Perinton Wellness and Preventative Care
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.
The Importance of Annual Exams
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.
A microchip installed at our clinic can help ensure that your pet will be found more quickly should he or she go missing. At Perinton, we use microchips to ensure that if your pet is ever lost, he or she can be returned home safe and sound.
A microchip is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, implanted beneath the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. This chip remains there for the pet’s entire life; the procedure is as easy and painless as a vaccination.
Every microchip has a unique number. This number is added to a national pet registry, along with information about the pet and pet parent. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have devices for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found with a microchip, the registry is called and the pet parent is contacted.