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It is easy to forget that your pet's lifespan is much shorter than a human's, and that much can change with your pet over the course of one year. Thorough physical examinations of your pet allow us to identify subtle problems that affect his or her health. You may not realize that your pet's lethargy could be related to a heart condition, but your veterinarian will be able to recognize this and other problems during the physical, and may be able to address the abnormality before it grows into a major health problem. This is also an excellent time to talk about recent advances in veterinary medicine and nutrition that may benefit your pet.
Vaccines can protect your pet from many major infectious diseases. Each pet should be evaluated for exposure to specific diseases and vaccinated against those identified. Please feel free to discuss these recommendations with your veterinarian.
A microchip is a tiny computer chip (about the size of a rice grain) that has a unique identifying number programmed into it. This chip can be injected between the shoulder blades directly under the skin and remains there for your pet's lifetime. The injection is a simple procedure, which can be done during routine examinations, and is as painless as a vaccination.
Once the chip has been placed, the unique number, along with information about your pets and yourself, are added to a national database. Most veterinary clinics and animal shelters have scanners that can read the number from your pet's chip, which can be used to locate your pet's home. These chips can greatly improve your chances of reuniting with you lost pets as the identification can never be lost or intentionally removed.
Through years of experience with many types of foods, our veterinarians have carefully chosen premium diets to aid with your pet's medical treatments. Our clinics are able to offer a wide variety of high quality diets for many disease conditions. Some of the diets that we carry have been scientifically proven to help in the treatment of conditions affecting the kidneys, liver, and even the pancreas. Additionally, we have diets that address problems such as food allergies and obesity.
Heartworms are endemic in this area and are spread through mosquitoes. As our temperatures never fall below freezing for long, it is hard to completely eradicate the potential for infection from mosquitoes at any point in the year. As heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition, we highly recommend year round monthly preventive medications for all of your pets. Both dogs and cats can suffer from heartworm disease, so we can't forget our feline friends each month!
Flea and Tick Control
Several products are available for the prevention of flea infestation. A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day which fall off of your pet and into the ground or carpet where they will eventually mature to adults. Each of these fleas can then help to increase the population exponentially and cause a tremendous problem very quickly. Any fleas on your pet can be extremely problematic and both your pet, and its environment should be treated as soon as possible. With the wide range of products available, please feel free to ask us about these products