Wellness Care includes physical exams, medications and procedures that identify existing or potential health problems in your pet. Most pets should have a physical each year. Geriatric patients benefit from physicals every six months.
Blood tests are an integral part of wellness exams, especially in aging animals, in which changes in organ-function reveal themselves in tests before problems emerge clinically. In a blood chemistry panel, our lab commonly checks for diabetes, thyroid, kidney and liver disease. Many clients take advantage of discounts available on blood screens, so make sure you discuss discount options in both our in-house and remote lab services.
PVPH recommends that clients check pets for internal parasites annually. We commonly check stool specimens for intestinal worm larvae and eggs that can be passed to other pets or family members. Heartworm Disease requires a vector, the mosquito, to bite, absorb larvae in a blood-meal, then spread the parasite to other pets in your neighborhood.
Administration of preventive Heartworm medications are the most effective way to prevent larval stages of the Heartworm from migrating into heart and lung tissues, where adult parasites may cause devastating respiratory problems in dogs and cats. We check Heartworm antigens every year to be certain your Heartworm preventives are working. As a perk, Heartworm preventives also attack roundworms and hookworms for optimal impact.
Vaccinations are ever-changing as new diseases emerge and technologies develop. When planning a vaccination protocol for your best friends, we look at your pets' age and lifestyle and the prevalence of the disease in your area. Our manufacturers provide the safest, most effective vaccines on the market. Different communities and boarding kennels require different vaccination protocols, too; so we review these with you, and provide the customized protection your pet needs.
Equally critical are flea-and-tick preventives, prescription foods and nutritional supplements. We offer competitive pricing on these preparations, and with manufacturer-promotions, often meet or beat PetMeds pricing, as well as posted prices for other pharmaceutical websites. We also provide manufacturer's, money-back guarantees for many medications and prescription foods, in our continuing effort to do what's best for your pet.