Prevention is the Best Medicine
Just like us, our pets require wellness and preventive care to ensure long, healthy lives. At No Place Like Home, we help you develop a plan that’s personalized to meet the unique needs of you and your companion.
Annual wellness exams are a cornerstone of preventive health. Regular visits are the best way for Dr. Kleiner to monitor your pet and to catch problems early on before it’s too late. For young pets and pets entering the golden years, we recommend more frequent visits. During a routine exam, we conduct the following:
- Listen to your pet’s heart and lungs
- Evaluate the eyes and ears
- Assess oral health
- Evaluate gait and joints
- Check for pain and any abnormal lumps
Performing the exam in the comfort of your home means your pet will be more relaxed, allowing for a more thorough evaluation and assessment.
Vaccinations and Parasite Control
Protecting your pet against unwanted pests and disease is essential to good health. When determining an appropriate vaccination schedule and parasite prevention plan, we consider many factors including age, lifestyle, and risk of exposure. During your wellness visit, Dr. Kleiner will design an individualized vaccine protocol for your pet that may include:
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Influenza (flu)
- Lyme disease
- Calicivirus infection
- Viral Rhinotracheitis
Please note that a rabies vaccine is recommended for all pets.
The following parasites are also very common, making prevention and early diagnosis top priorities:
- Fleas and Ticks
More than just an annoyance, fleas and ticks can cause significant health problems if left untreated.
Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels. Spread by infected mosquitos, this disease is best addressed through prevention and early detection.
- Intestinal Parasites
The most common intestinal parasites are hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Ranging from mild discomfort and pain to death (extreme cases), these parasites can wreak havoc on your pet’s health.
Feeding your pet a balanced diet is another important element of proper wellness care. While the options may seem overwhelming, Dr. Kleiner can help you find the right food to meet your pet’s nutritional needs. When making recommendations, she takes into account many factors, including age, lifestyle, medical history, and overall health. Dr. Kleiner can also help you decipher pet food labels. Some of the language can be misleading, so it’s important to have accurate information to make informed decisions.