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.
The following are core vaccinations that all pets should receive:
- Canine or Feline distemper combination
These vaccinations may be recommended based on your dog or cat’s risk factors:
- Feline Leukemia (cats)
- Leptospirosis (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.