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.
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  • 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

  • Vaccines and regular health exams are critical preventive care measures to help protect pets from potentially deadly infectious diseases like Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Rabies in dogs; and Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus (FLV) and Rabies in cats.

    Vaccinations protect pets from disease by exposing their body's immune system to inactive or parts of a type of bacteria or virus. Our doctors will help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet's risk factors.... Read more

  • Sometimes pets escape from their owners and become lost. When this happens, they can find themselves wandering around the streets until they are picked up by animal control. If their tags are lost or worn down, many of these dogs & cats will not be returned to their rightful owners.... Read more

  • The decision to bring a new kitten or puppy into your life can be momentous and life changing.

    Like any new beginning, however, it can be both joyful and stressful at times. Our aim is to educate and support new owners during this critical time.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers guidance on a number of parasite control programs. The most common parasites that afflict pets are fleas and ticks.

    Fleas and ticks are capable of transmitting infection and disease to pets through a bite.... Read more

  • At VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital, we tailor dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations to each individual pet's needs. When vaccinating dogs and cats in Reno, we consider the age and health status of your pet, and ask you questions regarding your pet's lifestyle and presence of risk exposures. Based upon your responses and the guidelines for pet vaccinations set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Feline Practitioners, American Animal Hospital Association and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, we will come up with the right plan for your pet, together.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers a specialized weight management program for your pet. Just as in people, obesity contributes to many preventable life-threatening diseases such as diabetes mellitus, arthritis, heart disease and high blood pressure. Weight management is a very important part of maintaining the health of our pets.... Read more

  • Our major focus at VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital is preventative care and wellness examinations for dogs and cats in Reno. We provide complete medical examinations, focused on teaching you what you need to know and to do, to keep your pet as healthy as possible. However, if you need help with any medical problem, rest assured that we will handle it in a prompt, professional manner.... Read more