Does your pet need a check-up?
To ensure a proper diagnosis, we often need to examine your pet. We begin a medical examination by looking at your pet’s eyes, ears, and skin as well as checking his or her cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will perform blood and/or urine tests as necessary to check your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system, including the thyroid and adrenal glands. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as radiography (x-rays), endoscopy (internal scoping), ultrasound, or biopsy.
If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a medical examination. Depending on the symptoms, we may ask you to bring in your pet right away.
Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for the newest addition to your family.
Our puppy wellness program is designed to help get your puppy started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization. We can also give information on Puppy Classes.
Schedule your puppy for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your puppy has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will make sure your new dog is protected against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, among other diseases. Your puppy will also need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are extremely common in young dogs.
Most puppies have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal signs (although dogs can have worms without showing any symptoms). It is important for puppies to be treated for roundworms — not only to rid them of the infection, but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your puppy is properly treated, you can keep your entire family safe from these and other parasites.
Puppies should receive a series of four boosters to ensure that they are completely protected. We typically begin the booster series at 6-8 weeks of age, but sometimes your puppy is older or younger when you get it. We will discuss your puppy’s individual needs at your first visit with the veterinarian. Be sure to bring your questions! Our trained veterinary nurses will provide you with lots of information and free samples to get you and your puppy off to a healthy start.
We look forward to meeting your new puppy!
Congratulations on your new kitten! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
Our kitten wellness program is designed to help get your kitten started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your kitten’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy cat, including information and advice on nutrition, litter box training, and behavior.
Schedule your kitten for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will make sure your new pet is protected against rabies and panleukopenia (distemper). Depending on your cat’s risk, we may also advise vaccinating him or her against other diseases, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). In addition, your kitten will need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young cats.
Most kittens have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause coughing, weight loss, and a potbellied appearance in cats (although they may not cause any symptoms). It is important for kittens to be treated for roundworms. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your kitten is properly treated, you can keep your entire family safe.
Kittens should receive a series of three boosters to ensure they are completely protected. We typically begin the booster series at 6-8 weeks of age, but sometimes your kitten is older or younger when you get it. We will discuss your kitten’s individual needs at your first visit with the veterinarian. Remember to bring your questions! Our trained veterinary nurses will provide you with lots of information and free samples to get you and your kitten off to a healthy start.
We look forward to meeting your new kitten!
Adult Pet Wellness
Bringing your pet in for an annual diagnostic and wellness checkup can help reassure you that your dog or cat is healthy or help us detect hidden diseases or conditions early. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help your pet live longer. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs that something is wrong, so subtle changes in their health or behavior might be easy to overlook. Moreover, some pets don’t show any symptoms depending on the disease.
Dogs and cats age far quicker than humans, so it is even more crucial for our companion animals to receive regular exams. In addition, the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney or liver problems all increase with age.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will perform a physical assessment, checking your dog or cat from nose to tail. We will also make sure your pet receives appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We will perform a diagnostic workup, which may include blood, fecal, and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We may also advise that your pet receive dental care. When your pet is nearing his or her senior years, we will recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup so we’ll know what’s normal for your pet. This will enable us to keep track of any changes.
Because you spend the most time with your pet, you are your pet’s expert, as well as his or her greatest advocate. Please let us know if you’ve noticed any physical or behavioral changes in your pet, as well as any other concerns you might have.
Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam! If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our adult wellness program in more detail.
Senior Pet Wellness
As dogs and cats get older, they need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your pet remain fit and healthy as he or she ages and help us catch any potential problems earlier, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Regular veterinary exams can actually help your pet live longer, too!
Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters his or her senior years. The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, as well as kidney and liver problems all increase with age. In addition, dogs and cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are quite advanced.
Senior status varies depending on your pet’s breed and size. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, and cats generally live longer than dogs. We can help you determine what life stage your pet is in when you bring your pet into our office in Rogers or Bentonville.
When your dog or cat reaches senior status, we recommend that you bring your pet in for a senior wellness exam and diagnostic workup. In most cases, we suggest this checkup when your dog or cat turns 7 years of age.
Our Senior Wellness Profile is a comprehensive group of tests which includes:
- Comprehensive Physical Examination – checking general appearance, temperature, weight, respiration, ears, skin, etc.
- Blood Pressure Evaluation – detects hypertension
- Urinalysis – checking kidney function and evidence of infection
- Thyroid (T-4) Test – thyroid problems are the #1 hormonal abnormality diagnosed in dogs and cats
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) – to help diagnose cancer, infection, anemia, and evaluate immune system
- Intraocular Pressure Test – tests for glaucoma
- Electrocardiogram – detects heart
arrhythmias, changes in heart size, or other heart problems
We so strongly believe that the information we receive from a Senior Wellness Profile can help us increase the length and quality of your pet’s life, that when your pet receives the entire profile, we discount the price by 15%.
Now that your pet has earned senior status, we encourage you to discuss how we can make these the best years of your life together.
We can treat many symptoms that are commonly attributed to age, including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans). We can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways: by identifying and preventing or reducing pain, recommending an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting environmental modifications to keep your pet comfortable.
We will tailor a senior wellness plan to your pet’s individual needs. If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!
Need boarding or daycare?
Receiving a diagnosis requiring chronic care, hearing that your pet’s condition cannot be reversed, or learning that your pet may be facing a terminal condition can all be startling, unsettling, or even scary. Our team understands these feelings, and we want you to know that we can provide help in very practical ways.
In addition to the veterinarian handling your pet’s medical care, our Comfort Care Specialists are available to communicate regularly with owners of pets who are experiencing chronic conditions in order to answer questions or provide advice and resources. We can also provide support and guidance for pet owners struggling to know when it’s time to let go of their beloved pet.
We are happy to make house calls. If you or your pet finds veterinary visits stressful or if you would simply prefer the convenience of a home visit, then please call to arrange an appointment. Additionally, we can perform in-home euthanasia if you feel this is the best option.
Flea Prevention and Control
Fleas can create problems ranging from minor to life-threatening. Not only can these parasites cause severe itching, irritation, and allergies, but they can also transmit tapeworms and diseases. Fleas can infest dogs, cats, ferrets, mice, and rats. Worse yet, fleas don’t just stay on pets — they can bite people, too. For more information, contact us or see the flea article in the Pet Health Library on our site.
You don’t want these blood-sucking parasites on your pet or in your home. We can help keep them away or help you get rid of them if they’ve already found their way inside. We carry a variety of oral and topical medications to meet your needs. Call us to find out how to eliminate and control fleas or to start your pet on a preventive today.