Physical examinations are the cornerstone of preventative medicine. We recommend annual wellness examinations for our younger pets, with some of our geriatric patients requiring more frequent check ups. During an examination our veterinarian will check your pet’s teeth, oral cavity and ears. They will auscult the heart and lungs, and feel for any abnormal lumps or growths. They will also palpate the limbs and joints to evaluate for signs of arthritis. During an exam the veterinarian may suggest routine bloodwork that can aide in diagnosing conditions before they become more serious. Annual fecal tests for internal parasites are recommended for any animal that goes outdoors.
Exams are a good time to communicate and behavioral or other concerns you may have about your pet. With open communication together we can formulate a health plan that addresses your pets individual needs.
Vaccinations are part of the wellness program at Hyannis Animal Hospital. We use vaccination guidelines based on the most current information available, as well as what is provided by the AVMA. We realize that not every pet requires the same vaccinations or the same frequency of vaccination. Using the above guidelines the veterinarian will work with you to establish a protocol for your pet that is safe and effective.
It’s a terrible feeling to know that your pet is lost and on their own, but it’s an avoidable one. Microchipping pets is the best way to ensure their safe return in the unfortunate event that they become lost.
We know your pets are members of your family, and we want to make sure you stay together. We highly advise all pet owners to microchip their pets.
To learn more about how microchipping works, please visit https://www.petlink.net/.
If you have any questions about your pet’s diet or would like more information about your pets’ nutritional needs, please contact us today. We can set up a nutrition plan for your pet.
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to over-feed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range.
Pets’ nutritional needs change as they enter different stages of their lives. The best way to make sure your pet’s needs are being met is to consult with us about a diet made specifically for his or her lifestyle. Please contact us if you have any questions. We would love to speak with you.