Family Time: Top questions for your veterinarian

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week

The American Veterinary Medicine Association suggests this list of the top things you should talk about with your veterinarian during a visit:

- Ask about parasite prevention and control for heartworms, fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms that's appropriate for your area.

- Ask about proper behavior training and socialization. Your veterinarian can assist in evaluating your animal's disposition and provide advice and tips on how to appropriately train and socialize your pet.

- Ask about emergency care. When your pet has acute health issues in the middle of the night, you'll need to know where to call or go.

- Ask about nutrition. What type of food should you feed your pet? What serving size is appropriate? And does their age impact what you should be feeding them?

- Ask about vaccinations. Vaccinations are essential to your pet's health and should be tailored to your pet's lifestyle.

- If you have a pet older than 7 years of age, ask about senior care. Older pets are more prone to conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid conditions and other problems. 

- Ask about any changes you've noticed in your pet's diet, energy level, water intake, output and behavior. Any of these might be important health clues.

- Ask about the results of your veterinarian's physical examination of your pet, including an oral health evaluation. Dental disease is one of the most common health problems that pets experience and it can lead to serious problems.

- ARA

Family Screening Room

“Kung Fu Panda 2”

Rated: PG

Length: 1:31

Synopsis: Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po's awesome new life is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. - DreamWorks

Violence/scary rating: 3

Sexual-content rating: 1

Profanity rating: 2

Drugs/alcohol rating: 2

Family Time rating: 2.5. Much like the first “Kung Fu Panda,” this is a movie almost all of the family can enjoy.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book Report

“I Broke My Trunk!” by Mo Willems

Ages: 4-8

Pages: 64

Synopsis: Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In “I Broke My Trunk!” Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own? - Hyperion Books for Children

Did You Know

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, children who have ADHD are much more likely than non-ADHD children to have a substance abuse problem.

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