We all want our pets to live long and healthy lives. The foundation for quality veterinary care is preventive medicine because it ensures longer, healthier lives for your pets.
Steps for GREAT preventive healthcare include:
- Routine Examinations. During a thorough wellness exam, we can detect disease or certain conditions through physical examinations
- Prevention of disease: vaccinations suited to your pet?EUR(TM)s lifestyle, heartworm testing and prevention, fecal testing, flea and tick prevention, routine blood and urine testing
- Routine health care at home: exercise, dental care, good nutrition
- Behavioral screening, nutrition counseling
What takes place during the exam?
A physical exam is a complete hands-on assessment of your pet's health status. During your pets exam, you will meet with one of our veterinary technicians. They will weigh your pet, take his/her temperature, ask you about him/her and review your concerns and questions. Preventatives will also be discussed and you both will figure out the best products for your pets individual lifestyle.
A 12 body system exam will be performed by one of our veterinarians. This includes: body condition,skin/coat, eyes, ears, oral cavity, joints, heart and lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, nervous system & genitourinary. Throughout the exam the doctor will discuss all normal / abnormal findings. All of your concerns and questions will be addressed. A plan will be created that could include a vaccination schedule,follow up examinations, or certain tests.
For wellness and preventative care, we recommend certain vaccines for pets based on their current lifestyle.These recommendations are based on guidelines from the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. At My Pet's Veterinary Center, we keep current with these vaccination protocols and understand the need for vaccinations on an individual basis.
Vaccinations for all cats and dogs include a Rabies and Distemper vaccine. (Da2PP for dogs - D for canine distemper,A2 for both adenovirus type 1 and adenovirus type 2, the first P for canine parvovirus, and the second P for parainfluenza. FVRCP for cats - feline viralrhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia) These vaccines are typically given once every 3 years, but are only good for one year the first time your pet receives the first yearly booster.
Other Canine vaccines include:
Lyme - for those dogs that are at risk for tick exposure. If there are ticks in their environment or areas that are frequently traveled, this vaccine is highly recommended. If there is any possibility or if it is uncertain about ticks in the environment, this vaccines should be given. It will help protect your dog against this awful disease.
Leptospirosis - This is a serious disease that is transferred to dogs in areas that have wildlife.Wildlife includes animals like squirrels, raccoons, opossums, etc. This vaccine is not always part of the routine vaccination protocol for all dogs. If your dog is an active one, meaning, going to the park, swimming, hiking, or even if you live in an area where these animals are found, you should consider protecting your dog from this disease.
Bordetella (aka Kennel cough) -Does your dog ever go to the dog park, boarding kennels, day care, or even the groomer? If so, this vaccine is likely required by the professional pet place that you use. If your dog ever gets nose to nose with other dogs, this vaccine should be given to protect against kennel cough.
Other Feline Vaccines:
Feline Leukemia: Feline leukemia is a serious, irreversible condition that is contracted from other cats. All cats that allowed to venture outdoors should be vaccinated against this disease.
Please call us for more information about any of the vaccinations. We are always happy to discuss in detail and answer any questions you have.