Wellness and Preventative Care

Physical Examination
A wellness exam gives us the opportunity to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This will help us identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet. It is a good time to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not seem evident at home. This information can help detect early signs of illness and address any issues before they progress. We also welcome all of your questions and it is our pleasure to address any of your concerns. We strive to help you understand your petís health considerations and encourage you to be involved in your petís health care decisions.

Vaccinations depending on lifestyle
Vaccines help pets live longer, healthier lives. Protecting your pet is our primary goal and developing a vaccine schedule for your pet is important to us. Not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, while other vaccines are optional and may be suggested based on a variety of factors, such as their risk for exposure. The recommendations may change throughout your petís life, as travel habits and other variables change.

Heartworm and flea prevention
Parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets. Ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, can be found in pets, but is also transmissible to humans. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes and live in your petsí lungs and heart. They cause damage to these organs and can be deadly. We recommend certain tests to make sure they donít have parasites and we can examine them for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites. We can recommend medications to help control and prevent fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites and create a comprehensive program for your pet. Preventing these parasites will protect your petís health, your children, and other family members.

Puppy and Kitten Care
Getting a puppy or kitten is an exciting event for you and your family. To get them off on the right foot, you should bring them in to meet us! Dr. Gaffney will perform a full physical and look for any signs of illness, check for hernias and heart murmurs. It is recommended to carry out a fecal examination. This is done to detect gastrointestinal parasites. The visit is a great opportunity to discuss a recommended vaccine schedule and the best approach to parasite testing, treatment, and prevention. Please bring any records with you so we can develop a plan for your new puppy or kitten. We welcome all of your questions and want to address any of your concerns. We want to educate you as pet owners so you are better able to care for your new addition.