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.
There is nothing more exciting than bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home. They 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.
Our first puppy or kitten Exam would include:
These little internal parasites can be a big issue. Because they reside inside of pets, they can cause unapparent and insidious damage that can risk the lives of affected animals. Intestinal worms, including hookworms and roundworms, can cause signs like vomiting and diarrhea. And sometimes your pet will show no signs at all. Intestinal parasites tend to damage the intestinal walls, where they attach, and their mere presence can cause inflammation. Juvenile animals seem to be the most severely affected, and sometimes puppies and kittens die from an overload of intestinal worms.
Regular fecal checks, de-worming and a monthly preventative are strongly recommended 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.
Some of the most common internal and external parasites include:
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.
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.
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.
Annual heartworm and intestinal parasite testing is necessary, even when dogs are on heartworm prevention year-round, to ensure that the prevention program is working.
Annual blood chemistry screening is recommended because the signs that your pet is sick are not always obvious. Preventative care screening not only uncovers disease before its too late, but it can also help you avoid significant medical expenses and risks to your pets health.
These services offer the best means to protect your pet's health and wellbeing through prevention and early detection of disease.
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, "lump and bump" evaluations, and more.
Proper nutrition plays an important role in your pets overall health. We evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. However, some pets with nutritional issues, food allergies or chronic conditions such as diabetes require a little bit more intervention, which may include specialized foods, feeding strategies, and even prescription diets.
We carry a variety 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.