Pet Preventative Care
Regular exams, a vaccine schedule, and parasite prevention all aid in the health and well-being of your pet.
Our Wellness and Prevention Services in Topeka, KS
At Stone House Animal Hospital, we believe that it is much easier to prevent diseases than it is to treat them. We also believe that every patient is an individual and has a unique set of circumstances that may inform us in what their specific preventative care needs might be. Factors that we may consider include breed, age, lifestyle, health status, diet, reproductive status, and even the accompanying human preference. We believe that medicine is not a “one size fits all” practice. As such, each patient will receive a tailored approach to best meet his or her preventative care needs.
We take a team-oriented approach, aiming to educate and empower you, our clients, to make the most educated decisions regarding your pets’ care based on a variety of factors.
Life-Long Care for Your Pet
Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or checkups. Whether your pet is a youngster, a “senior citizen,” or any age in between, wellness examinations provide an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This information will help us identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life.
A typical wellness exam includes a full evaluation of all of your pet’s major organ systems. Your veterinarian will examine your pet from nose to tail. They will check their ears, eyes, and teeth, listen to their heart and lungs, making sure their heartbeat and respirations are normal and palpate their abdomen to make sure nothing feels out of place or abnormal. They will also take this time to discuss any concerns you may have, such as behavioral changes or diet. Finally, they will make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and diagnostics, like annual blood work or parasite screenings and preventatives.
We highly recommend a wellness examination every six months for older pets. Bi-annual examinations allow a pet owner to stay alert to changes in their pet’s health. Running annual blood work at these visits for middle-aged and older pets is one of the best ways to catch any health changes early. The good news is that many of the changes we see are entirely treatable if diagnosed early.
In healthy young pets, an annual health exam is sufficient in most cases. It provides the veterinarian an opportunity to closely examine them, ideally preventing or detecting and treating any issues before they become serious.
Whatever their life stage, regular wellness exams help dogs and cats live to their full potential!
Regular vaccinations are one of the cornerstones of good preventive health care for dogs and cats. When administered by your veterinarian, vaccines provide cost-effective protection against infectious and contagious diseases for both pets and people. Vaccines help prevent many contagious illnesses, including ones that can be fatal, that pets may encounter if they are outdoors at all, socialize with other animals in public places, or travel with you.
Our team can help offer you some of the best advice regarding your pet’s vaccination plan, which can help lead to many happy years of health and wellness. Our doctors can help tailor a vaccination protocol for your pet based on his or her individual risk factors. Our pets are faced with many deadly infectious diseases, and vaccines can help protect them. Over the years, vaccines against dangerous diseases have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common.
Preventative healthcare includes the prevention of common parasitic infections in cats and dogs. Not only can we prevent heartworms with preventative medications, but we can prevent a variety of internal and external parasites too. Stone House Animal Hospital takes a year-round approach to parasite prevention.
Parasite prevention doesn’t just protect your pets. Many parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to people. Some of the most common zoonotic parasites include:
Protecting your pets from parasites keeps your whole family safe.