Canine / Feline Wellness.

canine and feline veterinary care

What is Canine Wellness?

Similar to a human physical, your dog needs a bi-annual check up as well! At Animal Medical Clinic of Flint, we believe preventative medicine is the best medicine.  

We recommend annual screening for heartworm disease and for several tick-borne illnesses, as well as annual stool tests to screen for intestinal parasites.  We also recommend regular wellness bloodwork and urinalysis to help our team monitor the health of your dog.

Your dog ages about 7 human years in 1 actual year, so a bi-annual exam would be like getting a physical every 3 and ½ years. Our team is passionate about canine health. We look forward to helping your dog stay happy and healthy.  

Does my dog need vaccines, or any preventatives?

Yes! A rabies vaccine is required by law. Our practice core vaccines are:

  • Rabies
  • DAP(Canine Distemper/Adeno/Parvo)
  • Lepto
  • Bordetella
  • Lyme

Due to the recent outbreak in our area, we are now making Canine Influenza vaccine practice recommended.

Most vaccines are boostered as a series for puppies and then switch to an annual or 3 year schedule thereafter.

Titers later in a dog’s life can be a great way to tell if your dog is protected and whether he/she needs a rebooster or not.  Titers are also recommended for some dogs when vaccination is contraindicated for your pet’s health condition or age.

For preventatives we strongly recommend year round flea and tick as well as heartworm. We have multiple great options and you can discuss with your vet what will work best for your pup!

When talking about prevention do not forget probiotic, omega-3, and nutritional support ! These important preventatives can prevent allergies and unnecessary inflammation later in life !

My dog doesn’t go outside, does it need preventatives?

For preventatives we strongly recommend year round flea, tick and heart-worm protection. Our team hand picks the preventatives we recommend and they will help you determine which one is best suited for your canine companion.”

Just because your dog may be an inside dog, does not mean fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are outdoor insects! So even for those howling homebodies we recommend year round flea and tick and heart-worm prevention.  

And dogs are not alone ! Did you know that more inside cats are positive for feline heart-worm than outside cats ?

Does your dog go outside to potty? Then your dog goes outside! So yes!

Help! I’m not sure what resources are true and what is fake news! Who/what sites should I trust for information?

Under our resources section you can find veterinary approved blogs, videos, and articles.

You will also find updates and current trends on our social media pages including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I still have questions what should I do?

Give us a call at (810) 733-2590 and a client ambassador or veterinary team member will be able to answer any questions you may have!

 

What is Feline Wellness?

Similar to a human physical, your cat needs a bi-annual check up as well! At Animal Medical Clinic of Flint, we believe preventative medicine is the best medicine.  Our feline kids are even better at hiding signs of illness than our canine kids. In addition, they traditionally have longer lifespans so catching underlying disease early is important to their health. In addition to physicals and annual fecal/deworming, we also recommend regular wellness bloodwork and urinalysis to help our team monitor the health of your kitty. Monitoring blood pressures, thyroid levels and BNP levels ( A new blood test to catch early heart disease ) are all important things to keep your cat in the best health.

Does my cat need vaccines, or any prevention?

Our team focuses on preventative care which is often overlooked in our feline companions.  

The most important part of a yearly plan is a complete physical exam. We taper vaccine protocols in cats to meet the unique circumstances of each feline patient in our care.

We provide the following vaccines to our feline friends :FVRCP, 3 year FVRCP, FeLV, Rabies, and PureVax Rabies vaccination . We also recommend year round heartworm and flea prevention, and screening lab work and urinalysis  to keep your feline family members healthy and happy.

Don’t forget that cats do not make their own Omega 3 fatty acids so supplementing your kitty is an important part of wellness.

We understand that each cat is unique;  therefore, we tailor recommendations to best meet the needs of each individual cat.

My cat doesn’t go outside, does he/she still need prevention?

Yes! Just because your cat is an indoor cat, doesn’t mean that a mosquito or tick is an outdoor pest. With prevention being a more affordable option than treatment, and one that will save your cats life, we strongly recommend giving your feline friend year round flea and heartworm preventative. This will also help to deworm your kitty which is recommended yearly by the CDC ( Center for Disease Control ) to protect their human owners.

Wait, I thought only dogs get heartworm?

That is a common misconception. If the animal can get bit by a mosquito then the animal can get heartworm. But unlike canine, feline heartworm is nearly an untreatable disease with cardiovascular surgery to remove the worm the only treatment option, but it is preventable! Giving your cat year round heartworm prevention can save your kitty’s life! More indoor cats are positive every year for heartworm than outdoor cats.

Cats do not have 9 lives when it comes to feline heartworm disease!

Help! I’m not sure what resources are true and what is fake news! Who/what sites should I trust for information?

Under our resources section you can find veterinary approved blogs, videos, and articles.

You will also find updates and current trends on our social media pages including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I still have questions what should I do?

Give us a call at (810) 773-2590 and a client ambassador or member of our veterinary team will be able to answer any questions you may have!

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Your furry family member is one of a kind, and we would love to provide them with a treatment plan as unique as they are!

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