Our goal at OVVC is to provide the best medical care for your pet no matter what their needs may be. While we offer excellent care of your pets when they are ill, we focus on keeping your pets healthy. By providing preventative testing, medications, veterinary diets, and over the counter products, we can identify some illnesses earlier and prevent others all together.
OVVC recommends bringing your pet in twice a year until they are seven years old, and then four times a year. Because cats and dogs age differently than humans, bringing them in twice a year is like our yearly exam. This allows medical conditions to be caught before they become a serious problem.
In addition to the exams, basic well care is also recommended. For both cats and dogs, a fecal test, urinalysis, and blood work is recommended once a year. For cats, a feline leukemia/FIV test, and dogs, a heartworm test is also recommended yearly. Your pet will, additionally, receive vaccines needed per their lifestyle.
Deworming is especially important every six months, not only to protect your pets, but your children and yourself. Internal parasites can be passed from species to species, which means they can be passed to your pets from other dogs and cats, rodents, fleas or even from the ground you walk on, and then to you and your loved ones.
Another way to prevent internal parasites is flea and heartworm control. Products like Credelio, Cheristin, and Capstar are great for control of fleas, which carry tapeworms. Revolution and Sentinel combine flea control and heartworm preventative and even deworming for common parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
At OVVC, we understand that taking care of your pet properly can be costly, which is why we have created a Well Budget program. The Well Budget program helps to divide yearly well care into easy monthly payments. Click here for more information.
Links: AVMA video with Dr. James Park discusses preventative healthcare visits for pets.
AVMA video with Dr. Tony Kremer discusses vaccines for pets.
AVMA video with Dr. Joyce Ashamalla discusses blood tests for pets.