A Leg Up: Puppy and Kitten Vaccines

Giving your puppy or kitten a great start in life depends on many things. Keeping your pet healthy and well for the long term will depend on the care they receive from you and from their healthcare team.

Developing a health and wellness plan with your veterinarian, which includes the proper puppy and kitten vaccines, is a wonderful place to begin.

Why A Series?

The veterinary community has always balanced the number of vaccines a pet needs using  lifestyle as a guide – breed, age, and where and how pets are active. So why do we still recommend a series of vaccines for puppies and kittens?

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Oooohh My Heart: Heartworm Disease in Pets

Even with our mild Texas winters, we can feel the spring fever blooming all over Austin. People are out and about, pets are enjoying the warm sunshine, and everyone is ready for play and fun. But one of the things that no one finds fun is the sudden explosion of mosquitoes!

Annoying for us, mosquitoes carry a parasite that can cause serious and even deadly disease for our pets. Heartworm disease may be something you’ve heard of, but may not know much about. Brodie Animal Hospital explains, here.

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The Importance of Preventive Care for Cats

If you own a cat (or they own you), you know how fiercely independent they can be. Indeed, their curiosity and independence are some of the characteristics we love best about them. But behind their unique personalities lies an important secret: it can be sometimes hard to know if your cat is healthy or not.

Although it may seem as if our cats can and do take care of themselves, in reality, cats need our attention and care in order to thrive. Never is the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” more true than when considering preventive care for our pets. Preventing disease is not only easier on your cat, it is also easier on your wallet than treatment.

Here, Brodie Animal Hospital takes a look at the importance of preventive care for cats.

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Year-Round Pet Dental Health: Your Secret Weapon

PPet dental health is vital to overall pet healthet dental disease is one of the most common problems that dogs and cats face in their lifetimes. It has been shown that by the time they are 3 years of age, 85% of dogs and cats have some form of pet dental disease. This problem not only causes things we can easily notice, like bad breath, it also causes more subtle changes that may not be noticed until they are big issues.

Your team at Brodie Animal Hospital knows that pet dental health is one of the most important ways to give your furry friend good health and happiness.

Dental Disease Basics

Just as in people, bacteria causes plaque to form on the teeth and at the gum line. If left undisturbed, minerals in the saliva bond with plaque to form tartar within days. The bacteria that cling to this dental calculus can then work their way under the gum line and cause gingivitis. Continue…

Pet Wellness: The Key to Longevity

pet wellnessYour pet is a member of your family, and you strive to give them everything they need to be happy and healthy. Although we do our best to provide for our furry loved ones, the hustle and bustle of daily life can make it easy to put pet wellness on the back burner.

At Brodie Animal Hospital, we believe in taking a proactive approach to pet care. Learn how keeping an eye on pet wellness can help your pet live a longer, healthier, and sweeter life!

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