Our wellness and vaccination programs are designed
to prevent disease and prolong the life of your pet.
Disease prevention is always less costly than dealing with the treatment of a disease once your pet has developed it.
Early diagnosis of a disease process can lead your pet to a longer healthier life. Kidney disease, if diagnosed early, will allow us to modify your dog or cat’s diet and in some cases add supplements to their diet to potentially extend their lives. There are many other conditions to which an early diagnosis is advantageous.
Our puppy wellness program is designed to offer your new puppy all the benefits of veterinary services available to him / or her from 6 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age. Included in this service is a series of examinations and vaccinations including rabies, distemper, parvovirus, etc. In addition, your puppy will be tested for worms and be treated for the most common intestinal worm of puppies – roundworms. Roundworms can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and / or diarrhea. There are other parasites that can cause similar symptoms and can even cause your puppy to become anemic (low red blood cells). Performing a fecal test will allow us to treat your puppy accordingly. Although some worms are visible to the naked eye, most worm burdens are diagnosed by examining the stool of your puppy microscopically.
Our kitten wellness program is designed to offer your new kitten all the benefits of veterinary services available to him / or her from 6 weeks of age to 12 weeks of age. Included in this service is a series of examinations and vaccinations including rabies, panleukopenia (distemper), leukemia, etc. Also, your kitten will be tested for worms and be treated for the most common intestinal worm of kittens – roundworms. Roundworms can cause your kitten to vomit and experience diarrhea; however, it is possible for your kitten to have roundworms and not show any signs of harboring the worms. A microscopic fecal examination will allow us to evaluate the presence of these worms. The examination will also look for other types of worms that can affect your kitten.
Adult Canine Wellness
“Dogs are man’s best friend.” Well if that is the case then we should treat them as they are. There are many things that Dogs need to stay healthy and sometimes these things are forgotten.
The Yearly Physical Exam
To help detect and prevent some potential health problems all pets should visit there veterinarian once per year. When they become a geriatric, then they should be seen twice per year. During physical exams, the veterinarian will discuss and give vaccinations, talk about the weather or not your dog should have blood work done, whether it be because they are a senior/geriatric pet or if it is pre-surgical. The veterinarian will dispense parasite control (de-worming medication), discuss the importance of dental hygiene, nutrition, and other programs and tips to help keep your pet healthy and happy. When pets reach a certain age, they are considered seniors. This is determined by their weight as well as their age.
When they get here, the doctors will discuss what to do as far as vaccinations because not all vaccinations are yearly. Some vaccinations will be given every three years. The doctor also may recommend running blood work. This is used to help evaluate the pet’s internal organs. It also will contribute to monitoring the progression of the disease. For routine blood work, it will consist of a CBC – Complete Blood Count which gives a breakdown of the red and white blood cells, etc. Then the Chemistry Panel is a way to test the kidney and liver function; electrolyte levels, etc. Chemistry panels are run off of the fluid that the Blood cells travel in.
Senior Pet Wellness
Once your dog turns seven years of age or your cat turns eight years of age, we recommend that they undergo a thorough senior wellness exam and diagnostic workup. Even though you may believe your pet is normal, many disease processes do not show any outward signs until the disease is quite advanced. More advanced diseases can be harder to treat and are not always as responsive to treatment as diseases diagnosed early.
Early detection of diseases such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, etc. will allow us to administer the appropriate treatments to help extend your pet’s life.
Many symptoms that historically have been attributed to old age and considered untreatable are now treatable. For example, some dogs that appear to have lost their mental alertness can be returned to a mental status indicative of a younger age using appropriate therapy. Please feel free to contact us to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail.
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Holden Veterinary Clinic
11 Industrial Dr Holden, MA 01520
Monday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM