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Wellness Exams

Regular physical examination is of the utmost importance – often problems are detected that, if untreated, would progress to serious illness. A complete physical examination is done routinely and involves an assessment of all body systems. The doctor uses visual observation, a stethoscope (to listen to the heart, lungs, and GI sounds), an otoscope (to look in ear canals), an ophthalmoscope (to look in the eyes), and palpation of lymph nodes, joints, and abdominal organs.

Routine laboratory testing such as fecal flotations and heartworm tests diagnose internal parasites. Vaccinations, a hallmark of preventative medicine, are used carefully and selectively to prevent serious contagious diseases. We follow the vaccination guidelines put out by the major veterinary teaching hospitals in America. The vaccine types recommended and the frequency of vaccination vary depending on the lifestyle of the pet being vaccinated, i.e. indoor vs outdoor pets, travel plans, kennel/boarding plans, and underlying disease conditions such as immune-mediated diseases or pre-existing infections such as FIV infection. Because these factors may change over time, we recommend the vaccination plan for each pet be decided upon by the owner and the veterinarian at routine annual examinations.

Canine & Feline Dentistry

In an added effort to provide your pet with quality care, we offer pet dental services in our veterinary office. It is estimated that 80% of pets exhibit the beginning stages of periodontal disease by age 3, which is why dental exams and teeth cleanings are essential. Also, studies indicate that pets with good oral hygiene tend to live 2 to 4 years longer than pets who neglect dental care. While periodontal disease is entirely preventable, when left untreated it can lead to cardiac disease, kidney infection, liver infection, or stroke.

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Some simple home hygiene tips are:

  • Brushing your pet’s teeth as little as one time a week can cut down on 50-60% of tartar build-up.

  • Dental products specifically designed for pets, including Oravet and CET, can help protect gums and lessen tartar.

  • Dry pet food is better for teeth than canned food; it causes abrasion to tooth surfaces when chewed, helping remove tartar build-up. Other treats such as raw hide can also help remove built-up plaque.

  • Many pet toys support dental health. Buying your pets these toys not only entertains them but offers a dual purpose in helping clean teeth.

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