• American Animal Hospital Association pet owner page. Find out why being an AAHA mamber makes us special!
  • website devoted to raising pets and children together!
  • website devoted to kids with puzzles and games. Check out their pet care contract to give your kids so they understand the responsibility of owning a pet!
  • Start or join a walking club! Iams and Shape magazine have joined to bring this event close to home.

Always be familiar with your closest emergency clinic! Here are two local clinics:

When looking for a new pet, remember how rewarding it can be to rescue a furry friend! Here are a couple of rescues that we recommend:

New Pet? Now What?

Here’s what to expect during your pet’s first visit at East Orlando Animal Hospital

Since pets age differently from us, puppies and kittens need wellness exams more regularly than an adult pet. We start these exams at 6-7 weeks of age with their vaccines and continue them until your pet reaches 16 weeks old. Our goal is to help your pet enjoy many years of good health, so our emphasis is on preventative healthcare.

During your first visit, you can expect a knowledgeable technician to greet you and your new furry friend with excitement and a wealth of information! Don’t be overwhelmed, we’re here to help guide your “pet parenthood” experience. Some important issues we will discuss include:

  • Necessity of vaccines every 2 weeks until 16 weeks of age
  • Parasites that could be infecting your new pet that could potentially be harmful to you as well (zoonotic)
  • Starting heartworm prevention and flea control
  • Diet and feeding/proper nutrition
  • House breaking and crate training

We have a great puppy/kitten care kit that you can purchase to get you started on the right track. It includes shampoo, ear cleaner, samples of treats, dental care items, and your first doses of flea and heartworm preventative.

Once the technician has covered the basics with you, a veterinarian will then perform a full head-to-toe examination on your pet. This includes examining:

  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Feet
  • Overall conformation to check for abnormalities

At the conclusion of your visit, your next appointment will be scheduled by your technician, and you will be checked out in the exam room for your convenience.

Euthanizing Pets

The end of a pet’s life can be one of the most difficult and emotional responsibilities associated with pet ownership, whether the animal passes away of old age, an illness, or an accident. All pet owners know that, at some point, their pet is going to pass away, but the reality is always harder than anything imagined, even if you’ve been through it before. After years of being part of your family, losing a pet creates a heart-wrenching gap in your life. That’s why it is important to think about how you want to deal with your pet’s passing before the time arrives.

Many pet owners face the difficult decision of if and when to euthanize an aged or ill pet. You are responsible for your pet’s health and welfare and, ultimately, must make the decision yourself. Your veterinarian can help you understand what the animal is experiencing physically. If your pet is suffering from a chronic illness or simply old age, the vet will help you make adjustments for any limitations or losses that happen.

How do you make this decision? Generally, you’ll need to make a judgment about the pet’s quality of life. If your pet still engages with you, other people or other pets, if its appetite is stable and if it is not suffering pain, the time has not arrived. However, if your pet is in pain, cannot or will not eat, has great difficulty moving and/or has withdrawn from the world, it is probably time to bring its life to an end.

In veterinary medicine, euthanasia is a painless process that induces death. The vet makes an intravenous injection of concentrated anesthesia. The injection takes effect quickly. First the pet loses consciousness, then it stops breathing and its heart stops beating.

In addition to choosing when to euthanize your pet, you will also need to choose where to have it done (some vets will be able to make special arrangements and come to your home if necessary), who you want to be there, and what to do with the remains.

Before the circumstance arises, spend some time thinking about these issues:

  • Can you handle watching the end of your pet’s life?
  • Will you feel guilty or incomplete if you aren’t there?
  • Who else needs to be there?
  • Who can be there for you to drive you home and give you emotional support?
  • Do you want to bury your pet or have it cremated?
  • Do you want a specific place to go for remembrance?
  • Is there a favorite place of your pet’s where you would like to spread the ashes?
  • Do you want to keep a remembrance with you all the time?

Your vet can take care of any arrangements related to disposing of the body, but will need to know what you want. If possible, don’t leave these important decisions to the last moment; have a plan. You can always change your mind if something doesn’t feel right at the time.