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Halifax County Veterinary Center is a full-service veterinary medical clinic located in Halifax, Virginia. The professional and courteous staff at Halifax County Veterinary Center seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care as well as boarding services for their highly valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care for horses and cattle herds and health-related educational opportunities for our livestock and companion animal clients. Halifax County Veterinary Center strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Halifax, South Boston and surrounding areas in Southside, Virginia and North Central North Carolina. Please take a moment to contact us today to learn more about our veterinary or boarding services. Our staff is eager to let you know how Halifax County Veterinary Center can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet, horse or livestock herd.
At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an extensive Pet Medical Library for you to search for additional pet health care information.
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To serve the Lord by providing high quality veterinary medical care in a courteous and compassionate manner. We will do this by valuing each other and our clientele. We will put others first and hustle while we wait. We will know our roles and strive to exceed expectations. We will utilize modern technology, seek knowledge, and not forget the people involved.
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MAY: ASTHMA AND ALLERGY AWARENESS MONTH
It is pollen season and asthma and allergies come up not only for us as humans, but our pets as well. Many animals suffer with asthma and allergies. It can be painful, annoying, and dangerous for animals to suffer without the proper treatments.
Asthma can be described as wheezing, shortness of breathe, chest tightening, and coughing. It is very similar to asthma in humans. The airway becomes inflamed, the muscles tighten, making the tissues to swell, and resulting in difficultly in breathing. An X-ray is usually done to rule out any other respiratory diseases or problems. Treatment is usually medications like steroids, antihistamines, bronchodilators, or a combo of these medications. The prognosis of this disease is excellent when overlooked and treated by a licensed vet.
Any animal can have allergies at anytime of their life. Allergies can come from the environment like grass, pollen, mold, cigarette smoke, prescription drugs, and etc. Allergies can also come from food, fleas, bug bites, and products like shampoo, sprays, and lotions.
Signs and symptoms
Redness, itchiness, moist or scabby skin
runny and itchy eyes
itchy back or base of the tail mostly in flea allergies
itchy ears and ear infections
chewing of paws and constant licking
Secondary infections can be a problem based from allergies like bacterial and yeast infections of the skin causing scabs, hair loss, or crusts over the skin.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Always visit your vet to determine if your pet has allergies. There are blood allergy tests that can narrow down exactly what your pet is allergic to. It is very similar to the human allergy testing. If a food allergy is determined narrowing down what kind of food your pet is allergic to can take time. Doing a food study is usually what is needed to narrow down what the allergy is whether it is the protein which is the most common or the grains and carbs. This may take some time and experimenting, but can be well worth it for your pet. Flea allergies and products can also be easily resolved. It only takes one flea bite to cause problems for your pet's skin, so always put flea and tick preventive on your pets all year around. For ideas which is best for your pet, look under our pet library for more information or ask your vet. To help the symptoms and secondary infections, vets can give medications that can help like steroids, antibiotics, medicated shampoos, sprays, wipes, and lotions, and etc. Shampooing with medicated shampoos weekly can help. Cleaning of ears weekly to every other week can help for ear infections. Feeding your pet a hypo allergic food can help with food allergies as well. You always want to consult your vet first.
MAY 1-7: NATIONAL PET WEEK AND BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK
National pet week has always be the first week in May created by AVMA in 1981. It is dedicated to the over 200 million pets that enrich our lives everyday. It also encourages us, the pet owners, to provide responsible pet care every day. Our pets are always there for us, and this week celebrates the companionship and love the give us back in return without asking. This week encourages pet owners to give back this unconditional love and be the best, responsible pet owners every day of the year. Make sure they are taken care of by helping them be happy and healthy pets. This goes along with being kind to animals week as well. Animals shows us forgiveness, kindness, and unconditional love everyday no matter their situation. We need to do the same for them. They are part of our families and they deserve the same respect, love, and kindness. Be kind to animals and one another.
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