Wellness Exam: The single most important aspect to preventative medicine!!!
- Seeing, looking, and listening to your pet provides the most valuable information.
- Dogs and cats try to mask subtle signs of weakness or illness as a natural defense, veterinarians know what signs to look for.
- Early detection provides for better care, more treatment options, and better quality of life.
Vaccinations: We will tailor a vaccine program to fit your pet's needs.
- The key to strengthening your pet's immune system.
- Protect against specific viral and bacterial diseases your pet is exposed to daily.
- Some protect against zoonotic (transmissible to people) diseases such as Rabies and Leptospirosis.
- Each pet has different degrees of risk to specific diseases.
External Parasites: Safely and easily prevented with veterinary guidance and today's topical medications.
- Fleas feed on your pet's blood. Large flea infestations can cause anemia and even death in some cases.
- Fleas also carry tapeworms that will infect your pet when they ingest fleas while grooming.
- Fleas spread disease, including Yersinia pestis also known as the Plague.
- Ticks feed on your pet's blood and may transmit multiple diseases while feeding.
- Ticks can carry many diseases including Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis.
- Ticks can also infect us with the same diseases.
- Lice and mites often affect the younger population or those pets with a weaker immune system
- Lice and mites can cause severe dermatological disease along with hair loss, itching, and ear infections.
- We recommend the products Frontline Plus or Revolution depending on your pet's habits and risks.
- We recommend using these products at least from March through November and in some cases year round.
Internal Parasites: Yearly fecal exams and heartworm tests are imperative for your pet's good health and your family's safety.
- Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms are the most common intestinal parasites.
- Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms are spread directly from dog to dog, cat to cat or between dog and cat in some cases.
- Tapeworms are spread by the ingestion of fleas during grooming and by the ingestion of mice and other small mammals while hunting.
- Roundworms, Hookworms, and Tapeworms can be all zoonotic. (Infectious to people)
- Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms can all be identified on a fecal exam by finding the eggs they produce.
- Tapeworms are usually diagnosed at exam time. The segments can be seen near the pet's anus.
- Roundworms and Hookworms are easily prevented with Heartgard monthly tablets and yearly fecal exams.
- Whipworms and Tapeworms can be prevented by maintaining a clean environment, keeping pets flea free and yearly fecal exams.
- Heartworms live in the large vital blood vessels coming off of the heart in dogs.
- Heartworms are spread from dog to dog by mosquitoes.
- This is a fatal disease that is very common but easily preventable.
- We recommend yearly screening through a simple blood test done during your pet's wellness exam.
- We also recommend using Heartgard, a monthly chewable preventative given all year round
Senior Wellness Screening: We offer cost effective Senior Wellness programs for early disease detection and prevention.
- Early detection of chronic disease and age related changes are critical for maintaining your senior companions health.
- Many chronic diseases and age related deteriorations are irreversible but very manageable.
- Early detection provides you the most options for management and allows for the best outcome in most situations.
- Many diseases and deteriorations when caught early can be managed for years with a little dedication.
- Most programs involve minimally invasive tests and start with a blood sample and a urine sample.
Dental Health: It might not be just bad breath. Dental health can change quickly, come in today for an evaluation.
- Poor dental health is one of the biggest threats to your pet's health.
- Dental disease is a leading contributor to heart and kidney disease in senior pets.
- Dental disease can start early in your pet's life.
- It is important to evaluate a patient's teeth as puppies and kittens for hereditary problems and deformities.
- It is important for your veterinarian to examine your pet's teeth at least once a year during their wellness exam.
- Dental disease is easily prevented; daily brushing, hard/dry food, and safe chew toys can all help maintain your pet's dental health.
- If tartar and plaque develope, a dental cleaning under general anesthesia with us can be a safe, cost effective way to maintain your pet's dental health.
Body Condition: We provide valuable consultation services to improve your pet's weight and condition.
- Obesity is the number one health risk to most pets that Dr. Gensler sees on a daily basis.
- Obesity is the easiest disease to prevent.
- Obesity is most easily combated by starting good habits early on in your pet's life, but it is never to late.
- Understanding your pet's energy needs and activity level is critical.
- Understanding how other disease processes may affect your pet's health and activity is important.
- Understanding how and when to feed, along with what to feed is necessary in maintaining your pet's optimal weight.
- We can help by counseling you on proper nutrition, feeding routines, exercises, and body condition scoring.
- A little hard work and discipline at home could save your pet's life!