Pet Wellness Care

Regular examinations keep your pet healthy. PetCare Animal Hospital recommends that all pets undergo complete wellness examinations at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged.

Regular exams help us identify signs of disease and allow us to treat your pet promptly. Most importantly, a complete “nose-to-tail” examination allows us to develop a comprehensive health profile for your pet. Our veterinarians check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose and throat, examine the teeth and oral cavity, listen to the heart and lungs for signs of disease, palpate the abdomen, examine your pet’s skin and coat, and more. This information aids us in future treatment of your pet and helps us identify medical problems at an early stage, before they develop into serious conditions that are difficult and expensive to treat.

Exams are also a great time to share information about your pet’s health. We may ask you questions about your pet’s diet and lifestyle and we encourage you to ask any questions you may have about your pet’s health. During an exam, we discuss vaccinations, nutrition, behavior and other topics that are important for maintaining the health and well-being of your pet.

Vaccinations

Vaccines are the cornerstone of your pet’s preventive health care plan. We recommend all pets receive annual vaccinations (as well as three-year rabies vaccinations) to ensure protection against a variety of viral diseases.

Your pet is unique. That’s why we have designed a vaccine protocol that meets your pet’s needs based on lifestyle, location, and other risk factors. An annual examination is necessary to ensure that any health problems are appropriately identified and treated. Vaccine titers that check the competency of your pet’s immune system can be preformed and may preclude the need for a particular vaccine. These issues can be discussed at the time of your pet’s annual physical examination.

Canine Care

Vaccinations

  • Rabies
  • Distemper (distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, leptospirosis and parainfluenza)
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) is recommended for all dogs that vacation at a boarding facility/kennel and for dogs who are in contact with other canines on a regular basis (playgrounds, daycare).

Heartworm Testing: This blood test checks for the parasite Dirofilaria immitis. If left unchecked and untreated, this parasite(s) may grow up to 14 inches in length in your dog’s heart, which will eventually cause heart disease, failure and death. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and PetCare Animal Hospital recommend yearly heartworm testing and keeping your pet on heartworm preventative medication throughout the year.

Stool Analysis:By checking a small amount of your dog’s stool every year, we are able to determine if he / she is infected with intestinal parasites – roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and coccidia. Why is this so important? Some of these parasites are considered zoonotic – that is, they can be transferred from your pet to you and your children. PetCare Animal Hospital and the CDC recommend having your pet’s stool checked at least once a year.

Feline Care

Vaccinations

  • Rabies
  • Distemper (rhinotracheites, panleukopenia, chlamydia and calicivirus)
  • Feline Leukemia is recommended for cats that live in multiple-cat households, live both indoors and outdoors or only live outdoors. Feline Leukemia is transferred through another cat’s saliva. Even if your cat is not bitten by another cat, it can be transferred through licking, drinking out of the same water bowl, or even by hissing at each other. There is no cure for your cat once it has contracted Feline Leukemia Virus.
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is recommended for any cat that goes outdoors. The virus is very similar to AIDS in humans; it shuts down your cat’s immune system so he or she is very susceptible to any viruses. Even a common upper-respiratory infection may eventually kill a cat with FIV. There is no cure for your cat once he or she has contracted Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.

Stool Analysis: By checking a small amount of your cat’s stool every year, we are able to check for multiple types of internal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and coccidia. Similar to canine intestinal parasites, feline parasites can also be transmitted to humans. PetCare Animal Hospital and the CDC recommend having your cat’s stool checked at least once a year for parasites.

Geriatric Care

Your dog or cat still may seem like a playful puppy, but most pets are considered “senior citizens” between the age of six and seven. When your faithful companion enters his or her golden years, preventive health care becomes increasingly important. PetCare Animal Hospital encourages our clients to bring their senior pets in for a special geriatric wellness exam. This exam includes all the procedures found in a routine annual exam, as well as a general health profile (GHP), a series of tests that assess the health of your pet’s liver, kidneys and other major organs. The GHP also includes a complete blood count (CBC) and urinalysis. During a geriatric wellness exam, our veterinarians will also discuss with you nutrition requirements for your senior pet.

Microchipping

Microchipping is one of the most effective ways to ensure a safe return home should your pet become lost. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades in a process similar to a vaccination. Each microchip contains uniquely coded information about your pet that corresponds to a national pet database. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of reading microchips. If your pet is lost, he or she will be scanned for a microchip and the information contained on the chip will be used to reunite you and your pet. PetCare Animal Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system. Please ask a staff member about scheduling your pet’s microchipping appointment.