Regularly scheduled well-animal visits are essential to maintaining the health of your pets.
Routine wellness checks not only help prevent disease; they also increase the chances that any serious illness will be detected earlier, when treatment outcomes are best.
How Often Should I Take My Pet for a Wellness Check?
Like humans, our pets tend to need more care during the beginning of their lives. Kittens and puppies are usually seen several times during their first year of life to ensure that they are properly immunized, receive deworming medications, and undergo spaying or neutering.
Once they are adults, we recommend bi-annual wellness checks to assess your pet’s overall health and to detect any health issues before they become serious.
This is especially important for senior animals to help identify any common age-related health issues—such as urinary tract infections, arthritis, or diabetes—that can affect your pet’s quality of life.
What Happens During a Wellness Exam?
Nobody knows your pet as well as you do. That’s why our veterinarians begin each well-animal visit by asking some basic questions about your animal’s health—including diet, exercise, urinary/defecation habits, and general behavior.
We will weigh your animal, check its eyes and ears, inspect its teeth and gums, examine your animal’s skin and coat, and palpate your pet’s torso, neck, and limbs to detect any potential problems. We will also check a fecal sample and administer necessary vaccines. We may also make other healthcare recommendations depending on the findings of the exam.
Ensure that your pets’ nutritional needs are met throughout the life cycle.
Proper nutrition is vital to the life and health of every pet. With so many pet food options available, choosing the best food for your pet can be challenging. Our vets stay informed on the latest advances in pet nutrition published in journals and presented at conferences, so we can help you make informed choices on food brands, nutritional content, portion sizes, and potential allergies. We’ll also make recommendations on diet and exercise appropriate to the age of your pet.
Meeting Your Pet’s Changing Nutritional Needs
As our pets age, so do their nutritional needs. The dietary needs of puppies and kittens, for example, differ from those of their adult or senior counterparts. Environment and lifestyle also help determine an animal’s nutritional needs. A collie working on a sheep farm will likely have different nutritional needs than a pug that spends most of its life indoors. Our skilled vets are aware of these needs and can recommend which food brands are best suited to your pet’s age and activity level. And if your pet has special health needs, we can recommend a diet that is responsive to those needs.
The Importance of Nutrition in Your Pet’s Daily Life
Nutrition not only affects the health of our pets, it also affects their growth and development as well as their mood. Pet obesity can worsen existing health challenges, such as diabetes and arthritis. Our vets can offer prescription-only diet options that are tailored to the specific health needs of your furry companions.
Dental Care Services
Dental care is whole body care.
Pets don’t have the option of using a toothbrush, dental floss, or mouthwash. That’s why our vets perform a routine dental exam on each animal that visits our clinic and offer owners useful tips on preventive dental care. Signs of dental or gum disease in pets may include, bleeding gums, discolored teeth, excessive drooling, bad breath, and loss of appetite.
Dental Care and the Life of Your Pet
In animals, it is not uncommon for a dental or gum problem to affect other aspects of your pet’s health. If left untreated, an oral infection can spread, traveling through your pet’s bloodstream to other areas of the body, such as the heart and kidneys.
By age 3, most animals display some evidence of periodontal disease. There are some preventive procedures you can do for your pet at home, such as brushing your pet’s teeth with specially formulated veterinary toothpaste or offering your pet a healthy chew toy.
Sometimes your pet may require more in-depth dental care. Our veterinarians are skilled in dental procedures including routine cleaning, extraction, control of oral infections, and the scaling and polishing of teeth.
At Tates Creek Animal Hospital, pets are placed under anesthesia for dentistry procedures. General sedation not only removes any discomfort your pet may experience, but also allows our vets to fully assess your animal’s oral health and spot any trouble signs early. During sedation, your pet’s vital signs (breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation) are fully monitored for safety.
Internal Medicine Services
Our veterinary care professionals are expert in the diagnosis and treatment of nonsurgical conditions in pets.
Our veterinarians at Tates Creek Animal Hospital are general practitioners who understand the importance of general internal medicine. Internal medicine focuses on the function and interaction of your pet’s organ systems (including digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, endocrine, and neurologic systems). Through noninvasive diagnosis and treatment, our professionals can manage a broad array of conditions commonly seen in pets.
How Do I Know if My Pet Needs an Internal Medicine Exam?
Any dramatic change in your pet’s health or behavior could signal the need for an internal medicine evaluation. Prolonged gastric disturbances (such as, diarrhea or vomiting), loss of appetite, weight loss, muscle weakness, bleeding, difficulty breathing, and problems urinating or defecating can each be indicative of a more serious underlying problem. Depending on the issue, our vets can discuss the therapeutic options with you to help develop a diagnostic and treatment plan for your pet.
Commonly Treated Conditions
At Tates Creek Animal Hospital, our vets are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of veterinary issues, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, osteoarthritis, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, and Addison’s disease. If your pet requires a specialist, we work with professionals in the area who have access to the advanced diagnostic and treatment tools your animal’s care may require.
Micro-chipping your pet boosts the chances your animal will be found and returned if lost.
The average pet stands a 30% chance of becoming lost sometime during its life. Many lost pets never find their way home. By having your pet fitted with an implantable microchip, you can dramatically improve the odds that your pet will be found and reunited with you.
Study has shown that more than half of micro-chipped dogs that become lost are turned in at local shelters and animal hospitals to be reunited with their owners. For cats with an implantable microchip, that number is about 40%, compared with only 2% for cats without a chip. Ask our staff about micro-chipping your pet! It’s fast, easy, and painless.
How Does Micro-chipping Work?
Micro-chipping uses a needle to implant a tiny device (about the size of a rice grain) just beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The procedure is relatively inexpensive, requires no surgery or stitches, and is no more painful than a vaccination.
What Data is on a Microchip?
A microchip is like an electronic pet tag, carrying an identification number that is cross-linked to the owner’s address on a national database. When a chipped pet is turned in at a vet clinic or shelter, a staff member waves a wand over the chip to retrieve the embedded owner contact information. The chip remains implanted during the scan, and the scanning procedure is completely painless.
Can I Update My Pet’s Chip Data if I Move?
Yes. We work closely with the lost pet database, Home Again. If your contact information changes, we can help you complete the needed forms to update your data with Home Again. Even if your pet is microchipped, we suggest that the animal also wear a regular ID collar and current vaccination tags.
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Parasite Prevention Services
Parasites are a common pet problem that can quickly become a major headache or even a health emergency. That’s why we focus on prevention as well as treatment.
Most pets will encounter parasites at some point during the life cycle. Fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworms, and heartworm are all common in house pets. If left unchecked, parasites can cause gastric disturbances, weight loss, itchy skin or “hot spots,” and other more serious conditions. Our vets can help counsel you on the most effective over-the-counter preventatives and can prescribe medications to treat any existing parasitic infestation.
What Can Prevent Parasites from Attacking Your Pet?
Parasites like fleas and ticks affect millions of pets annually. Fortunately, there are safe and effective preventive treatments you can administer to your pet at home (usually on a monthly basis). Our experienced staff can recommend parasite preventative medications that meet the health needs and exposure risk of your pet.
For puppies and kittens under one year of age, and especially for those raised in crowded group settings, we also recommend the prevention of gastrointestinal and respiratory parasites. Remember that when you protect your pets, you are also protecting your family, as many pet parasites also affect humans.
What Happens During a Physical Exam for Parasites?
When we examine your pet, we’ll look at the places parasites typically gather—such as the ears (ear mites), skin, (fleas and ticks), and stool (intestinal parasites. We‘ll also ask you about your pet’s daily habits, such as eating and elimination, and about your animal’s activity and energy levels. Symptoms like lethargy, skin infections, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite can all be signs of parasitic infection.
Our fully stocked on-site pharmacy has your pet’s immediate health needs covered.
Tates Creek Animal Hospital maintains a fully equipped pharmacy to meet the needs of our patients. When you leave our clinic, you can do so with the confidence that your pet’s prescriptions have been filled in accordance with your vet’s specific instructions.
Having your animal’s prescriptions filled at our pharmacy also ensure that our veterinary staff will have fingertip access to your pet’s medication record. This helps us make more informed choices when adjusting doses, prescribing new medications, or checking for potential drug interactions.
Our pharmacy stocks the majority of the medications we routinely prescribe, but if we need to order a medication that we do not currently stock, we turn to several large veterinary pharmacies with whom we partner regularly to ensure that your pet gets optimal treatment at the proper time.
What are my Rx Refill Options?
We know how quickly your daily schedule can fill up. That’s why we make obtaining prescription refills for your pet as easy as possible. To refill a prescription, either contact us by phone at 859-273-1933 or visit your pet’s online portal. We strive to have all prescriptions ready for pick-up within 30 minutes.
Ordering veterinary meds through our on-site pharmacy helps to ensure the accuracy and consistency of your pet’s treatment. All medications we stock are approved by the FDA and are purchased from reputable manufacturers that guarantee their products.
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