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The Paw Haven Animal Hospital team is here to keep your four-legged family members feeling their best! From wellness care to laser therapy, you can count on us to be there throughout every stage of your pet’s life.
Providing your pet with the foundation they need for great health is one of the biggest gifts you can provide for them. Great food, exercise, attention, and home life all provide an excellent environment to ensure your cherished friend has a great quality of life for years to come. Even when these things are all in place, however, there is still a variety of health concerns that can be prevented through veterinary support. The importance of annual pet wellness exams cannot be overstated and can provide key insights, prevention, and health security for your pet. Let’s take a closer look.
Prevent Pet Illness, Encourage Optimal Health
One of the reasons annual pet exams can be such a powerful prevention tool for your pet’s health is due to the comprehensive overview it can provide. A veterinarian will look at various well-known markers for health, and check for markers for illness. This happens through a visual exam, a physical exam, and blood testing. These tests are able to help determine the general level of health your pet is currently experiencing and helps to create a wellness plan moving forward.
The Yearly Visit – Your Annual Pet Check-Up
Now that you know what comes with pet exams, it’s time to get them into your yearly schedule. Establishing a yearly routine (or sooner if your pet requires treatment for a condition) is a sure way to get ahead of any potential challenges that may be in the way of optimal health for your pet. Talk to your veterinarian about what is best for you and your pet so you can get into a routine that works for everyone.
As you can see, establishing routine annual pet exams is essential. When it comes to prevention and treatment of health conditions, there are few things as effective as a routine veterinary overview. This is a perfect opportunity for you to develop a deeper relationship with your pet and take further responsibility for their wellness. Reach out to your veterinarian today to talk about scheduling your next (possibly even first) pet exam. You will be grateful in the long run – and so will your cherished pet.
The first line of defense is always home care. But while some animals (especially dogs) tolerate their owners handling their mouths and brushing their teeth, most (especially cats) will struggle or act out. That can always make oral care difficult at best, and ineffective at worst.
The best way to ensure your pet’s oral health is to have regular cleanings at our office. Discuss how often you ought to come in as well as a home hygiene regimen with your vet. This will also prevent dental issues from progressing to larger (and potentially deadly) internal issues, such as dysfunction or disease in the heart, kidneys, liver, or lungs.
In the wild, hiding pain, illness, or other weaknesses are survival instincts. Many times, your pet will have the same instincts, even in the safety and comfort of your loving home, so always keep an eye on your pet’s eating habits and behaviors. Recognizing the difference between normal changes in mood and red flags can be difficult sometimes.
What you interpret as a persistent grumpiness may actually be a sign that your pet is in pain.
New irritability, shying away from being touched (especially on the face and around the mouth or throat), sluggishness, loss of appetite or difficulty eating, and lethargy are all behavioral signs which may indicate illness.
However, if you note any of the following physical changes, contact your vet immediately:
Red and swollen gums
Bleeding gums, especially when eating or when having teeth brushed
Swelling around the mouth
Loose or missing teeth
Crusted build up at the edge of the gums
Persistent bad or fetid breath
Regular vaccinations and examinations will help keep your pet healthy and happy. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you of the frequency that your pet should be examined, but most recommend either annual or six-monthly visits. This is because pets age an average of 7 times faster than humans and so by the time they reach 6/7 years old they are considered middle-aged. Larger breeds of dogs are often considered to be seniors by the time they reach 8.
Puppies and kittens are usually protected from infectious diseases by their mother’s milk provided she has been adequately vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts for a short while.
Puppies should be vaccinated at 8 and 10 weeks.
Kittens should be vaccinated at 9 and 12 weeks.
Boosters should be given 12 months after the date of the first vaccinations.
If you have an older pet then your veterinarian will be able to advise the correct vaccination protocol that you should follow.
Paw Haven Animal Hospital is able to process a wide array of diagnostic laboratory tests with our in-house laboratory.
Our tests include things like:
- Blood Tests
- Urine Tests
- Fecal Tests
- Parasite Tests
- Digital X-rays
- …and more!
Our team is highly skilled and experienced in performing a wide variety of pet surgeries using modern techniques, cutting edge equipment and always adhering to the strictest standards of safety and care. We provide surgical options in a clean and safe environment. Most importantly, our veterinary team can closely track each animal’s vital condition during surgery. Your pet is in safe hands at Paw Haven Animal Hospital!
We provide surgical options in a clean and safe environment. Most importantly, our veterinary team can closely track each animal’s vital condition during surgery.
Over 13 million pets are put to death in our nation’s animal shelters each year for lack of homes. That is why responsible pet owners make sure that their pets are not contributing to this serious over-population problem. In addition to preventing overpopulation, there are also health risks that are reduced by spaying and neutering.
Cold Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that is used to promote tissue repair and to relieve pain and inflammation. The therapeutic or cold laser emits low-level light that penetrates tissues and produces biochemical reactions within the cells. These reactions promote cell regeneration and healing and can decrease inflammation and pain.
Laser therapy is used for a variety of conditions including post-operative pain management and healing; chronic wounds; traumatic injuries; sprains and strains; arthritis; and others.
Parasites, and the diseases they carry, can all be prevented with proper medication and maintenance. Fleas and ticks are not only a source of irritation to your pet, but they can also harbor disease and adversely affect your pet’s health. Heartworm is a dangerous parasite that lives in the heart of dogs and cats, damages the heart muscle, and can be fatal.
Ridding a pet and home from fleas can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars and can be nearly impossible to get rid of as flea eggs can survive for a very long time. We will work with you to set up the best flea and tick preventive plan for your pets.
It is difficult to see your pet in pain or suffering and not know what’s wrong. Our team provides state of the art in house diagnostics to help us learn what’s wrong and provide an accurate diagnosis. A quicker diagnosis leads to quicker treatment!
There have been many advancements in digital x-ray technology, and we can now manipulate the digital images that we take. This allows us to diagnose issues that may not be seen on a traditional x-ray.
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