Wellness and Vaccination Programs

Our wellness and vaccination programs are designed to prevent disease and prolong the lives of your companion animals. Disease prevention is always less costly than dealing with the treatment of a disease once your pet has developed it. Dogs that become ill with Canine Distemper, a viral infection, will die from it. Parvovirus, another virus that affects dogs, is an extremely resistant virus that can survive on the ground for 6 to 12 months. It causes severe bloody diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration. The treatment of a severe case of Parvovirus infection can cost $1,000-$2000 or more while a single Parvovirus vaccination will usually cost less than $100. The same principles apply to vaccinations for cats. Some diseases such as Rabies are fatal to dogs, cats and humans. Early diagnosis of a disease process can lead your pet to a longer healthier life. Kidney disease, if diagnosed early, will allow us to modify your dog or cat's diet and in some cases add supplements to their diet to potentially extend their lives. There are many other conditions to which an early diagnosis is advantageous.

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 and vaccinations including Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus-2 strains, Bordetella & Parainfluenza to prevent kennnel cough & Rabies. Initial vaccinations can be started at 6 weeks of age. A series of booster vaccinations are given at 9, 12 & 16 weeks of age. It is very important that your puppy be brought in for boosters at the correct time to maximize the protection that the vaccines will give your puppy.

We recommend deworming for the most common intestinal worm of puppies – roundworms. Roundworms can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and/or diarrhea. We recommend deworming every 2 weeks until 4 months of age.

There are other parasites that can cause similar symptoms and can even cause your puppy to become anemic (low red blood cells). 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.

At each visit your puppy will be given a complete physical exam. Nutritional requirements will be discussed. House training, handling & any behavioral issues will be discussed. We are very happy to answer any questions you may have.

One of the most important things you can do to insure your new puppy lives a long & healthy life is to begin proper dental care at an early age. Studies have proven good dental care throughout the life of your dog will result in your dog living on average 2 years longer than without good dental care.

We will clip your puppies nails.

We strongly recommend you consider purchasing pet insurance as there are board certified veterinary specialists available to perform unique specialized procedures should your pet unfortunately require such a procedure to save its life.

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 8 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age. Included in this service is a series of examinations and vaccinations including Panleukopenia (Feline distemper), Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus (2 strains-one very virulent), Feline Leukemia & Rabies. Initial vaccinations can be started at 8 weeks of age. A series of booster vaccinations are given at 12 & 16 weeks of age. The vaccines that are recommended depend on whether your kitty will be an indoor or outdoor cat. It is very important that your kitten be brought in for boosters at the correct time to maximize the protection that the vaccines will give your kitten.

We recommend deworming for the most common intestinal worm of kittens – roundworms. Roundworms can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and/or diarrhea. We recommend deworming every 2 weeks until 4 months of age.

There are other parasites that can cause similar symptoms. Performing a fecal test will allow us to treat your kitten accordingly. Although some worms are visible to the naked eye, most worm burdens are diagnosed by examining the stool of your kitten microscopically.

At each visit your kitten will be given a complete physical exam. Nutritional requirements will be discussed. Litter training, handling & any behavioral issues will be discussed. We are very happy to answer any questions you may have.

One of the most important things you can do to insure your new kitten lives a long & healthy life is to begin proper dental care at an early age. Studies have proven good dental care throughout the life of your cat will result in your cat living on average 2 years longer than without good dental care.

We will clip your kittens nails if you wish.

We strongly recommend you consider purchasing pet insurance as there are board certified veterinary specialists available to perform unique specialized procedures should your pet unfortunately require such a procedure to save its life.

Adult Pet Wellness

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The most important health service you can have done for your pet is the annual physical exam. On the years that your pet requires booster vaccinations this can be done in conjunction with the vaccinations.

A comprehensive physical exam includes:

  1. assessing the body condition score of your pet (whether it is overweight & by what degree).
  2. examining the skin & coat.
  3. palpating lymph nodes, mammary glands, the entire body for growths and the abdominal cavity.
  4. an otoscope exam of the ears.
  5. an ophthalmic exam (check the eyes).
  6. auscultation of the heart and lungs.
  7. discuss any concerns you may have and any abnormal findings found on the physical exam.
  8. give recommendations.

Additional services that may be recommended for your adult pet include but are not limited to: blood testing, fecal testing, and urine testing. Your personal yearly check up at your doctor is likely to include these tests and so should your pet’s yearly exam. Every year we detect many disease processes in apparently ‘normal’ adult animals. The results help us address problems in the early stages. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatments can result in your companion living a longer healthier life.

Senior Pet Wellness

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Once your dog turns 7 years of age or your cat turns 8 years of age, we recommend that they undergo a thorough senior wellness exam and diagnostic work-up. Even though you may believe your pet is normal, there are many disease processes that do not show any outward signs 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.

In senior dogs kidney disease, dental disease, heart disease, obesity, degenerative joint disease (arthritis) & cancer are of particular importance. Pain management for degenerative joint disease in large breed dogs can give these dogs a good quality of life for months to years.

In senior cats kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, sugar diabetes, obesity and hyertension (high blood pressure) are the diseases we see most often.

Early detection of these disease conditions will allow us to administer the appropriate treatments to help extend your pet’s life.

A thorough physical exam and a comprehensive geriatric blood panel are cost effective and are a good starting point as to the health status of your pet.