Preventive care is the key to keeping your pet healthy and a yearly wellness check-up is the cornerstone of any preventive care program. Regular exams help your veterinarian develop an overall picture of your pet's health and are essential to spotting medical problems before they become more difficult - and more costly - to treat. During your pet's yearly wellness check-up, we perform a head-to-toe appraisal of your pet's health. Our veterinarians check your pet's eyes, ears, nose and throat, examine the teeth and oral cavity, listen to the heart and lungs for signs of disease, palpate the abdomen, examine your pet's skin and coat, and more. These yearly exams are also an excellent opportunity for you to discuss with your veterinarian any recent changes in your pet's behavior or lifestyle.
Vaccinations will be administered as deemed appropriate on an individual basis. In many cases, your pet will not be receiving every vaccination at every visit. Much of our discussion will be focused on issues such as choosing an appropriate diet, weight management, preventive dental care, and parasite control. In some cases, we choose to run diagnostic tests, such as blood and urine testing. Your personal yearly check up at your physician is likely to include these tests and so should your pet’s yearly exam. Every year we detect many disease processes in apparently ‘normal’ adult animals. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatments can result in your companion living a longer, healthier life. If all the diagnostic tests are normal, we have a great baseline to use for comparison as your pet enters its senior years. Please ask us about our discounted Wellness Blood Testing that we offer every spring.
Remember to take the time to ask questions of all staff members at your annual visit - we are your best source of information regarding your pet's health!
Vaccinations Along with regular physical exams, vaccinations are the cornerstone of preventive health care for your pet. Thanks to recent advances in veterinary medicine, many common diseases that affect cats and dogs are now preventable through the use of vaccinations. Rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough), Leptospirosis, Lyme, Feline Leukemia and other diseases can all be prevented through vaccination. We administer vaccines based on American Animal Hospital Association guidelines and your pet's individual lifestyle and needs. We recognize that every pet is different and not every animal requires the same sort of vaccination schedule. Our veterinarians work with you to develop a vaccine protocol for your pet that is individually tailored to his or her needs. Please note: an up-to-date rabies vaccination is legally required for all pets in the province of Ontario
Preventive Health Screens We offer discounted preventive health screens for all pets. We recommend all senior pets undergo a Preventive Health Screen at least once yearly. Our health screens offer a thorough physical exam as well as a series of tests (bloodwork, urinalysis, radiographs, thyroid test, etc) designed to assess your pet's internal function. These tests may allow for early detection and treatment of common underlying diseases of older pets. We offer two different levels of screening. There is the option of additional tests as needed to meet any specific health concerns that your pet may have that are not met our preset screens. Please call us for details on our Preventive Health Screens.
Senior Pet Care Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your senior pet has medical needs that are very different from puppies and kittens, though. Manotick Veterinary Hospital works with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her "golden years".
Pets age faster than people and pets are considered to be "seniors" around age 7. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy. Symptoms of disease or a chronic condition many not be readily apparent. In some cases, conditions that may look like the usual signs of "old age" could actually be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all senior pets undergo a Preventive Health Screen at least once yearly. Our health screens offer a thorough physical exam as well as a series of tests (bloodwork, urinalysis, radiographs,etc) designed to assess your pets internal function. These tests may allow for early detection and treatment of common underlying diseases of older pets. We offer two different levels of screening. There is the option of additional tests as needed to meet any specific health concerns that your pet may have that are not met our preset screens. Please call us for details on our Preventive Health Screens.