Pet Wellness & Vaccinations
Puppy and Kitten Wellness
At Pet Medical Center, starting puppies or kittens off on the right paw during their first year of life is our common goal. It is during this time that they are most susceptible to the common diseases for which they need to be vaccinated. Nutrition, intestinal parasites, heartworms, spaying or neutering, training and behavioral counseling, dental care, and other health care issues will be addressed and tailored to your pet’s needs.
Adult Pet Wellness
The adult years, ages 1-7 years, are generally the healthiest time of your pet’s life. The excellent habits that you and your pet establish during this time will set the stage for a long and healthy life.
Prevention and early detection are the cornerstones of wellness. We recommend the following Adult Wellness Program:
- Annual examination—Pets age seven times as fast as we do, so we believe that every dog and cat should receive at least an annual examination by a veterinarian. Examinations are a critical component of early detection as they help veterinarians find diseases early, which is the best time for them to be treated.
- Vaccination—Adult dogs and cats receive their routine vaccinations every 3 years as prevention against disease. We also recommend yearly vaccination for bordatella in dogs. For cats that go outdoors or are at higher risk, we recommend yearly feline leukemia vaccination.
- Parasite prevention—We recommend year-round, monthly broad-spectrum preventives to prevent infestation with fleas, intestinal parasites, and heartworms. Revolution® is our product of choice. View videos on Fleas and Internal Parasites.
- Diet/weight management—In the United States, over 40% of dogs and cats are overweight. Feeding a healthy diet and keeping a watchful eye on your pet’s weight is very important. This makes a huge difference in long-term health by preventing many disease conditions. We recommend special prescription diets and strategies for Dogs and Cats alike to help them lose weight.
View a video on Wellness For Your Pet.
Senior Pet Wellness
Wasn’t it just a few short years ago that they were puppies or kittens? Sometimes it’s hard to accept, but your pets age faster than you do. They enter their senior years sooner than you might realize.
We consider pets who are 7 years or older to be seniors. Senior pets are valued and much-loved members of your family. At this stage of life, they may need a little closer observation and a little extra care. Just like humans, pets in their senior years are more prone to developing serious health problems like diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, and heart disease. Early detection is the key to diagnosing and successfully treating these problems. An annual examination by one of our veterinarians will go a long way toward helping your pets achieve the active and healthy life that you desire and that they deserve.
During the Senior Wellness Visit, we will do a physical exam, blood and urine tests, fecal analysis, dental exam, arthritis exam, rectal exam, and body condition score. Once your pet is over 12 years old, we recommend these visits twice a year so we can keep an even closer eye on potential problems. Of course, keeping senior pets’ vaccinations and parasite prevention up to date continues to be important.
View a video on Geriatric Wellness.
The three most common health problems that we see in senior pets are arthritis, obesity, and dental disease. These problems can occur at any age, but they seem to be magnified in the senior years, having a more profound effect on your pet’s quality of life. Fortunately, successful management can dramatically improve your pet’s outlook and enjoyment of life. View a video on Degenerative Joint Disease.