veterinary wellness

You visit the dentist every six months, change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles, and schedule a check-up for your kids at the start of every school year. While you’re busy making appointments, don’t forget to schedule a preventive care exam for your dog or cat at Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic. Because pets age seven times faster than people do, we recommend bringing your canine or feline friend in for a check-up twice a year. Bringing your pet in only once a year is like visiting the doctor once every seven years yourself. A lot can change with a pet’s health in the span of a few months.

As hard as it might be to think about, health problems like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease happen much sooner in pets than you might expect. By scheduling bi-annual check-ups for your pet, it gives our veterinarians the chance to check for these diseases. Your pet’s regular veterinarian will also talk to you about more routine matters to make sure that she’s as healthy and happy as possible.

Vaccines for Dogs and Cats

Your pet’s veterinarian will establish a vaccine schedule that works best for your dog or cat. We typically don’t give several vaccines at the same time to avoid the possibility of an allergic reaction. Core vaccines for dogs include adenovirus, distemper, parvovirus, and rabies. Cats must receive vaccines against calicivirus, rabies, feline herpes, panleukopenia, and rhinotracheitis. Additionally, you may wish to consider optional vaccines based on your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle factors, and general health.

Additional Services Provided at the Preventive Care Exam

One of our technician’s will check your pet’s weight, temperature, and vaccine history at the start of the appointment. This is a good time to mention any concerns you might have about your pet’s diet, behavior, or health. Our technician will make a note of it and pass the information along to your pet’s regular veterinarian. A routine exam typically includes inspecting the following:

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  • Mouth for signs of dental decay or oral tumors

  • Eyes for unusual discharge or response to light

  • Skin for rashes or infections

  • Ears for indications of parasites, unusual discharge, or lack of sensitivity to sound

  • Nose for abnormal masses

  • Heart and lungs for murmurs, signs of heartworm infestation, and unusual sounds coming from the lungs

Our veterinarian will also ask you about your parasite control program. We recommend protecting your pet from fleas, ticks, and heartworm all year long. Don’t hesitate to ask for a product recommendation if you’re not sure what would be most effective for your pet.

Preventive Care is Essential

We’re happy to treat your pet when he’s sick or injured, but we enjoy seeing him when he’s well too. If it’s been more than six months since you’ve been in, please schedule a preventive care appointment at Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic today.

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