Routine Check-Ups

Pet getting checked up

Care for Puppies and Kittens:

Puppies and kittens are some of our favorite new patients! We know how important it is to get them started on a good foundation of proper preventive health care, along with quality nutrition and a regular routine to help establish predictable elimination habits and acclimate your new pet into the family. Proper care for these new family members includes choosing the right feeding schedule, exercise and playtime, and, of course, regular veterinary exams. It is important to schedule your puppy or kitten's first visit to our office when he or she is between 6 to 8 weeks of age or as soon as you acquire your new pet. It is critical that he or she receives an initial examination in these early stages of development.

Many puppies and kittens have already contracted intestinal parasites from their mother or litter mates, which can potentially be passed on to you and your family. As part of your pet's initial visit, we will check for intestinal parasites and administer an oral dewormer. In addition, we will review any previous vaccination history and set up your pet's vaccination schedule. Typically, after this initial examination, follow-up visits will be scheduled every 3 to 4 weeks until your pet reaches 4 months of age. During the course of these visits, we will be charting your pet's growth, weight, and body development. We'll also discuss various preventive health care programs, such as intestinal parasite prevention and heartworm and flea control, and update any vaccinations as needed according to your pet's specific health and risk factors. During this time, our veterinarians and nurses will also begin a conversation about the many benefits of spaying or neutering your pet and the important role that it plays in responsible pet ownership.

These first few months are also a great time for you to learn more! Becoming a better educated pet owner means that you can help your new puppy or kitten grow into a well-adjusted and healthy lifelong friend. You can count on the educational resources and services from our professional staff at Bay Glen Animal Hospital to help you and your companion have a long and healthy relationship together. The veterinarians and staff look forward to partnering with you to establishing a long and healthy relationship with your new pet.

Lifelong Wellness for Adult Pets:

Once a pet reaches the maturity of adulthood, health needs change. An adult pet often has a different set of activities, behaviors, and risk factors than a puppy or kitten. Most reference sources consider an adult pet to be from about 12 to 18 months of age up to 7 to 10 years of age. Most pets at this stage of life have good immunity against many viral diseases, so several of our core vaccinations are only administered once every 3 years starting at 1 to 2 years of age in accordance with the vaccine guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Canine Vaccine Task Force.

This is also the time when pain associated with degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis and other conditions can cause your pet to be less active, gain weight, or be unable to perform his or her normal activities. Many owners assume this is just due to "getting old," when in reality it is often an early symptom of chronic, underlying pain. The good news is that we have many effective options to control pain and help our companions regain their active lifestyle.

Proper nutrition, regular exercise, and weight management all play an important role in keeping your senior pet active and healthy. We are happy to advise you about which diets will be best for your pet and share with you how your pet may benefit from a chondroprotectant drug such as Adequan, a medication clinically shown to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Call us today to schedule your pet's exam and consultation, and find out how to get the most out of your pet's golden years!

Experienced Care for Southeast Houston's Senior Pets:

As pets begin to approach 7 years of age, our health concerns become focused on age-related disorders such as osteoarthritis, thyroid disorders, diabetes, obesity, and incontinence. Although age does not cause disease, there is definitely an increased risk of developing certain disorders as our pets grow older. Therefore, it is more critical than ever that our senior pets receive comprehensive check-ups every 6 months and Senior Blood Profile at least once annually for early detection of disease or illness. Often when problems are detected early and appropriately treated, the medical issue can be treated or controlled to prevent further progression.

This is also the time when pain associated with degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis and other conditions can cause your pet to be less active, gain weight, or be unable to perform his or her normal activities. Many owners assume this is just due to "getting old," when in reality it is often an early symptom of chronic, underlying pain. The good news is that we have many effective options to control pain and help our companions regain their active lifestyle.

Proper nutrition, regular exercise, and weight management all play an important role in keeping your senior pet active and healthy. We are happy to advise you about which diets will be best for your pet and share with you how your pet may benefit from a chondroprotectant drug such as Adequan, a medication clinically shown to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Call us today to schedule your pet's exam and consultation, and find out how to get the most out of your pet's golden years!

Comprehensive Vaccination Services for Pets:

Vaccination protocols have changed extensively over the past 10 years. New research has shown that the vaccines we use today are more effective than previously recognized, and therefore in many situations do not need to be administered yearly as was common practice. However, it is very crucial to your pet's well-being that he or she be properly immunized, especially as a young pup or kitten, to protect against certain core diseases. The viruses that cause these diseases are still very prevalent and many unimmunized pets get sick or die each year from illnesses that could have been easily prevented. New vaccinations are being developed every year for emerging diseases and less common ailments. Often pets are vaccinated for diseases they have little to no risk of ever being exposed to. Our veterinarians, base their vaccine recommendations on each pet's individual risk factors, including the pet's age, breed, lifestyle, and living environment, in order to provide the most appropriate and effective vaccinations.

There are certain vaccinations for dogs and cats that are considered "core" because they are essential for every pet. For dogs, core vaccines are distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, rabies, and bordetella. Some noncore vaccines that are less frequently administered include leptospirosis, Lyme disease, and canine influenza. Our veterinarians will be glad to discuss which vaccination protocol is best for your pet.

Core vaccinations for cats include feline distemper, rhinotrachitis, calci, and rabies. Feline leukemia is also a core vaccine for kittens through their first year of development as they are very susceptible to this disease when young. After they reach a mature adult status, the leukemia vaccination is given based upon their lifestyle risk factors.

The vaccination protocol that your pet receives from our veterinarians will be designed to fit his or her unique needs and will always take into account the special risk factors that come with your pet's individual lifestyle.

Preventing Heartworms, Fleas, and Parasites:

Preventing heartworms, fleas, and other parasite infestations in your dog or cat is an important part of ensuring their good health and your peace of mind. Both dogs and cats are at risk for contracting heartworm disease. Mosquitoes, carrying microfilaria (baby heartworms) picked up from another infected dog, transmit the disease. Because of our warm, humid climate along the Gulf Coast, mosquitoes are a persistent problem, and all of our cats and dogs need to be on year-round heartworm preventive to keep them protected.

For our canine patients, our product of choice is Sentinel® Flavor Tabs. Not only is it an outstanding heartworm preventive, it also prevents and controls fleas while effectively breaking the flea life cycle so that your home and yard will not become infested. In addition, each dose strategically deworms your pet for the three most common intestinal parasites: roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Sentinel comes in the form of a flavored pill that is easy to administer, and our veterinarians and staff trust Sentinel for their own pets.

Excellence in Veterinary Care for Exotic Pets, Pocket Pets, Reptiles, and Amphibians:

In addition to regular visits from dogs and cats, we also see a variety of exotic patients and "pocket pets" that include mice, hamsters, gerbils, rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and ferrets, as well as nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians. Birds are generally referred to avian specialty clinics. Several of our veterinarians have a special interest in these unique pets, which makes Bay Glen Animal Hospital a great place for exotic pet care. Because the needs and environments of these animals are so diverse, it is important to bring as much information about the pet as possible when you come in for an exam. A thorough physical exam and assessment of your exotic pet will be completed before any recommendations for treatment are made.

Personalized care for your exotic pet, along with an emphasis on proper husbandry, is an important part of our veterinarian's exam and consultation service. We also provide educational resources on how to care for exotic pets. Call our office today to make an appointment for your exotic animal companion.

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