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Our general pet wellness offerings are designed to prevent disease and prolong pets’ lives!
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 pets into your home, you should begin to 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.
As your pet ages, a yearly visit to the vet is recommended. Since pets age at a much quicker rate than humans, these annual visits will become increasingly important to aid in detecting any changes in their health early. During the annual visit, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical exam, any necessary vaccinations and an intestinal parasite screening. By conducting parasite screenings every 12 months, we can make sure your pet remains healthy and decrease the potential risks to other pets and family members.
In addition to these wellness services, we offer annual blood screenings to all 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 the advanced stages, early detection leads to early treatment and can prolong your pet’s life.
Our general pet wellness services include:
The physical exam is a very important aspect of your pet’s wellness. This is when the doctor evaluates the entire pet using his or her hands, eyes and ears. It includes: an eye exam with ophthalmoscope, an ear exam with otoscope and a heart and lung exam using a stethoscope. Other points evaluated are teeth, skin, coat, vitals, body condition and joints. Doctors also use their hands to palpate the abdominal contents. Veterinary physical exams, on average, uncover three additional concerns than what is known by the pet owner. So make sure to bring your pet in for his or her regular physical exam appointments. We’re open 24/7 every day, weekend and holiday for your convenience!
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 use only the latest, most effective and safest vaccine technology and protocols available. Vaccines are an important aspect of disease prevention and some of the most reliable tools in pet wellness.
Fleas and ticks are common external parasites of dogs, cats and other mammals. Fleas and ticks are transmitted animal to animal as well as through the environment. Many pets are exposed to fleas and ticks outside in yards, patios, dog parks or on walks. Humans can even bring fleas into their homes on their shoes and clothing. Fleas and ticks cause itching, hair loss, allergies, anemia and skin infection. They can also transmit parasites, such as tapeworms, and serious diseases, such as Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. Pets living in Texas should be on flea and tick prevention year-round.
Remember: The key to preventing fleas and ticks is monthly application of a veterinary-prescribed and recommended maintenance program. Without consistent monthly administration, your pet will be susceptible to fleas.
A flea problem on your pet means a flea problem in your home. Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. We will gladly assist you in this process. We can provide you with safe, effective flea prevention and if necessary, flea treatment.
Heartworms are a common and potentially deadly type of parasite that affects both dogs and cats. Transmitted by mosquitoes, they are very common in Texas and the surrounding states. Symptoms include coughing, intolerance to exercise, lethargy and sudden death. Prevention and early detection are key when it comes to combating the serious disease caused by heartworms.
Any pet can be affected by intestinal parasites. The eggs of these parasites, which infect pets, can be tracked into the home via the soles of your shoes and can even be found in brand new indoor plant potting soil—even “indoor only” pets are at risk. The parasites we typically see include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and giardia. All are very common in our area. In most instances, these parasites do not show outward obvious signs in pets, making biannual testing and monthly preventatives imperative. In people, these parasites are not as well tolerated and can lead to serious disease, so treating and preventing infestations is paramount.
Although a comprehensive exam is imperative, it may not tell the whole story. Monitoring lab parameters, such as blood analysis and urinalysis, each year alerts us of potentially threatening trends of the internal organs and helps identify internal disease at the earliest stage possible.
Good dental hygiene is as important for pets as it is for humans. It’s common for some of us to avoid going to the dentist for two to three years. If you skimp on dental care for your pets for this long, it’s the equivalent to them not getting a comprehensive dental exam, mouth X-ray, or teeth cleaning for 14 to 21 years! While this may not sound alarming to some people, ensuring your pets receive proper dental care—via home care and annual dental exams—is essential, as it protects them from periodontal disease and can even add years to their lives. At Creekside, we encourage pet parents to schedule yearly dental exams for their pets. We have state-of-the-art digital X-ray capabilities, and we recommend full-mouth films for every pet dental procedure.
Microchips have been successful at reuniting lost pets to their rightful owners. Anytime your lost pet ends up at a shelter or veterinarian’s office, it will be scanned for a microchip. Let’s ensure that there is a microchip in place so your pet makes it home quickly and safely if he or she were to ever become lost. Contact Creekside today if you’re interested in our convenient microchipping services.
Because puppies and kittens have immature immune systems, they require a series of vaccines starting at about six weeks of age, which will continue until each series is complete. Also important during this time is a series of dewormings and fecal parasite tests to ensure their safety. This is also the time that we begin heartworm prevention, discuss home dental care and answer all of your questions about how to care for your new fur-baby at home.