Preventative Medicine

There are many diseases and conditions that can easily and cost effectively be prevented through vaccinations, monthly preventative treatments and diagnostic screenings. Your veterinarian will help you determine which preventative medicines and screenings are right for your pet.   Some of the preventative exams and testing recommend by our veterinarians are:

  • Wellness exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Heart worm testing
  • Parasite checks
  • Geriatric exams

Wellness exams

There are several procedures and examinations that may be conducted to establish a baseline of your pet’s health. This baseline is then used to help monitor the wellness of your pet and can help us to develop a plan so that together we can create goals to keep your pet healthy and happy throughout his or her lifetime!  During a wellness exam our veterinarians will:

  • Obtain a brief historybulldog_exam_CU-300x200
  • Discuss any issues prompting the visit
  • Perform a physical exam
  • Review observations made by the owner
  • Make recommendations for
    • Treatment
    • Vaccines
    • Preventative Care

Your veterinarian will also consult with you in the following areas to help ensure your pet stays healthy and has as high a quality of life as possible:

  • Dental Health
  • Exercise & Nutrition
  • Parasite Prevention
  • Weight Management

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a very important preventative measure from puppyhood and kitten-hood to mature adulthood, to guard against viral and bacterial diseases.  Your veterinarian will recommend a vaccination schedule that is most suitable for your pet. When appropriate, simple tests to determine the frequency of vaccination for your pet will be performed.

Heartworm testing

Heartworm disease is a major health problem that affects primarily dogs but cats can also be affected.  Outdoor pets are at the greatest risk for infection because the disease can be transmitted when a pet is bitten by an infected mosquito.  However, even indoor pets need to be protected as they can be infected by mosquitoes that have gotten inside your home.

The good news is that Heartworm Disease is preventable for both dogs and cats with the right tests and preventive medications. We recommend that all dogs should be tested for heartworms annually and before starting a preventive program.  If you suspect your pet may be suffering from Heartworm Disease, please contact our office right away for an appointment.

Symptoms of Heartworm Disease:

  • Fatigue
  • Tiring easily after exercise
  • Persistent Cough
  • Anemia

Parasite check

There are several different types of intestinal parasites that can affect the overall health of your pet.  Roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms can all be easily detected by testing a fecal sample.  Early diagnosis is vital we recommend that a parasite check be part of your pets annual  heath evaluation.

Geriatric exams

As your pet starts to mature in age it is important to take steps to ensure you are doing all you can to help their remaining years are as enjoyable as possible.  The life span of a pet can vary greatly depending on whether your pet is a cat or a dog and the type of breed.  One thing we encourage pet owners to consider is bringing your aging pet in for geriatric exams every six months beginning around 7 years of age.  During a geriatric exam you can expect:

  • Physical Examination
  • Blood work
  • Urine Culture
  • Fecal Exam

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