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Wellness Care & Immunization
Preventative medicine is one of the core principals at Abbotsford Animal Hospital. Keeping our patients out of the hospital is one of our key priorities. An integral part of this is regular physical exams. In the first four to six months of life, we recommend three to four exams. Puppies and kittens are developing rapidly and are exceptionally susceptible to disease. We need to be able to recognize abnormalities as they occur, before they become problematic. Another piece of the wellness puzzle is vaccines. There are many vaccines available. We recommend looking at your pet’s exposure and then tailoring a vaccine protocol based on exposure.
Once our pets reach maturity, then we recommend annual exams. The cornerstone of the annual exam is the combination of your pet’s history and the physical exam. We are so convinced of the importance of this that we have included at no added cost, the most important core vaccines and the rabies vaccine.
Part of the annual exam could include wellness tests that may include fecal exams, urine and blood tests. This allows for early detection of diseases and allows for treatment to start right away. At Abbotsford Animal Hospital we are fortunate to have a full in house Laboratory that allows us the option of getting test results within minutes.
As your pet ages, the frequency of the physical exam will depend on the health of your pet. Many require only annual exams, while others require more frequent exams. Each pet will have an individual plan based on their own needs.
Diet is another piece of the wellness puzzle. The doctors at Abbotsford Animal Hospital have over 60 years of combined experience and are happy to help you navigate the nutrition maze. We can recommend exceptional traditional diets, organic fresh diets, and even provide home cooked recipes. Keeping our pets at a healthy weight is an essential part of a wellness program.
Correcting the diet of our overweight pets is another area of focus for our wellness exams. Occasionally some of our patients have trouble losing weight, some of these animals are unrecognized hypothyroid sufferers. Recognizing and then treating this condition is another reason regular checkups is essential for all our pets.
Parasite prevention is strongly recommended. Aurora, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Holland Landing and Woodbridge have a large and diverse wildlife population. This wildlife population carries many parasites (ticks, fleas, and mites to name a few) that are transmissible to both our pets and us. At Abbotsford Animal Hospital it is our job to prevent our patients from getting parasite infections, and treating them when they do.
Being proactive and providing preventative medicine to keep our pets healthy is the focus of how we practice at Abbotsford Animal Hospital.
Please contact us or call 905-727-7379 to speak to one of our caring and compassionate staff.