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Signs Your Dog May Need to See a Vet

Signs Your Dog May Need to See a Vet Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal HospitalYour dog is a treasured member of your family, and you would never want him to be suffering from an illness or any other ailment. However, your dog cannot complain to tell you what is wrong, which is why it is important to know the signs that tell you your dog needs to go see the vet. 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to tell you about some of these warning signs so you will be aware of any symptoms that need medical attention.

Changes in eating routines

According to HealthLine, it can be normal for your dog to skip a meal or two, especially in the summer when it is hot outside. However, missing more than two meals is a sign of something wrong. You should also take your dog to the vet if he begins eating more than normally.

Changes in coat

If you notice any rough, bald, or dry patches on your dog’s fur, your dog could have a problem with his food, an allergy, or a skin disease. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to find out what the problem could be.

Changes in energy level

When your dog is sluggish and lethargic, it is a clear sign that something could be wrong. Although fatigue and sore muscles can be normal in hot weather, you should bring your dog in for an exam if these symptoms last for more than two days in a row.

Changes in stool

Your dog should have moist stools that are small and firm. Dry, hard stools are signs of dehydration, dietary problems, and other sicknesses. If your dog is straining, having diarrhea, or bloody stools for more than two days in a row, you need to contact us to schedule an exam as soon as possible.

Changes in eye appearance

If you notice cloudy or red eyes, excessive discharge from the eyes, or squinting, this could indicate an infection. Bring your dog into the vet to get medication to clear up any sort of infection before it worsens.

Be alert to these warning signs to keep your dog healthy and happy. Contact us st 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an exam whenever you notice any of these signs.

Is Your Pet Constantly Scratching?

Is Your Pet Constantly Scratching Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal HospitalDoes it seem like every time you see your cat or dog, he is scratching himself? You may think he has a flea problem, and while this may be true, there are several other reasons your pet could be constantly scratching himself. Your cat or dog could have allergy problems, sensitivity to certain grasses, or even a diet issue. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we can help find exactly what is causing the itching problem and treat your pet to relieve his constant scratching. We would like to tell you more about some of the possible reasons for this condition besides fleas and ticks.

Environmental

If your dog loves to swim, dig around gopher holes, and run through fields, he could end up with a scratching problem. Not only are some dogs allergic to certain plants, but they can also get patches of moist eczema, or “hot spots” from exposure to water. If these patches are left untreated, they can easily spread and become infected. 5 Points Animal Hospital can treat these types of skin problems and give you tips on preventing these issues in the future.

Nutritional

Your pets need proper nourishment, or they could end up with skin problems as their entire bodies are continuously in a state of stress, according to PetMD. We strongly recommend that you feed your cat or dog a high-quality meat-based food. If you feed your pets commercial pet food, you should look to see that the first ingredient is meat (beef, poultry, lamb, or fish) to avoid skin problems.

Infectious

Your cat or dog can have coat or skin problems from bacterial and fungal organisms. If you notice circular patches of hair loss, your pet could have ringworm, which is a fungal infection that is contagious to other animals as well as humans. While this may sound scary, ringworm is easily treated, and 5 Points Animal Hospital can apply treatment in our office. Infectious bacteria dermatitis is a very common skin problem in dogs, and it can be so irritating to your dog that he will constantly lick the lesion, which undoes any previous healing. The best way to treat infectious dermatitis is to clip the hair away from the area to allow it to dry. We can give your dog both a topical medication and oral antibiotics to stop the bacterial organisms from invading your dog’s skin.

Of course, fleas and ticks are another big reason why your cat or dog is constantly scratching. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to make an appointment for your pet to relieve his itching.

Why You Shouldn’t Use Online Pet Pharmacies

Everything is so accessible these days! It takes two clicks to purchase anything off of Amazon these days, and I don’t have to change out of my pajamas to change my entire wardrobe or buy my groceries for the week. Convenience is the best part of technology, but there are some things that should never be purchased online. Medication, in general, should never be bought on the Internet. Specifically, pet prescriptions can endanger not only your financial security, but also your pet’s health.

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What is the problem with buying prescription drugs online?

We’ve all been there. Time is of the essence, and the commercials make it seem so easy! Go to this website, buy your medication, and you are done. Right? In reality, online pet pharmaceutical companies are not even allowed to purchase from certified veterinary pharmacies. Legally, a physical examination has to be performed on the animal, in-person, before a medication can be prescribed. This applies especially to heartworm preventative medication and NSAID’s (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Giving heartworm prevention to a dog that is already infected with heartworms can result in negative reactions. The same can be said for NSAID’s, which should be used only with regular monitoring by a veterinarian.

Why would these companies counterfeit drugs?

The easiest answer is money. It is incredibly profitable, even with lowered prices, to sell counterfeit or inferior product. Medication that looks exactly like what you would find in a veterinarian’s office may be expired or improperly stored. If your pet’s drugs have been affected by water or kept at the wrong temperature (either too hot or too cold), the effectiveness of the drug is weakened. Some companies even replace the pills with capsules filled with anything available, even pest poison or drywall. Your animal’s health aside, putting your personal and financial information into their website could result in a stolen identity or credit card fraud.

I really am pressed for time. How do I know a website is reputable to buy from?

Most importantly, look for the following seals of legitimacy on the websites. If the website ends with “.pharmacy” and/or has a VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site) stamp, they have gone through screening by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), which regulates pharmacist licensure. Watch out for companies that sell medication without a prescription or tout a fake claim. If the prices seem extremely low compared to your veterinarian, think twice.

We understand the tempting convenience of online pharmaceutical companies, but for your pet’s physical health and your financial wellbeing, bring your pet in to see us at 5 Points Animal Hospital. We will not only go through a full physical exam, but any medication your pet needs will be accompanied by knowledge that you and your animal are given the best care possible.

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