The best way to maintain your pet’s health is with annual or biannual wellness exams. During a wellness exam, the Doctor will examine every part of your pet from nose to tail including teeth, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, skin, hair coat, temperature, and much more. Annual examinations are an important part of your pet’s health and may help in diagnosing medical problems early.
Vaccinations help to decrease the spread of disease between animals as well as humans. The doctor will discuss dog and cat vaccinations with you and will come up with a plan tailored to the needs of your pet.
Internal and external parasites are a common cause of disease among dogs and cats. Many parasites are zoonotic, which means that they can be given to people.
One of the most known parasites among dogs, is the heartworm parasite. Heartworm disease is transmitted through mosquitoes. At Gamble Pet Clinic we recommend that dogs receive a monthly heartworm preventative year round to prevent Heartworm Disease. This preventative also treats them for roundworms and hookworms which can be transmitted to people. Along with heartworm preventative, the doctor may recommend other deworming medications based on the history taken at the time of your dog’s wellness exam.
All cats should receive a dewormer on a regular basis, whether they go outdoors or not. At the time of your cat’s wellness exam, the doctor will discuss an appropriate deworming schedule for your cat.
Both dogs and cats are also susceptible to fleas and ticks. Even if your cat doesn’t go outdoors, it is possible for other pets in the household to bring fleas inside. At the time of your pet’s wellness exam, the doctor will discuss appropriate flea and tick medications for your pet.
Once your pet is 7 years old we will begin yearly blood work screenings. This allows us to “see” inside the body of your pet. Yearly screening allows us to watch trends and subtle changes in your pet’s lab results as well as give us a healthy baseline to which we can compare later on if your pet is ill. Depending on your pet’s health status, the doctor may also recommend a urinalysis be performed and blood pressure to be taken. For more information on these tests, please see the Diagnostic Services section.
Microchipping your pet is a permanent way to identify them when they become lost. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet. The chip contains a unique code which is able to be read by a scanner. Once your pet receives it’s microchip, the unique number will be registered in a national database. Most shelters, rescue organizations, veterinary practices and emergency clinics have scanners and can help reunite lost pets with owners.