Healthy, Happy Pets… through better education.
Pets bring so much joy, companionship and love into our lives. They count on us to care for their needs, and providing good health care is certainly a critical part of that care.
All of us here at Mahoning Valley Veterinary Centre will work with you throughout the life of your pet, making recommendations and discussing important preventative care topics. We address all the stages of your pet’s life, from their puppy and kitten stages, on to adolescence, adulthood, and then through their senior years.
Because your pet ages more quickly than humans, it is critically important to schedule an exam at least once a year, or more frequently as your pet ages or if there are health issues. If you think about it, having an annual checkup is the same as you or your children having an exam only once every six to eight years. Your pet’s health can change quickly, so it’s important to never miss an exam.
Here’s what you can expect during a Good Health exam:
- Check temperature, respiration rate, pulse and weight.
- Check heart and lungs to detect any abnormalities.
- Check ears for yeast, bacteria, parasites and foreign objects.
- Check eyes for abnormalities, injuries, or ulcers.
- Gums, teeth, tongue and palate are checked for abnormalities, fractures, decay, infections, tarter, and loose teeth.
- Check the reproductive system for any swellings, discharges or breast lumps.
- Examine skin condition as an indicator of overall nutritional health, as well as for allergies, infections, warts, cysts, tumors and parasites.
- An abdominal exam will detect irregularities such as enlarged organs, masses or areas that are painful.
- Lymph nodes and nose are checked.
- Skeletal exam including legs and feet for abnormalities or signs of arthritic onset.
As part of your pet’s Good Health Plan, we strive for a balanced vaccine schedule that provides the protection they need from infectious disease, but does not over-vaccinate. Vaccines are essential in preventing canine distemper, parovirus, rabies, Lyme disease and more found in dogs. For cats, vaccines prevent feline leukemia, panleukopenia, respiratory diseases and rabies.
Each year, millions of pets go missing and sadly, never make it back home. A simple microchip implant is a safe, effective way to avoid this tragedy. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is easily implanted beneath the skin between the shoulder blades. It’s an easy procedure and is as painless as a vaccination, offering a lifetime of assurance. Each microchip has a unique identification number which is registered, along with the pet’s and owners information, with a national pet registry. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for reading microchips. If your lost pet is found, the registry is called and you will be contacted.