The simple truth is that your pet ages much faster than you do!
For this reason, wellness exams are crucial to your pet’s health and happiness. Routine wellness exams are preventative and safeguard your pet from threatening conditions by monitoring health trends and diagnosing abnormalities earlier, therefore beginning treatment sooner and regaining health faster! During a wellness exam, one of our veterinarians will examine your pet from nose-to-tail, assessing major bodily systems and physical conditions such as weight, skin, coat, dental health, eyes, ears, joints, abdominal region, lumps, pulmonary health, areas of concern, and much more!
What to expect:
- A comprehensive nose-to-tail physical exam
- Recommended vaccinations and necessary diagnostics
- Assess changes in health and indications of illness such as weight gain or loss
- Discuss your pet’s behavior, diet, exercise habits, and regular activity level
- Answer any and all of your questions!
Vaccines benefit more than just your pet—they also benefit you! Your pet is bound to come in contact with an infectious condition at some point in their life. Much of this is determined by lifestyle, age, health status, and risk of exposure. Staying up-to-date with vaccinations protects your pet’s health, as well as your wallet by avoiding costly treatments.
In case you and your companion are ever separated, microchips provide lifelong protection and identification. Collars and ID tags are helpful and strongly recommended, but not fool proof! It is not uncommon for collars and ID tags to fall off, get lost, or removed. While microchips do not act as a tracking device, your contact information is embedded in the microchip. Therefore, if your pet is found, you both can be reunited!
Implantation is fast, low-cost, and virtually painless! Much like a regular vaccination shot, the microchip is implanted between the shoulder blades. Often times, this is performed at the same time as other vaccinations or another procedure.
Parasite Prevention and Control
Parasites- fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, worms, and protozoa- can greatly harm your pet and even lead to premature death. Protect your pets from parasites to promote a long and happy life.
How do I prevent parasite infestation in my pet?
- Routine testing
- Preventative medication
- Control parasites in and around your home
- Know the signs/symptoms
- Discuss treatment options
Fleas and Ticks are external parasites that cause skin irritation and skin allergies. Fleas increase the risk for tapeworms and Bartonella, while ticks make your pet susceptible to Lyme disease. To protect your pet from such conditions, visually examine your pet for fleas during daily grooming and signs of ticks after being in high-risk areas such as humid climates, woods, and camping sites. Once-a-month preventatives are a great way to prevent external parasite infestation.
Intestinal Parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and tapeworm are a grave concern as they are nearly present in all areas of the United States and pose an especially great risk to puppies and kittens. Not to mention, humans can transmit intestinal parasites from their pets! For the safety of your entire two-legged and four-legged family, come in for fecal testing once or twice a year.
Heartworms reside in the bloodstream, lungs, and heart and hundreds may be present in one animal! The effects can be debilitating as blood circulation is impaired, resulting in damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Damage may occur prior to outward symptoms, however, advanced symptoms include trouble breathing, coughing, lethargy, low energy, weight loss, and fainting. Mosquitos transmit heartworms making mosquito-infested areas high-risk. At Pine Bluff Animal Hospital, we recommend annual testing as well as once-a-month preventives.
We understand how difficult it can be to deny those adorable, begging ‘eyes
human food. However, your pet’s nutritional needs are much different than your own! An improper diet and sharing human food has the potential to cause allergic reactions, poisoning, as well as overweight and obesity. Importantly, a sudden change in your pet’s eating habits or a sudden change in weight, can indicate a more serious underlying condition.
If your pet suffers from nutritional challenges such as liver disease, renal failure, bladder and kidney stones, food allergies, or obesity— we are happy to help with an effective nutritional plan. One of our trained veterinarians will be happy to discuss the best diet, whether it is balanced or specialized, for your pet based on factors such as age, activity level, health status, gender, weight, and breed.
We offer Hill’s Prescription Diet and Royal Canin foods. If you prefer other prescription brands, these products can be specially ordered from our online pharmacy.
Dr. Miller is trained to care for companions beyond canines and felines. He is also highly experienced in species including small mammals such as rabbits and pocket pets.
Puppy & Kitten Care
Introducing a new puppy or kitten to your life is exciting and it is essential to begin your new fur baby’s life with optimal health and happiness in mind. While puppies and kittens are cute and fun, they also require a lot of extra care during those early and critical years of life. We want to give your new family member the very best start in life by offering specialized examinations, vaccinations, and diagnostics. We will also discuss services such as spay-neuter and microchipping to benefit your new pet.
3-4 physical exams are recommended before 8-16 weeks of age. These early-life exams provide a baseline of health, allowing us to administer necessary vaccinations as well as monitor health for years to come.
Puppies and kittens have immature immune systems, making them more vulnerable to illness and disease. We give vaccinations in a properly and carefully staged series. Each puppy and kitten is unique and we tailor recommendations to factors such as lifestyle and breed.
At 6-12 months of age, puppies should be tested for Heartworm. During a kitten’s first visit, we recommend Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS testing if not previously done.
At Pine Bluff Animal Hospital, we want your pet to live their golden years healthily, actively, and happily. To make this happen, senior pets require specialized care tailored to old age. Much like kittens and puppies, senior pets have weaker immune systems which makes them more susceptible to parasites, disease, and illness. To promote optimal health in your senior pet we recommend semi-annual wellness visits so we can more closely monitor changes in health such as weight loss, dental disease, pulmonary health, cataracts, glaucoma, arthritis, and cancer.
As your pet ages, you will likely notice new age-related behaviors such as greater vocalization, confusion, disorientation, irritability, fewer responses, house soiling, less grooming, repetitive actions, frequent wandering, and a different sleep schedule. These behaviors may be challenging, but they do not warrant giving up on your senior pet! We are here to help.