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Preventative Health Care for Your Dogs and Cats

Your pet's health depends on you and your veterinarian. If you own a kitten, puppy, or an adult cat or dog, like humans, they are at risk for different infectious diseases throughout their lives. Preventative vaccination programs will help maintain your cat or dog's health against these diseases. Proper nutrition and regular exercise combined with annual visits to the veterinarian will help maintain the good health of your pet. In a young cat or dog, a series of vaccinations is given early in life to develop its immune system against disease. Your pet's health and well-being depend on more than just vaccines. Our veterinarians will discuss with you training, behavior issues, housebreaking, socialization, and questions you might have.

As your pet grows, the annual physical exam is the most important way to ensure continued good health, as it gives the veterinarian an opportunity to detect and prevent potential health problems as early as possible. The evaluation of your pet's health may include laboratory testing and other diagnostic workups. Preventative health care measures such as vaccinations, parasite control, proper nutrition, and dental care will be discussed. Call Compassion Veterinary Center of New Paltz to schedule a physical exam today.

Special care for senior cats and dogs

Today's veterinary clientele place greater value on both the duration and the quality of their pet's lives. Advances in diagnostics, therapeutics, and nutrition, coupled with the powerful bond between owners and their older pets, create a whole array of veterinary geriatric care possibilities.

Early disease detection allows earlier intervention and, therefore, better treatment success. Senior pet profiling improves anesthetic, pharmaceutical safety and helps with dietary recommendations.

Find answers to frequently asked questions

Why vaccinate?

Vaccinating is essential to protect your pet from infectious diseases. Some of which can be transmitted to humans, like rabies, so vaccinating your pet also protects you and your family. Vaccines protect your pet from diseases that can be difficult and expensive to treat as well as life threatening.  

Why titer?

Vaccine titers are blood tests that give your veterinarian a snapshot of the antibody levels to most serious diseases. For cats the exam include pan leukopenia, herpes, and calici viral titers. For dogs the exam includes distemper and parvovirus titers. To perform these tests the veterinarian will take a small amount of blood and send out to a diagnostic laboratory. If no vaccine is required the veterinarian can retest in one year.

Why spay your female cat or dog?

Studies show that by spaying your female pet before her first heat cycle, you greatly reduce her chances of developing mammary cancer later in life. Having your dog or cat spayed will also protect her from uterine infection and difficult or dangerous pregnancies. 

Why neuter your male cat or dog?  

Male cats and dogs benefit from the neutering process in many ways. If neutered early enough males are less likely to urine mark their territory, will be less likely to roam the neighborhood, will no longer be at risk for testicular cancer and infections, less likely to develop prostatic disease, and in some cases neutering can reduce aggressive behavior.