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Preventative Care

Preventative care is essential to your pet’s overall health and happiness.

Pets can experience significant health changes in as little as six months. For this reason, regular wellness exams are encouraged. Depending on age and health conditions, your companion will benefit from annual or semi-annual wellness exams to maintain health and prevent disease. This gives us more treatment options and a greater likelihood for treatment success. Not to mention the potential for lower treatment costs!

During a wellness exam, one of our veterinarians will perform a thorough nose-to-tail physical examination assessing all major bodily systems for abnormalities. We will check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, dental health, pulmonary health, weight, skin and coat, joints, and abdominal region. If we suspect an area of concern, we may recommend additional testing for the health and safety of your pet.

You can expect your veterinarian to:

  • Perform a comprehensive physical exam
  • Recommend vaccinations and necessary diagnostic testing
  • Assess health trends and indications of illness such as weight gain or loss
  • Discuss your pet’s behavior, diet, and activity level

Vaccinations

Vaccinations protect your pet from infectious diseases. Based on factors such as age, health status, and lifestyle, your pet is bound to come in contact with a dangerous, yet preventable, conditions during their life. The good news is, by staying up-to-date on necessary vaccinations, your pet will remain healthy and happy, while you avoid costly treatments.

Kittens

  • Rabies: required by law
  • Feline Leukemia: recommended for all kittens
  • HCP: protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calcivirus, and panleukopenia (distemper)

Adult Cats

  • Rabies: required by law and administered annually
  • Feline Leukemia: If your cat is outdoors or is exposed to an infected feline, we strongly recommend an annual vaccination
  • HCP: protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calcivirus, and panleukopenia (distemper)

Puppies

  • Rabies: required by law
  • DA2PP: protects against canine distemper, adenovirus 2, parvovirus, and parainfluenza
  • Bordetella: helps protect your puppy from kennel cough
  • Leptospirosis: spread through bacteria in the urine of infected animals and is also contagious to humans
  • Lyme Disease: recommended for dogs that may be exposed to ticks or are in areas where deer are present

Adult Dogs

  • Rabies: required by law
  • DA2PP: protects against canine distemper, adenovirus 2, parvovirus, and parainfluenza
  • Bordetella, Lyme and Leptospirosis: may be recommended depending on your dog’s lifestyle

Parasite Prevention

Parasite infestation is a serious threat to your pet’s health and can even be fatal.
Protect your pet from fleas and ticks, intestinal parasites, and worms with routine testing and monthly preventatives!

Fleas and Ticks

  • External parasites that bite and irritate the skin
  • Fleas cause skin allergies such as dermatitis, tapeworm, and Bartonella.
  • In serious cases, fleas can cause anemia and even death.
  • Ticks can infect your pet with Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Visually inspect your pet for fleas and signs of ticks during daily grooming.
  • Ticks are high-risk in wooded areas, camping sites, and humid climates.
  • Once-a-month preventatives are strongly recommended.

Intestinal Parasites

  • Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm
  • Puppies and kittens are most at risk, but dogs and cats are also commonly infected
  • Intestinal parasites are transmissible to humans
  • Annual or semi-annual fecal testing and once-a-month preventatives are strongly recommended

Heartworms

  • Infest the bloodstream, lungs, and heart and impair blood circulation
  • Damage the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys
  • Mosquitos carry and transmit heartworms
  • Damage often occurs prior to noticeable symptoms
  • Symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing, lethargy, weight loss, and fainting
  • Annual testing and once-a-month preventatives are strongly recommended.
  • A 6-month¬†preventative injection is available at¬†our hospital.

Puppy & Kitten Care

We want to give your new pet the healthiest and happiest start in life! Puppies and kittens are cute and exciting, but they need an abundance of care and attention. Staying up-to-date on wellness exams, vaccinations, and diagnostic testing is crucial! At your initial visit, we will explain the importance of additional services such as spay-neuter procedure and microchip implantation. You will also receive information on the importance of parasite prevention as well as your first month of heartworm prevention on us.

Physical exams are critical to ensure your fur-baby is in good health. Before 2-4 months of age, we encourage 3-4 physical exams. During these visits, we will perform a comprehensive exam and establish a baseline of healthy values. These values reflect good health for your pet, allowing us to assess wellness in the future, as well as determine necessary vaccinations and diagnostics.

Vaccinations are preventative. Due to an immature immune system, young pets are at greater risk for acquiring illness and disease. We will give timely vaccinations tailored to your pet’s unique lifestyle, breed, and health status.

Diagnostics give us a closer look at your pet’s health. Before 6 months of age, puppies should be tested for heartworm. At the first wellness visit, kittens will be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV).

Geriatric Care

We want to protect the special bond you have formed with your companion over the years.

As pets enter the golden years, their immune system weakens, making them more vulnerable to illness, disease, and parasites. To keep your senior pet happy and healthy, we strongly recommend semi-annual visits. This allows us to closely monitor health changes such as weight loss, high blood pressure, dental disease, cataracts, glaucoma, arthritis, cancer, and various other conditions, as well as prevent disease progression.

Senior pets will develop new age-related behaviors, but this does not mean you should give up on your pet! You may begin to notice greater vocalization, confusion and disorientation, irritability, less responses, less grooming, house soiling, repetitive actions, frequent wandering, and an altered sleep schedule. Do not worry. This is totally normal and we are here to help.

Microchipping

Accidents happen!

Veterinary hospitals and animals shelters across the country are able to scan lost pets for microchips in hopes of reuniting them with their owner. Implantation is quick, painless, and inexpensive. To minimize stress to your pet, we often implant the microchip at the same time as another procedure such as spay-neuter. Implanted beneath the skin and between the shoulder blades, this form of identification is permanent and programmed with your personal contact information.

Collars and ID tags are helpful, but not totally reliable. These forms of identification can fall off, get lost, or removed. At South Kendall Animal Hospital, we encourage all pets, indoor and outdoor, be microchipped, as well as use collars and ID tags.

County Rabies Tags

Rabies tags are proof that your pet has been vaccinated for the rabies virus.
Vaccinating your pet protects your pet, other animals, humans, and is required by law. A rabies vaccination does not last a lifetime! Pets should be vaccinated around 5 months of age and will need re-vaccinated every 1-3 years.

Nutritional Counseling

Your pets nutritional needs differ from your own. An inadequate diet and sharing human food can lead to a number of complications such as allergic reactions, toxicity, and obesity. We strive to offer valuable advice and recommendations to our clients based on a pet’s age, gender, weight, health status, and breed.

Nutritional counseling has proven effective, which is why we incorporate it as part of our preventative care plan. Your pet may benefit from nutritional counseling if they live with nutritional challenges such as liver disease, renal failure, bladder and kidney stones, food allergies, and obesity. You would not believe the difference a specialized and balanced diet can make! If you notice sudden and unexpected weight gain or loss, do you not hesitate to contact us. This may be a sign of an underlying condition.

We offer expertise on the following nutritional topics:

  • Weight Gain & Loss
  • Puppy & Kitten Nutrition
  • Senior Nutrition
  • Prescription Diets
  • How to Develop a Home-made Diet
  • Reading & Understanding Pet Food Labels

Behavior Counseling

Unwanted behaviors are the #1 reason pets are given up to shelters, yet behavior is modifiable! At South Kendall Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to keeping your two-legged and four-legged family together. Our veterinarians are highly trained to address even the toughest behavioral problems.

We are here to help with the following behavioral concerns:

  • House Soiling
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Phobias and Acute Anxiety
  • House and Crate Training
  • Obedience and Manners
  • Introducing new pets
  • Preparing pets for life with a newborn baby
  • First time Dog or Cat Owners

We also provide puppy socialization classes and behavior training through Applause your Paws, a company with wonderful certified professional dog trainers.

House Calls

We believe in the lost art of veterinary house-calls. Although our facility is safe, welcoming, and state-of-the-art, we stand by the power of in-home care and services to our clients and patients in need.

Our house-call service allows you and companion to remain at home, where your pet is most comfortable and at ease, while you receive a personal visit from one our veterinary professionals.

We provide the following in-home services:

  • Wellness Exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Bloodwork
  • Euthanasia
  • Routine Medical Care
  • Generalized Services