Every once in a while, we’ll get a client that will get upset with us for recommending too many services for their pet. Why are we recommending all of these things? Because we want your pet to live a long and healthy life. It is our job to recommend things that are necessary to ensure that they stay healthy. If we aren’t doing that, then we aren’t doing our job properly and your pet may not stay as healthy as he or she can be nor live as long as they can. What kinds of things might we be recommending? Weight loss so your pet has a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis free online project management tools. Teeth cleanings so they don’t lose teeth or get infections in their mouth that can spread to their heart, liver, and kidneys. Fecal examinations to check for intestinal parasites, some of which can be transmitted to you and your family. Heartworm tests that check for heartworm disease, ehrlichia, and lyme disease. We have treated cases of heartworm disease in our hospital and ehrlichia is a tick disease that is very prevalent in Arizona. There are also cases of lyme disease that are diagnosed in Arizona too. Check out dogsandticks.com for more about hearworm, ehrlichia, and lyme disease. Now, if you went to your doctor and they didn’t recommend things to you that would help extend your life, wouldn’t you be upset? So, please don’t get upset or irritated if we recommend these or other services for your pet. We just want to recommend what is best for them because we know they are a part of your family.