South Charlotte Veterinary Care For Healthier Dogs & Cats
We are passionate about providing the very best care for every stage of your pet's life. From birth when a new puppy or kitten joins your family through the calmer years of sharing your home with a senior pet, wellness examinations are very important. Regular examinations allow us to assess your pet's current health and track changes in his or her condition. Every time you come in, we look over your pet from nose to tail, assessing:
- Heart and lungs
- Teeth and oral cavity
- Eyes and ears
- Lymph nodes
- Musculoskeletal system
We recommend preventive measures to keep your pet healthy such as
- Immunizations and medications
- Nutritional counseling
- Parasite prevention, including heartworms, fleas, and ticks
Heartworms live in a dog's heart and nearby blood vessels. Cats can also carry heartworms. An adult heartworm produces larvae that populate an infected pet's blood. After mosquitoes bite an infected animal, these larvae can then be transmitted to your pet. We will test your pet for heartworm before starting year-round preventive medication.
Make Your Home Safe for Pets
Ensuring that your home is pet safe can easily be overlooked. Pet proofing lowers the chance of a serious accident happening. Some common houseplants are poisonous and can cause grave injury. These include dieffenbachia, philodendron, hyacinth, lilies, poinsettia, and mistletoe. In addition, medications and some foods can be very harmful. Electrical cords may be attractive but are extremely hazardous if chewed. Prevention now can avoid a tragedy later.
Pets Need a Diet & Exercise Plan
Obesity can lead to devastating health problems for pets including heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis. In addition to proper nutrition, we recommend that you and your pet get plenty of exercise. Going for a brisk walk or playing catch with your pet every day will be fun and beneficial. We are pleased to help you develop a specific plan. The right kind of food and physical activity can add to the quality of your pet's life.