Allergies and Beyond: Itchy Pet FAQs

Your seasonal allergies may cause sneezing, coughing, and itchy, runny eyes, but if your pet has allergies, their signs manifest as skin problems. Seasonal and year-round allergies can cause your pet’s skin to become itchy, red, and irritated, and they may experience hair loss. Our Veterinary Medical Center of Indian River County team understands that, [...]

7 Reasons Your Pet Needs Year-Round Heartworm Prevention

Florida has one of the largest mosquito populations in the United States, and these pesky bugs can transmit heartworms to your four-legged friend. Our Veterinary Medical Center of Indian River County team doesn’t want your pet targeted by these dangerous parasites, so we explain why your pet should receive year-round heartworm prevention. #1: Mosquitoes are [...]

12 Home Pet Proofing Tips

Owning a pet is wonderful, but you are responsible for their safety, which requires time and effort to ensure your home is safe for your four-legged friend. Our Veterinary Medical Center of Indian River County team wants to help you be a responsible pet owner, and we provide tips to pet proof your home.  #1: [...]

Routine Hygiene: How to Provide Dental Care for Your Pet

You need to establish routines for your pet’s essentials—potty training puppies, teaching obedience commands, and thwarting disease through preventive care. One of the most important routines you can establish for your pet—which has some of the farthest-reaching consequences—is to practice daily dental care. Without regular dental care, oral bacteria can take over your pet’s mouth, [...]

5 Transformational New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

Resolutions and goals are a great way to establish new healthy behaviors and habits for you and your pet. At the Veterinary Medical Center of Indian River County, we coach pet owners every day about small changes and decisions that can make a lifelong difference in their pet’s health, happiness, and longevity. In honor of [...]

Welcome, Friend—8 Steps to Pet Adoption Success

You’ve recently realized that you have a pet-shaped hole in your life and—ideally, after some thought and careful research—you’re ready to fill the space with a furry, feathered, or finned friend. At this point, you’re probably excited and maybe a little nervous, which is a good thing—adopting a pet is a big decision that shouldn’t [...]

Demystifying Seizures in Pets

Although seizures in pets are a common neurologic problem, they are distressing to witness. Our team at Veterinary Medical Center of Indian River County knows that witnessing a pet experience a seizure can be frightening, especially for the first time. We are here to help you understand seizure causes, and how you should react if [...]

4 Essential Components of a Cat-Friendly Home

A cat’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle can be fulfilling, but carries certain risks such as sustaining injury, getting lost, or contracting illness. To minimize these risks, many pet owners keep their cat indoors. A cat’s indoor life is safer, but considerably more boring, which can lead to behavior issues or stress-related illness. To prevent these problems, pet [...]

4 Steps to Thanksgiving Success for Pets

Thanksgiving seems like the ultimate holiday for pets. Delightful aromas? Check! Tasty foods? Check! Overly indulgent owners and holiday guests who can’t resist those sad hungry eyes? Double check!  But amid the holiday hustle and bustle, our beloved pets can find themselves in a cornucopia of trouble. To ensure you have a happy and hazard-free [...]

Preparing for a New School Year: 5 Ways to Help Your Pet Get Straight A’s

To avoid the back-to-school schedule shock, prepare your family—pets included—before the first bell rings. Instead of chasing down the bus with forgotten lunches, and arguing over who was supposed to walk the dog, greet the new school year with ease by following our Veterinary Medical Center of Indian River County team’s five tips to help [...]

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