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Pets are beloved companions whom we want happy, healthy and with us as long as possible. The key to their well-being is a wellness care plan where you and our veterinarians team up to champion their health for the long haul.
In simple terms, wellness is doing all those things to prevent your pet from getting sick or injured. Think of your yearly physical where your doctor checks your current condition against the previous year for any changes. It’s the same for your pet. We also want to see pets every year, and this we call the wellness visit. Here is what the wellness visit entails.
Your pet will get a thorough examination each year, but first the vet wants to meet with you. Your view of your pet's health is an essential part of the total picture. We want to know about behavior changes, eating habits, your concerns, and more. During the exam, our vet:
If we find anything suspicious, we may do further testing.
Without the proper vaccinations, your pet is completely defenseless in the face of many dangerous and even deadly diseases. Vaccinations boost the immune system to fight specific diseases by introducing a tiny amount of the bacteria or virus into the pet’s bloodstream which causes immunity to build. Vaccinations should be given once a year to maintain sufficient levels of immunity. The schedule of vaccinations is different for puppies and kittens since they need more frequent vaccines with lower doses to gradually build up their defense mechanisms. Our vaccination protocol follows the recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association.
As for puppies, kittens also need a more frequent, lower dosage vaccination schedule, but for all cats, the necessary vaccines are as follows:
Parasites are common, especially in dogs. We deworm puppies at least twice and check for fleas and ticks on all pets during their wellness visits. Our vet will recommend medications that prevent these pests from infesting your pet. Heartworm is a parasite that causes a serious disease which we treat through prevention with yearly topical or oral medication.
Whatever you pet’s health needs, we tailor our wellness plan meet them. To find out more, call or come in. You’ll find us at:
3024 Hancock Street
San Diego, CA 92110
New client exams are only $25.