A year is a long time in the life of our pets, since their lifespan is shorter than ours. We recommend a complete physical examination every 6 months. During an exam, the veterinarian will do a nose to tail inspection of your pet. This includes eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, skin, and listening to their heart and lungs.
This helps us to identify symptoms of disease, infection or old age. If we are able to diagnose disease earlier, this may increase chance of recovery, and very often costs less to treat.
Immunizations are essential to your pet’s health. Vaccines now control many pet diseases that were once considered fatal. Some, like rabies, are required by law, and others are needed based on the risks in our community and in the areas to which you travel. We stay current with latest immunization research and will recommend the best vaccination protocol for your pets.
Other vaccinations (such as lyme disease or rattlesnake vaccine) may be recommended based on your environment or lifestyle. Please let our veterinarians know if you live in or visit areas with ticks or rattlesnakes, or have any questions about any other vaccinations.
Other vaccinations (such as FIV) may be recommended based on your cat’s lifestyle or environment. Please let our veterinarians know if you live in an area with known cases of FIV or have a cat diagnosed with FIV.
Heartworm is a parasite transmitted through the bite of mosquitoes. Many people think pets in our area are not at risk, however, we have seen pets that have never left home diagnosed with heartworm disease! Treatment of heartworm disease is very taxing on a pet, which is compounded by the damage the parasites may have already caused, and some pets do not live through treatment. This is why prevention is the key!
Beyond the itching and scratching, external parasites can carry all sorts of diseases, some of which can be contagious to people. A good quality preventative will not only prevent parasite infestations, but protect your human family as well.
A high quality, nutritious diet is one of the most important things you can give your pet to keep them healthy and happy for a long time. We can help you decide which food is best for your pet, based on age, lifestyle, breed, and health. There are even some ailments that can be prevented or managed by a change in diet. In addition to nutritional advice, we carry a variety of prescription diets for pets that need special care due to a previous or ongoing problem.
Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy is critical to the long term health of your pet. We offer a variety of preventative dental care products, such as tooth brushes, pet safe toothpastes, water additives to reduce bacteria in the mouth, and dental specific diets that help clean teeth as they eat.
Microchipping is the safest, most effective method for identifying your pet, to help him or her to be returned if lost. A microchip is a tiny computer chip programmed with a unique identification number. It is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle and be injected under your pet’s skin, so it is minimally invasive. After administration, the chip is then registered with your information. When your pet gets scanned, that chip number will help get your pet back home to you.
Serving the people of San Francisco, CA, Animal Farm Pet Hospital is prepared to provide preventative care services for your pet. Give us a call today.