At Lake City Animal Hospital, our caring veterinarians understand that individual pets may have different needs from other pets, and that these requirements change over time. Whether you have a brand new puppy or kitten in your household, or a pet that you have had for many years, Lake City Animal Hospital will develop a wellness protocol based on the specific needs of your beloved pet.
Puppies And Kittens
Young animals have specific health needs that are common to most other pets that will be met at Lake City Animal Hospital. Vaccines must be administered not only for the life and health of your pet, but also to ensure your pet is compliant within the law for rabies inoculations. Our experienced veterinarians recommend spaying or neutering all pets not used for breeding purposes. Not only do these procedures prevent unwanted puppy or kitten litters, they also provide numerous health benefits as your pet ages. Heartworm prevention in both puppies and kittens is crucial for their long-term health, and intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks can all be prevented using products available at Lake City Animal Hospital. We also recommend microchipping all pets to greatly increase the opportunity to be reunited with you in the event they wander away from home. Other considerations for young pets include nutritional and dental counseling, to get your pet off on the right foot in their young lives. Finally, blood work can also be measured in puppies and kittens so our caring doctors have a baseline of your pet’s health they can compare to blood testing when your pet is older.
As our dogs and cats begin to reach adulthood, their needs begin to change as well. Keeping them current on vaccinations, heartworm preventative, intestinal parasite prevention and flea and tick products continue to be an important part of the wellness protocol at Lake City Animal Hospital. Other health matters such as yearly dental cleanings become more important for adult dogs and cats. Studies have proven that pets as young as one year of age can begin to experience periodontal issues, and approximately 80% of pets over the age of three have some form of periodontal disease, so maintaining their oral health is extremely important. Blood work continues to be an important part of the health of adult animals, as these values can help our doctors discover possible issues prior to the onset of disease.
As your furry family member begins to age, the caring veterinarians at Lake City Animal Hospital will continue to care for their individual needs. Large-breed dogs may be considered “senior” at the age of five (5), while average-sized breeds are generally considered “senior” at the age of seven (7). It is important to bring an older animal to the doctors at Lake City Animal Hospital more frequently, just as older humans see their doctor more often. Blood work becomes the cornerstone of disease diagnosis and prevention, as the tests can discover and track early onset of issues facing older pets. As with people, age-related considerations for pets include osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart conditions, and certain types of cancer.
Contact the caring staff at Lake City Animal Hospital to schedule a wellness visit for your pet. Regardless of the life stage of your pet, our experienced veterinarians are ready to care for your pets, just as they care for their own!