Wellness & Vaccination Programs
Our wellness and vaccination programs are designed to prevent disease and prolong the lives of your companion animals.
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 a 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 why to test the kidney and liver function; electrolyte level’s, etc. Chemistry panels are run off of the fluid that the Blood cell’s travel in.
Heartworm is a very serious and potentially deadly parasite that the Veterinarian will discuss with you at their yearly exams. Heartworm is caused by Dirofilaria Immitis. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes’ that are infected. It is transmitted by mosquitoes’. Any dog not on prevention is at risk for heartworm and also is putting other dogs at risk as well. It takes six months for the larvae to become adult heartworm their life span is about 5-7 years. No matter what the breed of your dog is they are still susceptible to infection. Heartworm infections can cause serious damage to both respiratory and cardiovascular systems that can lead to heart failure. In sever cases dogs can be burdened with Hundreds of 16 inch worms.
This is why we strongly recommend that all dogs be put on heartworm prevention year round because even the mosquitoes’ that get into your home can carry the parasite and then can infect other dogs. There are a few different types of heartworm medications; some are chewable tablets, some look like treats and then there are some that are topical. So there is an option for just about everyone.
Flea and Tick prevention is just as important as heartworm prevention for many reasons.
Living in New England ticks are a major problem and not just for our pets. They are an issue for us as well. Ticks carry Lyme disease. There is no way to guarantee 100% your pets won’t get ticks on them. The only thing you can do is to treat them with a Flea and Tick prevention as well as vaccinate them for Lyme.The Flea and Tick prevention is not going to repel them it will kill them after they have bitten the animal. It can start working as early as 12 hours after applying but could take up to 24 hours.
Flea and Tick Medications should only be put on 2 days before or after a bath and directly on the skin. It needs the oils in the skin to spread the medication throughout the body.
Nutrition: Keeping your dog at a healthy weight can help keep him younger longer. Did you know if your pet is overweight if could decrease their life expectancy by two years???
Some problems that can occur is overweight pets:
- Joint Problems
- Immune Issues
Keeping your pet on the thin side helps keep them active and healthy. Making sure they are on an appropriate food for their stage of life is a major way we can help our dogs stay slim. Dog foods are created for life stages. For example – many foods are designed for all life stages. This means they are geared towards the neediest group (puppies). This means that essentially it is a puppy food and is not the best choice for an adult dog that is starting to slow down and not as active!
Internal Parasites are a problem for not only your dog but for you and your family as well. There are parasites that can be passed from animals to people they are called Zoonotic. The most common zoonotic parasites are Hookworms and Roundworms. Children, the elderly and immunocompromised people are at a higher risk to contract these parasites. Dogs get infected with these parasites by walking places where other dogs have defecated. The roundworm eggs and hookworm larvae get on the dogs paws; the dog licks his/her feet and infects him or herself if your dogs licks his anus and then licks your child or if your child pets your dog; he or she can become infected with these parasites. Ways to prevent the risk of spreading parasites to your children is to keep your dogs on monthly heartworm prevention all year round. Heartworm prevention helps to control the hookworms and roundworms as well as the heartworm. Clean the yard of all fecal matter once per week if not daily. Bring in a stool sample to the Veterinarian at least twice per year. Make sure that your children know they should wash there hands after handling their pets.
Dental health is another important part of caring for your dog. This is the one that most people forget about. As easy as it is for your dog to get periodontal disease, it’s just as easy for you to prevent it. One of the best ways to do this is to spend 30 seconds brushing your dog’s teeth. By brushing their teeth it helps to reduce the plaque buildup and gingivitis on their teeth. Dog’s need a toothpaste that is designed for them, so you can’t just use anything. Periodontal Disease can affect your dog in ways that you might not have thought of. Periodontal Disease can cause bad breath as well as lead to soreness and destruction of the gums, can cause teeth to loosen and or fall out. The bacteria that start in the mouth can affect the Brain, Lungs, Heart, Liver and Kidneys. All of this can easily be prevented by keeping their mouth clean and free of plaque and gingivitis.
We provide diagnostic and wellness services for your adult pet including but not limited to: blood testing, fecal testing, and urine testing. Your personal yearly check up at your doctor is likely to include these tests and so should your pet’s yearly exam. Every year we detect many disease processes in apparently ‘normal’ adult animals. The results help us address problems in the early stages. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatments can result in your companion living a longer healthier life.
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 sign 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.
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