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 humans do, it is important that they receive appropriate preventative care, along with early detection screenings to identify any health concerns or diseases in their earliest stages.

    Senior pets 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

  • We use the HomeAgain microchip for permanent pet identification.... Read more

  • There are several types of intestinal parasites that infect most puppies and kittens and can commonly infect adult animals. These parasites and other organisms live inside the pet and produce eggs too small to be seen with the naked eye that pass in your pet's feces. We use a microscope to look for these parasites in your pet's stool.... 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

  • Just like the annual exam, vaccinations play an important role in helping your pet live a long, healthy life. Vaccines give your pet the best defense against the spread of preventable diseases by specifically boosting their immune system against diseases. Puppies and kittens always need to complete their vaccine booster series, given each month.... Read more

  • At VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital, we wish a long, happy, healthy life for you and your pets. When it comes to weight management, you’ve had your own doctors emphasize good physical fitness. They talk about high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, etc.... Read more

  • A wellness exam is an overall general health assessment and complete physical examination that may include diagnostic testing, blood tests, urinalysis, checking a stool sample, and parasite screening. In many cases, a wellness examination can help detect the early stages of disease. Wellness exams are recommended for most pets at least annually, but more often (at least every 6 months) for senior pets and pets with chronic health issues.... Read more