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Preventive Care for Pets

Routine physical examinations are key to keeping your pet healthy. When recommended, blood work  will provide your veterinarian with information on how well your pet 's major organs are functioning. Dental cleaning when needed will prevent tooth abscesses and keep bacteria from entering the bloodstream. Yearly physical examinations along with a clear communication between the owner and the veterinarian, will provide the best care available for your pet. Many problems and diseases can be prevented, if caught early, and are easier managed with early detection. We will gladly discuss the available options and results with you.

 Intestinal Parasite Screenings are Important

Dogs and cats are frequently born with, or obtain shortly after birth, roundworms, hookworms, or both. Even if the breeder de-wormed the puppy it may not have completely cleared the infestation. Depending upon the age and source of new puppies and kittens, deworming may need to be performed again.  For dogs, most heartworm preventative products provide protection against re-infestation from certain (not all) internal parasites. other internal parasites that dogs and cats can become infested with that may need treatment. We recommend an annual fecal examination as a part of a thorough preventive health program. In some cases of unexplained weight loss or diarrhea, a prophylactic deworming is undertaken regardless of the results of fecal examinations. Sometimes the nature of the diarrhea or the history of the pet are suggestive of a particular type of parasite and may be used to choose an appropriate therapy.