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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.

Lab work

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 very 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.

Blood pressure

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 allows us to measure your pets blood pressure in the comfort of the exam room- no loud noises, no sticky gels. This should be done annually once they have hit senior status.


Vaccines

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, after that it is good for three years. Cost $18 for 1 or 3 year
  • DAPP is given at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age then every 1-3 years depending on lifestyle and risk. Cost $24.50 for 1-3 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 $17
  • Lyme – tick protection is even more important that the vaccine, but Lyme disease has worked its way into NC vaccination adds another layer of protection- vaccinate annually. Cost $34.50
  • Bordetella/Parainfluenza/Adenovirus- Intranasal vaccine provides local immunity for some respiratory infections. Exposure risk is greatest at boarding/grooming/dog park facilities. Vaccine given every 6-12 months based on risk exposure. Cost $18.50
  • Influenza- while there have been outbreaks in the Midwest and Northeast, we have not seen any cases in NC. I am keeping abreast of this emerging disease and will continue to assess the risk level for our pets here in NC. The current vaccine produced does not offer protection against the Midwest outbreak. 

Core vaccines for cats:

  • Rabies vaccine can either be the standard 1 or 3 year vaccine ($18), or the un-adjuvanted, 1 yr Purevax vaccine rabies ($25). Vaccination with one of these is required by law even for indoor only kitties.
  • FVRCP is given at 8, 12, 16 weeks, then every 1-3 years based on lifestyle and risk. Cost $21.50 for 1-3 year vaccine.

Non- core vaccine for cats:

  • Feline leukemia vaccine: recommend testing kittens for FeLVand FIV at 12 weeks then vaccinating all kittens at 12 and 16 weeks. If high risk life style (foster home, spend time outdoors) , vaccinate at a year of age, then continue every 1-2 years. Cost $25.50 for 1-2 year vaccine

Parasite Control

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 periodically for intestinal parasites because they can cause significant intestinal problems and they can be transmitted from animals to humans causing blindness and even death.

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 or Interceptor) or an injection every 6 months (Proheart 6- currently on back-order)
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 new, very safe flea and tick control pill that lasts for 3 months!! Ask us if this is the right prescription for your pet!