Pet Education and Counseling in Kenosha, WI
Caring for a pet takes responsibility and work, and sometimes you need a little help. At Companion Animal Hospital Kenosha, we are more than happy to offer not only medicine but a listening ear and plenty of helpful advice, too. Counseling is a simple but valuable tool that gives pet parents the chance to learn essential information so they can provide their companions with the best care possible. We also want to help our clients anticipate the changes that occur as their pets age and face new challenges.
Information Kits for Puppies and Kittens
In addition to puppy and kitten care schedules, you can also expect to receive an informational kit to help you provide the best possible care for your new pet. This includes tips and recommendations for:
- Timely wellness care and checkups
- Balanced nutrition to help your pet grow up healthy
- Puppy obedience training and housebreaking
- How to socialize your pet with people and other dogs/cats
- Helping your pet stay on their best behavior without negative reinforcement
- The safest toys to give your pet
- Pet medical insurance
- Emergency care and referral hospitals
- ...and much more
Taking Care of Senior Pets
While it isn’t easy to see pets grow old and gray, there is a lot we can do to help their transition into old age go smoothly. Depending on their size, breed, and species, a pet can become a senior anywhere between 5-9 years old.
Symptoms of Aging
When they reach their golden years, pets begin to slow down and experience conditions that humans do when they age. This includes:
- Hearing loss
- Cataracts/vision loss
- High blood sugar
- Back and joint pain
- Chronic coughing
Along with these issues, your pet becomes more vulnerable to illness, and they don’t heal as quickly from injuries. Yearly health checkups and blood work are a must, because we need to be able to detect problems in your pet early so we can treat them as soon as possible.
Another important factor in your senior pet’s care is pain management—limping, sleeping more often, and generally being reluctant to get up and move is a very telling sign that your pet is in pain. We can help you diagnose the problem and decide on an appropriate form of pain management to keep your pet comfortable and mobile.
Resolving Behavioral Issues in Pets
Badly-behaved pets can cause considerable frustration for their families, and unfortunately, many pets are given up because of this. Fortunately, most if not all behaviors can be corrected with proper counseling and an investigation into their cause. At Companion Animal Hospital Kenosha, our doctors are happy to lend an ear (and a hand) to help you and your pet overcome this problem together.
Common Bad Behaviors
Common behaviors we see in pets include:
- Stealing food
- Becoming aggressive
- Spraying or marking in the house
- Having accidents in the house
- Going outside of the litterbox
- Chewing doorframes, table/chair legs, and other furniture
- Digging holes in the yard
- Getting into the trash
- Prolonged barking/vocalizing
In order to help your pet, we need to know the reason for their behaviors. To rule out disease or injury, we need to conduct a thorough exam first. If no physical issues are present, we can discuss other possibilities. When we isolate potential causes, we can get closer to a treatment plan that will ease your pet’s behaviors and help them return to a peaceful existence in your home.