Learning the ins and outs of wellness care for pets | Community

Going to the doctor is certainly not an event that many look forward to. In fact, it’s something that many avoid for as long as possible. And it’s not any more fun for our furry family members either.

Visiting the veterinarian can be very stressful and scary  — and it’s no picnic for the cat or dog either. But like it or not, veterinary care is a necessary part of pet ownership.

Most pet owners love to share how well their pets are treated. Many will laugh about how their dog eats better than they do. And that’s not really far from the truth. The high-end pet food market has exploded over the last 10 years. From grain-free, organic kibble to a raw food diet, the ingredients in a bag of pet food sure sound better than what’s in a frozen dinner.

And it isn’t just the food market that’s grown exponentially. Cats can now have custom-made cat trees, and dogs can roll around town in a pet stroller. When it comes to fashion, dogs often have a wardrobe that can rival their owners’. And when it’s time to look and feel pretty, it’s off to the doggy spa.

While it’s obvious that most pet parents love and dote on their pets, there’s one area that still tends to be lacking — veterinary care. For some, the subject is rather confusing and technical. For others, it may be a fear of upsetting their pet with a trip to the vet. And for many long-time pet owners, they just haven’t realized that the recommended protocol has changed.

For example, did you know that cats should see the vet every year for wellness exams?

And did you know that your dog may need a heart-worm preventative, even though you live in New Jersey? And then there’s the whole vaccination issue — how many do they need, and how often? Searching the internet will probably generate five different answers to each question.

Find out what your pet really needs on Tuesday morning at the Medford Leas Theater, with “Wellness Care for Your Pet.” The presentation will focus on wellness plans and preventative care, and how the approach will benefit your pets. Find out how to spot potential health issues in your pets, and the special considerations for senior animals.

Veterinary professionals from House Paws Mobile Veterinary Services will lead the program. House Paws, which has office locations in Mount Laurel and Atco, offers full-service veterinary care. In addition, House Paws offers mobile vet services in clients’ homes.

This option allows for pets who don’t travel well, or become highly stressed in a traditional veterinary setting, to receive the care they need.

The program will take place at 10 a.m. at the Medford Leas senior living community, at 1 Medford Leas Way. There is no fee for the event, though registration is required by April 21. To register, call 609-654-3588 or email [email protected]

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