Real, Safe, Effective? A Look at Alternative Medicine for Pets

An animal receives acupuncture

The idea of alternative medicine for pets is becoming more popular as a less invasive way to treat various illnesses and injuries. There are numerous modalities under the umbrella of alternative or complementary medicine, and each has the potential to add something of value to the body as a whole. However, as with any approach to your pet’s health and wellness, each modality should be “vetted” by a trusted veterinarian

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It’s Never too Late to Focus on Pet Wellness!

Most pet owners know that pet wellness exams are important to the overall health of their furry companions. After all, we see the doctor and dentist regularly, so it only makes sense that our pets do the same, right?

If only it were that easy. Often, there are obstacles that prevent pets from seeing their veterinarian. Whether it’s financial constraints or the sheer difficulty of getting an unwilling pet into their carrier, millions of American pets miss out on critical services that could improve the quality and length of their lives.

If you’ve been feeling guilty about your pet’s lack of wellness care, the team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants you to know it’s never too late to improve your pet’s wellness regimen. Let’s get started!

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Added Value? Understanding Nutritional Supplements for Pets

Perusing the aisles of your favorite pet supply store, you may find yourself a bit overwhelmed by the choices of available supplements. Multi-vitamins, products for joint support, dental health additives, powders to help keep your pet’s urine from browning your lawn – the list is exhausting.

When faced with the overabundance of nutritional supplements for pets that are available, how are you to know what your pet needs or what is even safe? Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here to help you sort through it all.

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Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth: A Primer

We all love our pets, and we do our best to give them a happy and healthy life, but looking in their mouth may be one of the things we don’t even think about. Unless we’ve noticed less than fresh breath, so to speak, we may not realize that our pets have dental disease, one of the most common conditions affecting pets today.

So common, in fact, that by the age of 3, over 85% of pets have some form of dental disease. And dental disease is not only painful for your pet, it can cause swollen and bleeding gums, difficulty eating, bacterial infection in the mouth, and even systemic disease of the heart, liver, and kidneys.

In addition to regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings, brushing your pet’s teeth at home on a daily basis is one of the best ways to prevent the plaque and tartar buildup that causes dental disease. If you just rolled your eyes, laughed, or sighed when we mentioned brushing your pet’s teeth, bear with us! It’s really not as hard as you think, and we’re here to give you our best tips.

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