Antioch Veterinary Hospital - 2 Locations Industry Info

(925) 452-7997
1432 West 10th Street
Antioch, CA 94509
Howard Schutzman, DVM
Pet medical care is as much about preventive maintenance as it is about illness treatment.

The first step in caring for your pet’s medical needs is building a good relationship with a trusted veterinarian. It’s important to choose a veterinarian before your pet gets sick—not only is it difficult to find the right person on short notice, but a new doctor will have no history of dealing with your pet. When choosing a veterinarian, look for the following:

• Is the facility clean, comfortable and well organized?
• How many veterinarians are in the practice? If there are multiple veterinarians, you’re more likely to be seen quickly in an emergency.
• Is the staff courteous and communicative?
• Do the veterinarians have special interests? Are they interests you’re likely to need?
• Are x-rays, ultrasound, blood work, EKGs, endoscopy, and other advanced diagnostics done in-house, or will you need to go to a specialist?
• Does the veterinarian provide 24-hour emergency service? If not, identify the closest 24-hour emergency clinic.

In addition to annual exams and vaccinations, other preventive steps go a long way toward keeping your pet healthy. Unless you intend to breed your pet, get it spayed or neutered. Not only does this reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens, but pets that have been spayed or neutered are healthier and live longer. Also, weight management is very important. Ensure your pet eats a healthy diet and gets sufficient exercise. Pets that exercise regularly have better mental attitudes and fewer behavioral and medical issues.

Parasite control is necessary year-round in California. Intestinal worms can make pets ill (especially young puppies and kittens), but they also present a significant health hazard to humans. Regular fecal testing and worm medications will keep your pets and family safe from these parasites. Properly dosed flea preventatives are essential. “You don’t want to wait until your home is infested,” says Dr. Howard Schutzman, owner of Antioch Veterinary Hospital. “That can mean thousands of fleas in your house.” A variety of treatments are available, both topical and oral. If you have a pet that has been exposed to ticks, you need a medication to deal with them. Heartworm preventative medication can be lifesaving. All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito to transmit a potentially fatal case of heartworm to both dogs and cats.