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Wellness Care

We all want our pets to live long and healthy lives. The foundation for quality veterinary care is preventative care because it ensures longer, healthier lives for your pets. Wellness care includes frequent "head to tail" physical examinations, protection from parasites, vaccination against disease and discussion of any concerns with your veterinary professional.

Steps of good preventative care:

  • Detection of disease by comprehensive health assessments, physical examinations, blood screenings, fecal exams, urinalysis.
  • Prevention of diseases through vaccinations appropriate to your pet's life style and risk, heartworm prevention, flea & tick protection.
  • Health Care plans and therapeutics if needed by choosing and implementing the most appropriate therapies for any medical conditions that are detected.
  • Monitoring for follow up care as needed with re-evaluations and diagnostic tests to monitor progress.

Because pets age faster than people regular wellness exams are an extremely important part of your pet's overall health care. We believe in a preventative approach and annual comprehensive physical examinations to detect and treat illnesses and prevent problems before they become life-threatening. We perform a thorough examination to check their eyes, ears, teeth, and gums. We listen to their heart and lungs and carefully feel the abdomen for any abnormalities. We look over the skin and coat for any lumps, bumps, parasites or other problems, and we examine bones and joints for any abnormalities. Finally we discuss your pet's nutrition and lifestyle so we can customize our recommendations to your individual pet.

Our recommendations are in accordance with current guidelines and standard of care set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and leading veterinary colleges across the United States. We recommend annual examinations for your pets, whether young or old. Pets need to develop immunity against such diseases as rabies, distemper, Leptospirosis, and parvo, as these diseases can have serious health concerns or could be fatal if left untreated. Some can also be transmitted to humans. We thoroughly evaluate your pet's health and lifestyle in order to determine which vaccines are best suited to your pet based on their risk assessment and geographic location. Each pet is examined yearly to assess health status. Then each pet is assigned a risk category and vaccinated appropriately. We only purchase our vaccines directly from the manufacturer who guarantees their safety and efficacy.

Parasite detection in your pets is very important not only for their health but in some cases, for your health as well. Puppies and kittens are especially susceptible to parasites since parasites can be passed through the placenta from their mothers. Parasites are specific to each species and the best way to determine if your pet has parasites is to present a fresh fecal sample for testing. We use the method of sugar centrifugation, which is highly sensitive and recommended by CAPC (Companion Animal Parasite Council), to examine for internal parasites. We then treat for each specific parasite appropriately. People who are exposed to certain parasites can occasionally contract serious disease, especially in children and immunosuppressed family members. We recommend fecal examinations twice a year tailored to each animal's risk of exposure. Parasite Prevention is especially important in regard to heartworm disease which is a major life-threatening problem for both dogs and cats. Heartworm disease is still one of the most life threatening conditions seen in practice today and it is transmitted by mosquitoes as is West Nile Virus. It is easily avoided by giving your pet a monthly preventative.

Proper nutrition is very important for the health of your pet. Improper diet can have a serious impact on his/her health. Weight problems or allergies are often related to improper nutrition. Our qualified veterinary staff will gladly recommend the proper diet for your pet based on your pet's individual needs. Should your pet require a prescription diet we stock a number of special prescription foods from the best suppliers and also offer supplements to fit a number of nutritional needs. For your convenience we offer a range of diets that can also be ordered on-line and shipped directly to your home.

We now offer Wellness Programs for new puppies and kittens. These plans will ensure your new puppy or kitten receives all the care it needs up through and including it's spay or neuter. This includes physical examinations, vaccinations, parasite examinations, heartworm and flea prevention, and also covers minor illnesses it may experience during this time. For additional information on how the wellness package might help you and your new puppy or kitten, please ask our staff.

Just like people, cats and dogs starting at the age of 7 or 8 years need special care and attention as they age and become "seniors." Bigger dogs age even faster than smaller dogs. We recommend regular wellness exams every 6 months to catch problems early and prevent health issues. If you have a senior pet please discuss their care with one of our staff.

Research has shown that overweight pets have a higher risk of health problems, just like people.  We offer several weight loss programs and a medication to help get your pet “fit and trim”. We know our clients love their pets and want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible to ensure they have a long life.

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