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Wellness Examination for your Nunda PetYour Pet's Wellness Exam

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the old saying goes. At Nunda Veterinary Clinic in Nunda, NY, our veterinarians and medical staff recommend regular wellness examinations for the same reason that your personal physician or dentist recommends them: if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood that it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

During your pet's wellness examination, our veterinarians perform a complete physical to assess your pet's overall health and to give you, the pet owner, an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Have you noticed any recent subtle shifts in your pet's health or behavior? Have you observed any changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, and/or activity level? Changes may be signs of medical problems. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become noticeable until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian and you evaluate your pet's health and make informed decisions about your special companion's veterinary care.

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Good Communication Leads to Good Health

Our commitment begins right when your new companion enters your family. Our goal is to provide you with the finest veterinary care possible so that you and your beloved companion can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life together.

Each age and stage of your pet's life presents different health issues that require attention and care. Our team of doctors and veterinary staff provide individualized attention and develop a health care plan for your pet that takes into consideration his/her special needs, lifestyle, breed and home life. We also listen to you, the pet owner, and your schedule, routine, needs and family life. By understanding the whole picture, we can better tailor your pet's health care plan to suit his and your lifestyle.

Preventive Health Care

When you bring your pet to Nunda Veterinary Clinic, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines (to protect your pet against dangerous, but preventable, diseases), routine dental care (good oral health protects overall systemic health), and microchip identification (should your pet become lost). We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional and behavioral counseling, general and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities and much more.

Canine and Feline Check-upsOur commitment to you and your pet's health begins with an annual examination which includes:

  • Examining your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Checking your pet's vision and eyes
  • Examining ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Assessing your pet's heart and cardiac function
  • Examining the skin
  • Palpating lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Examining the respiratory system
  • Evaluating internal organ function and other systems
  • Monitoring your pet's blood count and serum chemistry
  • Performing laboratory tests to determine the presence of specific diseases
  • Assessing changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Fecal check for the presence of intestinal parasites

During each examination, we also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up to date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication between you and your pet's doctor ensures that your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention that he deserves so that he can live a long and healthy life.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Whether purchasing a pet for the first time or introducing one into your multiple pet home, a puppy or kitten quickly melts your heart. However, knowing how to properly care for your new pet will help eliminate the hassles and worries. Always ready to support you with exceptional pet care and guidance, Nunda Veterinary Clinic shares your joy at welcoming this new family member into your life.

Our puppy and kitten programs are designed to cover all the fundamental health care needs of your new pet during his/her early life stages.

First on your agenda should be a trip to Nunda Veterinary Clinic for a comprehensive physical examination by one of our veterinarians. The initial visit provides an opportunity for you, your pet and one of our doctors to meet and get acquainted. This time is well spent and offers you, the pet owner, a chance to ask questions. Our veterinarians also allay any concerns or anxieties you may have about owning a puppy or kitten. This is a special time for you and your pet and we want your memories to be cherished and worry-free.

Just like health care for humans, veterinary medical care for animals is constantly evolving and advancing. To help you navigate your way through the various stages of care necessary to keep your beloved companion healthy, Nunda Veterinary Clinic's doctors and staff provide comprehensive veterinary care at an affordable price.

Puppy and Kitten WellnessSimilar to the programs offered for adult dogs and cats, our puppy/kitten programs include:

  • Comprehensive wellness examinations
  • Vaccines
  • Parasite prevention
  • Behavior counseling
  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Discussion of housetraining/litter box training
  • Nutrition and diet counseling

It is important to all of us at Nunda Veterinary Clinic that your puppy or kitten start off on the right paw and enjoy a healthy and happy life. For this reason, we offer complimentary puppy and kitten care kits with free flea preventatives, starter heartworm medication, and a wellness record book. For more information, contact us at (585) 468-2240 and schedule a puppy or kitten exam today!

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases. Health threats vary from region to region and your veterinarians can create an individual immunization program for your pet based on his/her lifestyle and your local conditions.

Essential Vaccines for your Dog

  • Distemper Vaccine (DHPP): This combination vaccine protects against four diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus.
  • Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection. Most states, including our own, require rabies vaccinations by law.
  • Leptospirosis: Often included as part of the distemper combination vaccine (thus making it DHLPP), this bacterial infection is most prevalent in moist climates where dogs may encounter standing or slow-moving water.

Other Vaccines for Dogs

  • Corona Virus: This virus infects the intestinal tract. At Nunda Veterinary Clinic, we consider this vaccine essential for your puppy, but "non-core" for dogs.
  • Bordetella ("Kennel Cough"): The bordetella bacteria causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog attends a doggy daycare program, boarding facility or dog show.
  • Lyme Disease: Carried by ticks, Lyme Disease is extremely prevalent in certain parts of the country. Pets residing in New York are susceptible to Lyme Disease.

Cat VaccinesEssential Vaccines for Your Cat

  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP): Commonly referred to as a "distemper vaccine", this combination vaccine protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.
  • Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection.

Additional Vaccine for Your Cat

  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV): FeLV is a viral infection transmitted from one cat to another through close contact. This vaccine is highly recommended for cats that go outdoors or live in multi-cat households.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in North America and is a significant threat you and your dog, especially during the warmer months of the year. Not only can you get Lyme disease; your dog can also become infected if bitten by an infected tick. Tick eggs live in the grass and weeds your dog may run through on family outings, daily walks, or during regular daily activities. Check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in grassy or brushy areas. If a tick is attached to the dog's skin, remove it carefully with tweezers, washing the affected bite area, and your hands afterward.

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a nuisance year-round. Your pet can also be allergic to fleas, and even just one bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms.

The best course of action to protect both your dog and yourself from ticks, the potential of Lyme Disease, and flea infestation is precaution. There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products available, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. For flea and tick prevention, we carry Advantage and Advantix topical solutions, Bravecto, and Seresto flea collars. We also offer a Lyme disease vaccination and we recommend discussing whether it is right for your pet with your veterinarian.

Heartworm Disease and Your Pet

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. Heartworm disease is prevalent in the Nunda, NY area, and has been reported in dogs in all 50 states.

Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually.

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. For dogs, a once-a-month heartworm preventive can be given as a chewable treat. At Nunda Veterinary Clinic, we carry Sentinel and Interceptor Plus products for heartworm prevention. This same chewable medicine prevents not only heartworms from developing, but also kills and prevents most other types of worms that can infect your dog. Cats are protected by applying a drop of heartworm prevention liquid to the skin once a month. We use Advantage Multi as our heartworm preventative for cats. We recommend this to prevent heartworm disease as well as fleas, ear mites, and other types of worms that can infect your cat.

If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please contact Nunda Veterinary Clinic today for an appointment.

For more information on our pet wellness services or to book a wellness appointment, please contact Nunda Veterinary Clinic at (585) 468-2240.

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