Preventive Health Care
We believe that preventative care is the best way to maintain your pet’s health and wellbeing. We recommend having your pet examined by a veterinarian every six to twelve months, depending on their age and health status. During this exam, specific recommendations for your pet, including vaccinations, lab work, dental care, etc. will be made depending on your pet’s individual needs.
- Vaccinations – The core vaccinations recommended for every cat and dog are Rabies and “distemper”. Other vaccines may be recommended depending on risk factors and lifestyle. For example, . If your cat goes outdoors for any amount of time they should be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia virus. If your dog spends time outdoors, goes to a dog park, a groomer or a kennel or are exposed to other dogs they should be protected against Canine Influenza and Bordetella. If they drink out of ponds or puddles or there are racoons or opossum in your area, they should be vaccinated to protect against Leptospirosis. If your dog travels to New England, the mid-Atlantic, Minnesota or Wisconsin they should be protected against Lyme disease
- “Distemper” vaccines for cat’s (FVRCP) help protect against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia.
- “Distemper” vaccines for dogs (DHPP) help protect against Canine Distemper, Canine adenovirus-2 (Hepatitis), Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. These contagious and potentially deadly viruses are present in our area and it is crucial to keep your pet vaccinated to protect them.
- Lab work – Routine lab work is essential for early detection of many diseases or problems your pet may develop. Catching these problems early will often make it easier and less expensive to treat and usually result in a better outcome. In addition, performing these tests allows us to establish a healthy baseline with which to compare future lab work. Lab work that may be recommended at your pet’s exam includes a heartworm test, fecal examination, feline leukemia and FIV test, and a comprehensive CBC and chemistry profile to detect diabetes, kidney or liver disease, and several other conditions. Additional tests may be recommended depending on your pet’s specific needs.
- Preventative Medication – In Florida, it is highly recommended that all dogs and cats be on consistent heartworm and flea prevention. Heartworms are transmitted through mosquitos and due to the lack of colder temperatures here, mosquitos and fleas remain present in our environment year-round. Fleas can result in the transmission of several diseases, including Bartonella and tapeworms, as well as cause anemia. Heartworms can lead to irreversible heart and lung damage.
We carry a selection of heartworm and flea preventatives to make sure your pet is protected. We offer effective flea, tick and heartworm products at the same price you can buy online. Purchasing these products through a veterinarian is the only way that your pet is covered under the manufacturers guarantees since products purchased through online sources have been found to be counterfeit and ineffective.
- Dental Care – Preventative dental care is an important part in maintaining your pet’s health. Each patient will receive a dental assessment during their exam and receive specific recommendations for continued dental care. This may include a dental prophy, which includes scaling and polishing the teeth, as well as a more thorough examination while your pet is under anesthesia to detect any diseased teeth. If any additional problems are found at that time, we will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. We also offer a variety of at-home dental care products.
- Microchip – It is reported that 1 out of 3 animals goes missing at some point in their lives. A microchip is a permanent way to identify your pet. The microchip can be inserted during a regular office visit and can help to reunite you with your pet if ever lost. For more information, please go to http://www.homeagain.com
- Spay and Neuter – Spaying and neutering is recommended for most pets for several reasons. This surgical procedure prevents your pet from being able to reproduce and helps to reduce the pet overpopulation problem that exists. In addition, there are several medical benefits, including decreased risk of mammary cancer, prevention of testicular and ovarian cancer and decreased risk of prostate problems in male dogs. It also eliminates the risk of a potential deadly uterine infection in females called pyometra. Spaying and neutering also helps to minimize many unwanted behavioral problems such as roaming, urine marking, mounting, and aggression.