PREVENTATIVE CARE

GENERAL WELLNESS

Thorough examinations are important for your pet’s health. We provide general wellness evaluations as well as office examinations. These examinations can help detect illness or abnormalities in their early stages. During your pet’s wellness examination, our trained professionals can help determine which vaccinations are necessary for your pet’s lifestyle.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS

Routine physical exams allow our vets to develop a complete picture of your pet’s overall health and wellness. Regular, annual visits to our veterinary office ensure we can check and monitor any health problems before they become difficult to treat. A physical exam evaluates a number of parameters including:
  • Heart and lungs
  • Vision and ocular (eye) changes
  • Teeth and oral cavity
  • Check skin for ticks, fleas and other external parasites
  • Look for unusual lumps or swelling
  • Test joints and muscles for arthritis
  • Inspect the skin and hair coat including ear canal
  • Check the lymph nodes for enlargement or irregularities
  • Assess body mass index for weight concerns
  • Discuss any behavioral and socialization progress or issues
  • Make recommendations based on physical exam findings

VACCINATIONS

We understand that every pet has their own unique set of needs. This is especially true when it comes to vaccinations. Our veterinarians take into account a patient’s health history, exposure potential, environment, age and household risks to help determine which vaccination protocol is best for them. Together, we will work with you to decide what vaccinations are best for your pet and help you make an informed decision about their health.

Vaccinations offered include:
  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
  • Leptosporosis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Canine Influenza
  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Heartworm Testing/Tick Bourne Disease Testing/Preventative Medication
  • Feline Leukemia and Immunodeficiency Virus Testing

FLEA/HEARTWORM PREVENTION & TREATMENT

If your pet has ever had fleas, you know how miserable it can be for both them and you! It is more that simply bites from fleas. Fleas can cause other health problems including flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, and even anemia. Luckily fleas can completely treated and preventable with modern veterinary products. There are many safe, easy to use products today available only from veterinarians.

Your pet’s veterinarian should be your primary source of flea preventative information and develop your pet’s very own flea treatment and preventative regimen. The Coldwater Animal Hospital staff can has the latest and safest products on the market and will determine to correct product to match your pet’s specific needs.

Among the most dangerous parasites that can infect dogs, heartworms are passed from infected dogs to other dogs by mosquitoes. The disease is spread when an infected mosquito bites a dog and deposits immature, tiny heartworm larvae near the bite wound. The larvae then enter the wound and migrate beneath the skin, where they eventually reach the heart and lungs. Heartworms can grow to be as long as 12 inches. Heartworm disease is debilitating and may prove fatal.

Heartworm prevention begins with a simple blood test to make sure your dog is not infected. A monthly heartworm preventive can be prescribed to keep your dog safe from this disease. If your dog does become infected with heartworms we offer a range of treatment options to treat the disease in all stages.

WELLNESS TESTING

While a physical examination helps your veterinarian develop and obtain a complete medical history for your pet, it does not give them the complete physiological picture. By running a few basic lab tests (blood,urine & stool), we can obtain a great deal of information about your pet’s internal organ function. This gives us crucial information about your pet’s overall health.

For more information about wellness testing, please contact us today to speak with one of our NYS Licensed Veterinary Technicians. A member of our staff will happily give you more information on our wellness plans and programs.

If your pet is over 7 years old, please see our special Geriatric Wellness section.
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