Good Habits for a Good Life

Just as in humans, good health care habits make for a long, healthy life for our companion animals. Wellness care is an investment that benefits both pets and owners, building a stronger, more rewarding human/animal bond.

Because dogs and cats age at a much faster rate than humans, every year for a dog or cat is equivalent to five to ten human years. Aspects of their health can change dramatically in a short amount of time . That is why it is so important that your pet receives a wellness exam at least once a year, and twice a year for senior pets or animals with certain health issues.

Our Wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet and include:

  • Comprehensive physical exam – Your animal family member will be weighed and a full nose-to-tail physical evaluation performed including a body temperature and an examination of their ears, eyes, and mouth.
  • Internal parasite testing – The health of an animal’s human family is also protected by vigilant testing for parasites. We ask that you bring in a recent stool sample. Test results are usually available the next day.
  • Heartworm and flea treatment – We recommend parasite prevention and treatment twelve months a year. A variety of suggested flea, tick and heartworm preventative treatments are available for purchase in our in-house pharmacy.
  • Vaccination program – Schedules are customized according to your pet’s individual risk factors; not all pets need all available pet vaccines.
  • Spay and neuter – Health concerns such as lessening the risk of cancers, safety, and overpopulation are discussed.
  • Specialized blood tests for all life stages – Blood tests are important for detecting possible serious health problems such as cancer, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. We also recommend yearly testing for Heartworm and Lyme disease.
  • Information on microchips - Every year, thousands of pets are reunited with their families due to microchips. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery.

For young or newly adopted pets, we recommend making an appointment with us shortly after bringing your companion home. In addition to the routine exams and tests, our staff is eager to answer any questions you might have concerning your pet’s well-being including: exercise and pet nutrition, allergies, proper veterinary dental care, and when to start training. We also routinely set aside extra time at this initial exam to address any concerns or questions about how to interact with your new bundle of fur to establish good behavior patterns.

To ensure your pet’s health and wellness throughout their lives, we also recommend that all of our clients have pet insurance, such as VPI and ASPCA.

Vaccinations

The following are core vaccinations that all pets should receive:

  • Canine or feline distemper combination
  • Rabies

These vaccinations may be recommended based on your dog or cat’s risk factors:

  • Feline Leukemia (cats)
  • Leptospirosis (dogs)
  • Lyme (dogs)
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) (dogs)
  • Canine Influenza (dogs)

For more information on vaccinating your puppy, see the American Animal Hospital Association article Vaccinating Your Dog. For more information on vaccinating your kitten, see the American Animal Hospital Association article Vaccinating Your Cat.

“I just wanted to take a minute and thank you all for being so thoughtful and caring of our animal friends” ~ Stacey M.

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the service and mostly the compassion you gave my beloved Pug.” ~ Kevin M.

“Thank you for your care, insights and most of all patience with my “intensive” ways. You gave us all comfort.” ~ Donna C.

“Your thoughtfulness and kind words were most welcome additions to the excellent medical care that Josie received at your hospital.” ~ Helen G.

“I never had to worry about Sara not wanting to go to the vet for office visits, baths or boarding you always gave Sara extra attention!” ~ Shari B.

“A huge THANK YOU for all the years that you and your staff have taken such great care of my kitty cats and their owner!” ~ Pam S.

“I would like to extend the biggest heartfelt thank you for all your kindness. You are truly an outstanding veterinarian!” ~ Ricki V.

“Thank you for helping us in our effort to keep Cash as healthy as possible for as long as we could. You were always so gentle and kind towards him.” ~ Mindi M.

“We remember very fondly all the tender loving care you and your staff provided over the years. For that you have our eternal gratitude.” ~ Ginny G.

“Thank you for all your expertise and support. We have been fortunate to have you and your staff take such good care of Tiger.” ~ Stella C.

“Just a thank you for all the attention you have given in caring for my dog. I cannot thank you enough.” ~ Agnes D.

“The care and concern you, Samantha, Teri, Meghan and Steve have shown our beautiful girl and me, especially during the past 2 months, has been greatly appreciated.” ~ Rita S.

“Thank you all so much for the excellent care that my dog received. In so many ways, it was above and beyond. The many concerned phone conversations, the internet consults, the medicine dosing, all meant so much.” ~ AJ V.

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Icon Aaha ACCREDITED SINCE 1946

In 1946, the hospital was awarded its first American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation, a tradition that would be maintained, unbroken, from that year forward. Only a handful of veterinary hospitals throughout the U.S. have maintained accreditation for that length of time.

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