Category: November 2012 Newsletter B

First Vet Visit

So your pet is unwell or injured and needs to see a vet? Or maybe he or she is just due for a routine check up and vaccination? Either way, it is a good idea to gather some information about your pet and his or her recent history prior to the vet visit. Patient history is a very important part of the vet's assessment and may affect diagnosis or treatment of your pet.

Pet Diseases Increasing

Tiger was a seemingly healthy tabby cat. He enjoyed treats and loved to tackle his toys. He made frequent visits to the water dish, but his owners attributed this to thirst from playing so hard. Then a routine veterinary exam resulted in a shocking diagnosis of chronic cat kidney disease, devastating Tiger's family. Unfortunately, they are not alone in this experience. Banfield Pet Hospital's 2012 State of Pet Health Report revealed an alarming trend: the incidence of chronic disease in dogs and cats is increasing.