Pet Health & Wellness: A Longer, Happier Life for Your Dog & Cat
Our pets are living longer than ever! Perinton Veterinary Hospital is preventing diseases in dogs and cats through vaccinations and regular veterinary exams. Our wellness care and disease prevention planning results in happier pets that live long, healthy lives.
Annual Exams Make Sense
Regular wellness exams are the best way to keep your pet healthy and prevent diseases before they become too difficult, or too costly, to treat. We recommend yearly wellness examinations for healthy adult dogs and cats, with more frequent visits for puppies and kittens, senior pets, and those with medical conditions.
What to Expect
At the annual visit, our veterinarians perform a complete, head-to-tail exam to determine overall pet health. This is an excellent time to discuss any changes in your animal companion since the last visit, such as weight fluctuations, behavioral issues, or overall condition. These changes often signal a developing health problem long before medical symptoms become apparent.
You can expect basic heartworm tests for healthy dogs and more detailed diagnostics if the patient has a medical problem. We customize our wellness testing to meet the specific needs of your pet, without unnecessary lab work or procedures.
At this visit, our veterinarians take the time discuss your pet’s nutrition, explain parasite prevention, and address any other questions or concerns. The annual wellness exam is also the time to update vaccinations.
Vaccinations are an essential part of every pet health care plan. Vaccinations protect your pet against most major infectious diseases. For dogs, these might include:
- Canine distemper
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Canine influenza
- Lyme disease
For cats, these might include:
- Respiratory diseases
- Feline leukemia
The need for vaccinations depends on the individual dog or cat, considering a variety of factors: age, breed, health, and lifestyle. We devise a plan that works best for you and your pet’s health.
Every year, animals go missing and are never found again. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple way to avoid this tragedy.
Perinton Veterinary Hospital uses the ResQ microchip system. Learn more about the ResQ microchip.
On the Web
USA Today discusses the new health crisis for your pets.
AVMA TV offers a large selection of videos about pet health care topics by the experts at the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The Pet Health Center at WebMD offers videos, slide shows, and lots of information about preventing diseases in pets: