Adding a new family member is an exciting event. To make sure you start your new puppy or kitten off on the right paw, it is important to establish a preventative health care plan right from the start.
During their first visit to Marcello Veterinary Hospital, your pet will receive a complete and thorough examination and intestinal parasite check. The doctor will also provide you with information regarding the proper care of your new pet and answer any questions you may have.
The first set of vaccinations is typically given at six weeks of age for puppies and 8 weeks of age for kittens. Booster injections follow every three to four weeks after to continue the series of vaccinations. The final set is given at 16 weeks.
Marcello Veterinary Hospital feels it is important to have your kitten tested for Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Heartworms during their first visit. A secondary test is performed a year later during the cat’s annual appointment to ensure accurate detection.
Marcello Veterinary Hospital recommends that all puppies and kittens have an ovariohysterectomy (spay) or castration (neuter) at six months to make sure your pet has a happier and healthier life.
Bi-annual health exams and annual vaccinations are an important part of a pet’s well being. During your visit with Marcello Veterinary Hospital your pet will receive a thorough physical examination of the ears, eyes, skin, teeth and gums, and a thoracic exam, which involves listening to the heart and lungs. An intestinal parasite screening will also be performed.
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.
For cats, a Rabies vaccination and FVRCP/FELU combination vaccination are administered once a year.
At seven years of age your pet is considered a senior. Geriatric pets may develop similar problems as those seen in older people, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, senility, and bone or joint disease.
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 any signs of illness or problems are detected and treated early.
A once-a-year preventative-care, senior screening is also an important part of senior health care. Pets can’t tell you how they are feeling and sometimes signs that your pet is sick are not always obvious.
If your pet shows any of the following symptoms, please call Marcello Veterinary Hospital to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
o Increased stiffness or limping; increased thirst or urination; excessive panting; tremors/seizures; loss of appetite; weight change; loss of vision/hearing; changes in skin/coat condition; lethargy; loss of house training.