Answers to your common questions.
Your pet means the world to you, and we understand you may have questions about their care, their health needs, and the services that we provide at Mount Kisco Veterinary Clinic. We have compiled the below list of frequently asked questions to help you gather the information you need, right when you need it. If you do not see your question or need more information than given, we welcome you to contact us. We are always here to help you!
Does my pet really need parasite preventatives all year long?
Your pet means the world to you, and we understand you may have questions about their care, their health needs, and the services that we provide at Mount Kisco Veterinary Clinic. We have compiled the below list of frequently asked questions to help you gather the information you need, right when you need it.
Why is my pet constantly scratching?
Skin issues are among the most common health problems we see in our hospital. Pruritis (itchiness) can have a variety of causes. Cats and dogs often have an underlying allergy to either their environment or food. Other times, bacteria, yeast, or mites can cause infections that make your pet uncomfortable. Depending on the cause, there are a variety of medical options and treatments to help manage skin issues and keep your pet more comfortable.
I think my pet is overweight—is this a big deal?
Obesity is an increasingly common problem with pets. Carrying extra weight can be a big problem and can contribute to joint disease, difficulty breathing, diabetes, and a variety of metabolic abnormalities. Getting your pet to a healthy weight requires a cooperative effort between you and your veterinarian – using a combination of prescription diets, exercise plans, as well as other tools to get your pet slim and healthy again.
Why does my older dog seem to have more trouble getting around?
Like people, our pets often develop arthritis as they age. Even the healthiest older patients may feel the effects of arthritis. When this happens, the joints lose mobility, and become stiff and painful. Thankfully, there are many different treatment options available that include medications, supplements, laser therapy, as well as the monitoring of their food and exercise routines. Together, we can design a treatment plan that will help keep your pet pain-free in their golden years.
My cat stays inside and seems healthy—why does he need a wellness exam?
Just because an animal stays inside doesn’t mean they can’t get sick! Indoor cats develop skin issues, dental disease, weight problems, metabolic diseases, arthritis, and much more. Cats in particular have evolved to hide their discomfort until they are extremely ill. This makes it very important to bring cats for a yearly exam and even more often for seniors. If you have trouble getting your cat into the carrier for a vet trip, call us for suggestions!
Why does my dog’s breath stink?
While it’s true that dogs like to lick all sorts of unsavory things, bad breath is most often caused by dental disease. As bacteria sits on your dog’s teeth, a hard, brown substance called calculus accumulates on the surface. However, the more serious disease hides where you can’t see it, along the gum line and around the tooth roots. Our team prides itself on providing excellent dental care to help remove calculus and fix or remove any unhealthy teeth. In addition to noticing improved breath, you’ll be amazed at how much better your dog feels afterwards!
My cat throws up all the time. Is this normal?
Even though healthy cats get occasional hairballs, there is nothing normal about vomiting daily, weekly, or even a few times a month! Cats that throw up at this frequency often have a more serious illness. In addition to being uncomfortable, chronic vomiting can often progress to include other problems like weight loss or diarrhea. Basic bloodwork or imaging can help determine the cause of this problem.
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