Conditions in Pets
When you bring a pet into your home, you may have concerns about future risks to his or her health. By working with the Van Loon Animal Hospital in Holmen, you can identify the conditions that may arise throughout your pet's life and work with veterinarians to reduce potential risks.
A common condition that may concern pet owners for dogs and cats is the risk of cancer. As pets age, their risk of cancer increases and pet owners should have a plan to identify and treat cancer in the early stages. As a general rule, veterinarians at our animal hospital will look for signs of cancer in your pets during yearly check-ups. You can also pay attention to any lumps or bumps that you notice on your pet and bring it up during a visit.
Diabetes may develop as your pet gets older. Dogs and cats are known to develop the condition and the primary treatment focuses on diet and exercise. You may need to adjust your pet's diet to limit the intake of grains that may contribute to the condition. Regular check-ups can identify the risk before it causes severe harm to your pet.
Many dogs have a high risk of ear infections at different stages of life. If you notice that your dog's ears are red, inflamed, or have odd discharge, then consider a check-up to find out what’s wrong. Veterinarians treat ear infections with medication appropriate to the cause of infection and early treatment may reduce the risk of hearing loss or more severe concerns.
Parasites commonly make their homes in dogs and cats. A key concern is the risk of heartworm, which may cause severe injuries to your pets. Other parasites may also cause concerns. By seeking regular check-ups and getting preventative care through proper medications and treatments, you can limit the risk of severe injuries from a parasite.
Rabies is a common condition in dogs and cats who spend time outdoors or in high-risk environments. Pet owners should be aware of the risks and ensure that a pet's shots are up-to-date. Vaccinations and regular booster shots will limit the risk of a pet getting rabies. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, then seek immediate care at our animal hospital to ensure that your pet was not exposed to rabies and will not develop an infection from the bite.
Set Up an Appointment in Holmen
Health conditions that develop in your pet may range from long-term complications to a pet's health to short-term concerns that need medication to address. To learn more about the common conditions that may impact your pet's health or to set up an appointment for a check-up, call (608) 526-2200 today.