Prevention & Vaccines
Just like you, we want your pet to live the longest, healthiest life possible—which is why we offer comprehensive veterinary care.
Puppies & Kittens: It’s important for new puppies and kittens to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible after adoption for many reasons. Most importantly, young animals don’t have full immunity from disease, so they need to have a series of vaccinations given at specific intervals to make sure they are safe from diseases that can be life-threatening for them at such a young age. Puppies and kittens should also have parasite screening and worming. This first exam is also a good time for us to answer your questions about nutrition, behavior and other aspects of caring for your new pet.
Vaccinations: Keeping your canine or feline up to date on immunizations and booster shots is a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper and rabies. Beyond those core vaccines, your pet’s age, lifestyle and likely exposure to certain diseases will be evaluated before we recommend additional inoculations.
Parasite Prevention: Fleas, ticks, worms – preventing them in the first place is much easier and ultimately less expensive than getting rid of them after they’ve infested your pet. We recommend monitoring your pet and having them screened for internal parasites regularly, and we offer a variety of alternatives for flea, tick and heartworm prevention.
Nutritional Counseling: There’s so much confusion about what to feed companion animals. Wet food, dry food, home-cooked, raw—what’s best? Proper nutrition is important to an animal’s good health, and we can help you choose the best option for your pet and lifestyle.
Behavioral Medicine: Changes in mood or behavior can often be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Swiftly addressing these shifts can help identify and treat the root cause, whether that’s a medical solution or one that involves training.
Microchipping: We encourage all pet owners to microchip their animal companions. The sad fact is that only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners when they become lost. Microchipping greatly increases the chances that your pet will be returned to you—it’s also affordable and relatively painless.
Pain Management: Just like people, pets can suffer lingering effects and discomfort from injury or a surgical procedure. We take treating pain seriously and offer several options to help pets feel better, including medication. We’ll develop a pain management program that’s customized for your pet’s condition and needs.
Senior Care: We love elder pets! We also know that preventative care is even more significant for them. Pets age much more rapidly than humans, so diseases and illness progress faster as well. We recommend twice-yearly exams and screenings for seniors to help prolong and improve the quality of their lives.