You may have heard the saying, “the best way to kill a weed is at the root.”
In most cases this rings true. Similarly in veterinary medicine, we treat your pet’s problems, ailments, and sickness, but are we helping any if we don’t stop the cause. You can cure the disease of one patient, but can you stop the epidemic? This is why veterinary medicine isn’t only about treating your pets, it’s about preventing it from causing further problems. At Shirley Veterinary Hospital, we want your pets to stay as happy and healthy as possible. Below are some of our recommendations and services we offer to keep them this way.
When you bring your pet in for a comprehensive exam, he or she will receive a nose-to-tail checkup – but what exactly does that entail? The comprehensive exam includes an examination of all of your pet’s major body systems to help ensure that they are functioning at their best.
What to expect:
Remember that saying about killing the root of the problem? Vaccinations are a big help to accomplish that. By vaccinating your pet, just like a child, you are limiting the potential for them to contract certain contagious diseases and potentially spread them to other pets. Your veterinarian may modify or recommended a varied vaccination schedule or type, but listed below are the vaccinations we recommend your dog or cat having.
Dogs: Rabies (required by federal law), Distemper, Parvo, Parainfluenza, Lyme, Leptospirosis, Adenovirus Type I and II, and Coronavirus
Cats: Rabies (required by federal law), Feline rhinotracheitis virus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, and leukemia.
For additional information about each vaccine you can visit our client resources page here
On a yearly basis, we recommend running diagnostic checks on your pets as part of their annual visit for young adult dogs. We also recommend diagnostic testing twice yearly for senior pets who are prone to developing additional problems. Although examinations are great for finding out what’s wrong in places that we can hear, see or feel, it doesn’t tell us how our pet’s internal organs are functioning. Below are our recommendations for dogs and cats yearly.
Dogs: Heartworm and Tick Born Disease SNAP test, Intestinal Parasite Screen, Thyroid Check, Complete Blood Count, Chemistry Panel (checking organ function), and Urinalysis.
Cats: Heartworm and Feline Virus SNAP test, Intestinal Parasite Screen, Thyroid Check, Complete Blood Count, Chemistry Panel (checking organ function), and urinalysis.
We also these other wonderful diagnostic tools to help better care for your pets!
|Full Mouth Dental Radiographs||Heartworm and Tick-Born Disease Testing||Felv/FIV Feline Testing||Tonomotry|
|Digital Radiographs||Parvovirus SNAP Testing||Cytology & Cultures||Endoscopy|
|Ultrasounds & Echocardiograms||Giardia SNAP Testing||Urinalysis||Non-Invasive and/or Surgical Biopsy|
|Full IDEXX Reference Laboratory Diagnostics||Complete Blood Counts||Chemistry and Electrolyte Analysis||EKG's and Blood Pressures|