Just like you, your pet requires routine medical checkups and preventative care to ensure that they live a long, happy life. Bringing your pet for an annual checkup will ensure that their teeth are healthy, they are free of parasites, and that they have all of their yearly boosters and vaccinations to protect them from diseases.
Vaccinations and Shots
At the first stages of your pet’s lifespan, they require several rounds of vaccinations and shots. As your pet grows, booster shots are needed on a regular basis from your veterinarian. When you bring your pet in for their annual checkup, we will check our records to ensure that they are up to date on their vaccinations.
At The Animal Doctor, we want to keep your pet healthy by preventing painful and costly diseases in the first place. Your pet’s annual exam is essential for preventative care in addition to getting those yearly booster shots. We have advanced technology to perform informative tests for pets that are at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. We are capable of performing in-house blood tests and digital radiology.
Senior pets often suffer from muscle and joint pain caused by inflammation or arthritis. Here at The Animal Doctor, we are happy to offer relief with the same technology used for professional athletes: cold-laser therapy. Your senior pet can find pain relief with routine therapeutic options from our facility.
One of the most common issues with oral health in pets is periodontal disease, and it can lead to serious health risks. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth. This infection is caused by poor dental care or by eating foods that are unhealthy for the animal’s teeth, such as scraps or excessive moist dog food. In final stages of periodontal disease, the tissues around the tooth decay, loosening their hold around the teeth until they fall out This is very painful for your pet and often contributes to life-threatening heart diseases.
Your pet should have routine oral examinations and annual dental cleanings. We perform the oral exam while your pet is awake to determine the patient’s dental needs. A dental cleaning places the pet under general anesthesia while a vet or vet assistant cleans the plaque from the animal’s teeth.
Grooming (Selmer location)
Our Selmer facility offers grooming services if you’d like to bring your pet in for routine cleaning. Our experienced, friendly groomer will bathe your pet, talk to them, and clip their nails for you. You can schedule an appointment with our groomers on a regular basis.
We can assist you in finding and controlling both external and internal parasites that are common in animals. External parasites include fleas, ticks, and mange mites that can be difficult to get rid of if you don’t treat the animal quickly. More dangerous parasites include the internal hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, or roundworms. These can often be prevented or treated with deworming medicine. However, the most life-threatening parasite is heartworms. Mosquitos transmit heartworms into the major blood vessels of the lung, where they cause inflamed blood vessels, heart damage, and early death. Even the treatment itself can cause damage or be fatal. The best way to fight heartworms is prevention. We recommend annual blood tests and preventative medications.