At Mission Road Animal Clinic, our motto is "An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure". We strongly stand behind the importance of wellness exams to both maintain your pet’s health and also be given the opportunity to spot any potential complications before they have a chance of getting worse. Recommended exam schedules usually require visits once a year for younger animals, and twice a year for seniors. Flea control, monitoring for parasitic infection, oral tablets to maintain dental health, and round-worm prevention are all important parts of preventing disease and maintaining a positive quality of life for your dogs and cats. While we offer different wellness packages tailored to any type of animal lifestyle, we will also be making sure there is no unusual stress on the body in other areas such as painful joints, issues with ears and eyes, abdomen rigidity, dental decay, and more.
Vaccinations are a key component in avoiding preventable stress on an animal’s body due to infection. While there is no shortage of pathogens that can be harmful to your pet, not every animal should have the same vaccine regimen. Additionally, not every animal will maintain the same vaccine schedule during its lifetime. As conditions and factors in their lives change, so will what is considered necessary to keep them safe.
There are necessary vaccinations that are considered "core vaccines". These include rabies and DHPP vaccines for canines, and rabies and FVRCP vaccines for felines. Non-core vaccinations for dogs include Bordetella (kennel cough), Lyme disease, and canine influenza. For cats, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Chlamydia felis, and FeLV are considered non-core vaccines. We our professionals can help you decide what the best course of action is to form your loved one's vaccination plan. If you have questions regarding vaccinations, please call our office.
Parasitic infection is an unfortunate reality in the lives of most animals at one point or another. It is true that symptoms can vary depending on the type and the severity of the infection, it is important to get your pet seen right away if you suspect parasites. Although parasites are actually fairly common, infection or infestation does run the potential risk of becoming a serious or even life-threatening situation if left untreated. The most common parasites we see are:
Just like the other aspects of your pet's wellness, their best protection against parasites is prevention. We recommend Revolution for our feline patients and Senintal, Simparica, and Proheart for our canine friends. While most of these are topical solutions, we do offer other options with some medications. Call us today to discuss your parasite prevention plan and how you can manage the risks at home.
When a cat or dog is found on the streets and brought into a shelter or animal clinic, one of the first things they do is scan them for a microchip in hopes of identifying them. While collars are useful, they can be accidentally removed relatively easily. What is your plan if your pet gets lost? A microchip may be your answer. Microchips are small (about 12 mm or a grain of rice) pieces of technology that are implanted in your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. This procedure is routine and does not require anesthesia of any kind.
We know the idea of a chubby cat or dog can seem cute, but weight management issues can have severe consequences and wreak havoc on your animal's body over time. Animal obesity in the US has reached an all-time high, at a shocking percentage of over 55% for cats and dogs. Various illnesses can emerge from animal obesity, including arthritis, liver disease, kidney disease, respiratory issues, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Often times a combination of diet change, increased exercise, and support from their owner is what is needed to get back to baseline. Our team is dedicated to helping you determine which methods of maintaining or bringing your pet back to a healthy weight is right for both of you. If you have concerns regarding your loved one's wellness or overall health and think it may be nutrition or weight-related, call us today to book an appointment.