Smiths Station Animal Hospital2778 Lee Rd 430Smiths Station, AL 36877
|Wellness Pet Care
Wellness pet care and disease prevention is a critical part of your pet's medical care. We recommend the best preventive medicine possible so that your pet can live a long, healthy life. We offer complete wellness care for every stage of life, beginning with a Puppy Plan or Kitten Plan for pediatric patients.
Each pet should have an individualized plan of wellness care that best meets his or her needs. All of our wellness care, including adult and senior wellness care is customized for each patient. We look at your individual pet's medical history, risk assessment and current medical condition while working with you to develop the best plan of preventative health care for your individual pet.
At bi-yearly (every 6 months) wellness visits, your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam, review his/her medical history, recommend needed tests or services and provide you with a patient exam report card to take home as a record of your pet's health status and any current needed care recommendations.
In addition to the comprehensive physical exam, your pet's personalized wellness plan may include: Intestinal parasite testing & control; heartworm and flea control; personalized vaccination program; spay or neuter; behavioral and nutritional counseling and specialized blood and urine tests for all life stages.
Because maintaining a healthy weight is so important to your pet's health and comfort, we have developed a weight management plan to help your pet reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Vaccinations are a vital tool in preventing serious and potentially fatal diseases. Every year, at your pet's annual Wellness Visit, your veterinarian will review your pet's history and current medical condition to develop a vaccination plan for your pet. We will assess your pet's risk of exposure to diseases and administer vaccinations as needed for protection.
Heartworm Preventative & Testing
• Preventative Medications: Every dog and cat should be on monthly heartworm preventative (HWP) to protect against heartworms as well as intestinal parasites. This monthly pill is one of the simplest and most important things you can do to protect our pet's health. Since HWP also control common intestinal parasites, this pill also takes care of the need to deworm your pet monthly.
Monthly HWP should begin between 6 & 12 weeks of age and continued for life. Since heartworms are transmitted by mosquito bites, outdoor dogs and cats are at the highest risk, but even indoor only dogs and cats have been diagnosed with heartworm disease.
There are several good HWP products available for both dogs and cats. Our staff can help you pick the best available product for your pet's personal needs.
• Testing: Begins in puppies at six months of age and is repeated at one year of age and once yearly thereafter. Annual heartworm testing ensures that your HWP is working as prescribed. If your dog is on HWP and tests positive for heartworms, the manufacturer of the HWP will pay for your pet's treatment (so long as you have purchased the HWP through a veterinarian and used as prescribed).
Yearly testing is recommended for your cat or at any time if disease symptoms are present.
Intestinal Parasite Control
Intestinal parasites including Hookworms, Roundworms, Whipworms, Tapeworms and Coccidia can make your pet very sick (or even die). Many of these parasites can also infect people. We provide appropriate testing to screen your pet for these parasites and prescribe medications to both treat and prevent parasite infections. Puppies and Kittens are at higher risk for intestinal parasites because they acquired them from their mother before or soon after birth. Adult pets also need routine control of intestinal parasites since they routinely pick up new infections from their environment, soil contact, from prey animals they consume and from fleas.
• Fecal Exams: Because there are many different intestinal parasites that infect dogs and cats and no one dewormer controls every parasite, we need to check your pet's stool. Based on the results of the exam, an appropriate dewormer will be chosen for your pet. Fecal exams are needed every 6 months for adult pets and every 2-3 weeks for puppies and kittens until they reach 12-16 weeks of age.
• Dewormings: Monthly deworming is advised for all adult dogs and cats. In our heartworm endemic region, we take care of the need to deworm for intestinal parasites monthly by using a Heartworm Preventative that also controls common intestinal parasites.
Individualized Flea & Tick Control Programs
Fleas and ticks not only irritate your pet, but they may also carry diseases and parasites. Flea and tick bites can cause allergic skin reactions and even severe skin infections. We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet based on your own particular environmental situation. We carry a wide variety of the best available flea and tick control products, as well as products for controlling flea infestations of your home and yard. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas and ticks in your house, in your yard and on your pet and work with you to ensure your pet stays flea & tick free.