My Two Cents

By Dr. Joanne Gaines 
 Veterinarian/Owner 
 
Ridgeview Animal Hospital
18142 Wright Street 
Omaha, NE 68130 
(402) 333-3366 
 
With spring just around the corner, we wanted to get advice from our Edge Magazine pet expert, Dr. Joanne Gaines 
of Ridgeview Animal Hospital. She shares healthy springtime tips for your dog or cat. 
 
 
PREVENTION 
As we enter warmer weather, most people know fleas and ticks (external parasites) will begin to show up in our yards and 
thus, our pets.Internal parasites (which we worry about year-round) and external parasites can be easily prevented by 
medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Most pet owners are familiar with these products. New medications are 
available this year with better coverage, including an oral flea and tick preventative treat. 
DIET 
Obesity is a major issue for some pets.Often due to spoiling our pets with treats, obesity leads to joint problems and many 
other conditions. Weight loss can be accomplished by controlling the number of calories and how much fat is consumed, as 
well as how much exercise the pet gets.Several newer foods are available that speed up metabolism and help with weight 
loss. 
DENTAL CARE 
Dental disease occurs in 80 percent of dogs over 2 years of age. It can be slowed by brushing the teeth daily with pet 
toothpaste and a regular toothbrush. Most pets need professional dental cleanings once a year at a veterinary clinic.These 
cleanings and daily brushing help prevent tooth loss, root infections, and secondary problems such as heart valve infections. 

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