Healing Care Animal Hospital Pet Wellness
The gradual onset of health problems in an apparently healthy pet can often go unnoticed. After symptoms do appear, a condition may be more difficult or costly to diagnose and treat.
Your pet should have a complete physical examination at least once a year. A pet’s lifespan is shorter than a person’s; so much can happen in just 12 months. These examinations are a chance to assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and for you to discuss any concerns or ask any questions you may have.
In all, these services offer the best means to protect your pet’s health and wellbeing through prevention and early detection of disease.
Puppy and Kitten Care
There is nothing more exciting than bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home. They add energy and fun as they bond with you and your family.
However, they also require a little extra attention to ensure they get a good, healthy start at life. This means that comprehensive physical exams at key developmental stages are important as well as time- and veterinarian-tested advice on housebreaking and training.
Your initial visit with your new puppy or kitten is perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where client, doctor and animal first meet and begin to form the relationship that will last for the life of your pet. Therefore, we like to give your puppy or kitten a thorough exam, talk with you about concerns you may have, offer health care and training advice, and discuss any questions you may have.
Topics often include
Diet discussion, including types of food and guidelines on feeding intervals and quantities
Spaying and neutering – Is this best for my dog What are the health benefits of spaying/neutering What should I expect if I don’t want to spay or neuter my dog If I decide to spay/neuter, when is the best time to have this done. What are the health risks of not spaying/neutering.
Formulation of individualized vaccine protocol
Discussion on pet health insurance. Should I get pet health insurance What should I look for in a company
Microchipping. Should I get this done When is the best time to do this.
Current and future dental care recommendations.
Complete physical exam which includes detection of potential congenital problems and anything else you want to discuss. This is your new pet and we know you have many questions!
Senior & Geriatric Care
Dogs and cats in their senior years may have slowed down a bit, but of course they are still very loving and satisfying companions. They may require a bit more veterinary care in order to keep them happy and healthy and to detect the early signs of treatable diseases. Many diseases such as periodontal disease and arthritis will be mistaken for a pet showing signs of slowing down or aging.
We recommend semi-annual wellness and dental exams, but also recommend a geriatric exam tailored to your pet’s age and condition. Our senior wellness exams include the core vaccines your dog or cat may need, as well as diagnostic tests designed to help catch any problems associated with aging before they become difficult and expensive to treat.
We also provide a number of senior care screenings such as ear and ophthalmic exams, basic neurologic and cardiovascular evaluations, weight assessment, blood chemistry tests, urinalysis, fecal exams for intestinal parasites (certain intestinal parasites can affect the health of you and your family), cancer screenings and lump and bump evaluations, and more.
Internal and External Parasite Control
Parasites are always a threat to your pet. Just as importantly, if brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. Roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms can also infect members of your household.
Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites from pets to people. It also prevents the transmission of parasite eggs, which contaminate yards or any place a pet defecates.
General Adult Wellness
Annual physical exams are the first line of defense for disease recognition and treatment.
Vaccine schedules are assessed annually based on risk factors your pet may be exposed to.
We recommend annual blood chemistry testing beginning at the age of two years, as well as annual heartworm testing.
Complete oral health assessment is performed at every visit
We make pet wellness our priority Heartworm and Tick Borne Disease
Since heartworm, fleas, and ticks are also present in our environment, we recommend that your pet receive preventive medication for these pests year around. We offer a variety of preventive medications and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your companion.
We can perform most medical procedures necessary for the care of your pet.
We can check for the following endocrine diseases Diabetes, Cushing’s Disease, Addison’s Disease, Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism, and many others.
We’re highly experienced in diagnosing diseases of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and stomach.
Our clinic offers an intensive care facility that includes the use of IV pumps, heat sources to prevent hypothermia and patient care and monitoring
Intravenous fluid therapy, nutritional support, internal parasite control, and wound management are performed regularly.
Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet’s preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that were once common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable due to advances in veterinary immunology. With each passing year, veterinary science is improving existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.
Our pet vaccination protocol is tailored to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and to the lifestyle of your pet. We want to best protect your pet from the diseases he or she may encounter.
Our carefully balanced approach is the best means to prevent infectious disease and to lessen the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.
One of the key factors contributing to the improved health and longevity of companion animals is our expanded knowledge on the important role that proper nutrition plays in overall health. As part of your pet’s comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. However, some pets with nutritional issues or chronic conditions such as diabetes require a little bit more intervention, which may include specialized foods, feeding strategies, and even prescription diets.
We have trained staff available to help you with your pet’s nutritional challenges. We also have a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you. We can also offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and other conditions.
Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. We offer behavioral counseling for a number of issues, such as inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, introduction of new pets into the household, and household pets that are in conflict with one another. Oftentimes a behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, and kidney disease).
We will help you recognize, validate, and categorize any behavior issues you may notice. We will then work closely with you to develop a plan to help eliminate your pet’s unwanted behavior. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet’s behavior problem, we can refer you to a specialist in animal behavior.
Does your pet have a microchip? It’s the most effective method to find and return your pet if he or she ever gets lost.
Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don’t make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this from happening. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with a unique code and implanted beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. (The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.)
Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across North America are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. A call is placed to an information center. Then, the number code within the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.
This is why we view the Home Again microchip pet IDs as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters, or veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets.
Home Again membership also offers benefits such as proactive pet recovery and free access to ASPCA Poison Control. Home Again comes with a number of useful services to pet owners such as its National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.
Additionally, Home Again uses technology that is standardized around the world.