Longer, Happier Lives

Starts with routine veterinary care.

Comprehensive Exams

During a comprehensive exam, the doctor checks the heart, lungs, eyes, ears, skin condition, musculoskeletal system, flexion and extension of joints, mouth, teeth, gums, and any other condition you might be concerned about.

It is standard procedure and good medicine to do an exam each time vaccines are given to ensure that your pet is in good enough health to receive vaccines. If vaccines are given when a pet is not in good health, they can aggravate whatever condition your pet is suffering from at that time and be less effective.

We recommend that your pet receive a full physical exam at least once a year if he or she is 7 years old or younger. Once your pet has passed age 7, he or she is considered a senior citizen, and we recommend an exam every 6 months after that point.

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Puppy & Kitten Health

Starting at the age of 8 weeks, puppies and kittens receive several shots over the course of a few months. The health of puppies and kittens is more fragile than that of adults; so each month, your new puppy or kitten will be examined again prior to receiving the next set of vaccines.

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Fecal Exams

Fecal exams check the stool for parasites, blood, and bacterial overgrowth. Puppies and kittens should have at least 1 fecal exam, and it is recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that pets have a fecal exam done every year thereafter. It is also a good idea to have your pet's stool checked if it is loose or bloody.

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Intestinal parasites are very common in puppies and kittens, so your new pet should be dewormed 2 to 3 times. This is done by giving medications that rid the body of the parasite and its eggs. Parasite prevention is very important, because not only does it ensure your pet's health and comfort, but it also helps prevent you and your children from getting parasites from your pet.

Many parasites are, in fact, transferable to humans. So it is best to keep your pet on parasite prevention medicines and have annual fecal exams done.

Our clinic recommends putting your dog on Heartgard® starting at 8 weeks of age. This is a chewable tablet given once a month that prevents heartworms, hookworms, and roundworms. A heartworm test is done at 8 months of age, as well as once a year. This test is important to do because while Heartgard® is the best way to prevent heartworms, it is not a guarantee, just like other medications.

The test is also important because knowing your dog's heartworm status allows us to best care for him and make decisions together about parasite treatment and prevention. For more information about heartworm disease, visit the American Heartworm Society.

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We offer microchip implantation to identify your pet should he or she get lost. With a quick injection, the microchip is implanted under the skin in between the shoulder blades. Your contact information will then be registered to that particular microchip number. If your pet gets lost and is brought to a shelter or vet clinic, he or she will be scanned for a microchip, and you will be contacted to come retrieve your pet. The microchip company we work with is Home Again®.

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We are equipped with a full-service digital X-ray machine. X-rays are taken on a specialized phosphorus plate and are developed by a laser beam that reads the image and sends it to the computer. The doctor interprets the X-ray image on the computer. At this point, the image can be emailed or transferred to a DVD, which is very helpful when we need to consult a specialist about the X-rays.

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