Care for Cats and Dogs
Your pet's health depends on you and excellent preventative care. Whether you own a kitten or a puppy, or an adult cat or dog, like humans, they are at risk for different infectious diseases throughout their lives. Preventative care, such as vaccinations and parasite preventatives will help protect your pets against certain diseases, as well as, you and your family. Proper nutrition and regular exercise combined with annual visits to our veterinarians will help your pets live long healthy lives.
Care for Kittens and Puppies
Obtaining a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time for the whole family. While there is lots of fun to be had with your new addition, baby cats and dogs do require more attention and frequent veterinary visits. These visits are needed to get your new fur baby the vaccines they need, examinations to make sure your pet is growing up healthy and strong, stool tested for intestinal parasites, blood tested for certain diseases, dewormings, diet recommendations, behavioral recommendations and training tips, flea, and tick, and heartworm preventatives started, and discussion about spay/neuter surgery. Also, this is a great time to get your new pet acclimated to coming to our practice, so that their visits with us become something they look forward too, not feared.
Care for Adult Pets
As your pet ages, 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.
Care for Senior Pets
Preventative care for our senior patients is just as important as it is for younger pets. Pets as they age are more likely to develop chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, and heart disease. Because of the occurrence of these diseases our pets quality of life may start to decline, but earlier disease detection allows earlier intervention and, therefore, better treatment success. Advances in diagnostics, therapeutics, and nutrition create a whole array of veterinary geriatric care possibilities making it possible for our pets to live longer. Our goal for older pets is to keep them as healthy and comfortable as possible, so for our senior patients our Doctors often recommend bi-annual examinations as well as bloodwork and possibly other diagnostics. Senior pet profiling improves anesthetic, pharmaceutical safety and helps with dietary recommendations.
Care for Exotic Pets
We consider exotic pets to be any small animal that is not a dog or a cat. While most exotics don’t have the need for vaccinations, annual exams to make sure they are healthy is just as important as it is for any other pet. During the annual exam for an exotic pet the Doctor will assess the entire body of the pet, including; eyes, ears, mouth and teeth, skin, and musculoskeletal structure. After the exam the Doctor will make recommendations based upon the findings. These recommendations may include blood work, diet and husbandry changes, and dental work.
Find answers to frequently asked questions
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.
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.