Bedford Animal Hospital is committed to keeping owners informed and educated on their pet’s health and wellness. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 603-668-0500 today.
1. Why should you get your dog or cat microchipped?
Microchipping is a reliable way for animal hospitals and shelters to retrieve your personal contact information. In the event that your dog or cat gets lost or stolen, a microchip can prove your ownership and increase the chances of having them found.
If you’re interested in microchipping, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.
2. How often should you bring your pet in for an annual examination?
We recommend pets receive a wellness exam at least once a year. During a wellness exam, our veterinarians will conduct a thorough examination of your pet’s body, from nose to tail, and check for any abnormalities or signs of medical issues.
The sooner we detect potential medical problems, the better the outcome for your pet. Additionally, we will examine your pet’s heart and lungs, skin and coat, and review their medical history and vaccination schedule. We’re happy to address any of your questions or concerns and discuss ways you can improve your pet’s health and lifestyle at home.
Request a wellness visit for your pet today!
3. When should your pet see an emergency veterinarian?
Generally speaking, it’s easy for most owners to tell when their pets aren’t feeling well or acting like their normal selves. If your pet has suffered a life-threatening injury, such as being hit by a car, severe bleeding, or ingesting foreign bodies, it is essential to bring them to an emergency veterinarian immediately.
In between your pet’s annual veterinary appointments, it’s essential that you keep a close eye for the following warning signs:
- Changes in appetite
- Rapid breathing
- Aggressive or unusual behavior
- Changes in stools and/or bathroom habits
- Drinking too much/too little water
- Poor balance/coordination
- Changes in hair/coat
If your pet is exhibiting any of these signs, please call us at 603-668-0500 to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian.
4. What are the most common vaccinations for dogs & cats?
Pet vaccinations can prevent infectious diseases and guard a pet’s immune system against harmful viruses, bacteria, and environmental threats.
Canine and feline rabies vaccinations are required by law in New Hampshire. We also recommend the following vaccinations for dogs and cats:
- DA2PP (Distemper Virus & Parvovirus)
- Lyme Disease
- FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
- FVRCP (Feline Distemper/Panleukopenia)
Contact Bedford Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment for pet vaccinations.
5. How often should my pet take heartworm and flea and tick preventative?
We recommend them taking it year-round.
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