Our Health for Life program is designed to keep your pets' healthy and you as a pet owner, well informed. Prevention is the key to keeping your furry friend happy and healthy for as long as possible.
Healthy for Life!
With so many choices available, it can be hard as a pet owner to decide what nutrition to offer our pets to eat. And, the advertising world makes it nearly impossible to really know what is in that bag, can or tube of food. We can help!
Every pet is unique in their nutritional needs and it changes throughout their life stages. With each exam we assess your pet’s Body Condition Score and Muscle Mass Index, following guidelines internationally established by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. These guidelines allow us to recognize good, healthy body condition and be aware if illness or other concerns are beginning.
One of the important changes in pet food labeling laws includes the labels now show how many calories are in each can or cup of food. We can tailor your pet’s daily calorie needs and give you the right volume of food to give based on needing weight gain, loss or staying perfectly healthy!
The quote from Hippocrates is so true, “let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. The right diet choices can promote and allow for a healthy, long life and can also be used as therapy or part of a treatment plan if illness happens.
It is important to keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date. Each of our pets risks for being exposed to disease varies, depending on where they live and what the lifestyle is for their family. Is your dog or cat going to be boarding or grooming or going on ‘play dates’ with with others? Do you love to hike or hunt in the woods and see you dog exploring streams and wildlife areas? Does your indoor kitty have a shelf on a window sill where other cats love to come and visit? And some of our preventable diseases like Rabies, Leptospirosis or Lyme disease are a concern for the humans in the family. Its important to establish what risks are possible on an individual basis to determine the right vaccine program to prevent illness.
We keep current on emerging disease concerns and follow vaccination protocols that have been approved by the American Veterinary Medicine Association and the American Animal Hospital Association and are using pediatric-size doses for our core vaccines to be as comfortable as possible for our little ones.
Let us help you decide what would be the best vaccine program for your special friends to keep them Happy and Healthy!
Frequently clients call specifically for behavior concerns or they are identified as an issue during a physical exam appointment. One of the most important things we can do is determine if changes in behavior such as house soiling changes, aggression that is new, being timid or acting afraid or other behavior that is seen as odd or different is actually a medical related problem. Working with a complete history and a good physical exam and other diagnostic testing that may be necessary. We can establish the best way to help your pet and family with the problem.
Once we’ve identified the cause of the unwanted behavior or changes we can recommend ways to begin correcting or eliminating the problem. We can help tailor a program that may involve recommending behavioral counseling and training as well as address specific needs for your pet with nutritional and herbal therapy options, medical choices and even acupuncture and specific pheromone therapy for dogs and cats.
Unwanted behaviors in your pet can add stress in a home. We can help!
Dental Health Care
Your pet’s dental wellness is proving to be one of the most important parts of their being comfortable and healthy. We want to involve you as much as possible in recognizing what your pet’s healthy mouth and teeth look like from puppy and kittenhood, and what we can do to maintain those great teeth and gums. Yes, brushing is best and not impossible! And, we can show you other good options for oral care that can work for you and be great for your pet.
With each exam we look at the teeth, gums, tongue and assess if gingivitis, periodontal disease or lumps and bumps are a concern for your pet’s overall good health. Infection in the mouth can lead to pain and eating issues, heart and kidney disease and general ill health. Dental cleanings and x-ray evaluations can be done to assess and treat dental disease and get your pet’s mouth healthy again.
Our goal with our Dental Care Program is to help your special friend keep those teeth and mouth healthy and comfortable for life!