Wellness, Microchips & More

Wellness Exam Info:  Wellness exams are important to your pet’s health as they allow the doctor to detect potential problems early and prevent future health issues.  Wellness exams should be performed on all new puppies and kittens, then continue on an annual or bi-annual basis throughout the life of your pet.  Older pets (over 6 years) may require more frequent wellness exams and/or yearly blood screening.

Spay & Neuter Info:  Over 100,000 pets end up in shelters each year due to overpopulation.  You can do your part to help control the pet population by having your pet spayed or neutered.  Spaying and neutering can also help prevent a number of diseases as pets get older.

Vaccination:  Vaccines are one of the most important weapons we have for preventing diseases in your pet.  Let us help you protect your four-legged friend by starting a vaccine regimen today.  Puppies and kittens should receive their first vaccines between 4-6 weeks of age.  Virginia law requires that all dogs and cats remain up-to-date on rabies vaccination.

Heartworm testing:  Heartworm disease is potentially fatal and affects thousands of pets each year.  The disease is spread by mosquitos and, if left undetected, can localize in the heart and cause serious damage.  A simple blood test is all that is needed to detect heartworm disease in your pet.  This disease is easily prevented with a once-a-month chewable tablet.

Fleas & Ticks:  Not only do fleas and ticks make pets uncomfortable, they can also cause a host of problems.  Fleas can easily infest homes and yards; they can also cause flea allergy dermatitis and tapeworms.  Ticks carry a number of diseases that can be transmitted to animals and people, including Lyme disease and Ehrlichia.  We have a variety of methods to control fleas and ticks.

Lyme Disease:  Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks and can cause joint pain, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.  You can protect your pet by testing them for Lyme with a simple blood test and/or starting them on an annual vaccination program.

FELV/FIV:  Feline Leukemia and FIV are viruses that suppress the immune system.  Cats of all ages and breeds are susceptible to these diseases, with outdoor cats and multiple cat households at the highest risk of infection.  We recommend testing all newly adopted cats and kittens along with any unvaccinated cats that may have been exposed.  Feline Leukemia vaccines are available to protect your cat.

Microchips:  Approximately 1 out of 3 pets will get lost; many of these are never found.  Microchipping provides a permanent method of identification and can be registered with a nationwide company to help return your pet if they become lost.



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