Growing up is hard to do!
That is why we offer as much preventative care for the wellness of your furry loved one at every stage of their life. From puppies and kittens to geriatric patients, we dedicate ourselves to your pet’s health; inside and out. This information is for educational purposes only to help you understand your pet’s healthcare needs. Please contact us directly for specific concerns about your pet.
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Some of the American Animal Hospital Association recommendations that we follow include:
Annual physical examinations: This allows us to check your pet from nose to tail, noticing little changes before they become big problems. As your pet ages, more frequent examinations may be encouraged to keep them as healthy as possible, addressing any physical changes as needed.
Fecal testing: Nobody wants to think that their animal may have pets of their own! Annual fecal testing (or more frequent based upon your pet’s lifestyle) is a great way to make sure that Fido or Fifi is not carrying around their own friends!
Deworming: Broad spectrum deworming (covering as many intestinal parasites as possible) is recommended at least every 3-4 months. Many of the monthly heartworm preventatives cover some intestinal parasites, however doing a big deworming at least annually will ensure that even if a parasite is not shedding eggs, it is being treated. Not only can these parasites affect our pets, many of them can also affect us!
Vaccinations: There are many preventable diseases that still affect our pets today. We have certain core vaccinations for cats and dogs; these are recommended regardless of lifestyle. Then we have optional vaccinations that are discussed and recommended based upon lifestyle. Does your pet go to the groomer or to the kennel? Then bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination might be for them! Lyme disease is endemic in this area, if your pet has exposure to ticks, this is a great reason to vaccinate. Keeping your pet up to date on vaccinations without over vaccinating is our goal!!
Heartworm and tick borne disease testing: We are seeing so many more ticks and tick borne diseases in this area, annual testing is strongly encouraged, along with continued monthly prevention for heartworm, fleas, and ticks. We have a great package (Revolution) that will cover all the recommended preventative care monthly with a topical product that has a great track record, and adding in some additional deworming and a tick protector band to keep other parasites at bay.
Dental health: Periodontal disease affects many of our pets, with very few of them letting us know the severity of the disease. Consider if you were unable to brush your teeth for years on end, this is what is happening in our pets. Not only does it cause halitosis (bad breath), but it is also a reservoir for bacteria, which can lead to tooth pain or loss along with going systemic and affecting the heart, kidneys, or liver. Starting at age 3, every other year dental cleanings are recommended to prevent progression of periodontal disease. Some breeds are more prone to this and more frequent cleanings may be indicated. This is an anesthetic procedure as debris and plaque build up under the gum line needs to be removed in order to keep this from causing further damage to the tooth structure. We offer dental radiographs and oral surgery when indicated.
Internal examinations: Even the most thorough physical exam can not determine what is going on with your pet on the inside. To do that we need blood work, this gives us a window into your cat or dog to ensure that they are completely healthy. We know you love your pet and we appreciate the time and devotion involved with being a pet owner. That is why we offer a thorough internal screening.
It gives you peace of mind…knowing you have done everything you can so you don’t lose them even a day early.