Wellness and Vaccination Programs

One of the best things you can do for your pet is to keep him or her healthy. And one of the easiest and least expensive ways to do that is by bringing in your pet for regular exams and vaccinations.Dogs and cats (and other pets) age far faster than people, so significant changes in your pet’s health can happen in a short time. Wellness programs allow us to diagnose diseases and conditions early, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Often, we can help prevent diseases entirely, just by ensuring that your pet has received appropriate vaccinations and preventives.We recommend that healthy adult dogs and cats visit us once a year. Puppies, kittens, senior pets, and pets with health issues or illnesses need more frequent checkups. We’ll work with you to create an individualized wellness program, including a vaccination and prevention protocol customized specifically to your pet. Call us today to schedule your pet’s wellness exam.

Puppy Wellness

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Our puppy wellness program is designed to offer your new puppy all the benefits of veterinary services available to him / or her from 6 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age. Included in this service is a series of examinations and vaccinations including rabies, distemper, parvovirus, etc. In addition, your puppy will be tested for worms and be treated for the most common intestinal worms of puppies – roundworms and hookworms. Roundworms can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and / or diarrhea. Hookworms are tiny parasites that may cause vomitting, diarrhea, anemia, and even death. There are other parasites that can cause similar symptoms and may cause your puppy to become weak and anemic. Performing strategic dewormings and fecal tests will allow us to treat your puppy accordingly. Although some worms are visible to the naked eye, most worm burdens are diagnosed by examining the stool of your puppy microscopically.

In southeastern VA, heartworm disease prevention also begins at about 6 weeks of age. We will discuss the signs of heartworm disease and its prevention with you at one of your puppy’s scheduled visits.

Other topics that will be addressed include diet, flea and tick control, breeding, grooming, behavior topics, house-breaking methods, and whether to spay/neuter your new pet or not.

Kitten Wellness

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Our kitten wellness program is designed to offer your new kitten all the benefits of veterinary services available to him / or her from 6 weeks of age to about 16 weeks of age, when vaccines are usually finished. Included in this service is a series of examinations and vaccinations including rabies, panleukopenia (distemper), respiratory viruses, etc. In addition, your kitten will be stragetically tested and dewormed for the most common intestinal worm of kittens – roundworms. Roundworms can cause your kitten to vomit and / or experience diarrhea; however, it is possible for your kitten to have roundworms and not show any signs of harboring the worms. Fecal examinations will also look for other types of worms that can affect your kitten.

We recommend routine testing for two of the most deadly viruses to cats, feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. Today’s blood tests are extremely accurate and will quickly assess your new kitten’s exposure to these viruses. Vaccinations will then be discussed, taylored to your kitten’s age and expected lifestlye.

We will also discuss other important topics concerning your pet, including diet, flea and tick control, whether and when to spay/neuter, breeding, indoor/outdoor lifestlye, grooming, and behavior problems. Questions are always encouraged.

Adult Pet Wellness

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We provide diagnostic and wellness services for your adult pet including but not limited to: blood testing, fecal testing, and urine testing. Your personal yearly check up at your doctor is likely to include these tests and so should your pet’s yearly exam. Every year we detect many disease processes in apparently ‘normal’ adult animals. The results help us address problems in the early stages. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatments can result in your companion living a longer healthier life.

Senior Pet Wellness

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Once your dog turns 7 years of age or your cat turns 8 years of age, we recommend that they undergo a thorough senior wellness exam and diagnostic work-up. Even though you may believe your pet is normal, there are many disease processes that do not show any outward sign until the disease is quite advanced. More advanced diseases can be more difficult to treat and are not always as responsive to treatment as diseases diagnosed early.

Early detection of diseases such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, etc. will allow us to administer the appropriate treatments to help extend your pet’s life.

Many symptoms that historically have been attributed to old age and considered untreatable are now treatable. For example, some dogs that appear to have lost their mental alertness can be returned to a mental status indicative of a younger age using appropriate therapy. Please feel free to contact us to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail.