Grooming

To Schedule your grooming appointment please call 954-746-5111 Appointments are available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.

Annual Checkups

Your pets health can be easily maintained with semi and yearly check ups. But how can you prepare yourself for a check up? Before you leave for your pets annual health check up, you should secure a stool sample. We can examine this for hookworms, roundworms and other intestinal parasites. Your pets yearly canine health check up is your opportunity to discuss concerns, clear up any confusion and obtain any medication your dog might need for fleas, ticks, heartworms or intestinal parasites. Basic Exam During the exam, your vet nurse will take your pet’s temperature. Dr. Saleh will examine your pet’s mucus membranes and ears. He should palpitate your dog’s abdomen to check for abnormalities in the internal organs. He should weigh your dog. Dental Exam Your dog’s yearly canine health check up should include a dental exam and dental cleaning. Proper dental care can go a long way towards preserving your dog’s good health.

Dental Care

Catching teeth problems early will help avoid severe dental disease. The simplest way to keep track of your dog’s or cat’s teeth is to look at them on a regular basis and be aware of signs that may indicate a problem. To inspect your dog/cat’s teeth, lift the lips all around the mouth, looking at the front and back teeth as closely as possible. Be gentle and use caution so you do not accidentally get nipped! Dr. Saleh will also take a look at your dog/cat’s teeth during routine examinations, so make sure you keep up with these – visit Dr. Saleh every 6-12 months for wellness check-ups. Watch for the following signs:
  • Bad breath
  • Reluctance to chew / crying out when chewing
  • Increased salivation
  • Red and/or puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tartar / Calculus (hard coating on teeth that is usually brown or yellow; results from plaque build-up)
  • Missing and/or loose teeth
  • Anything else about the mouth that appears unusual
The Dangers of Dental Disease Plaque builds up on the teeth and turns into tartar, or calculus. These areas grow bacteria and eat away at the teeth and gums. Halitosis, periodontal disease, oral pain and tooth loss can occur. However, the bacteria not only cause disease in the mouth – they can also affect other parts of the body, like the heart and kidneys. The most important thing to do is address dental disease as soon as it is detected, no matter how minor. Better yet, work hard to prevent it! Preventing Dental Disease in Dogs There are several things you can do to help keep your dog’s teeth in good shape. Start a dental care routine as early as possible in your dog’s life so he get used to the feeling of having his teeth brushed and inspected. Puppies have 28 deciduous teeth that typically fall out by about six months of age. By this time, your dog should be getting his teeth brushed regularly. If you decide to brush your dog’s teeth, here are some important tips to keep in mind:
  • NEVER brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste – it can make your dog sick! Use special enzymatic toothpaste made especially for dogs. The same goes for oral rinses.
  • Plaque begins to turn into tartar / calculus within 24-48 hours, so daily brushing is recommended. Work your dog’s tooth brushing into your own routine – consider brushing his teeth around the same time you do yours so it will be easier to remember.
  • Use a “finger brush” or special long toothbrush designed for use on dogs. When starting out with brushing, the finger brush can help ease your dog into it, as these do not feel as awkward as hard brushes.
  • Before you begin, ask your veterinarian to show you some techniques to make tooth brushing easier on you and your dog.
If you are not able to brush your dog’s teeth, there are other options. Consider using oral rinses made especially for dogs. You can also purchase special dental treats. Avoid real bones – not only can they lead to gastrointestinal upset, they may also cause tooth fractures. Most of all: make sure you keep up with vet exams. From time to time, a professional dental cleaning may be recommended, which we offer at our facility. This requires general anesthesia. During the procedure, your dog’s teeth and gums will be examined closely for problems. The teeth will then be scaled and polished. If dental problems are noted, tooth extractions could become necessary. Some dogs and cats need dental cleanings every six months, while others can go longer. Be certain to follow up with Dr. Saleh’s recommendations. And remember, what you do at home can really make all the difference.

Flee and Tick Control

Summer time is fun but not for your pet if you have a flea or tick infestation, or both! There are a few tricks to help get your infestation under control. First make sure your pet is on a monthly preventative, if you are using a topical product then make sure to use a soap free shampoo when bathing your pet or your just going to wash the product off. Make sure all the pets are treated in the house including the cats. Revolution is one of the best products for cats. Have an exterminator spray your yard and the inside of the house. If you are unable to use an exterminator then you can try the Knockout spray for the inside make sure you spray all carpet areas, rugs, base boards, under the couches & also under the cushions. Use the Yard spray make sure you get underneath the bushes & if you have recently mulched your yard treat those areas as well. Both products are from the company Virbac & can only be purchased through a Veterinary or online. Once you have sprayed your house vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, the vibrations will help hatch the flea eggs. Also, putting a Hartz flea collar in your vacuum bag or canister (never on your pet) will help kill any fleas or ticks you vacuum up! Another helpful hint is to change the climate – by making your house warmer or cooler will cause the flea eggs to hatch and then of course vacuum again! Now that you have the tips to deal with an infestation remember Florida is a year round flea & tick area so even though its cooler out you still want to keep your pets on a preventative all year. What product do I use to prevent Fleas & Ticks on my pet? It’s that time of year again when pets will have a greater chance of getting fleas & ticks. You may be uncertain of which product is best for your pet and which ones actually work. While there are many choices whether to go with an oral or topical you should ask yourself a few questions on how your pet health & how he spends his time during the day: does your pet get weekly medicated baths, swim in a pool frequently, have skin allergies or dry skin. Then you might want to choose an oral flea & preventative along with a tick collar. THERE IS NO PILL FOR TICK PREVENTION YET! Comfortis is a fabulous oral flea preventative it is not labeled for ticks but many people comment that they don’t see ticks while on this product. There is also a new product called Trifexis – it is a combination of Interceptor which is a heartworm preventative and Comfortis. It is a great product and you only have to give one pill every month to prevent heartworms, intestinal parasites & fleas. Please remember this has to be given with a meal. If you should ever see ticks you can use the Scalibor Collar in conjunction with the pill & it is good for 6 months. For the tick collar to work more effectively rub a small amount of oil on the inside of the collar before putting it on your pet! Also, after you size the collar to your pet & trim the excess off – put the remaining part of the collar in your vacuum to kill any fleas & ticks you may vacuum up!! Last is the topical preventatives, there are some new products that are similar to Frontline such as Vectra 3D. It uses the same concept, it must be applied between the shoulder blades once a month & you have to wait until your pet is fully dry after getting a bath. Some helpful tips when using a topical preventative is to make sure you remove all collars before you apply it & keep them off for a few hours so the product can dry. There is also Revolution which is a great product for fleas, ticks & heartworms but some Vets have different views on the use of topical heartworm preventatives. Here is a table to help you make your decision.