Your pet’s day-to-day wellness is of the utmost importance. Sometimes, it takes a little bit more than food, water and exercise to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Diseases can appear suddenly in our pets, often when they could have been avoided. That’s why our general pet wellness procedures are designed to prevent disease and prolong pets’ lives. From the moment you welcome a new pet into your family and home, you should begin preventative care. Puppies and kittens alike are recommended to begin their vaccination series between six and eight weeks of age. During these series, physical examinations, intestinal parasite screenings and precautionary deworming are also implemented to ensure the wellbeing of your newest family member.
As your dog or cat continues to grow, we recommend making a visit to our clinic every six months. Remember, our precious pets age at a much faster rate than we do; therefore, these exams will be important in keeping track of their health and any changes. These general wellness visits will encompass comprehensive physical exams to make sure everything is in tip-top shape, and we administer any necessary vaccinations and intestinal parasite screenings. These screenings not only protect your pet’s health, but also the health of other pets and your own family. An additional service we offer is annual blood screening. Since many pets do not show symptoms of serious diseases until late into the illness’s progression, these blood screenings can catch the early stages—prolonging your pet’s life.
At Woodland Animal Hospital, we have so many preventative measures available to keep your pet healthy and happy. Come to our facility any time, day or night, for a pet wellness visit. We’re always open!
It all begins with a physical exam. We cannot emphasize the importance of regular pet wellness exams enough. During our exams, we check your pet from nose to tail, which includes an an eye exam using the ophthalmoscope, an ear exam using the otoscope and a heart exam using a stethoscope from a skilled veterinarian. We take a good look at your pet’s teeth, skin, coat, vitals, body condition and joints and use our hands to palpate your pet’s abdominal organs.
Did you know that on average, veterinary physical exams uncover three additional health concerns than the pet owner was originally aware of? So make sure to bring your pet in for his or her regular physical exam appointments. We’re open 24/7 every day, weekend and holiday for your convenience!
We realize that as a pet owner and “parent,” you want to understand all aspects of your pet’s health—and you should! It is our job as animal care providers to also provide you with the knowledge you need in order to properly care for your pet at home. Similarly, it is our job to make sure you understand the process your pet is undergoing during a medical procedure.
At Woodland Animal Hospital, we understand the fear of the unknown is often greater than the event itself! We will give you a comprehensive breakdown of the procedure, as well as information to care for your pet before and after. A little knowledge goes a long way.
Here at Woodland, we take your pet’s nutritional needs very seriously. That’s why we recommend Hill’s Healthy Advantage® pet foods for those pets who do not require a prescription diet. Healthy Advantage® foods come in both dry and canned varieties for both dogs and cats. Additionally, each formula is designed to provide pets with their exact nutritional needs for their life stage. To give your pet nutritious, veterinarian-approved food, contact our office today and ask us how you can get Hill’s Healthy Advantage® pet food for your beloved companion. Read more about Choosing the Right Pet Food >
There are a myriad of dangers lurking around every corner for your pet—if he or she isn’t vaccinated! When it comes to disease prevention and general pet wellness, nothing is more effective than vaccinations. Our vaccine technology and processes are the latest, most effective and safest available in the veterinary industry today. With the cleanest facility standards and skilled veterinarians, your pet will be in and out and ready to take on the world—or maybe just play a game of tug-of-war with you.
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Parasites are unappealing and dangerous to pet wellness. That’s why we do everything we can to prevent them from making a home out of your pet. At Woodland Animal Hospital, we want you to be aware of two kinds of parasites:
External Parasites – This means fleas and ticks! As pet owners, you know how common these external parasites can be on animals. To make matters worse, they can easily be transmitted from animal to animal as well as through the environment. These parasites loom in the outdoors, on patios, in dog parks and at grassy fields. But animals aren’t the only ones at fault for the spread of these parasites. Humans can bring fleas and ticks into their home as well.
You probably know some of the symptoms: itching, hair loss, allergies, anemia and skin infections. However, the possibility of your pet transmitting other parasites, such as tapeworms or serious diseases like Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, is also something else to be aware of. Because of the weather and environmental conditions, we recommend that pets living in Georgia should be on flea and tick prevention year round. The key to preventing these parasites is following to a monthly, veterinarian-prescribed maintenance program.
Internal Parasites – Heartworms and intestinal parasites are certainly nothing to take lightly. Heartworms are a common, yet potentially deadly parasite that affects both dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the illness, and, unfortunately heartworms can be quite common in Georgia. Coughing, an aversion to exercise, lethargy and sudden death are all symptoms of this terrible parasite. Prevention and early detection can keep your pet safe from this nasty disease. Read more about Heartworms >
Similarly, roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and giardia are all causes of intestinal parasites. These parasites are all common in Georgia, and, in most instances, they do not cause external symptoms in pets. Therefore, biannual testing and monthly preventative measures are absolutely imperative for your pet’s well being.
While regular physical examinations are imperative for overall pet wellness, there may well be health issues lying beneath the surface that are harder to detect. Luckily, there are procedures, such as blood and urine analysis, available at Woodland Animal Hospital that alert us to dangerous health conditions before they become life threatening. By undergoing these procedures yearly, we have a better chance of catching diseases early and treating them effectively.
Modern technology has not only been revolutionary in terms of the medical equipment we use to treat your pets, but also in keeping them safe and close to home. Microchipping dogs and cats has reunited countless pets with their owners thanks to the implantation of a permanent identification chip between the shoulder blades.
But will it hurt to microchip your dog or cat? Not any more than a routine vaccination! Implanting a microchip doesn’t even require anesthetic. In fact, the procedure is so simple that we can perform it right in the exam room. One of our highly skilled veterinarians will inject the microchip under the loose skin between the shoulder blades from a sterile applicator. It only takes a matter of seconds.
While the microchip doesn’t act as a GPS that actively tracks your pet, it does act as a permanent form of identification. So, imagine your pet runs off into the woods. He or she broke out of his or her collar and now has no identification. Well, once your rambunctious pet is found and brought to an animal hospital or shelter (as most lost pets are), the staff will scan him or her for a microchip, which then displays your information. And, just like that, you two will be reunited again. Read more about Microchipping Your Pet >
How can you say no to that face? Puppies and kittens sure are cute. And it’s up to you to make sure their health is monitored regularly so they grow into healthy adults. To ensure an easy, healthy transition into pet life, all of us here at Woodland Animal Hospital recommend administering a series of vaccinations beginning at six weeks of age. Deworming and fecal parasite tests are also very important in protecting the safety of puppy and kitten health. Heartworm prevention also begins at this tender age, as do discussions pertaining to your pet’s future health plan.
As pets age, their healthcare needs change as they become more susceptible to certain health issues. The risk of disease increases with age and has the potential to worsen within a matter or weeks. It is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure they stay happy and healthy well into their golden years. Read more about Senior Pet Wellness >
Have you considered dental care? What about flea and tick prevention for when your puppy or kitten gets bigger? Come on in at any time to discuss the health of your furry family member. We are conveniently open 24/7 every day, weekend and holiday.
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