Our doctors recommend yearly checkups for all pets without any problems. When you take your dog or cat in each year for his veterinary exam, the vet doesn't just give him some vaccinations and send him on his way. He does a thorough exam: checking the body to make sure all the internal organs feel normal and there are no worrisome lumps or bumps; checking the condition of the eyes and ears; listening to the heart and lungs; checking their weight; and taking their temperature. Because dogs and cats age differently than people, this annual physical is comparable to you having a physical exam every five or six years. This is especially important if your pet is middle-aged or older because it gives the veterinarian a chance to find and treat health problems before they become serious.
If your pet is over eight years old or has a medical problem, our doctors suggest coming in at least twice a year. There are many medical problems that require examinations or blood work more often such as an animal that has diabetes, severe allergy, chronic or long-term internal or metabolic disease, or problems with bone and joints. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when dealing with an animal that has a chronic condition. Please follow the recommendations of our doctors.
How Does Preventative Medicine Work?
Preventive pet medicine can catch problems before they become serious, saving time and money. It's a lot like caring for your car, really. You routinely check the oil and the air pressure in the tires and take the car in for regularly scheduled maintenance. By doing the same thing for your pet -- examining him at home on a weekly basis and scheduling an annual veterinary exam and vaccinations, you can nip health problems in the bud and even extend your pet’s life.
Our doctors recommend heart worm preventative, flea control, tick control, and routine vaccinations as ways of preventing your pet from coming down with diseases. We also carry newer heart worm preventatives that eliminate intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks all in one dose of medicine that your pet would take on a monthly basis.
Please follow the recommendations of our doctors and staff to help keep your pet healthy for a long time to come.
DOG - Click here for a Vaccine Schedule for dogs.
CAT - Click here for a Vaccine Schedule for cats.