- Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:04
- 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. 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. Visit www.animalhospitalcarolinabeach.com for more info and for specials and rebates that is being offered.
By: Candace Lookingbill
Dr. Ked Cottrell has practiced veterinary medicine in Carolina Beach since 2004. He opened the Pleasure Island Animal Hospital in December of 2011 in order to continue to provide care for the pets in the area. Pleasure Island Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital. Dr. Cottrell and his veterinary team provide wellness exams, vaccinations, microchips, dental care, parasite testing and other diagnostic services for your pet.
It is important to make sure your pets are vaccinated and be on heartworm medicine to help in the prevention of GI parasites. It is also 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 any underlying 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.
Dr. Cottrell 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. 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.
Some other services that Pleasure Island Animal Hospital provides are an in-house pharmacy, pain relief and management for your pet, allergy testing, senior wellness care and limited boarding. Remember, fleas are constant here in this area, so, it is important to keep your pet on tick and flea preventatives. They have also started carrying a new product, NexGard, which is a beef flavored chewable for flea and tick control, call them for more information.
Another important thing that you should invest in for your pet is microchipping. 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.
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. Visit the website at www.animalhospitalcarolinabeach.com for more information and for specials and rebates that is being offered. Follow them on Facebook.