Wellness and Vaccination Programs

One of the best things you can do for your pet is to keep him or her healthy. And one of the easiest and least expensive ways to do that is by bringing in your pet for regular exams and vaccinations. Dogs and cats (and other pets) age far faster than people, so significant changes in your pet’s health can happen in a short time. Wellness programs allow us to diagnose diseases and conditions early, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Often, we can help prevent diseases entirely, just by ensuring that your pet has received appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We recommend that healthy adult dogs and cats visit us once a year. Puppies, kittens, senior pets, and pets with health issues or illnesses need more frequent checkups. We’ll work with you to create an individualized wellness program, including a vaccination and prevention protocol customized specifically to your pet. Call us today to schedule your pet’s wellness exam.

Puppy Wellness

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Our puppy wellness program is designed to offer your new puppy all the benefits of veterinary services available to him / or her from 6 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age. Included in this service is a series of examinations where you and the veterinarian will discuss many aspects of care including such topics as nutrition, dental care, and behaviour. For your first visit with your puppy our veterinarians schedule extra time to ensure all of your health and training questions are answered. In addition, your puppy will receive a series of health-protecting vaccinations. You will be asked to bring a stool sample from your puppy to be tested microscopically for parasites or “worms”. Parasites can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and / or diarrhea and can be a serious health concern for both your puppy and people if left untreated. Performing a fecal test will allow us to treat your puppy accordingly. Although some worms are visible to the naked eye, most worm burdens are diagnosed by examining the stool of your puppy microscopically. We know with a new puppy you may have many questions. We welcome you to call us anytime and look forward to a long and caring relationship with your pet!

 

 

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Kitten Wellness

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Our kitten wellness program is designed to offer your new kitten all the benefits of veterinary services available to him / or her from 6 weeks of age to 12 weeks of age. Included in this service is a series of examinations where you and the veterinarian will discuss many aspects of care including such topics as nutrition, dental care, and behaviour. In addition, your kitten will receive a series of health-protecting vaccinations. You will also be asked to bring a stool sample from your kitten which will be tested microscopically for parasites or “worms”. Parasites may cause your kitten to vomit and / or experience diarrhea and can become a serious health concern if left untreated. It is possible for a kitten to have parasites and not show any clinical signs, which reinforces the importance of the microscopic examination. Please call our office anytime you have a question regarding your kitten. We look forward to sharing a long and caring relationship with your pet.

Adult Pet Wellness

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Arranging an annual health exam for your pet is one of the best steps you can take to keep your pet healthy. During your pet’s exam the veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam (checking heart, skin, eyes etc.), discuss nutrition, behaviour, parasite prevention and go through any specific concerns you may have. Your annual visit is the perfect time to receive the most recent information on animal care. A stool sample should be tested for intestinal parasites at least once a year for adult pets. If any specific concerns arise, diagnostic testing may be recommended for your pet. Just as with people, blood work is often required at the time of a physical exam to provide a more in-depth look at your pet’s health. Vaccinations are another component of preventative care for your pet. At the time of your pet’s annual examination, the veterinarian will recommend and administer health-protecting vaccinations. Some vaccines require boosters to be given every year; others may be given every 2 or 3 years. Of course you do not need to wait until your pet’s annual health exam to have questions answered and concerns addressed. Anytime you feel you are requiring the advice of a veterinarian, please call the office so we can assist you.

Senior Pet Wellness

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Once your dog or cat turns 7 years of age, we recommend that they undergo a thorough senior wellness exam and diagnostic work-up. Even though it may seem your pet is in good health, there are many disease processes that do not show any outward sign until the disease is quite advanced. More advanced diseases can be more difficult to treat and are not always as responsive to treatment as diseases diagnosed early. Our Senior Wellness Profile includes a thorough physical exam, blood work, a complete urinalysis, a complimentary follow-up exam to discuss the test results, and a health exam in 6 months offered at a reduced fee.

Early detection of diseases such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, etc. will allow us to administer the appropriate treatments to help extend your pet’s life.

Many symptoms that historically have been attributed to old age and considered untreatable are now treatable. For example, some dogs that appear to have lost their mental alertness can be returned to a mental status indicative of a younger age using appropriate therapy. Please feel free to contact us to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail.