Routine wellness care provides significant health benefits throughout your pet’s life. From annual checkups to vaccinations, our preventive services are designed to help your pet live the best life at every age.
Adding a new companion to your family is an exciting time, and we are happy to offer our guidance and support. We recommend scheduling your new pet’s first veterinary exam at six weeks of age. During this visit, we will:
As your pet grows older, annual exams become increasingly beneficial for the prevention and early diagnosis of potentially harmful medical conditions. We recommend that all pets under the age of seven be seen annually by a veterinarian. During these visits, we will provide the following care and treatment:
Pets age much more quickly than humans, and after the age of seven, most are considered seniors. As a result, we recommend your senior pet visit us twice a year. During these visits, we will pay special attention to common signs and subtle changes that may indicate more serious health concerns. Red flags include:
We will also perform:
"Non-traditional" exotic pets require just as much - if not more - preventive and wellness care than their dog and cat counterparts. We recommend a wellness exam as soon as possible after obtaining a companion exotic. This allows us to help you get your new family member set up with the best possible diet, care, and husbandry from the very beginning. Our veterinarians and staff enjoy teaching clients about proper handling, behavior, feeding, and care of their pets. Services that we offer for exotic pets include wellness exams, advanced diagnostic imaging, surgical care, advanced dentistry, and more.
Having your pet vaccinated is a vital part of his or her preventive healthcare plan. Vaccinations help prevent a number of critical and potentially life-threatening diseases and viruses. In some cases, three-year vaccines may be available. Please speak with your veterinarian to discuss available options for your pet.
We recommend puppies and kittens have their first vaccinations when they are six weeks old. Vaccinations for exotics are species-specific and administered on an as-needed basis. We utilize a vaccination schedule based on the guidelines of the American Animal Hospital Association, our years of experience, and the individual needs of your pet.
Losing a pet is a heartbreaking experience that is often preventable. If your pet does become lost, microchipping is the best way to ensure a safe return. Each microchip features a unique number that is entered into an international database. Scanners available at most veterinary hospitals, shelters, and Humane Societies can detect and read the chip. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected directly under your pet’s skin, normally between the shoulder blades. At Whitesburg Animal Hospital, we offer HomeAgain® microchips.