the calendar or make an appointment at the vet.

Hair brushes for dogs - are they necessary?

For dogs with long coat it is advised to brush them once a week to maintain their coat hygiene. Furminator brushes are very effective in removing dead hair and healthy hair remains on the dog which improves the pet's health, hygiene and beauty.

Dog and cat toys - what should I know?

Dogs and cats love to play. The important thing is that the pet toy is safe. That means it is made from adequate materials and the animal won't swallow it or it's parts. Toys you can buy in pet shops should be completely safe. We have found many foreign bodies in animal's intestines so we can tell you from experience that you should be careful when buying pet toys and you should only buy them from reliable pet shops.

How far in advance should you schedule an examination?

You can schedule most of the examinations one day in advance. Of course, emergencies have priority and the veterinarian on-call is always available. If a preventive exam is in question i.e. deworming, flea and tick control or vaccination you can call a couple of days in advance so you can adjust your free time with the available time slots.

How long is the recovery period after spaying and neutering?

Usually the animal recovers in 3 days. Full recovery is expected after stitch removal which is 10-12 days after the surgery. Here at Vet Planet clinic it is common to bring your animal for a surgical procedure in the morning, the surgery takes place during the day and you can pick up your pet in the evening. We have a large hospital area where veterinarians and veterinary technicians regularly check on the patients and monitor their recovery shortly after surgery.

In that way we have the opportunity to react in time if there are any complications. That way the owners can be completely calm and can trust us to take care of their pet. The next couple of days after surgery the owners need to bring their animal for antibiotics and analgesics therapy and after that they can continue the therapy at home using tablets we provide them with.

Is the animal allowed to eat or drink before surgery?

There is a rule which dictates that if you bring the pet for a procedure in the morning, you shouldn't give it food after the previous afternoon i.e. it shouldn't eat 12h prior to the procedure. However, we at Vet Planet Clinic use inhalation anesthesia so the animal can eat a couple of hours before the procedure because this type of anesthesia doesn't carry the risk from vomiting induced aspiration pneumonia.

Don't worry that your pet is going to be hungry for too long. Shortly after the surgery we feed the animal with a special recovery meal which contains a small portion of easily digestible food rich with energy. As far as water is concerned, your pet can drink just moments before the procedure.

FIV positive cat - how often should I bring my cat in for an exam?

Unfortunately, you should bring your cat quite often, because FIV is most like AIDS in humans. The cat's immune system is practically nonexistent and even the most benign diseases can be fatal. Infections of the upper respiratory tract often extend into the lungs and the simplest intestine infections can get complicated very quickly. Bacterial and fungal infections of the skin are very common. These cats should be kept inside ''a plastic bubble'' and they require regular preventive blood analysis (CBC and serum biochemistry). Depending on your free time, we are advising that you bring your cat in for an exam 3-4 times per year.

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