What to Expect

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We believe in delivering high quality veterinary care as well as great customer service. In order to deliver this we have assembled a friendly, knowledgeable veterinary health care team who is committed to providing outstanding client service and exceptional personalized care for you and your pets. We hope to make every visit pleasant and informative, providing you with the care that you and your pet’s deserve.

Your pet's annual check-up will include a total physical exam, with a thorough head to tail examination. We will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs, palpate their abdomen (feeling for abnormalities of their internal organs), look at their eyes and ears, run our hands over their bodies feeling for growths and masses, and we’ll evaluate their teeth. Do not be alarmed if we find that your pet needs a professional teeth cleaning, since even the most cooperative pet may not readily cooperate with a tooth brushing at home. In fact, nearly 80% of pet cats and dogs over the age of three have active dental disease and, like you, your pet can lose his/her teeth due to decay and neglect. Since, we cannot tell what is going on within your pet’s body by examination alone, we recommend diagnostic tests to give us a window into the function of your pet’s internal organs and to screen for internal parasites. Key to keeping your pet healthy and your pet’s annual visit is their immunizations. Thanks to advances in veterinary immunology, diseases that were once common and fatal to pets are now much easier to prevent. We will review and determine with you which vaccines are appropriate for your pet according to their lifestyle and potential risk of exposure. Another consideration during your pet’s visit will be how to protect your pet from heartworms, fleas, and ticks. According to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), roughly one million dogs are diagnosed with Heartworms every year despite its being nearly 100 % preventable. This potentially fatal illness affects both cats and dogs, and, according to the AHS, 25% of cats diagnosed with heartworm disease are indoor cats. Fleas and ticks are nasty little blood-sucking bugs that can cause your pets discomfort and spread diseases and, once established, can be very difficult to get rid of. We recommend that both cats and dogs remain on a heartworm and flea/tick preventative medication year round. We will help you find the product best suited for your pet.

You may want to keep a medical diary not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives, but also of notes on things like your pet's elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications. Bring any questions or concerns that you might have regarding your pet’s health,
behavior, nutrition, etc. with you and we’ll discuss these with you. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's medical tests.

Finally, your pet's annual examination gives us the opportunity to establish a relationship with you and your pet. Through your pet’s physical examination, wellness procedures, and our consultation, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks,
environment, and other important information that helps us determine what is best for your pet's long-term care.

We look forward to seeing you and your pet in
the future. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment you
can call us at (830) 438-2269. We hope to meet you and your pet soon.

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