Vaccines are one of the most important elements of pet preventive care, along with regular and thorough physical examinations, dental care, and wellness blood screenings. You’d be surprised what your pet encounters that could cause long-term health complications but could prevented by vaccines. Even indoor pets need immunization against certain health threats.
Midway Animal Hospital’s vaccination program coincides with recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
The following factors are considered when making suggestions for your pet’s vaccinations:
- Age of the pet
- Vaccination history
- Indoors vs. outdoors
- Exposure to other pets
- Exposure to wildlife habitat
- Results of physical exam and testing
Here in Georgia, it’s important to get most pets on good flea and tick preventatives right away, as well as a treatment to prevent heartworm disease. Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, and they can cause debilitating symptoms and even death. While heartworm disease is more common in dogs, cats can get it too.
It’s also vital to check for parasites like hookworm that are prevalent in the area and to get on a program to prevent them. This is not only important for your pet but also for you family as many intestinal parasites are a zoonotic disease that could be transmitted to you. A simple fecal test can give your vet necessary information about parasites and what your pet needs as a result.
Total preventive care elements offered by Midway Animal Hospital include:
- Wellness or senior physical exam
- Intestinal parasite tests and treatment
- Heartworm test and preventive treatment
- Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus screening
- Dental disease evaluation, home care, and prophylaxis
- Wellness or senior diagnostic blood testing
- Flea and tick preventatives
- Osteoarthritis screening
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Thyroid disease screenings
Your veterinarian can put together an individualized plan for your pet when you come in for a visit with pet labs, pet surgery pet x-rays and pet ultrasound. We also offer pet boarding, pet grooming and pet hospice.