Pet Health & Wellness

Our pets are living longer than ever! Independence Equine and Small Animal Clinic is preventing diseases in dogs and cats through vaccinations and regular veterinary exams.

 

We want to help you keep your pet as healthy as possible. Some pets develop health conditions that need ongoing treatment and monitoring. We are here to help manage your pet’s health condition, whether it is a short-term illness or a chronic disease. In some cases, we will refer to a specialist for advanced diagnostics and treatments. However, we will stay in communication with that specialist about your pet’s status so we can continue to offer the best ongoing care possible.

 

Annual Exams

 

Regular wellness exams are the best way to keep your pet healthy and prevent diseases before they become too difficult, or too costly, to treat. We recommend yearly wellness examinations for healthy adult dogs and cats, with more frequent visits for puppies and kittens, senior pets, and those with medical conditions. Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date with your pet’s health, they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious. Your pet will be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian and this checkup gives us vital information to help keep your pet healthy

 

You can expect basic heartworm tests for healthy dogs and more detailed diagnostics if the patient has a medical problem. We customize our wellness testing to meet the specific needs of your pet, without unnecessary lab work or procedures.

 

At this visit, our veterinarians take the time discuss your pet’s nutrition, explain parasite prevention, and address any other questions or concerns. The annual wellness exam is also the time to update vaccinations.

Vaccinations

 

Vaccinations are an essential part of every pet health care plan. Vaccinations protect your pet against most major infectious diseases. For dogs, these might include:

 

 

  • Rabies
  • Canine distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptosporosis
  • Adevnovirus
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Canine Para-influenza
  • Lyme disease

 

For cats, these might include:

 

  • Rabies
  • Viral Rhinotrachetitis
  • Calci Virus
  • Panleukopenia
  • Feline leukemia

 

The need for vaccinations depends on the individual dog or cat, considering a variety of factors: age, breed, health, and lifestyle. We devise a plan that works best for you and your pet’s health. Puppies and Kittens need to be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks from age 7-8 weeks until 16-20 weeks.

Microchipping

 

1 out of 3 pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime. Without identification, 90% will not return home. The Home Again Microchip is a safe, non-migrating microchip with an unalterable 10 digit code which lasts the entire life of your pet. The chip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and is injected between your pet’s shoulder blades. While collars with identification tags are strongly recommended for all cats and dogs, they can be lost or removed leaving the lost pet with no means of verifying its owner.

 

The majority of shelters and animal hospitals have microchip scanners by which they are able to identify an animal that has a chip, as long as that chip has been registered.  Independence Small Animal Clinic waives the registration fee for all clients and processes the initial registration with Home Again for you. Without this registration the chip is rendered useless. The Home Again Pet Recovery Service works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to facilitate the recovery of lost pets.