Fall into Fall

Leaves have fallen and the weather is getting colder: Fall is here! In this season of giving thanks and pets eyeing your turkey, let's all celebrate the month of coming together. Here are a few announcements from AMC Wyoming for the month of November: the season of thanks.

Get checked out

All pets come with special care instructions. Feed daily, love forever and yearly checkups. We know you have the first two covered, but what about the last one? Yearly checkups are equally as important! They are essential to your furry friend’s happiness and well-being. They are the best way to keep your pet healthier, longer!

During our veterinarian’s physical exam, your pet gets checked from tongue to teeth to toes to tail (plus all the parts in between!). Our in-depth, medical checkup not only assesses your pet’s current health status, but also helps to prevent future problems such as obesity, periodontal disease and diabetes. At this time, it also provides us with the opportunity to discuss all the ways to keep your pal in good shape and to answer your questions. We can cover any topic you want in the comfort of our exam room.

Yes, all pets do come with special care instructions:

  • Feed daily (but not from the Thanksgiving dinner table)
  • Love forever (you do that the best!)
  • Yearly checkups (we’re here to ensure your pet stays healthy!)

We’re grateful for your trust in us to recommend what’s best for your pet. Call us to make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup. Your pet will be thankful too.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!

Car sickness

There is help for dogs with car sickness.

Car or motion sickness in dogs is a common problem affecting about 20% of dogs. Puppies are more likely to be affected by this. Young dogs do not have a fully fully developed inner ear which can cause nausea in cars. Thankfully, most puppies outgrow car sickness. However, sometimes adult dogs can become anxious or even nauseous during travel, which can be frustrating for pet owners. Conditioning dogs to car travel can help anxiety related nausea. To condition your dog to car travel start with many small trips, sometimes only around the block! Small frequent trips are great for those pet that only travel in the car once or twice a year. For pets that vomit and/or drool during car rides it is essential to withhold food prior to travel. Dogs will be less likely to have these symptoms on an empty stomach. Check with your vet about fasting prior to travel- some pets with certain diseases should not be fasted. Another option for some pets is medication for car sickness. Motion sickness medications have been around a long time for people but now there is medication specifically available for dogs called Cerenia. Cerenia is the first medication approved for motion sickness in dogs. Ask your veterinarian which options are best for your pet.

Caring for senior pets

We are lucky to be living in a time where pets are living longer than ever before. Access to quality nutrition, routine veterinary care and availability to a wide range of medications have helped pets live longer lives. For most dogs and cats after age seven is considered senior. When your pet is older you will have different recommendations from your veterinary staff on how to care for them. Some key recommendations are below:

  • Feed a quality senior pet food. All quality food manufacturers produce a senior diet, some even have a geriatric diet (pets over eleven years old).
  • Have recommended blood and urine tests completed. These will be recommended once or twice a year. Early detection of chronic diseases such as kidney disease, thyroid disease and diabetes is the key to successful treatment and preservation of quality of life.
  • Older pets have a harder time grooming themselves, brush your pet frequently to prevent matts.
  • Keep toenails trimmed. Older pets can have difficult mobility longer nails make getting up or walking a challenge
  • Keep plenty of fresh water available and monitor its consumption. Increases in water consumption or urination are often associated with conditions such as diabetes, kidney and liver disease.
  • Monitor activity with younger pets, senior pets can tire quickly or may have arthritis that can cause discomfort if jumped on by an exuberant pet or person
  • Keep older pets warm, with loss of muscle and fat they can chill easier. Consider a pet safe heating pad.
  • Monitor for weight loss, changes in weight can be an early indicator of disease.

Smile for a Cause - Voting Now Open!

Ready, set, vote! We've been busy collecting entries for our annual AMCare Smile for a Cause Calendar, and now it's time to cast your vote! We have over two-hundred photos for you to look over, so hop on over to our website to cast your vote. Voting runs through November 14th at saycheese.amcwyoming.com.

Inside AMC

Our front desk became aunts this month when Client care representative Taylor welcomed baby Niko! Good luck to both first time parents.

We welcomed new licensed veterinary technician Amber, a 2016 graduate from Baker College to our staff.

Emilee in our grooming department got married in October. We wish her and her husband the best in their life together.

Some of you may have wondered what happened to our hydrant out front, well it’s getting a new coat of paint and a refreshed looked. Look soon for a fun contest involving this...

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