Dr. Patt is an avid dog lover and has always shared her life with furry 4-legged companions. Her goal in veterinary medicine is to provide them all with long, healthy and happy lives. To keep this goal it is important that we have a good relationship with their guardians and establish baseline data on the pup so that we care prevent disease or catch and correct it early.
The canine wellness care program at Little Critters Veterinary Hospital is designed to keep your puppy, adult dog and senior canine healthy through high-quality preventative veterinary care. An annual wellness exam is recommended for every adult and senior dog, but we may request to see puppies more frequently.
Caring for your dog includes:
Bi-Annual Wellness Exams
Bi-Annual wellness exams helps us, together, determine the health of your dog. During the wellness exam, your dog will receive a full physical examination and visual dental exam. We form an individualized wellness care plan for your dog that caters to your dog’s individual needs. Your dog will also receive an annual heartworm blood test, heartworm preventive, and flea and tick preventative. On the day of your pet’s appointment, we ask that you bring your dog on a leash and come with a recent stool sample, ideally less than 12 hours old.
Your dog's wellness exam is also an excellent time for you to address any questions or concerns you may have about your pet’s health.
So many of us haven’t always understood why we need to vaccinate our pets (or children) we are just doing what is recommended by the doctor in an attempt to keep our loved one safe. As a veterinarian, I believe that it is important that owners understand why we vaccinate so that they have informed consent and know what they are protecting their pet with and against. By giving a vaccine we are attempting to stimulate the dog’s immune system to create memory cells that will be saved in the body to fight the virus if they encounter it in the future. On the initial exposure to a virus (antigen) the immune system will create a few short lived memory cells but will not create lasting immunity. Therefore, we always provide one booster in 2-3 weeks to give a second boost to the immune system and create millions of long lived memory cells in the body. These cells are constantly circulating in the body looking for foreign invaders to attack and destroy thereby defending the body and providing the pet immunity to the virus. We believe in tailoring the vaccines your dog receives to your dog’s particular health needs.
Core vaccines for dogs at the time of publication are as follows:
Non-core vaccine are offered based on pet's lifestyles and at a discount for Free Vaccines for Life members
Regular preventive dental care keeps your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. Abscessed teeth, excessive tooth wear, severe gingivitis, and fractured teeth are all very common in pets. Extractions are often the end result of years of tooth neglect and are often needed to relieve pain and infection. To avoid dental problems later in life, we will examine your dog’s teeth and gums for tartar, plaque, tooth decay, infections, and tooth weakness during their annual exam. In addition, we also provide deep cleaning services at our hospital. In addition to the services provided at the hospital, we strongly recommend at-home dental care, and we can also discuss how to properly care for your dog’s teeth and gums at home.
Nutrition & Exercise
Dogs have different nutritional needs during different stages of their life. Many commercial diets are fortified with additional nutrients and supplements to encourage health. In some cases, a prescription diet will be required depending on any health issues your dog may be having. During every exam we will make sure your dog has not gained a significant amount of weight as this may indicate a possible health issue. We will review your dog’s current eating habits to ensure they have a healthy, balanced diet to maintain the best health for your pet. We will also discuss play and exercise to make sure your dog is getting enough physical activity.
Parasite Prevention & Control
Parasites can be both internal and external and the type of potential parasites will vary from one region to another. As an example we see few fleas in Arizona because of our hot and dry climate, but areas higher in humidity often have severe flea infestations requiring year round preventatives. We will discuss parasite prevention with you during your dog’s wellness exam. Parasites your dog may come in contact with include:
Our canine care also includes:
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