Services

Wellness

Puppy/Kitten

Adding a new furry family member is exciting!! Here at Marcello Veterinary Hospital, we feel it is important to start your new puppy or kitten on the right paw by establishing preventative health care from the very beginning. We strive to provide you with the most fetching up to date care available and answer any questions you may have regarding proper care of your new pet.

During their first visit, your pet will receive a thorough physical examination, age appropriate vaccinations, and an intestinal parasite screen. Puppies will also receive heartworm and flea prevention. Testing your new kitten for Feline Leukemia (Felu), Feline immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and heartworms at their first visit is very important. These infectious diseases can weaken the immune system, cause long term issues and spread to other feline friends in the household. A secondary test is performed to ensure accurate detection in six months to a year.

Vaccinations are administered starting at six weeks of age for puppies and eight weeks of age for kittens. Booster vaccines are given every three to four weeks following the initial set until the final set. The final set of vaccinations are given at sixteen to eighteen weeks, and will include a rabies vaccination.

The veterinarians at Marcello Veterinary Hospital recommend all small/medium breed puppies and kittens have an ovariohysterectomy (spay) or castration (neuter) at six months. New studies show that large breed puppies are recommended to wait until they are at least nine months of age before spaying/neutering due to bone growth and development.


Adult Canine

Bi-annual health examinations and annual vaccinations are an important part of your pet’s health and well being. During your visit at Marcello Veterinary Hospital, your pet will receive a thorough examination of the ears, eyes, skin, teeth/gums, and a thoracic exam which includes listening to the heart and lungs. Intestinal parasite screens and an annual heartworm test are also performed. Wellness profile blood work is offered annually, beginning at the age of four, and serves as a reference point for early detection when diagnosing liver, kidney, and other potential life threatening issues.

Vaccinations help prevent illnesses that affect your pet’s immune system and organ function. Performing yearly vaccinations are considered the best way to protect your pet by reducing the severity of these illnesses. For dogs, a Rabies vaccination, Distemper combination vaccination and Bordetella Bronchiseptica vaccination is given yearly to protect your pet against serious infections, such as leptospirosis, adenovirus, distemper virus, parvovirus and kennel cough. We also offer a Lymes vaccination for dogs exposed to environments inhabited by ticks.

How do vaccinations protect my canine?

  • Distemper (DA2P) - Attacks the lungs and affects the function of the brain and the spinal cord.
  • Adenovirus (DA2P) - A severe, but rarely fatal respiratory virus.
  • Parainfluenza Type 2 (DA2P) - Respiratory virus that causes coughing.
  • Coronavirus (CCV) - Infectious canine hepatitis, affects the liver and can cause loss of vision.
  • Bordetella (BORD) - A respiratory bacterial infection known as “kennel cough.” Spread through the air in confined areas such as kennels.
  • Rabies - (public health concern & legally required) A virus that attacks the nervous system. Always fatal and a zoonotic disease.
  • Leptospirosis - Causes kidney and liver damage. Spread by rodents.
  • Lymes - optional vaccination used primarily for the prevention of lymes disease contracted from tick bites.

Adult Feline

Annual feline vaccinations are a crucial part of preventative health care for your cat. All felines should be vaccinated to keep them protected from a range of harmful contagious diseases and illnesses that could potentially be fatal. During your visit your pet will receive a thorough examination of the ears, eyes, skin, teeth/gums, and a thoracic exam which includes listening to the heart and lungs. Intestinal parasite screens are also conducted.

For cats, a Rabies vaccination and FVRCP/FELU combination vaccination are administered once a year.

What do feline vaccines protect against?

  • Rabies - (public health concern & legally required) A virus that attacks the nervous system. Always fatal and a zoonotic disease.
  • Panleukopenia (PRC) - Is the most widespread of cat diseases and extremely contagious. Characterized by fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and causes death. Viral Rhinotracheitis (PRC) - (FRV) - Highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by sneezing, loss of appetite, fever, and eye inflammation. Discharge is noticeable from both eyes and nose. Calicivirus (PRC) - A serious respiratory infection occurring simultaneously with viral Rhinotracheitis. Signs are similar to FRV but also can produce ulcers on the tongue. Pneumonitis (FELU) - Is caused by an organism Chlamydia Psittaci, signs are similar to FVR and FCV. Leukemia (FELU) - Is a viral disease, which can take several forms. Can be transmitted from mother while in the uterus. Blood disease. FIP - Is a complex disease of cats caused by infectious peritonitis virus, commonly diagnosed clinical manifestation is accumulation of fluid within the peritoneal cavity.

Senior Canine

At seven years of age, your pet is considered a senior. Geriatric pets may develop issues and illnesses similar to humans such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, senility, bone or joint disease, etc.

Marcello Veterinary Hospital wants to help your dog or cat remain happy and healthy for as long as possible. We recommend twice-yearly veterinary examinations so that any signs of illness or problems are detected and treated early. Wellness bloodwork is offered beginning at the age of four years old annually, and serves as a reference point for early detection when diagnosing these issues.

If your pet experiences any of the following please call to make an appointment for further evaluation.

  • Fatigue/Lethargy
  • Stiffness/Limping
  • Increased Thirst
  • Excessive Urination
  • Tremors/Seizures
  • Loss of Appetite/Weight Change
  • Loss of Vision/Hearing
  • Excessive Panting
  • Changes to Skin/Coat
  • Loss of House Training