- Published on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 22:18
- Written by Super User
Pleasure Island Animal Hospital is at 1140 N. Lake Park Blvd., Suite J, Carolina Beach. For details or to make an appointment, call 910-458-5800.
Pleasure Island Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital located in Carolina Beach. Dr. Ked Cottrell has practiced veterinary medicine in Carolina Beach since 2004. He opened the animal hospital in December of 2011 in order to continue to provide care for the pets in the area. The veterinary team provides wellness exams, vaccinations, microchips, dental care, parasite testing and other diagnostic services for your pet. I sat with Dr. Cottrell and John Curry and asked what their thoughts were on keeping your pet healthy. Dr. Cottrell said that the allergy season is calming down, but going into the fall, with it being cooler and pets venturing further into the brush he will see more ticks, especially from October through February.
Fleas are constant here in this area, because you do not get the winter freeze as in other parts. So, it is very important to keep your pet on tick and flea preventative.
It is also important to make sure your pets are vaccinated and be on heartworm medicine to help in the prevention of GI parasites. Make sure you pick up your pet’s waste and keep them current on their vaccinations and preventative medicines. It is important to get your pet a yearly physical exam; medicines cannot be distributed without one. It also allows the veterinarian the chance to examine for problems that you as owner are not aware of, like a heart murmur, enlarged lymph nodes, or something that is not apparent to the eye.
He also feels your pet’s health regimen should be tailored with the pet’s lifestyle and your lifestyle. A pet that exercises a lot would not need some things that a pet which does not exercise would need.
The holidays are coming up, and it seems that during that time people are feeding their pets table food, which are fatty and can cause dietary indiscretions. Be mindful of what you are allowing your pet to eat to prevent a sick pet.
Nutrition is also important for your pet, if you need to place your pet on a special diet visit a store that specializes in pet food and sit and consult with someone that is informative on an animal’s diet.
Another important thing that you should invest in is microchipping your pet. If during a hurricane or bad weather and you get separated from your pet, this is the ideal way to get reunited with your pet. It is around $50 to have done, but that is nothing compared to losing your pet and not being able to locate it. It is also important to socialize your pet.
If you work or are going to be gone all day, instead of leaving your pet home alone, try a doggie day care. Your pet is socializing, exercising and it is important for your dog to feel as if it is part of a pack. Socializing is important especially for a younger dog. It makes for a happy pet.
Dr. Ked Cottrell has been practicing in the local area since graduating from Purdue University Veterinary School in 2002, and is a resident of Carolina Beach. The veterinarian team provides compassionate care for all the animals that come through their doors. Other services provided are surgery, spay and neutering, dental care, limited boarding and x-rays.
Pleasure Island Animal Hospital is at 1140 N. Lake Park Blvd., Suite J, Carolina Beach. For details or to make an appointment, call 910-458-5800. The hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sundays.