Pet Wellness & Vaccinations for Your Dog or Cat
When you bring your pet to Animal Family Veterinary Care Center, we will acquaint you with our “nose to toes” exams. This involves checking each of your pet’s body systems one at a time. By taking the time to explain what we are looking for and what you need to watch for, we will help you to become a full partner in keeping your pet well and happy.
For example, when the veterinarian examines your pet’s ears, two things he or she is looking for are debris or foreign matter in the ear and inflammation. We will show you how to examine your pet so that you will have a better idea of when something is out of the ordinary.
For small animals younger than 6 years old, Animal Family Veterinary Care Center recommends an examination annually. These services include a physical exam, fecal analysis, and vaccines appropriate to your pet’s lifestyle and environment. We will talk with you and make recommendations on issues such as the need for flea and tick preventives or heartworm medications.
When small animals are older than 6 years, we recommend having blood work done annually to look for things like kidney problems. Treatment for common old-age problems such as these, if caught early, can often be effective.
Our wellness philosophy stresses in-house, routine wellness examinations:
- Annual and semi-annual wellness exams
- Annual wellness blood and fecal screening
- Heartworm and tick-borne disease testing
- Testing for leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
- Heartworm testing for cats and dogs
- Video otoscopy to check for problems with the ears
- Extended vaccine protocols
Why Pet Vaccinations Are Important
It may be difficult to see a veterinarian injecting your pet with a needle, but vaccinations help to keep your pet and family safe from disease. Pet vaccines today are safer than ever.
Vaccinating your pet protects everyone. Some strains of the diseases that we vaccinate for can infect dogs, cats, and humans as well. For instance, Leptospirosis can quietly infect a dog that may show no symptoms at all but will still be able to transmit the disease to others, including you.
On rare occasions, some animals may react to a vaccine. This could cause a low-grade fever or muscle aches. It is more common in young and toy breed dogs and may manifest as a decrease in appetite or increased sleepiness for a day or two. Some components that may produce a strong reaction can be left out of future vaccines. If your pet has had a vaccine reaction in the past, don’t skip future vaccinations but do discuss it with us so that we can prevent a recurrence.