Annual Health Exams
In every routine exam, we assess your pet’s health by thoroughly examining
your pet from tip to tail and ear to ear. This includes andoral examination and bloodwork if needed.
Oral examinations are routinely included as part of a wellness exam. The condition of a pets mouth is a significant contributor to an animals health. Simple changes to the color of your pet’s gums can be an indicator of possible or arising health issues.
Every year a pet is brought in for vaccines we strive to make sure they are doing well and protected from the many diseases they can get. Here is what we vaccinate against:
Vaccinations for Dogs:
- Distemper – Often fatal, it attacks organs like the nervous system, which can become permanently damaged even if the dog recovers
- Parvovirus – Highly contagious; young pups and elderly dogs are the most vulnerable
- Canine Hepatitis – Canine Adenovirus Type 1, symptoms are similar to early stages of distemper
- Parainfluenza - Highly contagious respiratory virus
- Bordetella – Known as kennel cough, it is an upper respiratory infection easily transmitted from dog to dog
- Rabies – an incurable viral disease that affects the central nervous system
Vaccinations for Cats:
- Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus – a virus that causes an upper respiratory tract infection
- Panleukopenia – also known as feline distemper and can possibly be fatal.
- Chlamydiosis – a bacterial disease that attacks the respiratory tract
- Rabies – an incurable disease that affects the central nervous system
- Leukemia – a virus that can result in a number of serious health problems, the leading cause of death in North American cats
Gastrointestinal parasites are very common in both dogs and cats. Any age of animal can be infected with worms through fecal-oral transmission. Fecal floats or smears are the easiest way to diagnose gastrointestional parasites in dogs and cats. Most parasites are spread by fecal-oral contamination. this means that animals can possibly become infected by eating something tainted with feces containing the eggs or parasite. Here are few different types of parasites:
Roundworms and Hookworms - Most commonly found in puppies and kittens, they can be passed from the mother before they are born or after in the milk.
Whipworms - Often found in adults but also in puppies
as well. Dogs are commonly affected.
Tapeworms - Most commonly found in cats.
Coccidia - Not a worm! Commonly infects
dogs and cats. Very hard to eliminate from the environment, thus animals quarantined can get coccidia multiple times.
Giardia – (Known as Beaver-Fever) is also not a worm! It commonly infects dogs and cats. Stagnant water (ponds, etc.) can serve as a reservoir for Giardia.