Heartworm test & Heartworm prevention
Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitos. The most common symptom is sudden death. It is a silent killer.
Dogs: Multiple worms grow in the heart and lungs. Treatment is expensive and dangerous. Dogs over 6 months of age should have a blood test yearly and all dogs need to be on monthly preventative medication year round.
Cats: The damage is primarily due to the migration of larvae in the lungs. It can manifest as asthma. It is not treatable in cats. All cats should be on preventative medication which also protect against intestinal parasites and some also protect against fleas and ticks
FeLV & FIV test
Feline Leukemia and Feline immunodeficiency (AIDS) are two viral diseases which are incurable and eventually fatal. While FIV requires a bite from an infected cat or sexual activity, Feline Leukemia does not need direct contact to be passed on. All kittens should be tested and cats with access to outdoors should be tested and vaccinated
Pre-surgical bloodwork Basic & Comprehensive
Gives a picture of your dog’s internal health. Any problem with kidneys or liver and other organs can cause problems in recovery from anesthesia. The basic profile tests kidney and liver parameters and glucose. The comprehensive profile looks at a broader range of tests for liver and kidneys in addition to glucose & pancreas, protein and electrolytes.
Despite how they act, animals feel the same pain as we do. They just don’t show it. In addition to making them feel better, post-operative pain medication reduces inflammation and swelling, and speeds the healing process
Distemper: Protects against a group of potentially fatal diseases (distemper/hepatitis/parainfluenza/parvo). Puppies need a series of monthly shots and then a booster a year later. Adults receive yearly boosters.
Rabies: Required by law for all dogs. First dose is given around 4 months of age, booster 1 year later, then every 1-3 years depending on the product
Leptospirosis: This serious disease is spread in the urine of dogs, raccoons, possums and squirrels. Dogs are exposed by drinking contaminated water in their own yard.
Lyme: Lyme disease is spread by ticks. The disease is best prevented by consistent tick control, but Lyme vaccine helps to prevent this debilitating and potentially fatal disease
Distemper Vaccine: Protection against 3 debilitating and often fatal diseases (panleukopenia/distemper, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis). Necessary in all cats even if strictly indoors. Kittens are given a series of shots then once yearly
RabiesVaccine: Required by law in all cats. First dose is at 4 months then every 1-3 years depending on the type of vaccine
Leukemia Vaccine: Required in all cats that have access to outside. Kittens and adults receiving it for the first time are given 2 shots, 3 weeks apart and then once yearly
Flea and tick prevention*
They are not just pests!! Ticks carry Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Anaplasmosis. Fleas are a source of tapeworms and Bartonella (which can cause disease in both the cats and people). Pets should be on prevention year round if you want to guarantee they don't get into your house!!!
The majority of pets have dental disease. Dental tartar and plaque is not only unsightly, but if untreated it causes pain, gum disease and bone loss, resulting in loss of teeth and spread of infection to internal organs
Fecal examination & Deworming
95% of puppies, 20% of adult dogs, 85% of kittens and 40% of adult cats who have had any access to outdoors have intestinal parasites. Some types are contagious to people either directly or through contamination of soil or the pet's hair coat, and can cause serious disease. The CDC recommends deworming every 3 months. Indoor cats are less likely to have intestinal parasites but should have a yearly fecal and deworming.
Giardia is a single celled intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea in cats & dogs and is contagious to people. It is very common in puppies and kittens especially if from a pet store or shelter, or from drinking contaminated water
Collars and ID tags can be lost but a permanently injected microchip is a permanent method of linking your pet with you. The perfect time to implant a microchip is at the time of spaying or neutering, or during another surgical procedure. Once the chip is registered, if your pet is separated from you and picked up by a shelter, the universal scanner will identify you as the owner