Pets should be seen at least once a year for routine wellness exams.
These exams offer plenty of time and opportunity to talk about general preventive health. That's why our appointments are 30 minutes long!
What to Expect:
- A thorough physical exam
- Behavioral questions which often reveal developing veterinary issues
- Vaccine updates (we also offer blood titer tests, a simple test that measures a pet’s individual antibodies against infectious diseases)
- Other tests as indicated (such as heartworm tests, parasite tests, etc.)
Year-Round Parasite Prevention Is Vital to Your Pet and Your Family’s Health
Flea, tick, worm, and other parasite prevention are important not only to your pet’s health and comfort, but also your family’s health as well. Parasites from pets can transmit diseases to humans, particularly children. Some parasitic canine diseases have more serious effects in humans than they do for dogs! We provide information on diseases you can get from your pet, many of which are avoidable. Keep in mind that given the deer and other wildlife in beautiful Pennsylvania, tick prevention is a year-round priority.
Buy Safe, Authentic Pet Medications
When you buy tick, flea, and parasite control medications, be sure you are purchasing authentic FDA/EPA-approved pet medications. Purchase medications from veterinarians who ensure these pet medications are stored properly—at the right temperatures and under the right conditions—so effectiveness is guaranteed. Our hospital offers an in-house pharmacy and home delivered medication through Vets First Choice. We recommend the following medications:
- Frontline—Offers flea and tick prevention
- Vectra—Protects your pet from flea, tick, mosquito, and other parasite bites.
- Interceptor—Guards your pets against heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
- Heartguard—Helps prevent canine heartworm disease and treats and controls roundworms and hookworms, too.
- Revolution—Developed for both heartworm and flea and other harmful parasite prevention.
We also recommend good preventive measures to avoid exposing pets to ticks and fleas. Avoid tick-infested areas, inspect your pet daily for ticks and evidence of fleas, and launder bedding frequently. Remove any ticks you find immediately.
Diet, Weight, and Safety
We recommend you provide your pet with fresh water and a standard high-quality diet, or a veterinary formula, if prescribed. Measure the food you provide and serve it at set times to avoid obesity.
Be sure to keep poisonous and hazardous items away from your pets. Pet proof your home. Two common poisons are chewing gum and medications. It is not uncommon for a dog to grab a pill bottle off a counter and eat it. Sugar-free chewing gum containing xylitol is also highly toxic. What is the most poisonous houseplant for pets? It’s lilies, not poinsettias as many believe.