Pet Wellness Services

Our Services

wellness When your pet receives regular wellness exams, vaccinations, proper dental care, and screening for common diseases, he or she has a much better chance of living a long, healthy and happy life.

At Harris Veterinary Hospital, we place a strong emphasis on preventive care, but despite our very best efforts, a beloved pet may still develop an illness or be injured. Our internal medicine and surgical expertise, as well as advanced diagnostics, ensure that your pet will receive a quick and accurate diagnosis. We will then explain that diagnosis to you as well as the various treatment options.

Please take a look at the services we offer and learn why we believe they are important to the care and well-being of your pet.

Wellness Care for your Pets

Prevention is the key to your pet's long term health. This approach also minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks.

Most tests can be done during your dog or cat's regular exam. This is our chance to get to know your pet, assess his or her overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advances in veterinary care, and for you to bring up any concerns or questions you may have.

The yearly wellness care we recommend includes:

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine your pet's respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Tests to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems

wellnessRegular Bloodwork

A complete physical should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations.

Additionally, blood work is necessary if we recommend a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.

We also recommend complete blood testing annually for all pets over the age of seven. Bloodwork results are available within 24 hours.

Vaccines

We strongly recommend that your pet is up to date on his or her vaccines.

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable. There are also vaccines – such as for rabies and other zoonotic diseases – that help protect your family from very dangerous illnesses. Veterinary science is constantly improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

We tailor our vaccination protocol according to the lifestyle of your pet, as well as to the diseases your pet is most likely to be exposed. During your kitten or puppy's first year of life we also spread out the series of vaccines to reduce the strain on his or her developing immune system. These series of vaccinations provide the best protection from disease as well as reduce the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

We recommend vaccinating puppies at 6-8 weeks, and vaccinating every 3-4 weeks until the age of four months. Core vaccines for dogs are: Distemper, Parvo, Cornavirus, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Rabies.

Non-core vaccines strongly recommended are: Bordetella, Lyme, and rattlesnake for dogs that travel into snake-infested areas.

For cats: Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia, and Rabies.

Lost Pet Microchip IDs by HomeAgain

wellnessAll too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible situation. We have all seen the sad lost pet notices posted on telephone poles. Getting lost is the number one cause of pet death.

Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent will not be returned to their owner unless they have some form of permanent lost pet identification.

This is why we at Harris Veterinary Hospital view microchip pet IDs as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters, or veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets. The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.

We use the HomeAgain microchip system. The HomeAgain ID system uses microchips that register the animal with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with important contact information. This information can be updated at any time.

HomeAgain membership also offers benefits such as proactive pet recovery and free access to ASPCA Poison Control. HomeAgain also comes with a number of very useful services for pet owners such as access to their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.

Additionally, HomeAgain uses technology that is standardized around the world so that your pet's microchip can be read at shelters in a number of countries.

Radiology

Veterinary X-rays have become a powerful and useful tool. They assist us in diagnosing a wide range of medical conditions. This is a service we provide in-house.