Our top priority is your pet’s health and Wellness Care is where it all begins!
Regular Wellness Exams aid in helping to keep your pet healthy by detecting health problems early on. Since pets can’t speak, physical exams, diagnostics and regular conversations with your veterinarian can uncover potential health issues allowing for a proactive stance. At each visit the veterinarian works with you to create a tailored health plan specific to your pet’s individualized needs as recommendations, medications and diets can often change with the lifestyle and age of your pet.
Vaccinations – Vaccinations are vital to the health and protection of your pet, and serve as a preventive measure in combating viral diseases. Many of the diseases that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through vaccinations. Working with your veterinarian and creating the proper vaccination schedule will help keep your pet safe from illness.
Microchipping – Not knowing where your pet is can be a scary feeling. While collars and tags are encouraged, they are often torn off and lost while your pet is out roaming. Having your pet microchipped is a simple, safe and effective way to ID your pet should they be found. A tiny chip, that contains an individualized number, is implanted underneath your pet’s skin. Once scanned, the number will show. This number then can be entered into the database and used to search for your contact information. This procedure is quick, relatively painless and can be done at your pet’s appointment.
Radiology – X-Ray is a commonly used imaging technique that can provide an inside look at your pet’s
body. Bone, tissues and internal organs can be seen to help aid your veterinarian in exploring or confirming a diagnosis of your pet’s condition. Digital x-rays can be done right at the practice and provide a diagnostic guide within minutes for our veterinarians to view.
Dental Care – Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Teeth and gums should be checked annually in order to detect early signs of dental problems and evaluate periodontal disease. While dental disease is common in pets, preventive care such as dental cleanings can aid in helping to stop progression. If left untreated, periodontal disease can progress leading to more serious complications such as kidney, liver and heart muscle changes. Working alongside your veterinarian a dental care plan can be created to keep your pet’s oral hygiene healthy.
Nutrition & Diet – You are what you eat! The same rings true for your pet. With so many brands and formulas to choose from, deciding on your pet’s diet can be a tricky task. Nutritional requirements change with the age, breed and lifestyle of your furry friend. Our doctors include discussions regarding your pet’s nutritional needs into every exam to determine the best diet for your pet at every stage of life.
Preventatives – Pests can come in many different forms and lucky we can help prevent them!
● Heartworm Disease – Transferred via the mosquito, is a serious and potentially fatal disease caused by worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels. If left untreated, their number increases and causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries. Prevention of Heartworm Disease is simple, fast and effective.
● Intestinal Parasites – Sometimes referred to as “worms”, are caused by pets ingesting the parasite or its eggs from contaminated sources such as food, water or by licking infested surfaces. These parasites dwell in the digestive tract feeding from the pet’s nutrients in turn causing serious health problems. Spreading through feces, symptoms by or may not be apparent.
Prevention of internal parasites is highly recommended year round. These pests not only affect other pets in the home but some are also transferable to humans.
● Fleas & Tick Control – Keeping these critters off your pet and out of home can prevent secondary conditions from turning into major health issues. While fleas are the most common external parasites found on pets, ticks and fleas alike both carry different diseases that can affect your pet’s health and lead to long lasting conditions if not treated.
Having so many options when choosing a prevention can be a bit confusing. At your pet’s appointment our doctors will discuss your pet’s lifestyle, the benefits and risks of prevention as well as the importance of testing. These discussions will help in recommending the preventative products best suited for your pet.
End of Life Care – Saying goodbye to your pet is never easy and is one of the hardest parts of being a pet parent. We understand knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice and a bit overwhelming. At StarVet we want you to know you don’t have to go through this alone. Our doctors and staff will be with you each step of the way. Beginning with End of Life discussions to carrying out your wishes once a final decision is made.
Senior Pet Care – As our pets age their needs of care change. While pets will develop age-related problems, continuing with regular exams can help detect and treat conditions before they become life threatening. Age is not a disease! Let our doctors and staff guide you through golden years while making sure your pet is comfortable and happy.
Diagnostic Testing – Laboratory testing tells us tales your pet’s could never convey. Utilizing the latest diagnostics gives our doctors an inside look into your pet’s health. From aiding in determining a diagnosis of a condition to maintaining an illness, diagnostic testing is extremely beneficial to your pet’s treatment plan and oftentimes necessary.
Puppy & Kitten Care – You’ve welcomed a new pet into the family, now what? Adding a pet to the family can bring on many emotions. It’s an exciting time that comes with a lot of questions and at times worrisome moments. Let our knowledgeable staff help guide you through the first stages of life! At your pet’s appointment we will have discussions on ways to keep your pet mentally and physically healthy, the importance of nutrition and what next steps to take as your pet grows with your family.