At Olde Towne Animal Medical Center, we offer a variety of services to care for your pet. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your pet, please contact us today.
Next to you and your family, your veterinarian is one of the most important people in the life of your pet. The first visit to our veterinary hospital gives you and the doctor an opportunity to establish your pet’s baseline level of health, and may help to identify any potential long-term or chronic health problems. This visit can also confirm the health status identified when you purchased your animal friend.
When you meet with the doctor, be sure to discuss your daily care routines, home environment, and any anticipated problems or concerns you may have. Our veterinarian will examine your new pet to ensure healthy joints and muscles, examine eyes and ears, and evaluate heart and lungs.
Sometimes a visit to the veterinarian can be stressful for your pet. The best way to alleviate this is with positive reinforcement and happy visits. Please feel free to stop by when your pet does not need to see the doctor and associate our hospital with a positive experience. Our staff is experienced at handling animals of all sorts and will help to make your job much easier.
Go to http://healthypetcheckup.org/ for more information about annual Healthy Pet examinations.
Following your first visit and pet’s initial vaccinations, we recommend at least an annual examination for your pet.
A basic vaccination series should be a part of your cat or dog’s veterinary care during the first 3 months. These vaccines protect your pet from leading infections and illnesses. If you acquired your cat or dog after 3 months of age with an unknown vaccination history, we will recommend a vaccination protocol appropriate for his/her age.
Common Health Issues
Your pet may encounter some health issues during its lifetime. Some may be prevented through a regular vaccination schedule, and spaying or neutering-Others, such as cancers, may not be avoidable. In our Companions In Health program, we believe it is important to maintain your pet’s diet, nutrition and exercise, as well as receive routine laboratory testing. However, the following are a few common health concerns that may occur.
Fleas and Ticks
Both fleas and ticks are external parasites that can be itchy, annoying and unhealthy for your pets, We recommend visually inspecting your pet’s skin for signs of fleas during grooming and checking for ticks after returning from an area known to have them, like wooded camping sites, If you suspect a problem, we recommend you schedule an appointment.
Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm are a few parasites that can enter your dog’s intestinal system and create serious health problems. Regular laboratory testing is available to determine if your pet may be harboring intestinal parasites. These parasites may be robbing your pet of valuable nutrients. Please contact our hospital and talk with our staff about bringing a fecal sample for examination,
Heartworm is a parasite that is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. We recommend a blood test annually prior to the mosquito season. If the test is negative, we can dispense a ,preventative medication, in the form of a chewable treat, to be given once a month during the mosquito season.
Spaying and Neutering
Most pets are spayed (females) or neutered (males) to remove reproductive organs and prevent pregnancy. But health issues provide other compelling reasons for spaying and neutering.
Female dogs have a high incidence of cancers of the reproductive system. Spaying removes the ovaries and the uterus, preventing the production of estrogen, which can lead to cancer. Some unspayed older females may contract a life-threatening infection of the uterus called pyometra. We recommend spaying female dogs before their first heat cycle which generally occurs between 6-12 months of age.
Males that are not neutered may exhibit aggressive behaviors, which can be dangerous to them, other animals and people. A dog that was well behaved and calm in its youth can suddenly show a pack mentality and become more aggressive, chase cars, try to get loose to roam freely, or bark and growl all as a result of high testosterone levels. Neutering at an early age may reduce or eliminate these behaviors.
Please contact us today if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we care for your pet.