ANNUAL WELLNESS EXAMINATIONS
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 are the way 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, 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, parvo and para-influenza, 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. Each pet is examined yearly to assess health status.
PARASITE PREVENTION & CONTROL
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 they can be passed 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 recommend fecal examinations once 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. It is easily avoided by testing annually with a small blood sample followed by monthly preventative.
Overnight Transfer Care/Referrals
Does your pet already have a family veterinarian who works at a clinic that is closed nights and weekends? If your pet requires overnight or weekend care your veterinarian may recommend transferring your pet to our 24 hour veterinary hospital for constant and intensive medical care or monitoring.
If your veterinarian transfers your pet to our facility for overnight or for weekend care we will work very closely with them to make sure they are up to date on your pet’s medical condition. When it is time for your pet to transfer back to your veterinarian, we will make sure your pet is set to transfer safely and provide all medical records to your regular clinic so continued care is seamless