Wellness and Vaccination Programs

Routine preventive care exams provide a solid foundation for a lifetime of good health for your pet. These regular visits allow our staff to get to know you and your pet better and provide our veterinarians with the opportunity to identify any potential medical concerns and address them right away – before they develop into a more serious and costly problem. Because cats and dogs age more quickly than people, significant changes in your pet’s health can occur in a short time. By ensuring that your pet has received appropriate vaccinations and preventives, many diseases can be avoided entirely. We recommend that healthy adult dogs and cats visit us once a year. Puppies, kittens, senior pets and pets with health conditions need more frequent checkups. Our preventive and wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet and include: comprehensive physical exam, internal parasite testing, heartworm, flea and tick control, vaccination program, nutritional and weight management counseling and specialized blood tests for all life stages. Together we will work toward helping your animal companion enjoy a long, happy and healthy life! Call us today to schedule your pet’s wellness exam.

Puppy Wellness

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Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.

Our preventive programs are designed to help get your puppy started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behaviour, and socialization.

By scheduling your puppy’s exam as soon as possible we can discuss vaccine protocols and any concerns you may have. Until your puppy has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will vaccinate your new dog against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, among other diseases. Your puppy will also need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young dogs.

Many puppies have intestinal parasites that may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal signs (although dogs can have worms without showing any symptoms). Some of these intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, can be transmitted to people. By ensuring that your puppy is treated, you can keep your entire family safe from these and other parasites.

We look forward to meeting your new puppy! Schedule your appointment today.

Kitten Wellness

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Congratulations on your new kitten! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.

Our kitten wellness program is designed to help get your kitten started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your kitten’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy cat, including information and advice on nutrition, litterbox training, and behaviour.

Schedule your kitten for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will vaccinate your new pet against rabies and panleukopenia (distemper). In addition, your kitten will need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young cats.

Most kittens have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause coughing, weight loss, and a potbellied appearance in cats (although they may not cause any symptoms). It is important for kittens to be treated for roundworms, not only to help rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your kitten is treated, you can keep your entire family safe.

We look forward to meeting your new kitten! Schedule your appointment today.

Senior Pet Wellness

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The fact that our pets age more rapidly than we do (5-7 years for every human year) allows diseases and other health problems to develop more rapidly also. No matter what the age of your pet, proper diet, regular exercise and routine medical checkups should be a basic part of their lives. Our best defense against health problems is awareness and prevention. If we can spot early warning signs, we can ensure your pet has a smooth transition from adult to senior years. A senior pet wellness exam is the first step to helping your pet.

At Headon Forest Animal Hospital, after a full geriatric physical exam which includes an orthopedic and neurologic exam if needed, our veterinarians may recommend one or all of the following:

  • Blood work (biochemistry and/or complete blood count)
  • Urinalysis-to check the urinary tract including kidney function
  • Fecal-to check stool for parasites
  • X-rays- chest x-rays to check the heart and lungs, abdominal x-rays to check abdominal organs, orthopedic x-rays to help diagnose arthritis
  • Thyroid Profile – to check that the thyroid gland is functioning properly.

So, how old is your pet? Please refer to the chart below to determine your pet’s “human” age:

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