Early detection and treatment of disease is essential to maintaining your pet’s health and preventing serious illnesses. This is why at East York Veterinary Center all pets receive a thorough physical examination at each and every visit, including vaccination appointments. As part of your pet’s healthcare, the veterinarians at East York Veterinary Center perform a multitude of services at each visit.
Annual and biannual exams
Even from a young age, it is your pet’s nature to perfect the art of hiding illness. It is only through a physical examination that we are able to identify the subtle cues indicative of the beginning of a disease process. As animals have different requirements at each life stage, it is important to examine them at least annually.
Annual parasite testing
Did you know that certain intestinal parasites are transmitted to people? By checking annual stool samples, we can protect both you and your pet from harmful parasites.
Annual heartworm and tick-borne disease testing
Due to animals being transported across the country, incidences of heartworm disease have been increasing. Therefore, annual testing is very important even if your pet is on monthly heartworm preventative.
Dental disease can cause not only primary problems, but the bacteria in the mouth can travel to other organs including the heart, liver and kidneys. Therefore, an oral exam and proper dental care are key to your pet’s well being.
Flea/tick and heartworm preventative
Monthly preventatives are an essential part of caring for your beloved pet. It takes 48 hours (or less) for ticks to transmit disease, so if you can prevent attachment, you will drastically reduce your pet’s risk of contracting serious infections. Heartworm preventatives protect against deadly heartworm disease and intestinal parasites. If your pet misses more than two months of heartworm preventative, he/she must be tested before resuming treatment.
These play a critical role in keeping your pet happy and healthy by limiting and/or eliminating deadly diseases. As viruses can come in on your body or clothing, even indoor-only pets are at risk. Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, your veterinarian can determine the appropriate vaccinations that may be required.
Have questions about preventative care for your pet or want to make an appointment? Call us at (717) 312-5127.