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Most Commonly Asked Pet Owner Questions

  • Why does my pet’s breath smell so bad?

Most likely cause of bad breath in a pet is dental disease. To avoid complications with dental disease the pet needs yearly check ups and dental cleanings as needed. A good high-quality diet and dental treats are also helpful to keep the pet’s teeth clean. 


  • Why is my pet scooting?

The anal glands could be the cause of the scooting behavior your pet is exhibiting.  A pet may scoot across grass, carpet, or other abrasive surfaces because their anal glands are inflamed, infected, or even impacted.  The anal glands are the scent glands of the dog or cat located at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position of the anus.  In order to relieve the pet of this discomfort the glands need to be expressed. The pet owner needs to consult their veterinarian. The veterinarian will express the glands and provide any medication necessary.


  • Why does my pet itch?

There are many reasons your pet might itch a couple of examples would be external parasites such as fleas or allergies to food or the environment. To eliminate fleas there are a variety of effective veterinary approved products available both for topical application or oral administration.  Avoid over the counter flea products as the can have unpredictable and potentially life-threatening side effects.

Allergies are another possible reason for itching. Pets will typically lick and chew at their feet or have frequent ear infections.  There is NO CURE for allergies ONLY CONTROL of the symptoms. A good high-quality diet with very little dyes or preservatives are recommended. Treats given to the pets need to be dye-free and hypoallergenic. In the home, wash all bedding the pet sleeps on with dye-free hypoallergenic detergent and avoid aerosol sprays used for freshening the furniture and floors. There are veterinary approved medications designed to keep the pet symptom free. Consult your local veterinarian for appropriate treatment options for your pet.


  • Should I spay or neuter my pet?

Yes.  The decision to spay or neuter your pet can be made as early as 6 months of age. This decision is very important because it can help to eliminate aggressive behavior, wandering desires, and future cancers and other medical problems in your pet.  Spaying and neutering also keeps the pet population under control and lowers the risk of abuse and neglect in the pet population.