Wilkinson Animal Hospital is proud to be named one of the Best Veterinarians in Gaston County in the Gaston Gazette’s Best of Gaston Awards!
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It takes one bite from an infected mosquito to break your pet’s heart!
Gastonia pet owners – Heartworms are a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets, particularly in Gastonia with the prevalence of mosquitoes. Foot-long worms live in the heart, lungs & blood vessels of infected pets, causing lung disease, heart failure, organ damage and can be fatal if untreated.
How does my pet get heartworms? Heartworms living in an infected dog, cat or wildlife produce baby worms that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up these worms and when it bites another animal, the worms enter through the bite wound. Heartworms can grow and live for 5 – 7 years in dogs and 3 years in cats.
How prevalent is heartworm disease in Gastonia? Heartworm disease is a year-round problem. In Gaston County, 1 in 54 dogs tested positive for heartworms.
What can I do to protect my pet? Heartworm disease is preventable! Dogs should be tested annually and before starting prevention. Prevention is the safest and most cost-effective option, but treatment is available for dogs (although costly & lengthy). Cats should be tested before starting prevention and re-tested as the veterinarian deems appropriate. There is NO treatment in cats, so prevention is critical and the only means of protection.
Wilkinson Animal Hospital has safe, effective products available that must be administered 12 months of the year to protect your pet.
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Keep your pets safe from this deadly but preventable disease! Schedule an appointment for their heartworm test and to discuss the best heartworm prevention options for your pets.
Online Pet Pharmacy & Store
Gastonia pet owners – Wilkinson Animal Hospital offers pet owners the convenience to shop online 24/7! Have pet prescriptions, food, and supplies delivered to your door! Our online pet pharmacy and store with home delivery provide affordable, quality pet medications, food, and supplies delivered to your home when you need it.
As much as we enjoy seeing you at our veterinary hospital, we realize it is not always convenient to stop by. We are glad to offer you this time-saving option to allow you the ease of ordering your pet’s necessary items on your own schedule.
Our online pet pharmacy and store includes:
- Our online store accessed through our website and available 24/7 so you can shop from home at your convenience.
- Any item can be set up for automatic shipments at regular times so you have them when needed.
- Free Shipping on any orders $49 and over and on AutoShip qualify for free shipping (exclusions apply)
Shop online and browse our selection of safe, authentic products including:
- Prescription Pet Drugs
- Pet Medications
- Pet Dietary Supplements
- Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Preventatives
- Food and Nutrition Products
- Ear, Eye and Skin Care Products
- Pet Supplies
Benefits to you and your pet:
- Necessary items delivered right to your door
- Convenience for when you do not have time to visit us
- No need to carry heavy items to your car
- Reminders to provide medications on certain days
- Special discounts and incentives provided by suppliers
- Product guarantees from our manufacturers
- All sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted. After a transaction, your private information will not be stored.
Powered by Vets First Choice – which complies with all licensing and inspection requirements and quality assurance and security programs, so you know you are receiving quality products and excellent pharmaceutical care. All products dispensed by Vets First Choice are sourced directly from the manufacturer, so everything is authentic and all manufacturer guarantees are in place.
Valentine’s Week Pet Sweetheart Bath Special
Mention this offer and give your pet a grooming for Valentines Day!
Bath & Groom
February 12-16th, 2018
Call 704-824-9876 TODAY!
Offer good only during the week of February 12-16th, 2018 when you mention this email. Sorry, this offer can not be combined with any other grooming discount or offer.
Don’t forget about our Dental Month Special – save $25 in February!
Gastonia – February is Pet Dental Health Month! Wilkinson Animal Hospital is celebrating by offering $25 off dental cleaning appointments!
Dogs and cats experience the same dental problems as people, including plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gingivitis and dental disease.
Besides BAD BREATH, dental disease:
Releases bacteria in the bloodstream
Increases risk for heart, liver and kidney disease
Can cause severe pain and problems for your pet
Pets need regular dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life. Regular dental cleanings:
Allow us to chart periodontal disease over time
Means less time under anesthesia
Reduce need for more advanced and expensive treatment in future
Can add up to 2-4 years to your pet’s life
Dental disease is THE most common disease in dogs. Recent studies show that 85% of cats and 92% of dogs over age 3 have periodontal disease. Don’t let your pet be a statistic- schedule their dental cleaning appointment today!
What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning?
During a dental cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis), plaque and tartar are removed from a pet’s teeth and the health of the entire mouth (tongue, gums, lips, and teeth) is assessed.
A thorough dental cleaning can be accomplished only while the pet is under general anesthesia. The anesthesia we use is safe for animals and your pet is monitored constantly while under anesthesia. Prior to anesthesia, blood tests are performed to help uncover any hidden illnesses.
Offer expires February 28, 2018. Offer not good with other discounts or offers. Pets undergoing anesthesia for dental cleaning must be up to date on vaccinations and parasite tests. Preanesthetic blood tests required for the safety of your pet.
It’s National Service Dog Month, National Animal Safety and Protection Month, ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and there’s even a shout-out to cats this month on National Cat Day, October 29. And at Wilkinson Animal Hospital, its Pet Wellness Month!! We are emphasizing keeping our fur babies in tip top health and well being so they have a long and healthy life! So…with all of these warm and fuzzy feelings circulating in the autumn air, it’s a perfect time to take a good, hard look at your pet. How has he/she been acting lately?
Nipping. Scratching. Litter box issues. Leash pulling. Meowing at night. Urinating on the floor. Chewing shoes. Are these behaviors just part of being a “normal” dog or cat, or not?
Some common behavior issues are due to underlying medical problems. These illnesses are tough to recognize even for the most observant owners. For example, if your dog started nipping at the kids, it may be a sign he’s in pain. Your cat may stop jumping on your lap. Not because she’s being unfriendly, but because she has arthritis and it hurts.
If these behaviors are left unchecked, it’s a triple issue. The behavior may worsen, the underlying medical condition may progress (which puts your pet’s health at risk), and most importantly, your pet’s quality of life as part of your family is compromised.
Here’s where we can help. We have the expertise when it comes to analyzing, identifying and resolving behavior issues with your pet. At your pet’s yearly checkup, we can talk about your pet’s behavior and help give your pet a “new leash” on life! Plus, this month we have our wellness testing blood work discounted to make it easier to get your pet the best diagnostics possible. We are committed to your pet’s well-being…all the way! Call us to schedule your pet’s checkup today.
Good senior pet healthcare requires attention to several factors:
- Diet and weight management
- Joint health – ask us about pet laser therapy!
- Cancer screening
- Heart disease screening
- Dental care
- Diabetes screening
- Function of thyroid, kidneys, and liver
- Eye and vision health
- Pain management – ask us about pet laser therapy!
- Complete physical veterinary exam – evaluates the heart, lungs, eyes, ears, abdomen, joints and skin
- Intestinal parasite exam – Check for worms
- Early Disease Detection Testing:
- Urinalysis – detects ph balance, crystals in urine, abnormal cells and any signs of urinary tract infection or bladder cancer
- Blood tests – evaluates liver, kidneys, thyroid, blood sugar, white & red blood cell count, and platelet count
September is when kids go back to school and finally, you have a chance to relax. Who wants to join you? Your pet! While you’re snuggling with your furry friend, you may feel a bump or rash on their skin. What should you do?
Your pet may have bumps, lumps, missing fur, a black spot or a funny-looking toenail. Are these things something of concern?
For most owners, it’s tough to know what skin issues are ok and what needs further evaluation. Missing fur may be from a lost battle with a housemate. A black spot may be a tick. A rash may indicate a food allergy. A little bump may be skin cancer. Skin is the largest organ of the body and there’s a lot to cover! That’s why a yearly checkup is vital to your pet’s health.
Itchy skin from skin allergies is a very common problem we treat in our practice. Excessive scratching, biting, chewing, rubbing, licking are all signs of itching. For those of you who have pets that have very long term allergy conditions, be aware there are 2 new treatments available for certain allergies that work extremely well.
If you are seeing any changes in your pet’s skin or coat, make an appointment today for a thorough exam. We see a lot of dermatology (skin) problems on a daily basis and all of our doctors are very experienced in treating these cases.
When you bring your pet in for their wellness exam, we’ll assess every part of them, from nose to tail. Make sure you mention any lumps or bumps you may have noticed. We’ll make sure your pet is healthy and stays that way!
Did you know 75% of your pet’s kidney function is gone before you see any symptoms? That means your pet may have kidney disease and you may not even know it.
In this blog. we want to focus on your pet’s kidney and urinary tract health because this is an area of veterinary medicine where preventive healthcare can make a big difference! A routine blood and urine test can clue us into the status of your pet’s kidney and urinary system. Early detection often allows us to help before it is too late. It’s that simple.
When we talk about chronic kidney disease, it’s a very common disorder in cats & dogs, especially those that are older (7-10 years). Poorly functioning kidneys or even kidney failure occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to do their job–to remove waste products from the blood.
Kidney failure is not the same as not being able to produce urine. In fact, most cats and dogs with poorly functioning kidneys make lots of urine. This is because their body is trying hard (although unsuccessful) to remove the waste products that collect in the blood. The kidneys are beginning to fail but the pet makes a huge volume of urine… this can be confusing to pet owners!
Let’s switch gears and talk about urinary stones. Dogs or cats with very small stones in the urinary system do not usually have any symptoms. They look and act the same as usual. However, if these stones become larger, and are not detected and monitored, they can move into other areas of the urinary system that may cause obstruction leading to inability to urinate. Obstruction is an emergency that puts your pet’s health at serious risk.
The best way to keep your pet’s kidney and urinary tract health in tiptop shape is through preventive healthcare. Make sure to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup and wellness bloodwork today so we can examine your pet from nose to tail, run any tests if needed and discuss all the concerns you may have. If your pet is experiencing problems now, call and set up an appointment so we can do a thorough examination.
We care and want to help pets live longer, healthier lives. We promise, we will leave no stone unturned.
Schedule your pet’s annual checkup today
to be sure your pet is healthy!
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 your big hike with Fido or start your 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.
And last but not least, don’t forget to treat your pet with flea and tick preventative medicine and heartworm preventative medicine!
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!