Preventive Care in West Windsor: The Key to Your Pets Health
Pets are like family, and we want to see them live happy and healthy lives. Preventive care is how we help pets do this. At Edinburg Animal Hospital, Dr. Danielsen, Dr. Fanders, and our experienced staff help all types of animals live long and happy lives.
Preventive care services offered:
Contact us today and let us help your furry friend stay happy and healthy!
Pet Wellness Exams
We understand that your pets are a part of your family and that they age faster than you. With annual or bi-annual exams, we aim to detect and treat conditions at their earliest stages. During the exam, you can discuss your pet’s health and address any concerns about an existing condition. It is important to note any physical or behavioral changes and let the veterinarian know during the visit.
Wellness exams include:
- A visual evaluation
- A comprehensive dental and oral exam
- Parasite and disease testing
- Lab work including blood, urine, and fecal analysis
- X-rays as needed
After the lab work is complete, we will make recommendations regarding vaccinations and parasite treatments for prevention.
Puppies, Kittens, and Senior Pet Wellness
Puppies and kittens are more prone to disease and parasitic infections due to a less developed immune system. During the exam, we will assess their health and check for signs of congenital or inherited diseases. For the first few months, we recommend that puppies and kittens visit us more frequently to complete all their vaccinations.
Senior pets are more likely to develop an age-related illness and can require more frequent care than younger animals. Elderly pets should visit us twice a year and have lab work done during at least one visit.
Preventive care at every stage is the key to living a long and healthy life.
Wellness Care for Exotic Pets
We love all kinds of pets! We provide quality care for exotic animals ranging from reptiles to birds. We know that finding a veterinarian that treats exotic pets can be a challenge because each pet has its own unique needs. At Edinburg Animal Hospital, Dr. Fanders has the experience and advanced training to address an exotic pet’s wellness and health.
Caring for exotic animals can be tricky because most of them “hide” their illness. If your pet is exhibiting any signs of illness, it is important to bring them in as soon as you can. We are prepared and fully equipped to deal with these emergencies.
For your exotic pet to live a healthy and full life, it is important to schedule a check-up visit at least once a year. Along with this, it is important to maintain a proper diet and clean environment. We can recommend the best products and information you need to keep your exotic pet happy.
Parasite Prevention and Control
Parasites can be a real nuisance for any kind of pet. Almost 90% of newborn pets have a parasitic infection that is passed down through the mother, so it is important to start prevention at an early age. During a wellness exam, the doctor will discuss potential threats in your geographical area and help you put together a preventive plan. Common internal parasites include ticks, fleas, mites, or lice.
Getting Rid of Internal Parasites
Depending on your pet's age, medical history, and type of internal parasite the deworming medication will vary. Dewormers we use are safe but can have side effects if not administered properly. We will make sure you understand all the directions and help you set reminder schedules.
Treating Pesky External Parasites
Like deworming, treatment of external parasites will depend on medical history and age. Treatment for fleas can take some time to treat because the female can lay up to 100 eggs a day that won’t hatch for months. Treatment for external parasites consists of shampoos, creams or gels, and medical baths. Follow up treatments and check-ups will help your pet remain parasite free!
Here are common external parasites:
Prevention of external or internal parasites is an integral part of maintaining a pet’s health. If you have questions, we are happy to answer them during a wellness exam or give us a call anytime.
How to Prevent Parasites
Internal and external parasites can re-contaminate a pet and their environment. Your pet’s environment can be difficult to sanitize, so it’s best to take preventive measures with such products such as Heartguard and Interceptor for internal parasites. For external parasites products, NexGard® and Frontline® can be used monthly. In addition to external treatments, removing infected pet waste daily is a good way to help prevent reinfection.
Safe and Effective Pet Vaccinations
We vaccinate pets for the same reasons humans are vaccinated, to prevent numerous health risks which can result in serious disease or death.
Vaccinations are an important part of a pet’s health and preventive plan, and we offer a full range of essential vaccines to help keep your pet free from dangerous diseases. We can advise you on the most effective parasite prevention plan for your specific type of pet and their environment.
Although some pets might experience adverse effects, vaccines carry little risk. Some common side effects include:
- Reduction in appetite
- Sensitive injection site
If your pet experiences pain, swelling, trouble breathing, diarrhea, or other symptoms, please contact us immediately.
When Should a Pet Be Vaccinated?
As soon as you bring a new pet into your family, you should contact us about starting vaccinations. Pets will need a set vaccine schedule to help build immunity, especially younger pets. We can create a schedule that is easy to follow and provides the most benefits.
The Importance of Spaying and Neutering
The choice to spay or neuter your pet is an important decision. When you choose to spay or neuter your pet, it helps reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters and can even decrease the risk of certain cancers. Choosing to spay and neuter your pet can also:
- Decrease aggressive behaviors
- Stop heat cycles and bleeding in females
- Reduce spraying and marking of territories
- Decrease roaming
The Process of Spaying and Neutering
We recommend that pets are at least six months old before being spayed or neutered. The process to spay female dogs and cats involves the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries. Neutering is for male dogs and cats requires removal of the testicles with surgery. Both surgeries only take a few hours and don’t require your pet to stay overnight.
Here are some tips to follow:
- Limit excessive activities such as jumping and running for a few days.
- Allow your pet to rest in a quiet and comfortable space.
- Use an Elizabethan collar to prevent licking of the surgical site.
- Follow all post-surgical instructions.
If the incision opens or there is excessive swelling or discharge, contact our office so that we can address it promptly.
Maintain Your Pets Wellness with Dental Care
Many pet owners understand the importance of regular check-ups, but their dental health is also critical. Your pet’s health and oral health are connected. Many pets will show early stages of periodontal disease by the age of three.
To prevent oral infections which can lead to life-threatening disease we recommend routine dental exams. Tartar and bacteria can build up on your pet’s teeth leading to gum disease. If not treated the infection can spread to other areas of the body and increase the risk of more serious conditions like heart disease and stroke.
Pets like going to the dentist just about as much as humans do. We make sure your pet stays comfortable and relaxed and we use the most efficient technology to get their dental work done quickly and safely. You will also receive helpful tips that are specific to your pet so that you can maintain their oral health at home.
Exceptional Care at Edinburg Animal Hospital
The Veterinarians and their staff provide exceptional and high-quality care for traditional and exotic pets. Contact us today to schedule an exam and give your pet the care they deserve!