The healthcare needs of our animal companions change over time, just as they do in people. Vaccinations, dental care, blood work, medications, and dietary needs must all be adjusted based on the age and overall health of the pet. Regardless of the current age of your pet, Dr. Amy Johnson at Adairsville Animal Hospital can develop a wellness program specific to their needs. Puppies begin their veterinarian experience at Adairsville Animal Hospital with vaccinations against rabies, bordetella (kennel cough), distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and leptospirosis. Kittens receive vaccinations to prevent rabies, rhinotracheitis, panleukopenia, chlamydia, and feline leukemia. All puppies and kittens are recommended to be neutered or spayed, which not only prevents unwanted litters but can also reduce the risk of certain cancers when they are older. Heartworm prevention and flea control are essential for both puppies and kittens, and a product will be recommended to you, based on the lifestyle of your pet. Finally, nutrition is crucial during their formative years and will be individually selected by one of our experienced veterinarians.
As pets grow, wellness plans include booster shots for vaccines as necessary, dental examinations, physical exams, and bloodwork is recommended to establish a healthy baseline of their individual values. Food changes are in order, removing the maturing pet from puppy or kitten foods to products more suitable for an adult animal.
As animals reach maturity and beyond, vaccine boosters are just as important as ever to protect your aging pet from acquiring preventable diseases. Yearly dental examinations and cleanings are necessary to remove plaque and tarter to protect their teeth and gums, as well as their heart, liver, and kidneys which could be damaged without regular dental care. New food options will also need to be determined for a senior pet. Many specialty diets are designed to help older pets with age-related issues including allergies, diabetes, kidney and liver disease; as well as low-fat and low-sodium diet foods are available at Adairsville Animal Hospital.
It is important to remember that regular veterinary care can significantly extend the life expectancy of the animals in your household; it is much easier to treat conditions early, and regular visits can uncover issues before they are fully-developed disease states. Dr. Amy Johnson and her compassionate staff at Adairsville Animal Hospital are ready to develop a wellness plan for your precious pet, no matter their current age or condition. Call one of our caring team members today and become a part of the Adairsville Animal Hospital pet family for life!