Welcome to the Avalon Animal Clinic P.C. Website!
We're here to provide the best possible care and services for your pets. Our Website is now available for you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Here we will place all important information about our practice (who we are, our hours, some tips for pets care, and the services we offer), so we hope our service will be helpful for you and your pets!
Our goal at Avalon Animal Clinic is to practice quality veterinary medicine in a compassionate, friendly and caring atmosphere.
In Business Since 1979
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Senior Pet Wellness
Do you know how old your pet really is? We wanted to bring this to your attention because our pets age approximately 7 times faster than we do. This means that if you bring your pet to the vet once a year, it would be the same as you seeing your doctor just once in 7 years! Major changes in your pet’s health can occur quickly. We recommend a complete physical exam every 6 months in order to diagnose and treat small problems before they become large and potentially life threatening, problems.
What we recommend for your Senior Pet
- Complete physical examination every 6 months.
- Discussions on weight control and nutrition.
- Oral and eye examinations.
- Bloodwork (Complete Blood Count, Chemistry and urinalysis, thyroid screening) Bloodwork is recommended at least yearly. This will help indicate if there are changes to important organs such as the kidneys and liver. If there are changes to these organs, we can then develop a treatment plan, and monitor these changes more closely. Some diseases require medication.
- Fecal exam As your pet gets older, the immune system may not be able to handle parasites like it could when your pet was younger. Some parasites cause internal bleeding, anemia, diarrhea, and vomiting. By testing, we can easily treat our pet for these parasites.
- Heartworm test This test will let us know if your pet has been infected with heartworms. This parasite can be deadly to your pet, migrating to the heart, lungs and major blood vessels.
Additional Tests We May Utilize
- Radiographs of the chest and abdomen We can use these tests to evaluate changes in the size of organs such as the liver, kidneys, and heart. We can also look for masses or tumors that affect these organs.
- Radiographs of joints Many pets develop arthritis as they age. By evaluating certain joints, we can stage the arthritis, and help your pet feel more comfortable with treatments such as medications, joint protectants, exercise plans, and weight control.
- Ultrasound We can use ultrasound to follow up on abnormal laboratory results and evaluate the different organs for possible changes and disease processes. If needed, we can use the ultrasound to obtain a biopsy sample.
Diseases we see in older pets
- Dental Disease
- Hypothyroidism (dogs)
- Hyperthyroidism (cats)
- Adrenal Gland abnormalities
- Skin problems
- Vision loss
- Allergies (food and skin)
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
Tips For Purchasing A Pet During Holidays
The holiday months can be very hectic. If you decide to purchase a pet during the holiday months, please keep in mind these suggestions from the staff at Avalon Animal Clinic. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions that you may have. Happy Holidays!
- Buy a breed book and find out which breed is appropriate for your family
- Use a reputable breeder. Do not purchase a pet from a pet store or puppy mill.
- What type of care and equipment will your pet require?
- Does your pet require regular grooming?
- Is this breed good with children? Is it good with other animals?
- If you are giving this pet as a gift, make sure the person receiving the pet really wants one! Maybe you could tell them about the pet, then let them pick out the one they like, after the holidays, when life isn’t as hectic.
- Evaluate Your Lifestyle
- Are there two working parents? Will you be able to devote enough time to your pet?
- Will your pet require a lot of exercise? Is there an area where you can provide this? (Back yard, local park?)
- Are you financially capable of taking care of the required wellness care for your pet?
- Do you travel frequently? Will you have someone take care of your pet at home? Keep in mind the costs involved in boarding your pet.
- Holiday Time
- This is a more stressful time for people; imagine how stressful it will be for a new pet!
- Be careful of candles, holiday plants, ornaments and candies that your pet could get into.
- It is very hard to establish a routine for your pet during the holiday season due to travel, houseguests, and parties. This could make housebreaking your puppy more difficult.
- This is a more stressful time for people; imagine how stressful it will be for a new pet!
Winter Weather Care
The weather will soon be turning cold, and now is the perfect time to learn how to keep your pet safe during the holiday season and winter months.
- Even though its cold outside and you won’t see any mosquitoes, keep your pet on Heartworm preventative all year long because it also protects against certain intestinal parasites that can survive the weather. Some of these parasites can also infect people.
- If your pet spends time in a wooded area, please keep your pet on flea/tick preventative. Ticks can also survive the cold weather.
- Make sure that your pet’s bed is out of any drafty areas.
- If your pet is not used to being outside in the cold, do not leave him/her out for long periods of time.
- Make sure that you break off icicles/snowballs that are between your pet’s toes.
- Dry off your pet’s feet when coming inside, making sure that there is no sidewalk salt left on the feet. This can be very irritating to the pads of the feet.
- Decrease the frequency of baths; this will dry out your pet’s skin. Also, a fatty acid supplement may help with the dryness.
- You may consider adding a humidifier to your house. This will help with your pet’s skin and breathing.
- Brush your pet’s hair more frequently during the winter. This will stimulate the oil glands.
- If your pet has decreased activity in the winter, then you need to decrease the amount of food that you are giving.
- Make sure that your pet has plenty of mental and physical stimulation. Encourage play indoors. You may want to purchase a “puzzle” ball that your pet has to work at to get treats out.
- Offer plenty of water to your pet so that he/she doesn’t become dehydrated.
- Some pets don’t like to go outside or to the bathroom in the snow. Make sure that your pet is actually going to the bathroom, and if need be, clear a path for them in the snow.
- Keep chemicals like antifreeze, lock de-icer, and sidewalk salt out of the reach of your pets.
- Even though its cold outside and you won’t see any mosquitoes, keep your pet on Heartworm preventative all year long because it also protects against certain intestinal parasites that can survive the weather. These parasites can also infect people.
- If you pet spends time in a wooded area, please keep your pet on flea/tick preventative. Ticks can also survive the cold weather.
- Provide plenty of food and water.
- Provide good shelter for your pet so that they can get out of the wind.
- Make sure to block the wind. You can use bales of straw, or canvas to cover up sides of a dog pen.
- If there is a low wind chill, bring your pet into a warmer area, such as your garage.
- Check the water bowl frequently during the day to ensure that the water doesn’t freeze.
- Check your pet over frequently. Look at the skin and paws for frostbite. The skin may turn red, white, or gray and may be scaly or sloughing. If you notice this, call your veterinarian immediately.
- Clean up any antifreeze spills immediately. A small amount can be fatal to your pet.
- Consider buying a propylene glycol-based antifreeze that is less toxic than the conventional ethylene glycol antifreeze.
- Keep your pet away from sidewalk salt. If his/her feet come into contact with the salt, wipe them off immediately.
- Cats like to crawl up inside cars and sleep on top of the warm engine. Make sure that you beat on the hood or honk your horn before you start your car. The fan belt can cause major trauma to a cat.
Precautions During the Holiday Season
- Minimize the stress in your pet’s life and keep try to keep on the same schedule. With multiple houseguests and holiday parties, it is very easy to stray from your normal routine, which in turn can cause major stress on your pet.
- Advise guests not to feed your pet any table scraps or treats. This can cause major GI upset, vomiting, diarrhea and weight gain.
- Christmas Tree water may contain fertilizers, preservative solutions, and bacteria, all which can upset your pet’s stomach if ingested.
- Ribbons and Tinsel can lead to choking and intestinal blockage if you do not keep out of the reach of pets. (Especially kittens)
- Christmas Ornaments and hooks can also lead to choking and intestinal blockage.
- Tack down or cover extension cords or electrical cords.
- Your pet can easily swallow small toy parts and accessories. Keep them up and out of the reach of your pets.
Toxic Holiday Items
- Bubbling Lights-Moderate to lethal toxicity
- Angel Hair (spun glass)- low toxicity
- Christmas Tree Preservative- low toxicity
- Styrofoam- low toxicity
- Macadamia Nuts
- Mistletoe “American”
- Japanese Yew
- Greens such as Balsam, Juniper, Cedar, Pine and Fir
- Poinsettias- not toxic, but can cause mild GI discomfort
February is National Dental Month!
To celebrate National Dental Month, Avalon is offering 15% off the following services:
- Routine Dental Cleaning
- Antibiotics, if needed
- Preoperative Bloodwork
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3, are showing signs of dental disease! The problems all start when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. Plaque is a colorless film that contains large numbers of bacteria. If it is untreated, the plaque hardens into tartar, which forms along the bottom of the tooth, near the gum line. This causes inflammation of the gums and tissues that support the teeth. The end result is tooth loss. As the gums start to recede, “pockets” are formed between the tooth and the gums and bacteria build up. When the gums deteriorate, bacteria have a clear path to the bloodstream and vital organs. The bacteria can affect the nervous system and cause meningitis. It can cause heart problems, lung problems, kidney infections, and liver infections.
Signs that your pet may have Dental Disease
- Bad Breath
- Yellow-brown crust on the teeth
- Pain or bleeding when the gums or mouth are touched
- Going to the food bowl, but not eating
- Changes in chewing habits
- Tooth loss
- Abnormal drooling
- Dropping food out of the mouth
- Swallowing food whole
What you can do as a pet owner to protect your pet’s health
- Visit your vet for an oral exam! If we find any abnormalities we will recommend a treatment plan for your pet.
- Start an oral care routine at home.
a. Brush your pet’s teeth regularly to remove plaque from the teeth. Remember to use special veterinary toothpaste instead of regular toothpaste.
b. Use an Oral Rinse if your pet won’t let you brush it’s teeth.
c. Use special food and treats that help reduce plaque and break down tartar.
- Schedule regular dental checkups (every 6 months) to monitor your pet’s progress.