From Microbes to Microchips: Fairview Wellness and Preventative Care
At Fairview Veterinary Hospital, we understand that wellness and preventative care are essential to a long and healthy relationship between you and your pet. We are dedicated to making sure your furry friend receives the best healthcare from us. We are also here to make sure you are educated when it comes to your pet’s health and wellness treatment at home.
The Importance of Annual Exams
Keeping a regular schedule of wellness examinations is vital to your pet’s well-being. Checkups will help you and your veterinarian maintain your pet’s health and prevent diseases before they become too costly or tough to treat.
Adult pets should have annual examinations, while puppies and kittens, senior pets, and those requiring special treatment for existing medical conditions should visit us more often.
During the Annual Visit
At each regular check-up, our veterinarians will assess and monitor your pet’s overall health with a complete head-to-tail examination. At this time, the veterinarian will address any changes in your pet’s health since their last checkup, as these changes might indicate health concerns. Among these may be sudden weight changes or emerging behavior problems, which could indicate potential health problems before other symptoms arise.
In addition, veterinarians will do basic tests for heartworm disease and any detailed diagnostics for medical conditions. All diagnostics and testing will be tailored to your pet’s unique, individualized needs.
Nutrition is important to your pet’s health and wellness, as are vaccinations and parasite prevention. Your Fairview veterinarian will discuss any recommended adjustments to your pet’s nutrition and will update their vaccination schedule at each annual visit.
Vaccinations are the first line of defense against diseases like rabies, Lyme disease, feline leukemia, FIV and many other illnesses. It is important to keep your pet on a regular schedule of vaccinations.
Our veterinarians will create a plan that is specially tailored to your pet, and will issue any vaccinations your pet needs.
Millions of pets go missing every year. Many are never reunited with their loving families. Microchipping is one of the most reliable ways to prevent this from happening to you and your pet. For a prime example about how microchipping works, check out Ripley’s Story.
Our clinic can implant a microchip to make sure that if lost, your pet will be found and returned more quickly. At Fairview Veterinary Hospital, we use the ResQ microchip system to return lost pets safe and sound to their family and home.
Microchips are roughly the size and shape of a grain of rice. They are implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades just under the skin and remain in place for the pet's entire life. The procedure is as painless and simple as a vaccination.
Each microchip has a unique number, which is added to a national pet registry. This registry also holds information about the pet and owner. When a lost pet with a microchip is found, a veterinarian or animal shelter can use a device to read the chip’s information. The registry can then be called, and the pet owner contacted.
Pet Wellness Online
Here are some excellent online resources about your pet’s health and wellness:
- AVMA TV contains a library of videos concerning pet healthcare from experts at the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- The WebMD Pet Health Center offers a wide range of general information, videos, and presentations regarding pet health and wellness, including an excellent cat care guide and dog care guide.
We are happy to have you as a part of our family. For answers to any questions about your pet’s wellness and healthcare, please give us a call.