Wellness Services for your Pet

Pet Wellness Services at Gasow Veterinary HospitalAn Ounce of Prevention
Equals a Pound of Cure

Whether you're the proud owner of a cat, a dog, or a pocket pet, prevention is the key to their consistent long-term health. The veterinarians and medical team at Gasow Veterinary Hospital recommend your pet receives a complete wellness examination at least once a year.

Regular examinations are our chance to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in medical care and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. If a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

Your Pet's Wellness Examination

When you bring your pet to Gasow Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan that takes into consideration your pet's age, breed, risk factors and lifestyle. Your pet's yearly wellness examination at our animal hospital in Birmingham includes our commitment to:

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination and bowel habits
  • Inquire as to your pet's activity level
  • Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
  • Monitor your pet's blood count
  • Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
  • Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
  • Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
  • Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
  • Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting
  • Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication
  • Answer your questions and concerns

Pet Wellness Services at Gasow Veterinary HospitalDeworming and Fecal Check

Parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best ways to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Regular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

Good Communication Leads to Good Health

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

Pet Wellness Services at Gasow Veterinary HospitalCustomized Vaccination Schedule

Vaccinations are the best way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases that were once responsible for the death of many dogs and cats. They prepare your pet for exposure to certain viruses and bacteria so when exposed, the immune system can destroy the invaders before your pet's body becomes overwhelmed.

However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians tailor a vaccine protocol specific to your pet based on his or her lifestyle, risk factors and recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association. Our goal is to provide your pet with a balanced vaccination schedule that guarantees needed protection while not over-vaccinating.

Recommended Vaccines

Adult Dogs & Puppies

Core: DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza), Rabies
Non-Core: Bordetella, Lyme Disease, H3N8 (Influenza A Virus)

Adult Cats & Kittens

Core: FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) and Rabies
Non-Core: Bordetella, Feline Leukemia

Pet Wellness Services at Gasow Veterinary HospitalCaring for Your Puppy or Kitten

Bringing a puppy or kitten home is an exciting time for you and your family; they're an energetic, affectionate, true source of joy. Our doctors and veterinary team at Gasow Veterinary Hospital share your excitement and are here to support you with individualized puppy and kitten wellness programs and home care guidance.

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most vital. Our puppy and kitten programs are designed to cover your new pet's fundamental health care needs during the early stages of life. Our veterinary team partners with you to create a custom health plan, so your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life. Your young pet's first year of care at Gasow Veterinary Hospital will include:

Physical Examinations

Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive nose-to-tail physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and administer vaccines.

Vaccinations

Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested medical guidelines.

Diagnostic Testing

Puppies should be tested for Heartworm and kittens tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS.

Additional Recommendations

Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as parasite control, spaying, neutering and microchipping.

Do you have questions about nutrition, training, vaccinations, grooming, parasite protection or overall health? What about tips for introducing your new pet to other pets and family members? We take plenty of time during these visits to offer health care and training advice, and talk with you about any concerns you may have. This is your new kitten or puppy and we're happy to answer all your questions.

Puppy and kitten visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy, healthy life. Let's take these important first steps together. We look forward to meeting your new pet.

Pet Wellness Services at Gasow Veterinary HospitalCaring for Your Senior Pet

As with humans, pets in their senior years begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. However, this process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care, thereby offering your pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Preventive care that's tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle and risk factors can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age-related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With our help, you can manage these factors to prolong your pet's good health and well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

Your senior pet's wellness examination is also your chance to have us address any of your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions and encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet's health care.

Heartworm Disease

Pet Wellness Services at Gasow Veterinary HospitalHeartworm disease is a life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. In the U.S., heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River and its major tributaries, but it's been reported in dogs in all 50 states and affects pets in Birmingham.

Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop 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 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. This same chewable medicine prevents not only Heartworm 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 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 call Gasow Veterinary Hospital today for an appointment.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they may carry diseases that can affect you and your pet. Prevalent tick-borne diseases in Michigan include Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis. Ticks and tick eggs live in the grass and weeds your dog may run through on family outings 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 your dog's skin, remove it carefully with tweezers and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward.

Fleas are most abundant during warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a problem year-round. In fact, flea infestation is one of the most common problems veterinarians treat, and pets suffer greatly from this condition. Your pet can be allergic to fleas and just one bite can result in very itchy skin. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes "cat scratch disease" in people) and other parasites like tapeworms.

The best course of action to protect both your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks and the potential of tick-borne disease is prevention. There are many safe, effective flea and tick control products available at our hospital, including Frontline, Capstar and Advantix Revolution, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. We also offer a Lyme disease vaccination and we recommend discussing whether it is right for your pet with one of our veterinarians.

Pet Wellness Services at Gasow Veterinary HospitalPocket Pet Care

We offer optimum wellness care for your pocket pets, including hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, rats, mice, guinea pigs, hedgehogs and more. Since it is often difficult to determine if these pets are ill, we strongly recommend routine physical examinations to check for health problems and nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

To survive attacks from their predators, exotic animals like pocket pets conceal their illnesses in the wild. As a result, their medical problems often go unnoticed for long periods. By the time you recognize there is a problem with your pocket pet, the condition is often extremely serious. With regular medical examinations by a veterinarian at Gasow Veterinary Hospital, problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

Before bringing your new pocket pet home, a complete wellness exam is strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening and laboratory testing if necessary. For your pet’s protection and your peace of mind, be certain your new pet is healthy.

Our staff of skilled professionals is well trained in the care and husbandry of small mammals and can give you the information you need to keep your pocket pet looking and feeling great.

If you would like more information about the veterinary wellness services Gasow Veterinary Hospital offers for your pet at our animal hospital in Birmingham, please call (248) 644-7171.

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