Regular comprehensive physical examinations are the single most important contribution to the long and healthy life of your pet.
Important Benefits of Regular Physical Examinations
Many serious medical conditions start with minor symptoms. If these problems are found early in the progress of the disease, it is much easier and less costly to manage or treat the disease than if treatment is delayed until symptoms are obvious.
During your pet’s physical exam:
- The doctor will examine your pet from nose to tail. If you have noticed any lumps, bumps, or other changes with your pet, now is the time to speak up! Just as you keep your own doctor informed of changes, it is vitally important that you keep your veterinarian informed about your pet’s health. And because pets age much faster than humans, alot can change from one year to the next!
- You will be shown the latest dietary and health care products available for your pet.
- Problem behaviors or other concerns can be discussed with our veterinarian and staff.
Our Vaccination Protocol
Vaccinations are an important part of protecting your pet from disease. We use only the highest-quality vaccines for your pets and recommend the most up-to-date vaccination protocol to help ensure your pet lives a long, healthy life.
- Puppies and Kittens should be vaccinated every three weeks starting at six to eight weeks of age. At 15 to 16 weeks of age, your youngster will recieve it’s last puppy/kitten booster and first rabies vaccine. Now is the time to start your pet on monthly parasite prevention for intestinal worms, heartworms, fleas, and ticks. Keeping your pet free of parasites goes a long way in keeping them healthy! Plus, these easily-preventable problems are much less expensive to prevent than they are to try to get rid of.
- We recommend that all pets be spayed or neutered. This can be done as early as 18 weeks of age (two weeks after the “last puppy/kitten booster”) and has many health and behavioral benefits for your pet.
- When your pet is approximately one year of age, they will come in for their exam and to have vaccines boostered. We recommend a three-year vaccine protocol for adult pets in accordance with the latest research. Of course, your pet should still come in each year for a comprehensive exam and heartworm test to make sure there are no problems.
- After seven years of age, your pet is considered a “senior”. At this point we reccomend yearly bloodwork in conjunction with the annual physical exam and three-year vaccine protocol. This bloodwork consists of a complete blood cell count (CBC) and blood chemistry tests. These tests allow us to detect changes that may otherwise go un-noticed, allowing us to be much more proactive in your pet’s health care plan, which translates into a longer, healthier life for your pet!
Behavior changes in older dogs, including loss of housebreaking habits, memory loss, loneliness/ isolation from the family can be improved with new medications. Discuss any behavioral changes you are seeing in your older dog during the annual exam.
If you think your pet is sick or injured
Don’t wait– help us help your pet by coming in for an examination as soon as possible! Especially if your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea, pain, coughing, or fainting spells are seen, get your pet seen as soon as possible.
Make a list of any changes you or other family members have noticed in your pet’s behavior or habits, even if it doesn’t seem to have any connection to the primary symptoms. Especially important are changes in the eating, drinking, bowel movements and urination, or coughing or fainting spells.
If possible, bring a sample of your pet’s bowel movement and a urine sample when you come in for the examination. These can contain valuable clues to help us correctly diagnose the problem.