Our Approach to Your Pet's Wellness
When pets receive regular, pro-active high-quality veterinary care, they have a better chance of living a long and happy life. This defines our approach to your companion animal's health care.
We'll provide you and your pet with the very best veterinary care in a modern and welcoming facility by a staff that is kind, courteous and professional.
Still, despite the very best care, a beloved pet may develop an illness or be injured. Our internal medicine and surgical expertise, as well as advanced diagnostics and veterinary laboratory, ensure your pet will receive a quick and accurate diagnosis. We will then discuss that diagnosis and the various options for treatment with you.
We see dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and hamsters.
Our focus is on your pet.
Prevention is the key to long term health as well as minimizing the lifetime cost of care. We highly recommend regular wellness exams, vaccinations, lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks.
Wellness exams are a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and for you ask to any questions you may have. We can also discuss dental care, nutrition, behavior, diseases and vaccinations. Most of the necessary tests we recommend can also be done during your pet's regular exam.
The yearly wellness exam we recommend includes:
Examining the heart and lungs
Checking the teeth and oral cavity
Assessing vision, eyes, and ears
Palpating the lymph nodes, abdomen and examining the skin
Palpating the joints and muscles
As we continue to care for your pet throughout his or her life, we will also monitor:
Arthritis and other muscular-skeletal problems
Organ dysfunction (Kidney disease, liver disease, cystitis)
Gastro-Intestinal Disease (Inflammatory Bowel Disease, colitis)
Supportive care for senior pets
Pets that are about six years of age and older begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. This process can be managed through proper veterinary care that can give your pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.
There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. You can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With your veterinarian's help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her wellbeing, even as his or her pace slows a bit.
The best time to begin your pet's senior care program and recognize the need for a little extra TLC is before age-related conditions begin to set in. We recommend regular senior wellness exams, which should include a specialized lab work to detect the early signs of disease processes.
Dental care at this point in life also becomes even more important. Routine dental exams and cleanings for all pets, but especially those in their senior years, are important facets of your pet's care.
Diet and weight gain are important issues to watch out for. When you bring your pet in for a senior wellness visit, we will evaluate his or her weight and offer recommendations based on what we see.
Immunizations are one of the best tools we have in preventive medicine. The key to using vaccines appropriately is to determine which diseases your pet may be at risk for and then vaccinate for those diseases no more than necessary. Due to advances in veterinary immunology, diseases that were once relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable.
There are also vaccines – such as for rabies and other zoonotic diseases – that help protect your family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.
We believe that our balanced approach to vaccines is the best way to protect your pet from disease and minimize the risk of an adverse reaction to a vaccine.
For dogs, a heartworm test and a fecal examination are recommended as part of the annual wellness examination. We recommend this even if your dog is on heartworm preventive medication.
A fecal examination is also an integral part of the annual wellness program for all cats. For outdoor cats, an annual feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus test is recommended.
Individualized Flea Control Programs
We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.