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New Pets Help Families in a Changing World

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Preventing  Illness

Your veterinarian will save you money and heartache by providing advice about vaccines and preventive care.  Although internet sites and forums might seem like great places for education, many sites provide poor advice and even wrong information. 

Your veterinarian will customize an individualized vaccine protocol and give the needed de-worming treatments to keep your pet safe.  When it comes to your new pet and your veterinarian - an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

The joy of raising a new puppy or kitten to be your constant companion is one of life's greatest experiences. In a crazy economy, mixed up politics and stressful family lives, pets can actually bring a cohesive and loving touch. So if you want to add a little unconditional love and lots of fun at home, a new pet may just be what the doctor ordered.

There is no doubt that we find the little round heads and big eyes of young puppies and kittens irresistible.  Millions of new pets find their ways into our hearts and homes each year.  Studies show pets are a very positive addition to families or singles and even empty nesters!  Pets relieve stress, add joy and give us love unconditionally. 

So a new pup or kitten may be just what you need.  Whether you picked out your new friend at a breeder or you've rescued a pet in need of a great home, all puppies and kittens have requirements that you must know before bringing them home. Prepare for day to day needs, like food and playtime, plus the on-going needs, like vaccines and preventive care, and for those unexpected things, like emergency care or behavioral problems. 
It's common sense that puppies and kittens need adequate amounts of food and clean water to grow to their potential.  What's less well known is that your choice of food could have a huge impact on the health of your pet.

It's easy to become confused by the many brands, flavors, and styles of pet food - all claiming they are best.  When looking for a proper diet, please ask the advice of your veterinarian.  Also look for companies that make a real effort to help consumers understand our pets' nutritional needs - and not just sell a slick image or push celebrity endorsements.  Remember, some of the best medicine isn't medicine at all - it is nutrition!

Whether new owners are trying to save money or they were told "all his shots are done", inadequate preventive care dooms many young animals to suffer some terrible diseases.  Feline distemper, canine parvovirus, heartworm disease and severe intestinal parasite infestations are just a few of the serious medical problems seen routinely in veterinary offices. 

Your pet's mental/social health is as important as his physical well-being.  As Dr. Suzanne Hetts, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist says, "help your puppy do the right thing.  You won't get the chance to redo or undo behaviors learned during this formative time." 

Behavioral problems are a leading cause for relinquishment and even euthanasia of pets.  By spending some time working with your new pet through obedience and socialization classes, you can help prevent life-long issues.  Having the right toys and providing plenty of play time with the family is another great way to have a behaviorally healthy pet. 

Then, there are always the miscellaneous items you will need:  crates to help with house-training, litter boxes for the kittens, scratching posts, treats, leashes, collars and stain/odor removers for accidents.  Today we have great pet super stores where you can find limitless choices of these essential things.

All told, Americans spend about $40 billion dollars each year on their pets.  An average family might spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on their dogs and cats each year.  Sadly, emergencies and serious illnesses add to this number.  Pet insurance and pet health savings plans can help reduce or eliminate some costs, but common sense and responsible ownership will have the greatest impact.

Many people can't resist the cuteness of a puppy or kitten, but, bringing a new pet home comes with a great deal of responsibility and a little bit of cost.  But science and centuries of experiences shows us that animals bring a rare richness to our lives, and this is especially true in stressful times. 



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Testimonials

  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.

  •          

    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.
     

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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