Preventative Health Care
Annual Health Exams
Periodic checkups can be reassuring if no problems exist and are important in detecting medical problems at an early stage. The care and attention that start with a puppy or a kitten can pay extra dividends as your pet becomes older.
Protecting the teeth and gums is as important for your pet as it is for you. Your pet’s teeth should be examined and cleaned on a regular basis. Our specialized services include prophylactics, periodontal treatment and endodontics.
Currently there are over 100 different skin diseases recognized in dogs and cats, and more are identified each year. Some of the skin diseases that can be diagnosed and treated include flea allergy dermatitis, food allergy, mite infestation, bacterial skin infection, fungal infections, hormone imbalances, pigmentation disorders, compulsive licking, and skin cancer. If further diagnosis and treatment are necessary for your pet, we will be happy to refer you to a veterinary dermatologist for allergy testing or for diagnosis and management of various skin disorders.
Advanced Flea Control
Not all topical flea products are alike. There is a vast difference in what we dispense and what is available at the local pet shop or grocery store. We offer advanced flea control and will make a recommendation to you regarding which preventative will work best in your pet’s particular case.
Heartworm is a serious, life-threatening disease of dogs. It is due to the presence of the adult stage of the parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, in the pulmonary arteries and right ventricle of the dog’s heart. Until the early 1970s, the occurrence of heartworm in the United States was primarily confined to the southeastern part of the country. Today, it is found almost everywhere in the continental United States and is a major threat to the dog population of Canada. The heartworm prevention medication recommended is an oral monthly medication. It is effective for preventing heartworm disease. The once-a-month oral medication is highly recommended.
Nutrition and Dietary Planning
Appropriate nutrition is essential for healing and for the maintenance of health. An improper diet for long periods can cause health problems for our animal companions by failing to supply their bodies with the nutrients needed for maintaining a healthy state. Diet requirements change with illness, stress, age and injury. Periodic reevaluation and adjustment of the diet will help to maintain your animal in a healthy balance. We can assist you by offering diet and water evaluation, identification of special nutritional needs, and formulation of individualized supplement plans.
Puppy and Kitten Care
Our goal is to provide the very best preventative health care for your new addition. Routine well puppy and kitten exams include vaccinations, deworming, FeLV/FIV testing, heartworm, lyme, erlichia and anaplasma tests, fecal examinations and spaying and neutering. On your pet’s first exam, we will check for a healthy coat, skin, eyes, ears and mouth. We will also listen to the heart and lungs to ensure that there are no heart murmurs or other heart-related conditions. We will talk with you about vaccination, flea and tick control, heartworm prevention, and nutrition, including how many times to feed your pet, the amount to feed, and the best diet for your particular pet. This is also a good time to discuss any concerns about your pet’s behavior and general health.
Senior Health Care Programs
It is especially important to schedule a physical examination for your older pet on an annual basis, or more often if needed. If necessary, the following testing can also help diagnose any potential issues with your pet’s health:
- Complete blood and urine work-up
- X-rays, ECG or ultrasound
- Examination of chest and abdomen
- Thyroid profile and nutritional consultation
Spay and Neuter
Having your pet spayed (ovariohysterectomy) or neutered (castration) is realistic method of pet population control. The number of unwanted adult and young animals that are euthanized each year in the United States is astounding. Aside from the pet overpopulation problem, neutering a male dog and spaying a female help prevent (and even eliminate) medical problems associated with hormonal imbalances.
Vaccinating your dog or cat is a simple procedure that is routinely done by all veterinarians. Vaccinations are safe, effective and well worth the financial commitment. Many diseases that were once considered fatal to dogs and cats are now under control due to the use of modern vaccines.