Preventive Care

Preventive care services are performed to help pets avoid disease and sickness and to ensure that they remain healthy. These services include vaccinations, parasite control, wellness exams, and weight management. Please click on any of the subheadings listed below to learn more about our services in preventive care.
Available Services
  • Because our pets age at a quicker pace than we do, it is important that they receive appropriate preventative care which includes early detection screenings to identify any health concerns or diseases in their earliest stages.

    Pets aged 7 years or older should visit their veterinarian twice a year for wellness exams. These exams are the key to detecting any health problems that could endanger your pet.... Read more

  • Fleas and ticks are capable of transmitting infection and disease to pets through a bite. Many pets also suffer from severe allergic reaction to the bites of fleas and ticks. It is imperative that owners prevent these parasites by using one of the many commercially available products that protect pets from fleas and ticks.... Read more

  • Our doctors and staff have reunited several lost pets with their owners over the years, aided only by their microchip number. Because we have seen the benefits of microchipping first-hand, we recommend it for all our dog and cat patients. Our hospital's microchip services include:

    • The HomeAgain 15-digit microchip (134 kHz) for dogs and cats
    • Microchip enrollment assistance
    • Microchip can be inserted in a brief visit (like a vaccine) or during any anesthetic procedure
    • Free microchip scanning of found pets

    What is a microchip and how does it work?

    The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is coded with a unique, unalterable ID number.... Read more

  • Parasite Prevention and Testing

    There are many common dog and cat parasites that can pose a threat to your pets year-round!

    • Fleas - They bite animals and people alike! They can lead to anemia, dermatitis and tapeworm infections
    • Roundworms - Common symptoms: diarrhea, anemia, dehydration, weight loss
    • Hookworms - Attach to the intestinal lining, creating bleeding internal wounds
    • Whipworms - An intestinal parasite whose eggs can survive for years in the soil, re-infecting your pet even after successful treatment!
    • Heartworms - Live in the heart and lungs and can be life-threatening!
    • Ear Mites - Mites live in an infected cat's ears, feeding off the ear lining, causing intense scratching and/or head shaking

    We recommend annual fecal testing (to check for intestinal worms) for all our dog and cat patients, as well as annual heartworm tests for dogs. We also recommend year-round parasite protection for all patients. Even indoor cats should be treated because the outdoors can get tracked indoors on our clothes and shoes, and by our dogs and other pets.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers and encourages preventive medicine services through early disease detection and wellness programs for adult and senior dogs.

    Because pets are living longer, they may experience increased problems with chronic illnesses and cancer. The earlier a problem is diagnosed and a treatment plan started, the better the outcome.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers Vaccination Examinations. Vaccinations are critical to the well being of your pet, protecting them from potentially deadly viral diseases like Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Rabies in dogs; and Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus and Rabies in cats.

    Vaccination protects pets from disease by exposing their body's immune system to inactive or parts of a type of bacteria or virus.... Read more

  • We recommend an annual wellness exam for our dog and cat patients so that we can help maintain their optimal health. As our patients age into seniors (7 years and older) their bodies change at a faster rate, so a wellness exam every 6 months is ideal to help keep them healthy and happy, and to identify early any conditions that may require medical management or diet change (arthritis, kidney or heart disease, etc).

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  • Wellness tests are important to assist the veterinarians in creating an overall portfolio of your pet's health.
    By including blood tests in your pet’s routine exams, it is possible to create a wellness “baseline” against which future testing can be compared. This can help make it easier to detect any potential abnormalities or concerns.... Read more