Keeping your pet healthy-The exam is where it starts
We want to partner with your family to help your pet have a happy and vital life that brings you all joy. Part of our mission is to provide preventive care services to keep your pet from developing problems that may interfere with that long and happy life. We recommend regular veterinary visits to make sure that your pet is getting the care they need.
Every healthy pet visit has four parts:
History-This is your voice in the exam process. This is your opportunity to introduce us to your family, describe any concerns or changes you have noted with your pet, and tell us your pet's story. We like to say that you have the movie of your pet's life, and what we see is a snapshot. We appreciate any information that you are able to share with us, and we want to make sure that we address any worries that you have in the visit. If the primary pet person is not able to come to the visit, please be sure to complete our online history forms so we can clearly understand your concerns.
Physical exam-this is where our veterinarians can have their hands on your pet to conduct a thorough head to tail exam. They will check all of your pet's major systems, and let you know if they find any concerns. Our veterinarians will be feeling their skin and hair coat, looking at their eyes, ears, and oral structures, making sure their skeletal system is within expectations, and checking for any lumps, bumps, or masses that may be worrisome. Please ask if you have any questions during this process.
Diagnostics-This is the voice of your pet in the exam process. Since pets can't communicate with us, diagnostics can provide a window into their functioning that can't be seen with our eyes and hands. We may recommend internal parasite testing (fecal exams), laboratory panels, blood work for tick borne diseases and heart worm, or digital imaging to help us understand what is going on inside your pet that they can't tell us about.
Communication and planning-our team will work with you and your family to determine the best care options for your pet-from flea and tick prevention to managing chronic illness. We will listen to your concerns, and make our best recommendations for your pet and your family. We will develop a vaccination plan based on your pet’s needs to prevent deadly disease and comply with NYS law. We will help you come up with an appropriate plan for year round parasite control so these little buggers don’t harm your family and your home. Preventing health problems with vaccines and parasite control is much less expensive than treating them, and we will help you find the best options for your pet. We will also assess your pet’s needs for any other laboratory testing and make appropriate recommendations for baseline testing for pets with higher risk factors (age, lifestyle, breed) as well as diagnostic assessment for certain diseases like lyme disease and anaplasmosis.
We can also teach you how to take care of your pet at home with some simple tips for nail trims, ear cleaning, bathing, and dental care that will help you keep your pet more comfortable and save money as well. If you have any questions about how to give medications or use topical parasite preventatives, we are happy to help you at any time.
Behavior and nutrition are also assessed during your regular veterinary visit. Behavioral problems are often the primary source of concern for families, and they can often be addressed successfully with some effort and training. We have team members who can provide guidance, and we work closely with several trainers and specialists in the area. We also like to focus on healthy weight management as obesity (a health problem on its own) can also be a precursor to many other problems particularly as our pets age. We can help!
We truly want to work with you and your family to help create long and healthy lives for all the patients in our practice. Please let us know how to make these visits work best for you.