Examination by the Doctor
A Doctors Examination is critical before initiating Comprehensive Healthcare for all new puppies and kittens. An examination by one of our Doctors of Veterinary Medicine is the most important first step to assure your pet’s well being. They are trained and have the experience to identify any problems that may arise during this early phase of life for your new family member.
Disease Detection and Prevention
Puppies and kittens need protection from early childhood diseases. Routine vaccines provide protection against fatal viral infections that are impossible to treat. All new kittens are checked for the two viral infections; feline leukemia and feline aids. Hidden problems like heart defects and other genetic disorders are commonly identified by our professional staff. Mange mites, ear mites, skin infections similar to impetigo in humans and other skin issues such fungal infections known as “ringworm” are common in our puppies and kittens.
Both internal and external parasites are common in our new patients. Puppies and kittens should be examined for the presence of microscopic parasitic ova (worm eggs) in their feces. There are many different types of intestinal parasites. Hook worms, round worms, whip worms, tape worms, coccidia, amoeba and giardia are just a few. The fecal exam will identify which type of intestinal parasite is present and what medication is needed to treat that particular parasite. It is important to remember that almost all puppies and kittens have intestinal parasites and some of these can infect humans as well. External parasites found in the skin and ears are common. If needed, a skin scraping may be performed to help our doctors make appropriate treatment recommendations. In addition to any parasite found during routine testing, all puppies and kittens should receive routine prophylactic deworming.