Prevention is the best medicine. Keep your pet healthy.
Puppies & Kittens
When our pets first come into our lives, they have unique health and wellness needs. Vaccines must be administered not only for the life and health of your pet, but also to insure your pet is compliant within the law for rabies inoculation. Our doctors recommend spaying or neutering all pets not used for breeding purposes. Not only do these procedures prevent unwanted puppy or kitten litters, they also provide numerous health benefits as your pet ages. Heartworm prevention in both puppies and kittens are crucial for their long-term health, and intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks can all be prevented using products available at Taylor Animal Hospital.
We also recommend microchipping all pets to greatly increase their opportunity to be reunited with you in the event they wander away from home. Other considerations for young pets include nutritional and dental counseling so your pet is getting off on the right foot in their young lives. Finally, blood work can also be measured in puppies and kittens so our doctors have a baseline of your pet’s health they can compare to blood testing when your pet is older.
As our dogs and cats begin to reach adulthood, their requirements begin to change as well. Maintaining vaccine, heartworm preventative, intestinal parasite prevention and flea and tick products continue to be an important part of the wellness protocol at Taylor Animal Hospital. Other health matters such as yearly dental cleanings become more important for adult dogs and cats. Pets as young as one year of age can begin to experience dental issues, and approximately 80% of pets over the age of three have some form of periodontal disease so it is best for your pet to get started on the road to oral health as soon as possible. Blood work continues to be an important part of the health of adult animals, as these values can help our doctors discover possible issues prior to the onset of disease.
Taylor Animal Hospital has a plan for senior animals as well. Large-breed dogs may be considered “senior” at the age of five (5), while average-sized breeds are generally considered “senior” at the age of seven (7). It is important to bring an older animal to the veterinarian more frequently, just as older humans see their doctor more often. Blood work becomes the cornerstone of disease diagnosis and prevention, as the tests can discover and track early onset of issues facing older pets.
Proper dental care is as important for your pet as it is for you. In addition to preventing bad breath and periodontal disease it can also prevent infection from spreading through the blood stream to your pet's liver, kidneys, and heart. This bacterial shower can lead to permanent organ damage affecting your pet's overall health. Our hospital is equipped to provide dental care services to insure your pet receives proper oral health.