Health for any of us is constantly in flux. There are some days when you may feel a little down and out, and much of the time it’s nothing but fatigue or a slight cold. However, persistent issues could point to a larger problem. For pets and their shorter lives, health changes can happen much more rapidly. Not only that, but their needs change with every stage of their life. Regular pet wellness care helps the furriest member of your family live a fuller, happier, and longer life.

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Care for the Little Ones

Puppies and kittens are at a very vulnerable stage of their lives and require more extensive care than adults. Just like human newborns, their immune systems are still developing, which makes them more susceptible to disease and illness. If you’ve recently adopted a puppy or kitten, we recommend you bring them in for an initial examination where we can assess their needs and get them on a vaccination schedule. Until they are about 4-5 months old, they’ll need to be seen for pet exams every 3 weeks – which can align with their vaccine boosters for your convenience.

During your first visit with us, we’ll discuss:

  • Vaccinations – both core and lifestyle. Some pets who are outdoors a lot or boarded frequently may require additional lifestyle vaccines.
  • Nutritional counseling to ensure your pet is receiving what they need to grow into strong healthy adults.
  • Parasite prevention – puppies and kittens can sometimes be born parasites. Testing is essential so we can begin treatments right away.

Growing Up: Care for Adults

Young dogs and cats are typically in the prime of their life and require less hands-on maintenance than puppies and kittens. Still, that doesn’t mean they should stop seeing the vet for pet wellness care! We recommend annual checkups regardless if your pet is showing any signs of illness. Regular care helps us catch any potential problems as they develop, so we can start a treatment plan right away.

Areas we like to highlight in adult pet exams include:

  • Up-to-date vaccinations and pest prevention.
  • Nutritional counseling – as they grow, their dietary needs change and some may even develop food allergies, so it’s important they get the food that is best for them.
  • Dental health – your pet’s teeth need daily cleaning just like yours – though sometimes that isn’t possible. Plenty of options exist to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
  • Regular bloodwork and diagnostics – knowing what your pets numbers are in good times helps us recognize subtle changes, so we can address issues quickly.
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Care for Our Senior Pets

Life always comes full circle. When your pet reaches senior status, their health starts to become vulnerable again. We may recommend that you bring them in for pet exams bi-annually, so we can keep a closer eye on any conditions that could develop. Age-related illnesses are often subtle, and symptoms can be easy to miss. Changes in your pet’s behavior, energy level, or appetite should be reported to your veterinarian. Additionally, while you may be inclined to let your pet enjoy a nice lay down and lounge around, its important to keep up their exercise, as it helps with body weight and strengthening joints.

Important elements of senior pet wellness care include:

  • Bi-annual checkups with regular bloodwork – this helps us set up a baseline for your pet’s health, so if anything does deteriorate, we can know the gravity of the change right away.
  • Dietary changes – again, nutrition is changing! As pets enter their golden years, they need fewer calories, so take care to feed your pet less, and limit treats.
  • Appealing to their needs – as pets age, they may develop arthritis, making it hard to move around, and they may even lose some or all of their hearing and eyesight. Be patient and do what you can to keep them out of harm’s way.

For more information about life stage pet wellness care, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop in! We’d love to help answer your questions and ease your concerns!

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