Wellness and Vaccination Programs

Our wellness and vaccination programs are designed to promote disease prevention and to help ensure your pet lives a long and happy life with your family. Following a full physical examination and discussion regarding the activities and lifestyle of your pet, we work with you to specifically formulate a wellness program that encompasses an immunization schedule (vaccines), blood profiles, and breed specific disease screening. We believe disease prevention and early diagnosis are paramount in improving your pet’s longevity, and we strive to provide the highest quality preventative care for your furry family members.

Puppy Wellness

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The first year of your puppy’s life is an important one! Providing the building blocks for optimal health and a strong immune system will give your new pet everything he or she needs to help live a long, healthy life with your family. Our comprehensive wellness program includes:

  • a vaccination program individually tailored to fit your puppy or kitten’s lifestyle and requirements
  • fecal examinations to check for the presence of gastrointestinal parasites
  • deworming and parasite prevention
  • nutritional consultation to find the proper diet
  • discussion on the merits of pet insurance
  • spaying or neutering

Kitten Wellness

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The first year of your kittens life is an important one! Providing the building blocks for optimal health and a strong immune system will give your new pet everything he or she needs to help live a long, healthy life with your family. Our comprehensive wellness program includes:

  • a vaccination program individually tailored to fit your puppy or kitten’s lifestyle and requirements
  • fecal examinations to check for the presence of gastrointestinal parasites
  • deworming and parasite prevention
  • nutritional consultation to find the proper diet
  • discussion on the merits of pet insurance
  • spaying or neutering

Adult Pet Wellness

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Bringing your pet in for an annual physical examination is one of the most important things you can do to help keep him or her in optimal physical health. Since our pets are unable to tell us themselves when they aren’t feeling 100%, we rely heavily on a thorough examination and diagnostic testing to reveal any underlying issues that might otherwise go unnoticed. During a physical exam, we auscultate (listen to) the heart and lungs, palpate (feel) the abdominal organs, and visually examine the eyes, ears and teeth, and skin. Joints are palpated and manipulated for any signs of pain or discomfort. Weight and body condition are examined for weight gain or loss, and diet change and/or an exercise regimen may be recommended.

We use the opportunity of the annual examination to work with you to devise an appropriate vaccination schedule for your pet. Vaccination requirements may change based on lifestyle and habits of your cat or dog, all of which are thoroughly discussed during your appointment. Fecal testing is recommended yearly to check for parasites – this is especially important in households with very young, elderly, or immunocompromised family members, as these individuals are more susceptible to contracting these parasites from our pets. Wellness blood tests will be discussed in order to evaluate the function of your pet’s kidneys, liver, and other organs.

Senior Pet Wellness

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With the advancement and improvement of veterinary medicine and pet care, we are fortunate to see our family pets living longer than ever before. However, with this increased longevity, we may also see an increase in health conditions and issues more common in senior pets. At this point in your pet’s life, it is critical to work closely with your veterinarian to devise a health and wellness plan that best suits you and your pet. Identifying issues early can be critical in slowing progression of disease and improving quality of life.

The age at which animals are considered ‘seniors’ varies with species, size, and breed. A cat or small dog such as a Chihuahua is considered a senior at 10 or 11 years of age, while a giant breed of dog, such as a Great Dane, may be considered a senior at 5 years. As dogs and cats face their elderly years, they become more susceptible to a variety of conditions including weight and mobility issues (such as arthritis), kidney, heart and liver conditions, hormone disorders such as thyroid disease or diabetes, and tumours or cancer.

We recommend a minimum of yearly physical examinations on all of our senior patients. An examination helps us to not only identify physical abnormalities such as weight fluctuation and the presence of masses or tumours, but also allows us to discuss any changes you may be seeing at home in terms of behaviour, attitude, appetite and elimination habits. A complete blood panel and urinalysis is strongly recommended in order to evaluate the health of your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas and other organs. The recommended vaccinations, as for all of our patients, will be determined based on relative risk in terms of your pet’s lifestyle and habits. Diet and nutritional recommendations will be discussed due to your pet’s changing nutritional needs as he or she ages.