Preventative Care for your Dog or Cat
Regular pet health and wellness exams are the key to keeping your pet healthy and greeting you at the door for years to come.
Routine Annual Professional Examination
Wellness examinations help us develop a complete picture of your pet's overall health and are useful for detecting potential problems before they become more difficult to treat. At Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital, we spend a minimum of 30 minutes with each patient and client during an annual (or preferably a bi-annual) wellness examination. As part of an examination, the doctor will evaluate the following on your pet
- Heart and lungs
- Test the vision and and ocular (eye) changes
- Examine the teeth and oral cavity
- Look for unusual lumps or swelling
- Test the joints and muscles for arthritis and evidence of unseen pain
- Inspect the skin and hair coat including ear canals
- Check the lymph nodes for enlargement or irregularities
- Assess his body mass index for weight concerns
- During the exam, we discuss your pet’s vaccination needs and ask questions about your pet’s behavior, eating habits and other information.
The veterinarians at Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital believe that working closely with clients is a vital part of keeping pets healthy.
Dog and Cat Vaccinations
Every pet is unique - especially when it comes to vaccinations. At Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital, the doctors believe that each patient has individual needs based on their history, background, exposure potential, environment, age and household risks. We believe each patient should undergo 6-month evaluations and examinations to assess the above risk factors. Together, we will determine which vaccination protocol is best for your pet.
As a general rule of thumb, for the last 30 years, yearly pet vaccinations have not predisposed our patients to the potentially dangerous and deadly diseases that we are trying to protect them against. Certain vaccines have shown to have a three-year efficacy against certain viruses. However, most of our patients have not received these vaccines and, if so, have not received them consistently as they typically see different vets or move to different areas with different risk factors.
We take vaccinations very seriously and would rather not give a vaccination if not needed, or at least waiting until other concerns for the animal are taken care of first.
Due to the number of parvo viral enteritis positive patients (puppies and young adult dogs) we experience in our area, we still advocate yearly vaccination for dogs until they reach their senior years and then 3-year vaccines, as long as that is what is appropriate for that individual patient.
In our community, outdoor/indoor cats still predominate! We see an abundance of Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus positive cases, as well as extreme numbers of herpes viral rhinotracheitis. Rabies is also resurfacing at an alarming rate in our area.
The doctors at Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital understand and indeed share the concerns cat owners have regarding the tumors that have been associated with some vaccinations. We appreciate the trust engendered to us in keeping your cat safe by preventing serious disease and while keep them from harm! The vaccinations we have chosen for our cat patients are FELINE specific vaccinations, meaning we do not administer cross species vaccines to our feline patients. They are also all NON-adjuvented, greatly reducing the risk of tumor formation. We encourage you to visit our site on Vaccine Related Sarcoma. With the incidence of vaccine-induced sarcomas on the decline with the onset of improved feline vaccines, we feel yearly vaccinations are still important, depending upon individual patient needs, risk factors, exposure or potential exposure.
Pet identification is a must, but sometimes, an ID tag and a collar aren't enough. Each year, millions of pets go missing. Microchipping your pet is a safe, easy way to help bring your pet home safely. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades in a procedure similar to a vaccination. Each microchip is encoded with information that corresponds to a national pet database. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have special scanners capable of reading the information on each microchip. If your pet is lost, his microchip is scanned and the information in the database is used to reunite you and your faithful companion.
Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system.
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