West Chester Veterinary Center
7330 Liberty Way, West Chester OH 45069 - Phone: 513-755-2273

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time, but there are many questions you may have as a new puppy owner. Questions such as - How do I house train my puppy? Should I crate train them? Let them sleep on the bed? What are safe toys for them to play with?

The veterinary staff at West Chester Veterinary Center can help you with reliable advise to start your puppy's transition to your home a smooth one.

  • new puppy adviceHousetraining is a big part of having a happy household. It is most common to have dogs go to the bathroom outside, although occasionally small dogs may be trained to urinate on 'pee pads'. The most basic part of housetraining is to take the puppy outside right after they eat, when they wake up and after playing. It takes time for them to understand what you want, especially at first, but patience and rewarding appropriate behavior are keys to sucess. It is also a good idea to keep them with you when inside so that you know if they are showing indications of needing to go out.
  • Crate training is a good way to ensure your puppy’s safety while you’re gone by limiting the number of things they can get into and places they can make a mess. It gives them their own safe place and can be invaluable when unusual circumstances arise. Proper crate training can help them feel more secure when they have to be kenneled and make it easier to do so. It can also assist with housetraining by not giving them places that are far away from where they sleep to have accidents.
  • Socialization with other people and animals helps them to lead happier lives. Activites such as puppy kindergarden and trips to the park (once they are fully vaccinated) can be valuable for teaching them appropriate ways to interact with people and animals that are not from their household. Different breeds have different inclinations toward strangers and it is best to work toward the behaviors you want as early as possible.

Huge Increase In Lyme Disease in Ohio:

Recent reports by passive surveillance agencies in charge of monitoring tick populations indicate the population in Ohio of a common tick that carries Lyme disease is increasing dramatically. Previously, Ohio was not considered a Lyme disease endemic state. It was not understood exactly as to why many border states would report large numbers of Lyme disease, while Ohio numbers would remain relatively low. Ohio does have a good climate for harboring Ixodes scapularis (the black legged tick), one of the carriers of Lyme disease. Surveillance agencies with the Ohio Department of Health are noting an increase in black legged tick populations over sixty times higher than in 2010. As the black legged tick populations increase in Ohio, there is great potential to see an increase in the number of Lyme disease cases.

 Hip Dysplasia and other Joint Diseases

dog hip problems

Joint disease, while commonly thought of as a problem in mainly older pets, is a very common condition in all ages of dogs.  Research shows that thirty percent of dogs over the age of one have some type of joint disease.  Joint disease can cause lameness, unwillingness to rise or walk, and difficulty navigating stairs.

Young animals, particularly certain breeds, may be genetically predisposed to develop some types of joint disease.   Joint disease types seen in young animals include elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, and OCD (osteochondrosis dessicans).  Veterinarians now understand that many of these are much more common in certain breeds that others.  German Shepard dogs are an example of one of these breeds.  If you have a young predisposed breed with symptoms of lameness, it is important to pursue early diagnosis and treatment options. Elbow dysplasia is a term for a group of diseases of the elbow joint of the dog where the growth plates do not close properly.  This failure of closure leads to pain, arthritis, and chronic lameness.   Thankfully, there are surgical options available to treat elbow dysplasia with generally very good prognosis rates for resolution of lameness.  OCD (osteochondrosis dessicans) can also be treated surgically by removing the abnormal piece of cartilage with a good prognosis for resolution of lameness.  

fleas dog catFleas can make your pet miserable!

The sun is shining and the temperatures moderate. It’s a great time to take man's best friend out for a day at the park. You put Buddy’s leash on and head down to the local dog park. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon. There is nothing better than watching Buddy making new friends at the dog park. A few days later, however, you notice Buddy seems irritated. He can't sit still! He is biting all off the hair off his back end and scratching like crazy. You inspect closer...fleas!

The foe of all dogs and dog owners and the most common external parasite of dogs is the flea. How do we rid Buddy of this common infestation? First we need to know our enemy.

The most common flea that we find on our pets is the actually the cat flea, Ctenocehpalides felis. Most people think of fleas as a nuisance, however in some cases, fleas can actually be deadly. Fleas cause several diseases, such as tapeworms, flea allergy dermatitis, and even can transmit the bubonic plague! Severe flea infestations in young, old or debilitated animals can lead to life-threatening anemia (low red blood cell count). 

There are four stages of the flea life cycle, and it is important to break the life cycle in more than one place. The more stages of the life cycle you can affect, the more effective you will be at getting rid of and preventing flea infestations. One single adult female flea lays up to forty eggs per day. These eggs fall off of the pet and land in the pet’s environment-your carpet. Eggs incubate best at temperatures above 65 degrees and in high humidity (like Ohio in the summertime). Eggs hatch anywhere from two days to two weeks, depending on the environmental conditions. As the eggs hatch, they become larva, resembling little caterpillars, crawling around. The larva feed on everything they find in the carpet-such as digested blood from adult flea feces, dead skin, hair, and feathers. This is the stage that fleas can pick up tapeworm eggs, which can later be transmitted to your pet. The next stage is the pupal stage, where the little flea caterpillar spins itself a cocoon, where it will develop into the adult flea. Fleas in cocoons are very hardy, and can last several months, including over a hard winter, to emerge and hatch in the spring. Pupae are especially protected in carpet, and will remain there, hidden, until stimulated by a nearby pet to emerge and feed. The mature pupae will be stimulated by movement, light, and even carbon dioxide from your nearby pet. Then it will emerge, ready to eat. 

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Spay and Neuter

WCVet offers affordable spay and neuter services with expert care.  We use the safest anesthesia methods available.

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Pet Vaccinations

Proper Vaccinations are vital to the health and protection of your pet, and serve as a preventive measure against diseases.

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Pet Grooming Services

Expert pet grooming care ranges from traditional grooming to high style custom styles and colors.