American Pet Hospital is committed to providing quality veterinary care for your pet throughout his or her lifetime. Both our facilities and services are designed to manage the wellness of your pet under any circumstance, but our experience has taught us that prevention is indeed the best medicine. Whether it is preventive care for your kitten or puppy, dental care throughout your pet’s life, or pain management and support for your senior pet, we are prepared to provide your pet with the necessary routine care required for a lifetime of health and happiness.
Scheduling an annual wellness exam is an essential part of maintaining the overall health of your pet. This type of exam is crucial to discovering potential health issues your pet may experience and bringing them under control before they pose a serious problem for your beloved pet. Many conditions, such as heart disease, dental disease, bone and joint problems, and cancers, may go undetected for years without this type of routine care. That’s why the annual wellness exam is considered the single most important investment in your pet’s health.
Our comprehensive physical exams are an integral part of our Meridian Pet Wellness Plans. All our plans include a minimum of 2 annual exams.
How Comprehensive Are the Exams?
Very. Comprehensive physical examinations conducted at American Pet Hospital provide an in-depth assessment of your pet’s overall health, establish important baselines and meticulously inspect your pet from tooth to tail:
- Ear Exam
- Eye Exam
- Rectal exam
- Dental exam
- Neurologic evaluation
- Cardiovascular evaluation
- Weight & nutrition counseling
- Coat & skin evaluation
- Abdominal palpation
- Urogenital evaluation
- Musculoskeletal evaluation
- Pulmonary/lung evaluation
- Behavioral counseling
Most laboratory tests can be done during your dog or cat’s regular exam. These exams are a chance to assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will:
- Examine your pet’s teeth, throat, and oral cavity
- Examine your pet’s teeth, throat, and oral cavity
- Examine the eyes and check your pet’s vision, if needed.
- Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
- Examine the respiratory system
- Assess your pet’s heart
- Test your pet’s reflexes
- Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
- Inspect the skin
- Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
- Test to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems
Immunizations are one of the best tools we have available in preventive medicine. The key to using vaccines appropriately is to determine which diseases each particular pet may be at risk for and then vaccinate for those diseases no more than necessary.
We believe that our balanced approach to vaccines is the best way to protect your pet from disease and minimize the risk of an adverse reaction to a vaccine.
Vaccinations are included with all our Meridian Wellness Plans. From your puppies parvo shots to your dog’s rabies shots, your wellness plan will cover every single necessary vaccination throughout your entire pet’s life span. All for one low flat fee.
More Info on our Meridian Wellness Plans
The core vaccines we deliver for dogs are: Rabies and DHPP (the Canine Distemper, Parvo combination vaccine).
The core vaccines we deliver for cats are: Rabies and FVRCP (the Feline Distemper combination vaccine).
Non-core vaccinations we offer are Leptospirosis and Lyme for dogs, and Feline Leukemia for cats.
For puppies, we recommend DAPP and Bordetella (intranasal) at 8 weeks; DHLPP, Bordetella (injectable) and Lyme vaccinations ar 12 weeks; and DHLPP, Lyme and Rabies at 16 weeks.
For adult dogs (at least 1 year old), we recommend Rabies and DHPP every three years; and Leptospirosis, Lyme and Bordetella annually.
For Kittens, we recommend FVRCP at 8 weeks; FVRCP and FeLV at 12 weeks; and FVRCP, FeLV, and rabies at 16 weeks.
For adult cats: Rabies, feline distemper, and feline leukemia annually.
Disease prevention is the cornerstone of any veterinary practice, and your pet experts at American Pet Hospital take preventive care seriously. Your pet care needs and lifestyle may be quite different from the needs of another, making customized vaccination schedules a necessity. We offer vaccines and preventive treatments to every pet, tailored to meet the needs of both the patient and the pet owner.
All pets have some risk of exposure to disease, even those confined to the home. State and federal laws may even influence your vaccination plan. Whatever the case for your dog, cat, exotic, or pocket pet, the professionals at American Pet Hospital are prepared to discuss your unique circumstances and create a disease prevention plan specifically for your special pet.
Just which vaccinations are advisable will depend upon the lifestyle routines of you and your pet: where you live, how much time your pet spends outdoors, and how often you go to breed shows, dog parks, or enjoy outdoor activities such as camping or fishing trips.
Booster shots reinforce the protection of vaccinations. During the annual veterinary examination, your pet’s schedule for both vaccinations and booster shots will be determined by factors such as age and overall health.
Important vaccinations for your dog may include:
- Canine distemper, a widespread virus that can be fatal
- Parvovirus, a severe gastro-intestinal disease
- Lyme disease
Important vaccinations for your cat may include:
- Feline distemper, a fatal disease commonly seen in younger cats
- Rhinotracheitis and calicivirus, two viruses causing respiratory diseases
Puppies and kittens require more frequent immunization vaccinations and boosters as their immune systems are not fully developed.
Vaccinations and preventives are inexpensive protection against costly treatments or premature death of a pet—always safeguard your pet through regular vaccines and preventive care. Contact the American Pet Hospital for answers to your questions or concerns regarding vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
Pet Preventive Dental Care
Dental disease in dogs and cats is very common, and very dangerous. Left untreated, it can lead to major problems like heart disease and kidney failure. Regular dental care is critical to your pet’s health, but they can’t do it alone. American Pet Hospital is here to help you brush up on your pet’s dental needs.
Pet dental care is necessary to control more than bad breath—the overall health and longevity of your dog or cat depends upon a regular pet dental care program.
While dogs and cats do not typically get cavities, they can suffer greatly from periodontal disease. Commonly referred to as gum disease, this is caused by bacteria forming on the teeth and infecting the gums and surrounding tissue. Eventually, this infection moves to the bloodstream and causes heart, liver, and kidney disease in pets.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, pawing at the mouth, difficulty in eating, loose or missing teeth, and weight loss or loss of appetite. Treatment includes antibiotics and frequent professional cleanings.
Our upper tier Meridian Wellness Plan packages include routine and vital dental care, including prophylaxis & cleaning. Ensure your pet’s quality dental hygiene by signing up for our Wellness Plans.
Preventive Pet Dental Care Program
Prevention is the first line of defense against periodontal disease and its subsequent damage to internal organs. The pet experts of American Pet Hospital recommend the following three-point preventive care plan for your pet:
- Annual exam—A complete pet dental examination beginning around age 1
- Regular cleanings—Pet dental cleaning under anesthesia includes ultrasonic tooth scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment
- Home pet dental care—Diet, chew toys, and regular brushing at home
Veterinary dental exams and cleaning are performed under general anesthesia by your veterinarian for a thorough exam and careful cleaning without stress to your pet. American Pet Hospital uses the most advanced methods of anesthesia and monitoring for the comfort and security of each patient.
Your pet’s annual dental exam and cleaning provides an excellent opportunity to review the optimum diet for oral hygiene and the value of chew bones for dogs. Special diets and chew bones, as well as other dental care products, are available through our in-hospital pet pharmacy. Discuss these pet dental care options at your next visit.
The professionals at American Pet Hospital are committed to the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease in every patient. Contact our office for questions about pet dental care or to schedule your appointment today.
Being overweight and trying to stay in shape is not only a problem for humans. Pets also need to be put on specific diets and workout plans to stay in good health. There are a number of deficiencies that pets can run into in regards to nutrition that must be observed.
Nutritional counseling is an often overlooked, yet critical factor in the overall health of your pet. Rest assured in our Meridian Wellness Plans, which include nutritional counseling with every single one of our plan packages.
By keeping your pet on a proper diet and workout plan, it can increase their life expectancy by up to 2-3 years. In addition to the extended life expectancy, you will also see a happier pet with fewer stomach issues, less sensitive skin and a nicer coat.
Upon evaluating your pet’s current nutritional condition, we will make specific recommendations as to the type and amount of food your pet should be eating as well as any supplements. In addition, we’ll provide you with a workout program for your pet that will keep them in tip top shape!
Your Pet’s Health Starts With Good Nutrition!
Like humans, diet and nutrition is the foundation of your pet’s good health and longevity; good health and healing all start with food. We will help formulate individual pet nutrition and wellness plans to promote your pet’s optimal health, which may prevent disease from developing.
Food choices are not a matter of right or wrong, black or white. By understanding what is ideal and what is not, we can make intelligent decisions which at least take us ever closer to the ideal. By assessing your pet’s history and current health conditions, we can assist you in keeping your pet healthy and active. With all the pet food brands on the market, talk to our veterinarian about your pet’s unique nutritional needs.
Shiloh Animal Hospital carries a wide range of foods and nutritional supplements to keep your pet healthy.
There was a time when parasites like fleas, ticks, and roundworms were considered mostly a nuisance. Now, however, we know that parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella – the bacteria that causes "cat-scratch fever" in humans. Another type of parasite, called a heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in your pet’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten pets and are even transmissible to humans.
You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.
Fortunately, we can recommend tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites. Our expert staff can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your pets and family.
Veterinary examinations and parasite testing are important ways to protect your pet’s health. Let our knowledgeable staff provide you with a comprehensive parasite control program. We can recommend a schedule for parasite testing, discuss what signs of parasites you can look for at home, review ways to control parasites in and around your home, discuss treatment options if your pet has parasites, and recommend ways to control and prevent parasites in the future.
Parasites are not just a nuisance. They can carry serious diseases that affect your pet’s overall health and longevity. Let us help you protect your pet. Call today to find out how!