Whether your pet is new to the family or has been a family member for years, regular checkups are the key to keeping it healthy. We recommend that pets six years and older come in twice a year, while pets under six years come in annually. At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, we are committed to providing your pet with the friendly and experienced care they need to live a long, happy life.
Preventive care is essential to your pet’s long-term health and to minimizing medical expenses. When you bring your pet in for an exam, our expert veterinary team will evaluate his or her overall health, discuss any changes we notice, keep you informed and educated about medical care advancements and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
To learn more about the ways we can keep your pet feeling great, take a look at all of the preventive care services we have to offer and schedule an appointment today!
Caring for Your New Family Member
It’s always an exciting, celebratory time when you bring a new puppy, kitten or other small pet home. When you’ve added a new member to your family, it’s important to give them the required extra attention they need to have a happy and healthy start at life.
At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, we believe those first visits with your new pet are very important for long-term wellness. Your new pet will be introduced to our staff and we will begin to form a long, caring relationship with them.
We will give your new pet a thorough exam, discuss any concerns you have and address topics such as diet, housetraining, behavior, spaying and neutering, vaccination protocol, microchipping, and pet health insurance. We will take the time to get to know your new companion, and will happily answer all of your questions.
Caring for Your Senior Pet
Our senior and geriatric care covers pets who are 6 years of age and older. It’s important that senior pets come in for examinations every 6 months, so that we can establish benchmarks that will allow us to provide the best care and recommendations for his or her golden years.
We will tailor our preventive care to meet your older cat or dog’s medical needs. This includes lab work to detect early signs of disease, dental exams and cleaning, and customized diet and weight management.
As your pet gets older, it is more important than ever to monitor all components of their overall health. While you cannot control your pet’s aging, you can influence your pet’s activity, living conditions, access to quality care and daily nutrition. Together, we will make the remainder of your senior pet’s life long, happy and healthy.
Preventive Care Exams for Every Age and Stage
During your pet’s exam, one of our skilled veterinarians will perform a thorough head-to-tail assessment. Your animal companion will take part in a pet care examination that includes:
- An evaluation of their teeth, throat, and oral cavity
- A vision check and eye exam
- An examination of ears for infection, mites, allergic reactions, and other health issues
- An examination of the respiratory system
- A heart assessment
- A lymph node assessment
- A dermatological exam
- An evaluation of joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
- An external examination of the body for growths and/or other abnormalities
We will also perform a thorough check for parasite infestation. Regular deworming and fecal checks allow us to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your cat or dog. A member of our staff will recommend parasite prevention products to safely and effectively avoid infestation.
Ultimately, our mission is to prevent illness and disease. Through regular check-ups and good communication, we can work together to ensure your beloved pet is receiving optimal care and attention.
Every pet has unique nutritional needs. Knowing what to feed your cat or dog is an important aspect of preventive care. We will help you decide on an ideal diet that includes all of the protein, vitamins and minerals your animal companion needs to remain healthy and strong.
Recommendations for Dogs
Many dog owners believe the misconception that dogs are carnivores. In reality, dogs have adapted to an omnivorous lifestyle, meaning their diet should be comprised of both animal and plant components. A well-balanced, omnivorous diet can help your dog maintain essential biological functions, build and repair tissue and stay active.
During your pet’s regular exam, we include a nutritional assessment where a member of our staff will check your dog’s weight and body conditioning score, and teeth and gums to ensure that he or she is receiving the proper diet. If changes are necessary, we will help you through every step, recommending premium foods and prescription diets when needed.
Recommendations for Cats
Many people exclusively buy dry food for their cats. Only feeding your cat dry food, however, is not sufficient for a healthy, balanced diet. It’s important to incorporate wet food into your cat’s diet so that they can receive the water they need to prevent dehydration and urinary tract infections.
Cats drink far less water than dogs and get a large amount of their water intake from food. We will assess your cat’s diet and recommend changes that will help keep them satisfied and healthy for years to come.
Vaccinations for a Long, Happy Life
Vaccinations are an excellent way to protect your pet from infectious diseases. They are the first line of defense against serious illnesses that can jeopardize your cat or dog’s wellness, and are a fundamental aspect of their preventive healthcare plan.
Vaccination regimens will vary from pet to pet. Our devoted team of veterinarians will customize vaccine practices to fit your pet’s breed, age and lifestyle, and will follow any recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association canine vaccination taskforce and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Recommended Vaccines for Dogs
Note: We also offer canine influenza, Lyme and rattlesnake vaccines when appropriate.
Recommended Vaccines for Cats
- Feline Herpes Virus I
Note: We will recommend a Feline Leukemia vaccine if your cat is at risk.