Wellness check ups
A regular wellness check is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Sometimes your pet can show signs that build up gradually over time and go unnoticed by you and as your pet cannot tell you how they really feel we recommend a complete physical examination at least once a year.
At Clive Cottage Veterinary Clinic we strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The most valuable tool in this effort is regular wellness checkups. A thorough physical examination provides us with the opportunity to assess your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential issues before they become serious health concerns. It is also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily care. We will also use this time to inform you about home health care for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.
A physical exam includes;
- Palpate lymph nodes, skin and abdomen. Assess joints, muscles and range of motion.
- Assess symmetry and locomotion.
- Assess nervous system.
- Ear and eye/vision exam.
- Check teeth and oral cavity.
- Listen to the heart and lungs.
- Diagnostic tests where indicated during the exam.
Vaccinations are the cornerstone of your pet's preventive health care plan. Many diseases such as; leptospirosis, Parvo, and distemper are often fatal and can now be prevented with advances in veterinary immunology. We tailor your pet's vaccination schedule according to his or her needs. All decisions about vaccinations and preventative care are made jointly by the veterinarian and you to develop a vaccination protocol based on your pet's lifestyle, environment, and other risk factors.
This unique form of identification is an easy, yet permanent way to bring your pet home quickly should your pet become lost. The microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for your pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy and fast as a vaccination.
Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a National Companion Animal Register. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned it is easy for you to be contacted.
Annual flea and other parasite prevention
In Hawkes Bay, we have fleas all year round and thus need strict preventive care for our pets. Unfortunately fleas lifecycle includes a larval stage off your pet so not following a protocol just allows them to build up around your home. It is much easier to prevent fleas than to eradicate them once there is an infestation. Visit the clinic and one of our staff will go through the flea products and which one would suit your pets needs best. We also offer a reminder service via text if requested.
Beside the fleas, your pet has a lot of other little-and not so little- parasites to contend with. From ticks to tape worms these are all treatable/preventable with affordable dewormers.
Dental disease is one of the most important aspects of your pet’s overall health and wellbeing and often goes unnoticed by the owner. We check your pet's teeth and oral cavity during every physical exam.
Some Signs of Dental Problems include:
- Bad breath is one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
- Increased salivation
Dental problems, if left untreated, can often lead to larger systemic problems via oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver not to mention the effect on quality of life. No one likes a tooth ache!