These services are not required but are strongly recommended.
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.
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. We use a variety of methods to ensure that your pet's surgery and recovery are as comfortable as possible.
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 will someday suffer 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.
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.