A lifetime of wellness care is an essential aspect of each pet's overall health. At St. Marks Veterinary Hospital, we provide pet wellness examinations for pets of all ages, specifically catered to their life stage and health care needs.
We recommend annual physical check-ups for all pets, and twice yearly checks for pets who have entered their senior years or who have a chronic health condition. Our comprehensive wellness checks for each pet ensure that a full physical examination will be completed, in the effort to determine whether the body is functioning normally. During our annual and biannual examinations, we do a complete nose-to-tail physical check, parasite testing, and organ function testing. Our complete physicals help us to achieve early detection for health problems and to promote longevity.
Parasite Detection and Prevention
Parasites are a big health concern for pets, that's why we recommend all pet owners use complete prevention year round. In dogs, we recommend Sentinel for the prevention of heartworm, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and to keep fleas from developing in the house. Flea and tick preventatives we recommend for dogs include Vectra, a topical solution, and Nexgard, a chewable tablet. In our area, parasites are prevalent year-round, and ticks can spread a number of dangerous diseases to our pets, so it's important to always keep pets on these preventatives. Revolution, a topical medication, is recommended for cats to protect them from heartworms and roundworms, as well as fleas and ear mites. Keeping pets healthy is our priority.
Prescription diets are an excellent way for pets to receive medication through alternate means. We carry Hills and Royal Canin prescription diets for a variety of health needs, including allergies. We often recommend these specialized nutrition plans for pets who experience food allergies of any kind. Even over the counter diets that claim to not contain certain ingredients often are prepared on the same equipment with other diets instead of dedicated equipment specifically for that diet. This is a huge concern with commercial diets because there is no guarantee that your pet will not be exposed to allergens from other diets!
Microchipping is one of the most important steps to take when you get a new pet. Having a microchip and registering it to you is the best way to ensure that you and your pet will be reunited in the event of a separation. While a microchip doesn't automatically guarantee a reunion, not having a registered microchip almost guarantees that you will not be reunited with your pet. Losing a pet would be an absolute tragedy, and we make this recommendation to you because we want to keep that tragedy from becoming a reality. We employ the use of the Avid microchip at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital.