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Common Health Concerns

For local pet owners or patients of Lake Forest Animal Clinic, we have put together a quick reference page that will help you prevent and treat common pet issues at home.However, some pet issues need immediate medical attention. If you are worried about your pet, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 949-837-7660 and we'll be able to help you asses over the phone the seriousness of your current pet issue. 

Your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea. When a dog or cat vomits or has loose stools only once, it is usually not a reason for concern. Make sure to take away any food and water for 6 to 8 hours to give your pet's stomach a chance to rest. For pet diarrhea, a bland diet (boiled rice, boiled plain chicken, strained meat baby food, etc) can be helpful in preventing another episode from occurring. If your pet's vomiting or diarrhea continues, call Lake Forest Animal Clinic immediately to talk to one of our vet techs. They will ask you pertinent questions and be able to help you decide what the next course of action should be. 

Your pet has eaten something they shouldn't have. Certain medicines, chocolate, and some other common household items can be toxic to dogs or cats. If your dog or cat has eaten something they shouldn't have, contact Lake Forest Animal Clinic immediately at (949)837-7660 since the needed treatment will vary greatly depending on the product that was eaten. We offer emergency pet care services six days a week (whenever our veterinary clinic is open).

Your pet appears to be having an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions can include hives, tissue swelling, and anaphylactic shock (which can be life threatening). Pet owners should call Lake Forest Animal Clinic at 949-837-7660 immediately.

Your dog or cat has been sprayed by a skunk. Skunk spray is mainly oil-based, and so the best methods of getting rid of the skunk spray smell from your pet is to bath them with something that will get rid of the oil. We recommend brushing out as much skunk spray as you can with a slicker brush (clean the brush immediately afterwards!) and then bathing the animal 1-3 times with a water solution that includes baking soda, peroxide, and liquid dish soap. Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of strong liquid soap (Dawn) with water. After each washing, attempt to brush out the pet's fur to help remove the skunk oil.

Your pet has fleas or heartworm. Keep on top of parasites! It is important that all pet owners follow a year round parasite control plan, even if your dog or cat spends most of their time indoors. Parasites are easily prevented with monthly medication. Talk to your veterinarian about the available options.

Your dog or cat hasn't had their teeth cleaned in over a year. Pay attention to your pet's dental health and make sure to get dental care for your pet at least once a year. Some pets may need a dental cleaning more often so ask your veterinarian! Pets can have significant liver, kidney, and urinary system illnesses as a result of neglected dental problems, but these are all easily prevented with an annual teeth cleaning for your dog or cat.

Your dog or cat hasn't been seen by a veterinarian in over a year. It is recommended that adult pets (1-7 years old) receive a physical exam once a year by a veterinarian while senior pets should be examined semi-annually. During these visits your vet will perform a full physical, administer diagnostic blood work and a fecal sample, and check to make sure that your pet is up to date on all vaccinations. Early detection of health conditions can minimize complications and can help your pet “age gracefully.” The goal is to ensure the healthiest, happiest, and longest life possible for your pet.

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