Summer is Swimming Away


Well, summer is coming to an end. The final days of beachgoing and sunsets at the park are upon us as summer begins to float away. So before the seasons of leaves and snow get here, we want to update you with all things AMC. Here are some announcements from the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming for the month of August.

Healthy Dogs

It’s summer!  Time for BBQs, long hikes and refreshing water play!  You and your pet look forward to this time of year.  It’s filled with activity, fun and food!

There are a few things we have to talk about. First, is your pet eating the right food for their lifestyle?  Meeting your pet’s nutritional needs is vital to their health and happiness.  So before you take a big hike with Fido or start a movie marathon on the couch with Fluffy, bring in your furry friend for their annual exam.

Second, if your pet is just 10% over their ideal body weight (that may mean 1 lb. for a 10 lb. cat), they are at risk for developing serious medical conditions. Who wants that for their buddy? No way, you say! Come in for a checkup and a pit stop at the scale!

Third, most “people” food is not good for pets, especially from the grill! For example, feeding your pet chicken bones can cause tooth fractures and tear up their digestive tract during digestion.

Make an appointment for your pet’s annual checkup today – we’ll give them a thorough physical exam from nose to tail! And we’ll talk about what they’re eating and if we have to make any changes.

Who loves your pet besides you?  Us!  Book your pet’s yearly exam today so we can keep your pet healthy and happy this summer!

Choosing Pet Food

Every pet owner is faced with choosing a pet food, and the options are many. We all want the best for our pet but trying to figure out what is best can be tricky. Following a few key tips can help you choose the best food for your pet’s needs:

  1. Choose a dog food for your pet’s life stage (i.e. puppy, adult, senior). A puppy's nutritional needs are much different than a senior pet. These life stages require different calorie amounts and different amounts of nutrients; therefore avoid all-life stage pet food.
  2. Choose a food based on your pet’s activity level. Some pets are more couch potato than marathon athletes! For most pets, a healthy weight or weight management food is great to maintain a good body condition.  Keep in mind that only “Light” or “Reduced Calories” food are actual diet foods.
  3. Consider whether your pet has a special dietary need, such as large breed or sensitive skin.  Your Veterinarian may have recommended a prescription diet for medical reasons.  These types of diets are not available without a prescription.
  4. We recommend choosing a brand that has a long history of producing pet foods and widely available. You should be able to easily find information about the brand as well as a contact number. Also, consider how pet food recalls were handled by the company.

A few last tips: try to avoid food fads, most pets tolerate corn, gluten and wheat grains with no problems. Also keep in mind that “Natural” and “Organic” labels have no relation to the quality of the food or whether or not your pet will like it. Lastly, don’t change your pet’s diet if they’re doing well on a food: shiny hair, normal digestion (no vomiting, or diarrhea) and good body condition.

Don’t Skip the Chip

As pet owners, we need to make certain decisions about our pet’s health care. Microchipping is also a part of your pet’s health care discussion. There are many benefits to microchipping your pet especially with runaways, while traveling, natural disasters, or even in cases of stolen pets. Many pet owners have had the joy of reuniting with pets that have been missing for years or moved miles away. A microchip is a safe, permanent identification available for a variety of pets ( dogs, cats, birds, ferrets etc!). They are nontoxic, non-allergenic RFID chip injected under your pet’s skin designed to last their whole life. The chip contains a unique number attached to your information; you control the information available. This is not a GPS system, it is an identification system that allows your pet to be scanned and for you to be located based on the information provided. Most clinics and shelters have the scanners necessary to locate the chip and reunite you with your pet. Don’t let your furry friend go unidentified!

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2330 44th St. SE
Wyoming, MI 49519