Regular physical examinations are by far the most important preventive care that veterinarians provide. Since pets age three to five years per calendar year, major health changes can happen quickly. We recommend yearly exams for pets under 6 years old, and twice yearly exams for senior pets (over 7 years of age). These exams detect problems before they cause untreatable complications. Examples include:
Detecting and monitoring heart murmurs
Testing and/or removing skin masses, which can be a common place for pet cancers to start
Discovery and treatment and/or removal of damaged or infected teeth before painful abscesses form or other body functions are affected by oral bacteria
Monitoring weight as a key indicator of overall health or health changes
Senior pets require special care, ask us how to save with our Senior Wellness Packages!
Vaccinations are an important way to help protect pets against common preventable diseases. We follow the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Associations' recommendations for canine and feline vaccination, eliminating the risks of over vaccination. Adult pets are vaccinated for Rabies and Distemper every three years, instead of annually. We also tailor the use of vaccines to fit the needs of the individual pet and their lifestyle.
Vaccine titers (blood tests) are also available to determine a pet's level of immunity to a certain disease. These tests may indicate that revaccination is not currently necessary. This is especially beneficial for pets with severe adverse reactions to vaccines.
Heartworm, Tick Disease, and Intestinal Parasite Testing & Prevention
We recommend yearly Heartworm, Tick Disease, and Intestinal Parasite testing. Heartworm Disease can be fatal if not treated, and untreated Tick Borne Diseases can cause serious health complications. Yearly fecal testing allows us the opportunity to ensure your pet is free from worms and other parasites that can affect the health of your pet.
As well as testing, we recommend year round use of heartworm and intestinal parasite preventives. Although the mosquitoes that transmit Heartworm Disease are not around in the winter, intestinal parasites can be acquired even in the cold weather months. A once a month treatment can prevent them from worming their way into your pet's life. We offer cost effective preventive options that your pet will love.
We also recommend monthly Flea and Tick preventive use. Fleas can be a year round problem for dogs and cats, while ticks are mainly dormant in the winter months, but become active in the spring through late fall. We utilize an outside pharmacy to compound a topical preventive spray that is easy to use and economical for use with all the dogs and cats in your household.
Nutrition plays a huge role in the overall health of your pet. We highly recommend feeding your pet a grain free diet. Diets loaded with grains and other fillers can cause many of the common health conditions we see, such as: digestive issues, ear infections, chronic skin problems, and chronic anal gland problems.
Other Benefits of Grain Free Food:
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