Puppy & Kitten Care
Puppies and kittens have unique medical needs as they build an immune system and start to grow. Your pet’s early visits are important not only for medical evaluation and vaccines, but also because frequent, positive interactions with our staff members from an early age can enhance how your pet reacts to family members and other people and can decrease any potential future stress of coming to see us. Click Here to learn more...
Dog & Cat Care
In those intervening years between puppyhood/kittenhood and the senior pet is the relatively stable time of young adulthood for dogs and cats. Unless accidents occur or your pet develops an unforeseen illness, the minimum recommendation is for bringing your pet in for an annual wellness exam once a year. Click Here to learn more...
Senior Pet Care
Like people, dogs are living longer. We all cherish the companionship of our canine and feline friends. It is important that we help ensure these extended years are the happiest and healthiest possible. Working closely with your veterinarian, you can make a significant difference in the life of your senior pet. Click Here to learn more...
Our pets are important members of our family. They give us unconditional love in turn, we want to do what’s best for them. We feed them, we play with time, and interact with them to the benefit of both human and animal. This is the essence of the human-animal bond.
To keep them healthy, regular visits to the veterinarian will help them live longer and have a better overall quality of life. The first thing that a veterinarian will do is provide a complete physical exam to detect any signs of illness or subtle (or not so subtle!) problems that may be affecting your pet’s health. Your veterinarian will look over many organ systems and parts of your pet’s body when you first bring them into the room. During this time, he or she will asked questions that may relate to health. He or she will likely have a routine for looking at your pet’s mouth, ears, eyes, abdomen, skin, and overall condition and then listening to heart and lungs. Bringing in a stool sample at the time of your visit will allow the doctors to check your pet for signs of intestinal parasites (worms), which are often microscopic. If a problem is detected, your veterinarian can then educate you about that problem and inform you about what might be done to treat or prevent problems yet to come.
Vaccines are one of the most important tools we have in veterinary medicine to increase the quality of a pet's life by decreasing patient suffering and death through the prevention of disease. The health risk to non-vaccinated animals is significant. Vaccines impart protective immunity for a variable period of time. Immunity fades over time and varies from animal to animal. It is important to realize that no single vaccine protocol exists to address the needs of every patient. Lifestyle plays an important part in determining the overall risks to any given disease.
We encourage you to ask questions about why and how we vaccinate and offer your insights into the lifestyle (and thereby the inherent risks) that your pet has so that we might advise you on the best vaccine schedule designed for your individual pet. Ask about our hospital's current standard vaccine guidelines. It is designed to be a "starting point" which can then be fine-tuned to each particular pet's health needs - with input from you and advice from your veterinarian!
Many people have concerns today about vaccine risks. While affecting only a small percentage of pets, vaccine reactions do sometimes occur. One option available to pet owners today is to do a blood test that measures vaccine titers (disease-fighting strength of pet’s current immunity). If you choose this option, this test should be performed once a year at the time of your pet’s annual visit. If interested, please contact us.
When we talk about “pet wellness exams”, “senior pet wellness tests”, and “wellness health plans”, what do we mean by “wellness”? At the core is the concept of doing what is needed to keep your pet in good health. This is not just one thing that we do, but an entire philosophy and is a combination of many preventative measures. These include: routine and regular complete physical exams, appropriate use of vaccination, regular stool checks for intestinal parasites, prevention of fleas & ticks, proper use of medicine to treat illness or impairment, good nutrition, and adequate exercise. “Wellness” is the sum total of these things. The end result is keeping your pet as healthy as possible!