At Alpine Animal Hospital, we believe that wellness care is the key to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy and happy life. Wellness care encompasses many things – from regular physical examinations, immunizations, and parasite prevention, to diet and exercise, dental health, periodic laboratory screening, and geriatric management.
Whether you’re a first-time pet owner or seasoned pet parent, we can help you provide the best options for preventive care for your pet.
Regular examinations allow us to thoroughly evaluate your pet’s physical condition, from nose to tail.
During a routine physical we are evaluating body condition, looking for eye or ear problems, dental disease, abnormal heart or lung sounds, changes in abdominal organs or belly pain, musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions, urogenital disease, skin and haircoat conditions and lymphatic disease.
When done regularly, this helps our veterinarians detect changes in your pet’s physical health over time.
Specific immunizations for pets are recommended based on guidelines of the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners. Depending on your pet’s age and exposure risk, certain immunizations may be recommended for some pets and not others.
Pets can harbor parasites even as puppies and kittens and may be at ongoing risk for getting parasite infections as adults. We can help demystify the why and how pets get parasites, and discuss which preventives are best for your pet.
Keeping your pet at a healthy weight can add years to her life. Our veterinarians can help recommend a healthy weight target for your pet and specific steps to achieve that goal.
It has been established through research that pets with healthy mouths may live up to 2 years longer than littermates with dental disease. We can teach your family options for starting home dental care at an early age, and guide choices for when dental procedures are needed.
Learn more about our pet dental care here.
Periodic laboratory screening may include fecal testing for parasites, baseline blood counts, organ function tests, thyroid function and urinalysis. Knowing what is “normal” for your pet helps us to detect changes earlier which can lead to earlier diagnosis of disease, with more successful treatment outcomes.
Learn more about our diagnostic testing and services here.
Senior pets have special needs. Older pets are more at risk for certain health problems, such as arthritis, dental disease, liver and kidney issues, cardiac disease, and endocrine disorders. Together, we can help you keep your senior pet feeling good and enjoying life.