Preventative Medicine for Pets
We know how important your pet is to you, and at Lindenhurst Animal Hospital, our mission is to provide your companion with the care they deserve. Because there are many health issues that can afflict both outdoor and indoor dogs and cats, we advocate pet exams as preventative care to keep your four-legged friend well through every life stage.
Comprehensive Wellness Exam
This annual exam is usually the first line of defense when it comes to preventing illnesses for your pet. Although we recommend that all dogs and cats have a wellness exam at least once a year, more frequent checkups may be advised, depending on age, lifestyle, and health status. During your pet’s exam, we examine your pet from nose to tail and make recommendations for treatment or advanced diagnostics as needed.
Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention
In addition to the standard physical exam, your pet’s annual visit includes vaccinations and parasite control. We determine which vaccines are recommended for your specific pet as well as their vaccine schedule, since they vary for each patient. Parasite control is another important component of the wellness visit for both indoor and outdoor pets. We discuss with you which parasite control products are best to provide your pet with year-round protection from diseases like Lyme, heartworm and intestinal parasites.
Diet and Exercise Counseling
During the physical examination portion of the visit, we weigh your pet and measure their weight against a body condition scoring chart to determine if they’re at a healthy size. Unfortunately, obesity is one of the most common diseases that affects both dogs and cats. In fact, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50% of all dogs and cats in the U.S. are either overweight or obese. If your pet is found to be overweight, we can provide counseling on the best diet foods and exercises to help them return to a healthy weight.
Sometimes a pet can be perfectly healthy physically, but unhealthy behaviorally. This can negatively affect the relationship that a pet shares with their owner, which is why we place a strong emphasis on behavioral counseling. We work with behaviorists in the area and refer out if necessary. With our behavior counseling, we address a number of common behavioral issues, including jumping, barking, begging, and nipping. An excellent at-home resource is a book called “Decoding Your Dog.” It discusses the more common behavior concerns that everyday dog owners have.