Corbin Animal Health & Wellness
Here at Corbin Animal Health and Wellness, we strongly believe that wellness care is a key component of ensuring a happy, healthy life for your pet.
Our Pet Wellness Services
Keeping up with basic services protects your beloved pet from a variety of potentially fatal diseases and allows the veterinarian to detect – and treat – many issues before they become serious. We can assist you if your pet needs wellness treatment at Corbin Animal Health & Wellness.
A wellness exam is sometimes known as a physical examination or a checkup. You should not put off seeing the veterinarian until your pet becomes ill. The purpose of a wellness exam is to ensure that your pet’s health remains at its best.
Your veterinarian will begin the wellness exam by inquiring about your pet’s nutrition, exercise, thirst, and elimination patterns. You’ll also be asked about the pet’s personality, habits, way of life, breathing, and overall health. After that, your veterinarian will conduct a physical examination and make health recommendations depending on the findings.
A physical examination will be performed by the veterinarian during the wellness exam. The exam entails assessing the animal’s general appearance, feeling various sections of the body, and using a stethoscope to listen to the chest. The weight and overall health of the pet will be assessed. The veterinarian will examine the animal’s posture and stride to see if he is bright and alert.
The veterinarian will check:
- Muscle wasting
- Excessive shedding
- Excessive oiliness or dryness of the coat
Specific preventive medications, such as parasite control and vaccinations, may be recommended by the veterinarian. You’ll also get advice on nutrition, weight loss, joint health, skincare, and dental hygiene.
Core & Lifestyle Vaccinations
Vaccines are classified into two groups: core and non-core (lifestyle).
Dogs are protected against diseases such as rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus with core vaccines (also called hepatitis). Rabies, viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia are among the diseases that core vaccinations protect cats against. These diseases have a high mortality rate, are widespread in the environment, and are easily transmitted from animals to humans. All dogs and cats in the United States must be vaccinated against rabies.
Non-core vaccines are also referred to as lifestyle vaccines because the decision to provide them to your pet is based on the risks he or she faces. Non-core vaccinations protect against diseases that have less severe symptoms, the disease organism may not be present in all locations, or the disease is transmitted by a condition that does not affect the majority of animals.
Lifestyle Vaccinations for Dogs:
- Bordatella (Kennel Cough)
- Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)
- Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi)
Lifestyle Vaccinations for Cats:
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
- Chlamydia (Chlamydophila felis)
Vaccines aren’t always effective right away. It takes two to four weeks for them to gain complete protection, so make sure you prepare ahead to safeguard your pet.
Puppy & Kitten Care
It’s critical to build a relationship with a veterinarian within the first few weeks of owning a puppy or kitten so that you can begin caring for them. For starters, puppies and kittens require vaccines. Because they are so small, they are more susceptible to diseases and illnesses that may be avoided if they were vaccinated.
They’ll also need to have their growth and development assessed, their vitals taken, and a thorough examination to ensure that nothing is significantly wrong. Vet appointments at a young age can also help your pet become less fearful of going to the vet as they become more accustomed to it. Spaying and neutering young animals is also necessary to prevent them from becoming pregnant or impregnating another animal. Spaying and neutering can also assist to prevent health problems that can arise later in life if your pet is not fixed.
Many pet owners use technology, such as identification microchips, to protect their pets. Many veterinarians and animal shelters may implant microchips in your pet’s skin; some shelters implant one in every pet they place. Microchips are small transponders approximately the size of a grain of rice.
Microchips are inserted just beneath the surface of the skin, commonly between the shoulder blades. This is done without an anesthetic and using a large-bore needle. Each microchip has a unique registration number as well as the phone number for the chip’s registry. The radiofrequency of the chip is scanned by a handheld scanner and displayed. If your pet is found, an animal shelter or vet clinic can call the registry to obtain your name and phone number.
Microchips are a great backup option for pet identification.
Parasite Prevention & Control
A variety of parasite illnesses affect cats and dogs, some of which are zoonotic (possess the ability to infect people as well as animals). Not only is parasite prevention crucial for your pet’s health, but it is also important for your family’s health. For these reasons, you should call us right away to discuss establishing a regular testing regimen and monthly preventatives.
Because most intestinal parasites aren’t visible in feces, a small sample of your pet’s excrement is taken for microscopic inspection. Parasites can impact your animal’s health long before you detect any signs.
The most common intestinal parasites in dogs and cats include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and coccidia.
Symptoms can include:
- Weight loss
- Poor overall condition
A heartworm is a parasitic worm that lives in infected dogs’ and cats’ hearts and lungs. It’s spread by mosquitos, which bite pets and inject heartworm larvae into their bloodstream. These larvae mature into adult worms, which cause heart disease and respiratory difficulties in dogs over time. In cats, symptoms such as vomiting, coughing, weight loss, and abrupt death can be more ambiguous.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are bothersome skin parasites. Flea and tick prevention is critical since they can not only cause skin problems, but they can also transmit a variety of diseases to your pet. Fortunately, there are a variety of products that are both safe and effective. Fleas and ticks might become an issue for your pet if you don’t use one of these products on a regular basis.
In a pet’s life, nutrition is critical. A poor diet can cause major health problems and shorten one’s life expectancy. A well-balanced diet can help your pet grow strong and healthy. Depending on their age, breed, amount of exercise, underlying diseases, and size, pets have various nutritional demands.
Identifying the pet’s individual needs is the first step in selecting the proper food. This can be a stressful procedure, which is why dietary guidance is vital. Nutritional counseling informs pet owners about what their pets should eat as well as the importance of keeping their pets on a healthy diet.
Benefits of Nutritional Counseling:
- Helps the owner to know the right amount of food to give the pet
- Helps the owner to establish a routine feeding schedule
- Helps the owner to know the right type of food
- Helps to educate the pet owner on some common mistakes to avoid
- Helps to extend the animal’s life span