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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.
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?
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
Non-core vaccines for dogs - decision to vaccinate for these is dependent on risk and exposure.
Core vaccines for cats - all cats should have them.
Non- core vaccine for cats:
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!