How often should my pet have an exam and bloodwork?

Did you know that generally each year for the life of an animal is approximately 7 years for humans? Imagine a 7 year-old dog that doesn’t go to the vet for 3 years. This would be the same as a 49 year-old person not going to the doctor for 21 years! At Chatham Veterinary Services, we recommend yearly exams and blood work as necessary, depending on the age and condition of the pet. Taking proper care of your pet during their younger years can mean fewer medications as they age, and may extend the life of your pet. Call Chatham Veterinary Services at 919-742-4441 to set up your pet’s appointment today!

Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?

Just like people, our furry family members need dental care for their overall health. Left unchecked, bacteria can grow on our pet’s teeth, causing the teeth to decay prematurely. Some bacteria that grow on the teeth of animals can actually cause damage to their organs including their heart and kidneys. Dr. Scott recommends dental care as early as one year of age to best protect your pet from periodontal disease. Some signs of dental disease include bad breath, difficulty chewing and eating, and has browning teeth and reddish gums. Our caring veterinarians understands that maintaining your pet’s dental health early can result in better overall health and result in long-term savings by avoiding corrective dental procedures in the future. Contact one of our friendly staff professionals today at 919-742-4441 to set up your pet’s dental appointment!

What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?

Heartworms are extremely common in North Carolina and can infect both our dogs AND our cats. Heartworms are transmitted from mosquitoes as a juvenile worm known as microfilaria. Unless your pet is on a heartworm preventative, the juvenile worm can mature into an adult which can cause serious damage to the animal’s lungs and heart, and may even cause death. Remember that a monthly preventative not only keeps your dog or cat healthy, but is less expensive than having to treat adult heartworms. Our experienced veterinarians can determine which preventative is right for your pet, based on their needs and circumstances. Schedule an appointment for your dog or cat at Chatham Veterinary Services and begin their heartworm preventative protocol today!

What if my pet has an after-hours emergency?

Not all issues with our pets arise during business hours, and Chatham Veterinary Services recommends Happy Tails for pet emergency issues. Happy Tails can be reached at 336-228-2688, and is located at 2936 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina, 27408.