Every pet should have a wellness examination once a year. Pets age 7 and above is recommended twice a year. Wellness examinations are very important for your pets continued health for a lifetime of happiness with your furry friend
Vaccinations are an integral part of wellness for your pet. Vaccinations aid in protecting from viral and bacterial infections that can be spread by other pets and/or wildlife. Different types of vaccinations that are best for your pet should be determined by your Veterinarian
Many different types of bloodwork are available for your pet. Basic bloodwork may include a CBC (Complete Blood Count) which determines the current values of white and red blood cells, oxygen carrying capacity plus hydration status. Inflammation, anemia and infections can be determined from a CBC. Chemistry values help determine the health of your pets internal organs. Advanced bloodwork can determine specific infections or vitamin levels if necessary, such as Lyme Disease
Spaying (Females) and neutering (Males) helps your pet to have a longer life by preventing many different types of cancer and other diseases such as uterine infections and breast cancer, and enlarged prostate and testicular cancer. "Spraying" and marking is reduced in neutered males. Pet population control is every pet owner’s responsibility. Sterilizing pets helps prevent the possibility of homelessness and abandonment
Not all animal food is created equal! Many pets suffer from food allergies that can cause itching, ear infections, stomach issues, loose stools, firm stools, even extreme discomfort. Be sure to ask us about specific diet recommendations and specific supplements for your pets
Numerous types of parasites exist. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are uncomfortable & potentially dangerous to our pets. Bites/stings hurt, they itch, and inject nasty parasites into the body. Fleas distribute tapeworms. Ticks spread Lyme and other harmful diseases. Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes and potentially fatal.
Learn more about Parasites >> "CAPC" Companion Animal Parasite Council® <<
Year-round Preventatives are recommended no matter what climate you live in. No climate is safe, even Alaska! Flea, Tick and Heartworm control is as easy giving a pill or applying a topical preventative once a month. Heartworm preventative is very effective, but nothing is fail-safe, so yearly testing is advised. Internal parasites (Roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, & hookworms) are equally as important to treat. Many Heartworm preventatives also include medication for internal parasites. You can purchase in our Clinic or our online pharmacy >> My VetStore Online <<
Did you know in small animals with bad teeth lead to bad hearts? Bacteria living in the mouth get into the bloodstream and settle on heart valves causing congestive heart failure. By the age of three, 80% dogs & 70% cats already have some forms of dental disease. Regular dental examinations and cleaning can prevent future health problems and give your pet a longer life. Untreated dental disease threatens your pet's overall health, as well as have a painful mouth and eating experience.
Did you know that horses teeth erupt throughout their entire lives? Many abnormalities can be prevented with a proper dental examination. Horses can have up to 44 teeth! Only the incisors and first 2-3 check teeth are visible without a speculum. Visualization is the first step to a proper examination. Floating (Balancing) the dental arcade is very important to overall performance and health of all horses.
Our Equine Veterinarians at Horse & Hound Veterinary Clinic offer customized vaccine programs for the health of your horse. Having your veterinarian administer vaccines is always safer, easier and a better value than doing it yourself. With vaccines readily available at farm supplies stores, online pharmacies & various retailers, it’s sometimes tempting to save a few dollars by purchasing and administering them to your animals yourself. Typically, there are hidden risks & costs associated with vaccinating animals yourself, therefore “cheaper” vaccines aren’t the value they first appear to be.
Your Equine Vet is always the best choice for Vaccine Administration
Many vaccines require special handling and storage, such as protection from temperature extremes or exposure to light, in order to preserve its effectiveness. Always rely on your licensed Veterinarian to store & handle the vaccine properly— and to make sure the vaccine isn’t past its expiration date!
A clean environment, an appropriate injection site and accurate documentation is needed for equine vaccination health programs. Knowing the best time of year to vaccinate and whether vaccinations would react with any other medications administered to the horse. Your veterinarian will document the vaccine’s serial number and administration date - this is particularly important in the event of a manufacturer’s recall. The manufacturer also guarantees the vaccination if an accredited DVM gives the vaccination versus self administration. Never risk putting your horse in peril just to save a few bucks.
Any type of medicinal injection can result in adverse effects ... from mild swelling at the injection site, lethargy, and a slight fever for one to two days - to an immediate outbreak of hives and life-threatening anaphylaxis. Things can go wrong quickly and, If your Veterinarian is administering the vaccine, they’ll know what to do to counteract the reaction, AND have the medicines to do it.
It's always best to have your Equine Veterinarian administer all vaccines rather than risk the health of your horse and other emergency needs!