Our core philosophy is on personalized wellness plans based on your pet’s age, breed, and risk assessment. No single plan or recommendation is right for all pets. We look forward to helping you decide what to do to keep your pet as happy and healthy as possible.
Comprehensive physical exams
We know it looks like we are just lovin’ up your pet while we chat about the weather, but Dr. Teresa is actually completing a comprehensive, physical exam at the same time. This nose to tail exam includes checking for lymph node size, lumps and bumps, tightness or pain in muscles or joints, organ size in the abdomen, clarity of eyes, normal heart rhythm and sounds, breath sounds, etc. This exam, coupled with the detailed information you provide us about their behavior at home, is the best way to detect health problems early.
- Complete exams should be done annually until the age of seven for dogs and age ten for cats.
- We all know things change faster as we age, so our senior pets should come back for a check-up every six months.
As complete as it is, a physical exam cannot detect the subtle things that are going on internally. To assess organ function and detect illness early, we recommend screening bloodwork. Think about the aging process… if an animal ages about 7 years every 12 months, wouldn’t you expect your doctor to do bloodwork every 7 years?
- Basic screening bloodwork (complete blood count/basic chemistries) should be done annually until the age of eight for dogs and age ten for cats.
- After reaching senior status we recommend an annual full screening profile - complete blood count, chemistries, electrolytes, urinalysis and thyroid level. Luckily, when we package those tests together we can offer it at a very affordable rate.
Unlike people that develop hypertension (high blood pressure) secondary to smoking and diet, our older pets develop hypertension because of other conditions that are happening in
their system, such as kidney disease, diabetes, Cushings disease or many others. Besides making them feel bad and act lethargic, left untreated, hypertension can cause blindness
and blood clots that can become lodged in the brain and vessels feeding the rear legs.
We are so pleased with our PetMap - a simple portable device that allows us to measure your pets blood pressure in the comfort of the exam room with no loud noises and no sticky gels. This should be done annually once they have hit senior status.
We do not believe in OVER vaccinating, but we do believe in keeping you and your pets safe, protected and healthy. This is best determined by the lifestyle and risks your pets face.
Core vaccines for dogs - every dog should have them
- Rabies vaccine is required by law - the first vaccine is a one year vaccine; thereafter, it is good for three years. Cost is $18.00 for the 1 or 3 year vaccine.
- DAPP is given at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age; then every 1 to 3 years, depending on lifestyle and risk. Cost is $24.50 for the 1 or 3 year vaccine.
Non-core vaccines for dogs - decision to vaccinate for these is dependent on risk and exposure.
- Leptospirosis – a bacteria spread in the urine of wildlife that causes kidney failure in dogs and can be transmitted to people - vaccinate annually. Cost is $17.00.
- Lyme – tick protection is even more important than the vaccine; however, vaccination adds another layer of protection - vaccinate annually. Cost is $36.50.
- Bordetella/Parainfluenza/Adenovirus - Intranasal vaccine provides local immunity for some respiratory infections. Exposure risk is greatest at boarding/grooming/dog park facilities. Vaccine is given every 6-12 months based on risk exposure. Cost is $18.50.
- Influenza - see our blog for information regarding the CIV vaccine.
Core vaccines for cats - all cats should have them.
- Rabies vaccine can either be the standard 1 or 3 year vaccine ($18). Vaccination with one of these is required by law, even for indoor-only-kitties.
- FVRCP is given at 8, 12, 16 weeks; then, every 1 to 3 years based on lifestyle and risk. Cost $23.50 for the 1 or 3 year vaccine.
Non- core vaccine for cats:
- Feline leukemia vaccine: recommend testing kittens for FeLV and FIV at 12 weeks; then, vaccinating all kittens at 12 and 16 weeks. If high-risk lifestyle (foster home, outdoors), vaccinate at a year of age; then, continue every 1 to 2 years. Cost is $25.50 for the 1 and 2 year vaccine.
Fecal exams - We STRONGLY recommended routine fecal testing every 6-12 months to check for intestinal parasites. Fecal tests check for the presence of giardia,
roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and coccidia. It is important to check for intestinal parasites because they can cause significant intestinal problems and can be transmitted from
animals to humans.
Heartworm Testing and Prevention - Heartworm tests look for a protein produced by adult heartworms. It is important to test annually and keep your pet on prevention year round. This can come in the form of a monthly pill (like Tri-Heart, Heartgard, or Interceptor) or an injection every 6 months (Proheart6).
Want more information? Check out www.heartwormsociety.org
Bug control!!! Effective flea and tick control is important to prevent tapeworms, Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and RMSF; plus, the discomfort of itchy bug bites! It is so much easier to prevent flea infestations than deal with an infestation. We are super excited about Bravecto – a very safe flea and tick control pill that lasts for 3 months!! Ask us if this is the right prescription for your pet!