At Paws & Claws Animal Hospital we recommend annual and bi-annual wellness exams for your companions. The gradual onset of health problems in an apparently healthy pet is often overlooked. Once symptoms surface, the condition may be too complex to treat appropriately. When disease is diagnosed early, your pet can be treated more effectively and the problem may be reversed or controlled for an extended period of time. It is important to remember that your pet’s lifespan is shorter than ours. Several things can occur in a 12 month time span. Our veterinarian will work with you to design a personalized vaccine and health care plan for your pet, to provide the best care possible, from their first visit as a puppy through their senior years.
Please bring your pets medical history when you come to our veterinary hospital. It’s best to keep a diary of your pet’s health throughout his or her life. The journal can include behavioral changes, vaccine history and medications.
Vaccination is one of the greatest successes of medical science and has saved the lives of millions of people and their pets. It’s important to remember, however, that no single feline or canine disease is completely eradicated, so being vaccinated is critical to your pet’s health. We offer the newest technology of vaccine medicine for our feline and canine friends.
For our canines we offer Ultra Durumune Vaccines which offers 50% less volume for a more comfortable injection experience. Ultra Duramune is the next step in protection and comfort allowing you to offer the best medicine for your canine patients and their owners. For further information refer to http://www.biviultraduramune.com/
For our felines we offer PUREVAX, the Merial line of feline rabies and FeLV vaccines. The vaccines are developed with state-of-the-art technology just for cats and kittens. PUREVAX vaccines deliver everything needed to induce immunity without any of the unnecessary proteins or adjuvants. For further information refer to http://cats.merial.us/
As our pets get older their health needs require more attention and they may need more frequent visits to the veterinarian. If medical problems are recognized and treated early, the treatment may be simple for your pet and less expensive for you. We recommend bi-annual exams for our senior pets to diagnose medical problems in the early stage.
A geriatric exam is more extensive than a simple check-up and includes a complete physical exam, oral, intraocular pressures and and recording of body weight and body condition. At Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, we recommend all dogs and cats over 7 years of age have a complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, and T4 (thyroid hormone screening) annually at the time of their yearly physical examination. This is the foundation of preventive medicine and is intended to uncover hidden problems before they are manifested.
Your veterinarian may recommend exercise modification, administration of medications, and a change in diet which are crucial to the health and quality of life of your senior pet.
Daily nutrition is an important part of your pets health. There are a variety of foods and supplements to provide excellent nutritional value. The staff at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital will work with you to develop a balanced diet just right for your furry friend. We recommend Purina or Royal Canin food selection. We will also be happy to work with you in developing an appropriate plan for your pet using the commercial raw diets available such as Primal and Bravo.
Pets are so curious of their surroundings, they may wander outside the boundaries of your home. It is important not only to have a collar on your pet with an identification tag, but to also have a unique, permanent, tamper-proof identification number. Even if your pet is strictly indoors natural disasters such as house fires, often leave pets unprotected. With having a microchip you can increase the chances of being reunited with your beloved pet should you ever be unexpectedly separated.
We are happy to provide Datamars Microfindr™ Slim microchip for our patients. It is a simple, easy procedure to inject the microchip under the skin. It’s no more painful than any other vaccine or injection. Microchipping does not require anesthesia and only takes a few seconds. We then help you fill out the paperwork and register your pet in the Microchip Petlink database.