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Preventative Care

Pet Wellness

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At Hiram Animal Hospital, we believe in the power of preventative health care. Preventative care enables your veterinarian to detect potential health problems in their early stages, often before visible symptoms have even developed. This is why we recommend all pets follow a comprehensive wellness care plan. Depending on your pet's individual needs, preventative care includes yearly check-ups, vaccinations, parasite control, microchipping, lab work, and more. We also believe that preventative care is not limited to your visits to the clinic; our staff is committed to educating our clients on how to provide a high level of care at home.

You can read more about our many different preventative care services below.

 

Wellness Exams

Your pet's annual wellness exam is the foundation of a successful preventative care plan. This exam allows us to determine the overall physical health of your pet. During your pet's exam, you can expect your veterinarian to examine your pet from nose to tail, looking for the warning signs of health problems. As in all health evaluations, early detection of disease is key because it allows for more and better treatment options. At Hiram Animal Hospital, we also like to use your pet's wellness exam to talk about at-home health care and offer suggestions on how to meet your pet's individual health needs.

 

Vaccines

Many diseases that were once deadly for pets can now be prevented completely with vaccines. It's important to make sure that your pet has the proper vaccinations to protect them from these diseases. We provide all core and many non-core dog and cat vaccines, including those for rabies, canine and feline distemper, lyme disease, and more. Your veterinarian can recommend the proper vaccination program for your pet based on his or her individual needs.

 

Parasite Prevention

Parasites such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms are more than just a nuisance; they are extremely dangerous for pet health. Ticks transmit Lyme disease and a variety of other diseases, fleas carry tapeworms and Bartonella, and heartworm disease damages the lungs and heart. During your pet's wellness visit, you can expect your veterinarian to look for the signs of parasites; however, these signs often cannot be detected until the parasite has already begun to harm your pet. That's why we recommend medication to prevent parasites for all our patients. Parasite preventatives come in many different forms, including chewable pills and topical medicines, so that you can choose the one that is best for your pet. We can provide a preventative medicine, as well as educate you on ways to control parasites in and around your home.

 

Dental Care

During your pet's physical exam, your veterinarian will conduct a basic inspection of your pet's dental health, examining the teeth and gums for signs of periodontal disease, a common oral disease in dogs and cats. If your veterinarian spots any points of concern, they may recommend further dental care, ranging from a professional cleaning to dental surgery. You can read more about our dental services here.

 

Microchip Identification

Sadly, every year thousands of pets are lost and never make it back home. Don't let your pet be one of them. The best way to ensure your pet's safe return is microchip identification. Collars and tags are important, but a collar can break and a tag can fall off or become damaged, meaning that they don't guarantee your pet will be able to be identified. A microchip is a tiny identification device injected under your pet's skin so that it can never be lost. Veterinary clinics and animal shelters across the country are equipped with scanners that can read the information on a microchip and identify your pet. This means that when your lost pet is found, the microchip company will contact you and make sure your pet is returned safely to you. Remember, it's never too late to microchip a pet. The procedure is fast, virtually painless, and one you certainly won't regret.

 

Nutritional Counseling

Proper nutrition is an essential component of your pet's overall health. Are you feeding your dog a healthy diet? Your veterinarian can recommend the proper diet for your pet based on important factors such as age, health, weight, and breed. If your pet needs to gain or lose weight, we can suggest special diets and tips to help you manage your pet's weight.

 

Behavioral Counseling

Behavior problems can often be the indicators of health concerns. We are trained to recognize these warning signs so that we can get started on your pet's treatment right away. Other times, healthy pets need behavioral training to make living with them more pleasurable. We can offer suggestions and advice to aid you in the training process.

 

Lab Work

A physical examination by itself does not allow us to determine the overall health of your pet's internal organs. That’s why we recommend lab work. At our on-site veterinary laboratory, we can easily run tests for all common pet diseases, including parasites, diabetes, kidney disease, and much more. Lab work helps us detect diseases in their early stages, when they are easier and less expensive to treat. During your pet's annual wellness exam, you can expect your veterinarian to recommend appropriate lab tests based on your pet's age and health.

 

Puppy & Kitten Care

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A lifetime of health begins when your furry friend is a puppy or kitten.

As a responsible pet owner, it is up to you to make sure your new forever friend receives all the extra care they need to live a long, happy and healthy life, and bringing them in for a visit is the first step! Schedule a first puppy or kitten visit within the first few days of bringing your pet home, and make note to bring any medical records you have with you.

We are experts in the specialized care young pets need. Since puppies and kittens are more vulnerable to diseases and illnesses due to an undeveloped immune system, it is essential to keep up with timely physical examinations, vaccines and diagnostics. At your pet's first visit we will also discuss the importance of microchipping, spay/neuter procedure, parasite prevention, training and nutrition.

  • Physical Examinations: Multiple physical exams within the first year of life are recommended. Regular physical exams make sure your puppy or kitten is developing normally and give us a baseline of health to compare as your pet matures over the years. This will allow us to more easily identify health conditions and determine necessary vaccinations and treatments.

  • Vaccines: We develop personalized vaccination schedules for each puppy and kitten. We plan a timely schedule based on your pet's current health, lifestyle and risk of exposure. This will make sure your pet is immune from potentially dangerous conditions that can be easily prevented with necessary vaccines.

  • Diagnostics: Heartworm disease is a serious risk for mainly dogs, but can also affect cats, which is why we recommend testing before one year of age. For kittens, Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS testing is strongly recommended if not already done. Please bring your kitten's medical records so we can make sure they receive testing if they have not already.

 

Senior Pet Care

Do you remember the extra care your pet needed when they were a puppy or kitten? Well, this is the first time since your forever friend's younger years that extra veterinary care is needed to make sure they are healthy and disease-free.

Just like puppies and kittens, a senior pet's immune system gradually weakens, so it is critical to keep a closer eye on changing health trends and age-related conditions. This will protect them from various health risks such as diabetes, blindness, arthritis, dementia, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer and more.

If you schedule regular wellness visits for your senior sweetheart, there is no need to fret! This will help them live the longest life possible with optimal wellness. At Hiram Animal Hospital, we recommend senior pet owners to bring their pet in at least twice a year for preventive health screenings and care. Keep in mind, your pet may appear perfectly healthy, but that does not guarantee the absence of disease and illness.

At Hiram Animal Hospital, we commonly perform the following tests for a healthy and happy senior pet:

  • Bloodwork detects countless conditions we cannot detect during a physical exam. These tests are effective in identifying age-related conditions such as liver and kidney failure, diabetes, infections and anemia.

  • X-Rays pinpoint arthritis and cancer, which is not always detectable during a wellness exam or lab work.

  • Urinalysis is a simple test that can be analyzed in minutes, commonly identifying conditions such as diabetes, kidney failure, urinary tract infections and urinary tract tumors. Please let us know if you notice a change in your pet's urine (color, odor or amount), if your pet is struggling to urinate or if they are have accidents.