Wellness Visits

Physical Examinations

Dr. Luci Dimick examines a greyhound with the help of a studentDuring your pet's wellness examination they will receive a thorough physical exam by veterinary students, and a board certified veterinarian. This allows us to examine all body systems, and detect potential problems occurring with your pet. Pets age much faster than people do (a pet ages about 5 - 7 years for every human year). This suggests health problems can progress 5 - 7 times faster in your pet. For this reason, we recommend that all adult pets (ages 1-7 years) receive annual examinations. As you can imagine, the sooner a problem is detected, the likelihood of effective treatment it is greater.

Vaccinations

Dr. Hannah Minch and resident examining a clientDuring your visit we will discuss your pets lifestyle, and determine which infectious diseases he or she is at a risk of being exposed to. We will then tailor a vaccination plan specifically for your pet. Vaccination is a key component of disease prevention in companion animal medicine. Read more about what vaccines are available and recommended.

Parasite Prevention

Technician with a clientEven healthy pets are at risk of acquiring an infection with parasites. Most of these are easy to prevent and we recommend that pets are kept on parasite prevention year round. We also recommend testing for certain parasites yearly in our healthy patients.

Behavioral Counseling

At the community practice clinic we are committed to improving the quality of life of all animals and strengthening the bond between animals and their owners. Believe it or not, behavioral issues are the number one cause of humane euthanasia of companion animals in the USA. We are happy to work with you to develop behavioral and environmental modification techniques to decrease the occurrence of behavior problems. We can recommend local dog trainers for appropriate continued training, as well as help rule out any medical conditions that may be playing a part in behavioral problems.

Learn more from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) about veterinary behavioral philosophy, position statements, and many more interesting behavioral tips and links on AVSAB's website.

Animals with complicated, multiple or non-responsive behavioral conditions will be referred to our Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist

Environmental Enrichment

Indoor catsWe all love our pets, and value the quality they bring to our lives. But our lives are busy and most of us need to spend hours away from our companions during the day. We can help you to increase our companion pets' quality of life by suggesting many ways for you to enrich their environment. This will increase their mental stimulation, prevent boredom and behavior problems, and has been shown to help them maintain a healthy weight. You can visit the Indoor Cat Initiative which contains much helpful information about enriching the lives of indoor cats.