Pet preventative care and wellness exams are the cornerstone of a healthy pet. Pet wellness exams play a vital role in your pet’s overall quality of life and provide an opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical examination to develop a health profile for your pet. This information will help us catch medical problems early and address them as they progress.
Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians tailor a vaccine protocol to your pet based on his or her breed, age, lifestyle and recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Adult Dog and Puppy Vaccines
- DHPP (combined Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza),
- Lyme Disease
Adult Cat and Kitten Vaccines
- FVRCP (combined Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
Your pet’s vaccine schedule is balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating. Please contact us at (915) 593-1712 for more information about our customized vaccination protocols and why they are best for your pet.
Puppy and Kitten Care
At your puppy or kitten’s first visit you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your pet’s health including physical changes to come, as well as any behavioral questions and concerns. As a new valuable member of your family, you will likely have many questions about your new puppy or kitten and we welcome any opportunity to advise you during this exciting time!
On your first visit, you can expect to discuss the following:
- Vaccinations – which vaccines your pet will require.
- Spaying and Neutering – reasons why we recommend spaying and neutering
- Diagnostic testing – a large percentage of pets are born with parasites
- Microchipping – implantation and registration done in house
Senior Pet Care
As pets age their health care needs change. The age at which a pet is considered a “senior” varies. Smaller dogs may not require senior care until 8 or 9 years of age. A larger dog, however, may need senior care as early as 5 or 6 years of age. Senior cat care typically begins around 8 to 9 years of age.
As your pet ages they may be less responsive to sound, smell, and sight. You may also notice that your pet isn’t as fast as they once were. Arthritis or joint problems can make it painful for your pet to jump onto the couch or the bed, walk up a flight of stairs, or even play fetch. What you cannot see, however, are the internal changes happening inside your pet’s body. This is why semi-annual exams are an important part of senior pet health care.
For senior pets we recommend semi-annual exams, advanced diagnostic tests, and nutritional counseling. By proactively evaluating your pet, our veterinarians work to detect age-related conditions before they can impact their health.
As pets age, their dietary needs also change. For example, the risk for kidney disease increases as a cat ages. Changing your cat’s diet can holistically address these health concerns. Dietary changes can also improve the appearance of your pet’s coat or ease joint problems. Supplements like fish oil are an alternative option for addressing minor arthritis problems in cats and dogs. Depending on your pet’s wellness needs, we may recommend specially formulated senior dog or cat food.