Annual Wellness Exams
Yearly holistic exams of dogs and cats involves ensuring the protection of your pet from contagious disease through the use of in house titer test, review of diet and lifestyle, as well as making suggestions for keeping your pet healthy at whatever their life stage. Our yearly exams last from 30 minutes to an hour and we can schedule as much time as you need to discuss your pet’s well being. A yearly exam performed via house call allows you and your pet to relax and not feel rushed to remember all of the details of your pet’s health. Your pet is comfortable in her own home and it is very helpful for us to understand their regular behavior patterns. Often, they are more willing to allow a comprehensive physical exam when in their own comfortable home.
Vaccines and vaccine titers
While it is important that pets be immune from contagious diseases, it is a fact that pets often are vaccinated, even when they already have protection from the disease. We now have an in-house test to determine if your dog is already immune to Distemper, Parvo and Adenovirus. This test is of similar cost to the vaccine which many pets receive yearly. When we test instead of vaccinate, we have actual proof that our pets are protected from diseases. This proof is acceptable at all of the boarding kennels and groomers that we have dealt with, ensuring that your pet is able to participate in any social activities with the confidence that they are protected from infectious disease. We are also able to test for other infectious diseases such as heart worms and tick borne diseases.
We are a full service medical practice
We have state of the art blood work equipment in our office.
We can perform any test that is currently available and these tests can be ran while you wait.
We can perform radiographs (x-rays) in office and even on a house call. These radiographs are digital and are interpreted immediately at the time of exam.
What Makes Animals First Vet Different Than Other Vet Clinics?
Once a diagnosis is made, we are fortunate to have at our fingertips, all of the traditional pharmaceuticals that are most commonly used to treat any condition, AND we also have holistic treatments in office including homeopathic remedies, essential oils, Chinese and Western Herbs, and acupuncture.
Acupuncture for over 2000 years has been used for dogs, cats, and humans. In our practice, acupuncture is used to alleviate pain, reduce hindquarter weakness and promote longevity and wellness in animals with chronic diseases or injury. Most animals enjoy their acupuncture treatments. They often relax during treatment and feel the benefits for weeks to months, depending on the condition being treated. Acupuncture is often a more economical treatment than available Western medical treatments, for certain conditions. We have great results treating the following with acupuncture:
Ligament Injury — including cruciate ligament rupture
Hindlimb Weakness — often seen in older dogs, but treatable at any age
Post Surgical Healing — after any surgery involving the back, limbs or soft tissue
We understand that acupuncture in the conventional sense is not for all patients. We can also offer treatment of acupuncture points through use of our therapeutic laser. We are still able to treat and stimulate all the points without using needles in our sensitive patients.
Visit our Blog for Wellness Stories to learn more about animals that benefited from acupuncture treatments.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine may be used in conjunction with acupuncture, Chinese food therapy or as a sole therapy. Similar to Chinese food therapy, Chinese herbal medicine uses diagnostic techniques specific to Chinese medicine to determine which formula closely matches the patient’s needs. Chinese herbs often are used for such problems as hindquarter weakness, renal disease, liver disease, skin disease, arthritis, breathing problems, gastrointestinal problems and emotional problems.