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Nutrition and Wellness

As important members of your family, it is essential that your pet receives the necessary nutrients to maintain a proper weight and overall good state of well-being. Therefore, the veterinarians here at the Animal Place use their knowledgeable resources to provide you with expert advice on nutrition and health.

In addition to providing information on the best food for your pet, we also offer preventative care, including: physical exams, vaccinations and blood screens.

  • Physical exams – Also known as wellness check-ups are performed yearly. Our veterinarians examine the patients’ eyes and ears to help prevent any infections. They also check the patients’ teeth, abdomen, heart and lungs to make sure there are no issues or abnormalities.
  • For both cats and dogs we perform fecal tests, which checks for intestinal parasites (roundworms, hookworms, or whipworms, coccidia, etc). We recommend annual fecal testing, which is normally done when a pet comes in for a physical exam and vaccines.
  • Vaccinations – The veterinarians here at the Animal Place recommend keeping your pets current on all their vaccines at all times.
    • For dogs we have the Rabies and Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvovirus vaccines, which are repeated every 3 years (once they are over a year old). However, the Bordetella/Parainfluenza, Lyme and Leptospirosis vaccines need to be done annually.
    • For cats we have the annual Rabies vaccine and the 3 year FVRCP vaccine. However, in addition to these vaccines, our veterinarians also strongly recommend the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.
  • Blood Screens – There are certain blood screens that our veterinarians recommend performing annually, both for dogs and cats.
    • These tests are: Canine Heartworm/Lyme/Erhlichia Test, Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Test, and Senior Screens (for our older buddies).

**This will be discussed further in the “In-house laboratory” section.