Our goal is to make your pets happy and healthy.
Pets age faster than humans. While their lives progress more quickly, serious medical conditions do too. Annual pet physical exams can help detect serious medical conditions and allowing our facility to treat them before their status becomes unmanageable. In seeing your veterinarian annually, you have the opportunity to discuss your pet's future health outlook, and ask questions about any existing conditions. Prior to your pet's annual physical exam, note any severe changes that have occurred with your pet including: vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, weight gain/loss, excessive thirst, or increased aggression. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms or has developed any abnormal behavior since their last health check-up, please inform the veterinarian.
During your pet wellness exam we perform:
- Full body physical exam
- Dental health evaluation
- Eyes, ears and skin evaluation
- Heartworm screening tests
- Laboratory tests (blood test, urine/stool analysis, parasites evaluation)
While nursing, pets receive antibodies and nutrients from their mother's milk. When nursing stops, pets become more susceptible to illnesses because their immune systems do not have the same support they once did. As part of a preventative care routine, pet vaccinations can help protect your pet from life-threatening diseases. For most pets, routine vaccinations start around the age of 8 weeks old and continue regularly throughout adulthood. Some vaccinations are even combined into a single syringe so a pet experiences fewer injections. After being vaccinated, most young pets take about 5 days to build protective antibodies with complete protection taking place after 14 days. Some vaccines require multiple dosages given over a short period of time (ex. 2-3 doses one month apart), and most require booster shots every 1 to 3 years afterwards. Pets who have been vaccinated have an advantage over those who have not. When a disease is detected, your vaccinated pet's immune system quickly responds, decreasing the severity of the illness or preventing it altogether. Pet owners should note that vaccinations are preventative, not curative. A vaccination will prevent an illness, but if your pet is already suffering from a disease, a vaccine will not cure them.
Core and non-core pet vaccinations
Some vaccinations are necessary for all pets and others that are recommended only under special circumstances. Core vaccinations are those that are commonly recommended for all pets, and non-core vaccinations include those that are only administered to pets considered to be ''at risk''. Necessary vaccines depend on local regulations, geographic location, and your pet's lifestyle. Your pet will be vaccinated according to their risk of exposure and your veterinarian will discuss the best options for your pet.
- Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHPP), core vaccination
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Feline Herpesvirus, Calici Virus, Feline Distemper, core vaccination
- Feline Leukemia (FeLV)