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.
What is Wellness?
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:
- Checks the eyes, nose, ears
- Looks into the mouth and checks teeth
- Takes temperature and weight
- Palpates the abdomen to examine the organs
- Feels the entire body to check for lumps or masses
- Looks at the posture
- Closely examines the coat
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.
Vaccines for Puppies
- Starting at 6-8 weeks old: series of vaccinations given every 3 weeks to include distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza
- 4 months old: 2-dose series of Bordatella and rabies
Vaccines for Dogs
- 16 months: 3-year parainfluenza, 3 year rabies, annual Bordatella
- Yearly repeat of these vaccines
Vaccines for Kittens and Cats
As for puppies, kittens also need a more frequent, lower dosage vaccination schedule, but for all cats, the necessary vaccines are as follows:
- Outdoor or multi-cat situations: Yearly: Vaccine for 3 common respiratory illnesses, panleukopenia, feline leukemia and rabies
Parasite Control and Prevention
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. Contact us to find out more.