Junior Wellness Awareness

Even pets tiStock_000018375792_Mediumhat appear completely healthy can have hidden health problems. Left undetected, these problems can develop into serious, even life-threatening, conditions. This is why it is important to discuss running a junior wellness package with your veterinarian. Junior wellness packages include the cost of your pet’s exam, fecal and urine analyses, heartworm test, and blood work.

Fecal analysis detects intestinal parasites, which can cause lethargy, inappetence, and/or GI upset. Urine analysis detects infections, kidney disease, and, in conjunction with blood work, helps indicate other potential ailments. And, blood work provides early detection of infections, anemia, clotting issues, and changes in organ function.  Performing a junior wellness package on your furry friend will give you the peace of mind that your pet is healthy and give us a baseline when future blood work is conducted, or will enable our staff to begin management treatments to eliminate, reverse, or slow the progression of our findings. Ultimately, performing early diagnostic testing will ensure that your pet is happy and healthy, whether naturally or with a little help from us here at Heritage.

To get you started, Heritage Veterinary Hospital will be offering 10% off junior wellness packages during the month of June. If you have any questions or are interested in setting up an appointment, please contact us at 314-878-8454.

Sincerely,

Meagan and Amber

The Importance of a Complete and Balanced Diet

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This past Saturday I came to the daunting realization that Brooklyn, my beautiful two year old German Sheppard, was, yet again, out of dog food. Zipping up my coat, lacing my boots, and strapping on my winter hat, I left the house to embark on what I knew would be quite a journey. I say this, because every time I buy dog food I feel compelled to peruse the pet food isle and read every bag that catches my eye. These days that includes just about every bag, with their bright colors, adorable dog pictures, and promising claims. I realized, 1 hour into my shopping adventure, that the phrase “100% Complete and Balanced” was on many of the bags. Having limited knowledge on this topic, I decided to do some research and share my findings with you.

 

A “100% Complete and Balanced” diet is one that contained nutrients from the 6 essential groups: water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Water is important in permitting the daily functions of life. It aids in temperature regulation, body tissue lubrication, and chemical reactions. It is so important that even dry foods contain water to help keep our pets hydrated! Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are all excellent sources of energy for our furry friends, as well as enable growth, repair, nutrient transport, and immune responses. And, to put it briefly, vitamins and minerals allow our four-legged children to run, jump, and play. Their jobs include hormone production and transport, digestion, bone and muscle growth, blood flow and clotting, fluid balance, and even eye sight.

 

I like to believe that Brooklyn was just as excited about my research as I was. A complete and balanced diet means a healthy Brooklyn, which makes for a happy momma. I can definitely say that my co-workers and I all fully support “100% Complete and Balanced” diets and encourage you to do the same. If you would like additional and more detailed information on the phrase, please visit https://www.purinaveterinarydiets.com/HealthAndNutrition/DogNutritionBasics.aspx. Additionally, feel free to call us at 314-878-8454 for any and all of your nutritional inquires.

 

The Crazy Dog-Food lady,

Amber