Our wellness protocols are designed to prevent disease and prolong the lives and life quality of your pets. As soon as you welcome a new pet into your home, you should consider preventative care to protect their health. For puppies and kittens, we recommend beginning a vaccination series between six and eight weeks of age. While adequate vaccination is important, the comprehensive physical examinations, intestinal parasite screenings and prophylactic dewormings also given during this series will help ensure your new family member gets started on the right paw for a happy, healthy life.
For a healthy adult pet, we recommend a visit to our clinic
Since pets age at a much quicker rate than humans, these visits will become increasingly important in early detection of any changes in their health.
As your pet ages, a yearly visit to the vet is recommended. Since pets age at a much quicker rate than humans, these annual visits will become increasingly important to aid in detecting any changes in their health early. During the annual visit, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical exam, any necessary vaccinations and an intestinal parasite screening. By conducting parasite screenings every 12 months, we can make sure your pet remains healthy and decrease the potential risks to other pets and family members.
In addition to these wellness services, we offer annual blood screenings to all patients. If done routinely, these screenings will help our doctors detect potential diseases before they become a serious issue. If caught early, many common diseases can be managed through dietary modifications. Since pets usually don’t exhibit symptoms of many serious diseases, such as kidney or liver disease, until the disease is in the advanced stages, early detection leads to early treatment and can prolong your pet’s life.
AGE-RELATED WELLNESS PROGRAMS
COMPREHENSIVE PET EXAM
The physical exam is a very important aspect of your pet’s wellness. This is when the doctor evaluates the entire pet using his or her hands, eyes and ears. It includes: an eye exam with ophthalmoscope, an ear exam with otoscope and a heart and lung exam using a stethoscope. Other points evaluated are teeth, skin, coat, vitals, body condition and joints. Doctors also use their hands to palpate the abdominal contents. Veterinary physical exams, on average, uncover three additional concerns than what is known by the pet owner. So make sure to bring your pet in for his or her regular physical exam appointments. We’re open 7 days a week, 365 days a year for your convenience!
Internal medicine deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disease inside the body. Common examples include:
- Kidney/Urinary Disease
- Internal Infections
- Diseases of the Liver, Gallbladder, Endocrine System (e.g., Diabetes, Adrenal, Thyroid, etc.) and Heart Disease
The staff at our hospital is equipped, trained and experienced to provide the highest level of care in times of illness. From a comprehensive in-house laboratory and diagnostic equipment to a state-of-the-art ICU, we are here when you need us.
Good dental hygiene is as important for pets as it is for humans. It’s common for some of us to avoid going to the dentist for two to three years. If you skimp on dental care for your pets for this long, it’s the equivalent to them not getting a comprehensive dental exam, mouth X-ray, or teeth cleaning for 14 to 21 years! While this may not sound alarming to some people, ensuring your pets receive proper dental care—via home care and annual dental exams—is essential, as it protects them from periodontal disease and can even add years to their lives. At Taconic, we encourage pet parents to schedule yearly dental exams for their pets. We have state-of-the-art digital X-ray capabilities, and we recommend full-mouth films for every pet dental procedure. Read more about Pet Dental Procedures >
CLIENT EDUCATION & CONSULTATION
During the exam process, another important aspect of wellness care is educating clients. Together as partners, we can ensure your pet receives all that he or she needs to live a long and quality life.
Early Disease Detection
Although a comprehensive exam is imperative, it may not tell the whole story. Monitoring lab parameters, such as blood analysis and urinalysis, each year alerts us of potentially threatening trends of the internal organs and helps identify internal disease at the earliest stage possible.