Our wellness protocols are designed to prevent disease and prolong the lives and life quality of your pets. As soon as you welcome a new pet into your home, you should consider preventative care to protect their health. For puppies and kittens, we recommend beginning a vaccination series between six and eight weeks of age. While adequate vaccination is important, the comprehensive physical examinations, intestinal parasite screenings and prophylactic dewormings also given during this series will help ensure your new family member gets started on the right paw for a happy, healthy life.
For a healthy adult pet, we recommend a visit to our clinic
Since pets age at a much quicker rate than humans, these visits will become increasingly important in early detection of any changes in their health.
AGE-RELATED WELLNESS PROGRAMS
At South County Animal Hospital, we can keep your pets happy and healthy by utilizing the following:
The physical exam is a very important aspect of your pet’s wellness. During this exam, the doctor evaluates the entire pet, which includes:
- Abdominal palpation
- Body condition
- Lymph nodes
- Gum color
The doctor will also address any specific concerns you may have.
Although a comprehensive exam is imperative, it may not tell the whole story. Monitoring lab parameters, such as blood and urinalysis each year, alerts us of potentially threatening trends of the internal organs.
Our hospital offers thorough diagnostic and treatment capabilities to care for your pet’s health care needs. We have access to advanced cardiac diagnostic ultrasound and consult with a variety of board certified specialists to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. Internal medicine deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disease inside the body. Common examples include:
- Kidney/Urinary Disease
- Internal Infections
- Diseases of the Liver, Gallbladder, Endocrine System (e.g., Diabetes, Adrenal, Thyroid, etc.) and Heart Disease
We stock a wide variety of pharmaceuticals to ensure that your pet can receive necessary medications as fast as possible. We also maintain a complete inventory of shampoos, as well as flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives, to meet the needs of your pet. Our On-Line pharmacy offers you the opportunity to have virtually any medication or preventative product shipped directly to your door!
Although today’s medical technology allows us to care for your pet with equipment and knowledge that is constantly advancing, these improvements have also created new challenges in deciding on the best treatment for your pet. The options are complex and confusing.
Our goal is to educate you about your choices and with the partnership of your doctor you can make the best decisions. We do this by taking the time to fully discuss the options and listen to your questions and concerns.
During the exam process, another important aspect of wellness care is educating clients. Together as partners, we can ensure your pet receives all that he or she needs to live a long and quality life.
We also offer annual blood screenings for all our patients. If done routinely, these screenings will help our doctors detect potential diseases before they become a serious issue. If caught early, many common diseases can be managed through dietary modifications. Since pets usually don’t exhibit symptoms of many serious diseases, such as kidney or liver disease, until the disease is in its advanced stages, early detection leads to early treatment and can prolong your pet’s life.