Our wellness protocols are designed to prevent disease and prolong the lives and life quality of your pets. As soon as you welcome a new pet into your home, you should consider preventative care to protect their health. For puppies and kittens, we recommend beginning a vaccination series between six and eight weeks of age. While adequate vaccination is important, the comprehensive physical examinations, intestinal parasite screenings and prophylactic dewormings also given during this series will help ensure your new family member gets started on the right paw for a happy, healthy life.
AGE-RELATED WELLNESS PROGRAMS
At Veazie Veterinary Clinic, we can keep your pets happy and healthy by utilizing the following:
The physical exam is a very important aspect of your pet’s wellness. During this exam, the doctor evaluates the entire pet, which includes:
- An eye exam using an ophthalmoscope
- An ear exam using an otoscope
- A heart exam using a stethoscope
- Other points evaluated include teeth, skin, coat, vital signs, body condition, and joints. Doctors also use their hands to palpate the abdominal contents.
On average, veterinary physical exams discover three additional health concerns than what is known by the pet owner.
The Feline Wellness branch is an area of Veazie Veterinary Clinic headed by Dr. Michael McCaw. Dr. McCaw and his support staff provide specialty care exclusively for your cats and kittens. Veazie Veterinary Clinic is now a Cat Friendly Vet!
We value our feline patients and recognize that they have different needs than their canine counterparts. The feline wellness portion of our website extends beyond solely cat-focused medicine. Here, you will find everything you ever need to know about health, wellness, nutrition and behavior for your feline friend.
The Feline Experience
Veazie Vet treats cats differently. We realize that the stress of the vet visit starts at home when the carrier comes out and can continue for hours or sometimes days after getting home. We want to change this.
Along with the information we have posted on how to make the carrier a more pleasant experience, our receptionists will offer to seat you in a cat friendly, quiet and sunny area. Our exam rooms are outfitted with calming pheromones and our technicians are trained in cat friendly holding techniques. We can even take payments in the rooms so that you can get back to your car without having to stop at reception again.
We are certified as a Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Dr. McCaw is our lead cat advocate and continues to educate our staff and update our facilities with the latest in medicine, behavior and nutrition for cats. He is a member of the AAFP and a self proclaimed “crazy cat lady” in a guy suit.
Changes taking place throughout the practice include staff training, as well as waiting room, feline ward and exam room improvements, so that they meet cats’ needs for quiet areas with vertical space and perches, as well as improved handling and interaction in cat friendly exams. We continue to update and research the best surgical, anesthetic & pain management methods and an increased variety of feline diagnostics and life stage dependent care.
There are many infectious diseases that we can help prevent. Excellent vaccines are available for the Rabies virus, both major feline upper respiratory viruses and the Feline Leukemia virus. We can also prevent and protect against many parasites including fleas, intestinal worms, heartworm and ear mites.
Annual Exam: More Than Just Updating Shots
Both indoor and outdoor cats should come in once yearly for a wellness visit. During this visit the doctor will perform a full physical exam and administer necessary vaccines. We also recommend bringing a stool sample to test for internal parasites (most important for indoor/outdoor cats). Routinely evaluating your cats’ overall health, discussing environment, and addressing any concerns help us promote a long, comfortable, healthy and happy life.
The physical exam is a critical part of determining overall health. Taking vitals, palpating the abdomen and lymph nodes as well as auscultating (listening to) the heart and lungs on a regular basis will aid us in early detection of disease in apparently healthy individuals. Remember, cats can be very stoic animals and may not show signs of illness until a disease process is advanced.
Canine wellness means regular well pet visits in order to check out your dog’s overall health, including a physical exam and routine blood screening as necessary.
Well pet visits for your dog are a chance to ensure a healthy, active and happy year ahead. We will conduct a thorough physical examination to evaluate mobility, cardiovascular health, respiratory health and overall wellness. We will also discuss your dog’s lifestyle.
Do they stay at home, get boarded or go to the groomer? Although all dogs are required by the State of Maine to have a rabies vaccine, other vaccines may not be appropriate for every dog. Questions about your pet’s environment and travels are important in deciding what vaccines and preventative care measures are right for your dog.
Well pet visits are also a good time to discuss any behavior concerns you have or questions about diet and nutrition. To learn more about vaccinations, parasite control, routine blood work and canine behavior please follow the links:
Routine bloodwork may be recommended, based on age and lifestyle, to detect issues that cannot be found on physical examination. Blood tests check the function of organs prior to surgical procedures as well as screening for potential illness before physical symptoms appear. This includes illnesses such as:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Thyroid disease
- Heartworm disease
- Lyme disease exposure
Blood panels are often recommended for senior dogs and cats, or pets that are at risk for developing disease. Other candidates are animals that are on routine or daily medications other than heartworm medications. These tests can often catch early signs of disease, which allows us to treat them before they become a more serious problem.
Although a comprehensive exam is imperative, it may not tell the whole story. Monitoring lab parameters, such as blood analysis and urinalysis each year, alerts us of potentially threatening trends of the internal organs and helps identify internal disease at the earliest stage possible.
Another important aspect of wellness care during the examination process is educating clients. Together as partners, we can ensure that your pets receive all they need to live long and healthy lives.
Feel free to ask us any questions. And of course, we take it upon ourselves to keep you in the know.