Pet Wellness Services
WELLNESS CARE FOR A LIFETIME OF GREAT HEALTH
Regular wellness exams are the key to keeping your pet healthy. We recommend all pets undergo an annual nose-to-tail wellness exam, though more frequent exams are encouraged. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and frequent exams can help spot health problems in your pet before they become expensive to treat and potentially life-threatening.
During an exam, we examine your pet's nose, eyes and ears, check your pet's teeth and oral cavity, listen to your pet's heart and lungs, carefully examine the skin and coat for any unusual lumps or swelling, palpate the abdomen and muscles and perform an orthopedic evaluation of the bones, joints and back. In addition to physical exams, your pet's wellness program includes parasite testing, heartworm and flea control and specialized blood tests for all life stages.
We also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up to date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication between you and your pet's doctor ensures your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention he deserves, so he can live a long, healthy life.
Vaccinations are one of the most important ways you can keep your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. At Park Animal Hospital, our veterinarians determine a vaccination protocol based on your pet's lifestyle, susceptibility to disease, geographic location, and the most current recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medicine Association. Our goal to is to maintain optimal health and protection while not over-vaccinating your pet.
In general, we recommend our canine patients receive immunizations against distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus. After the first series of immunizations are administered, we recommend vaccinations every three years, beginning at 1.5 years of age. Rabies vaccine is administered every three years, and leptospirosis and bordetella vaccines are given yearly. For cats, we recommend immunizations against distemper, rhinotracheitis and feline calici virus. After the first series are completed, we recommend vaccinations every three years, beginning at 1.5 years of age. Feline leukemia vaccine is administered every three years and rabies vaccine is given yearly. We encourage you to discuss immunization options for your pet with our veterinarians and medical staff.
PUPPY & KITTEN CARE
The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention to grow and develop well.
At Park Animal Hospital, your veterinarian will partner with you to create a custom health plan so your new companion receives the care required to get the best start in life. We also offer special packages for puppies and kittens starting at 8 weeks old – please call us for details!
Your puppy's and kitten's first year of care at Park Animal Hospital includes:
- Physical Examinations: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with the first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they provide your pet's veterinarian with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.
- Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle, breed and suggested medical guidelines.
- Diagnostic Testing: Puppies should be tested for Heartworm and kittens tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS.
- Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering and microchipping.
We also take plenty of time during these visits to offer health care, nutrition and training advice and discuss any concerns you have. This is your new kitten or puppy and we're happy to answer all your questions.
It may seem like only yesterday that your pet was a playful puppy or frisky kitten, but pets are considered senior citizens around seven or eight years of age. Like you, your pet's medical needs change as he or she grows older, and pets in their senior years begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. However, this process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care, thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health.
At Park Animal Hospital, we have developed a comprehensive senior wellness program for pets entering their golden years. The key to keeping your older pet healthy is preventive care. Regular wellness exams, blood, urine and parasite testing plus other preventive measures can help spot potential health risks before they become chronic and difficult to treat. Our veterinarians and staff work with you to develop a wellness plan that takes into account your pet's unique needs and lifestyle.
There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age-related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With help from your veterinarian at Park Animal Hospital, you can prolong your pet's vitality and well-being even as his or her pace slows a bit.