Pets are family. But, they age at a very different rate than humans. When you consider every year for your dog or cat is equivalent to about seven human years, regular wellness exams make a lot of sense. Our clinical team recommends wellness exams once or twice a year. More frequent visits may be recommended if your pet is a new puppy, new kitten, or senior pet.
Routine wellness visits allow us to assess your pet’s general health and track health trends. These periodic check-ups also give us an opportunity to identify problems early and correct or control developing health issues.
To help you prepare for your pet’s wellness visit, here’s what you can expect:
Preventative care helps to keep pets healthy, but they can still get sick now and again. Fortunately, modern veterinary medicine allows pets to recover sooner. If your pet is showing even the slightest signs of illness, schedule a visit so we can help them get better.
First, our doctors will perform a comprehensive physical exam checking for any outward signs of concern. Additional diagnostic testing may be necessary for an accurate diagnosis to be made. Once we understand what’s ailing your pet, we can begin an effective treatment plan.
One of the reasons pets are living so much longer today is due to the efficacy of vaccinations that protect against a wide range of common diseases. Some vaccines are required, while others are lifestyle-dependent. We’ll review your pet’s health and lifestyle with you, and work together to cater a specific vaccination plan to meet your pet’s needs. Timely reminders will also be provided, so your pet is protected with no lapses.
*Rabies is required by New York State law.
Parasite prevention is an important facet of responsible pet ownership. With year-round preventatives and annual parasite testing, we can keep pets safe from fleas and ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites, and the life-threatening conditions they transmit.
Keep in mind, some intestinal parasites are transmissible from pets to people. That means proper parasite control for your pet keeps your entire family protected, too.
Fleas & Ticks
If your pet is ever lost, microchips increase the likelihood of a happy reunion. That’s why we recommend all pets be microchipped—even indoor pets! Accidents happen. It's best to be prepared.
Microchipping your pet is virtually painless and similar to a routine vaccination. A microchip the size of a grain of rice will be inserted beneath the skin and between the shoulder blades, and will provide a lifetime of unique identification that can never fall off or be removed. Be sure to update your pet’s microchip identification if you ever move or change your phone number.
As a pet owner, you have complete control over what your pet eats. A nutritious diet and regular physical activity will help keep your pet fit, healthy, and happy. We know young pets need proper nutrition to grow up strong and healthy, and older pets often benefit from diets that are targeted to individual health concerns. Nutritional counseling benefits many health conditions such as food allergies, diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and thyroid disorders.
Our nutritional services include:
Pet obesity is a growing concern, but it’s never too early or too late to feed your pet properly. Overweight pets have shortened life expectancies and experience a diminished quality of life. Today, around 35% of dogs and cats are overweight, which poses serious health consequences. Other risks of pet obesity include diabetes, arthritis, joint pain, mobility issues, heart disease, high blood pressure, skin issues.
Tips for Getting Your Pet Trim
We understand that correcting undesirable behaviors in a pet can be frustrating, and we never want the frustration of naughty behaviors to come between the special bond you share with your pet.
We’re here to help. The first step is to ensure there is not an underlying health issue. It’s important to remember that our pets can’t tell us what hurts, so acting out is often a way to communicate that something isn’t right. Consider these examples:
If a health issue is ruled out after performing a physical exam and diagnostics, we will work with you to alter your pet’s behavior using behavior modification techniques such as positive reinforcement, rewards, and training.
Located on a quarter mile from Pound Ridge Square on Westchester Ave in Scotts Corner. The hospital is just minutes from the Connecticut/New York State Line.