Your pet’s wellness exams at Absecon Veterinary Hospital includes:
- Examine teeth, throat and oral cavity
- Assess your pet’s heart
- Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
- Examine the respiratory system
- Test your pet’s reflexes
- Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
- Inspect the skin
- Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
- Test to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems
- Check vision and examine the eyes
Vaccines: Vaccines offer protection against major viral and bacterial diseases that cats and dogs may be exposed to. Pets are susceptible to disease at
any age, and it’s very important to have your young kitten or puppy vaccinated for maximum protection.
At Absecon Veterinary Hospital we will set up a vaccination program for your pet to provide protection for the diseases of concern in your area. Kittens and puppies often require an initial vaccination with follow-up booster shots to ensure they are well protected against diseases.
Adult Dog and Puppy Vaccines
Core: DHPP (combined Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza), Rabies
Non-Core: Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease, Bordetella
Adult Cat and Kitten Vaccines
Core: FVRCP (combined Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia), Rabies, Leukemia (for felines that go outside)
Deworming and Fecal Check: Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which can contaminate lawns or any place a pet defecates.
Blood Work: A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a blood test. Not only can a chemistry panel and complete blood count (CBC) identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill. Additionally, blood work is necessary if a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia is recommended.
Fleas are the most common parasite found on dogs and cats3 and can be a significant problem if your pet becomes infested. Fleas can carry serious diseases and some can even be life-threatening. The flea lifecycle is long, and monthly treatments may leave gaps in protection, allowing reinfestation in your home, driving you and your pet apart. Prevalent tick-borne diseases at the Jersey Shore include Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. All can be a significant threat you and your dog, especially during the warmer months of the year. Ticks and tick eggs live in the grass and weeds. Check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in grassy or brushy areas. If a tick is attached to your dog’s skin, remove it carefully with tweezers and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward.
Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a problem year-round. In fact, flea infestation is one of the most common medical problems we see. Your pet can be allergic to fleas, and just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes “cat scratch disease” in people), and parasites like tapeworms.
The best course of action to protect your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks, and the potential of tick-borne disease is prevention. There are many safe, effective flea and tick control products available at our hospital, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet’s risk factors and health status.
Our recommended preventative medication is Bravecto
BRAVECTO is the longest-lasting flea and tick protection available in a chew or topical, delivering 12 weeks of flea and tick protection in a single treatment.
The treatment covers the entire duration of the flea lifecycle to prevent fleas from re-infesting the home, so with just one treatment, fleas are all taken care of.
Microchipping is a great way to keep track of your pet. We can provide peace of mind for pet owners who are afraid their cat or dog may run away, get lost, or even stolen. Pets that are microchipped are much more likely to be found and reunited with their owners than pets that are not.
Each microchip registers the animal with a unique identification number, which is filed in a database with your contact information. The contact information can be updated any time, and it is important to remember to do so whenever your information changes. If your pet is lost, the microchip can be scanned by animal control officers, at shelters and at veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and in many foreign countries.
Microchipping is quick and your pet can go home with you immediately following the procedure. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It is usually implanted with a needle just below the skin, between the shoulder blades. If your pet is small enough, you can feel the microchip just beneath the skin.
As our pets age, their health risks also increase. We at Absecon Veterinary Hospital suggest that senior pets increase the frequency of their wellness exams to bi-annually to maintain the highest quality of life.
The earlier we are able to catch and signs of disease or other health complications, the better chance we have of treating them successfully.
- Senior pet wellness exams include:
- Nutritional advice
- Stool and/or blood samples
- Preventative care tips
- Comprehensive manual exam
- Treatment plan to decrease risk of infection or disease