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We recommend veterinary wellness exams, preventative care and vaccines for all stages of your pet’s life. Early detection is the key to the intervention of potentially serious health issues. Our wellness services include physical exams, vaccinations when appropriate, bloodwork screening, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, intestinal parasite screening and prevention, and preventative dental care.
Vaccinations are designed to help the immune system ward off certain infectious disease. Our goal is to keep your pet safe by giving them the vaccinations they need based on the proper vaccine schedules and recommendations for their ages and risk factors. In keeping with NJ state law, all cats and dogs over the age of 16 weeks must be vaccinated for rabies.
Puppies and kittens require a set of vaccines, usually starting at 8 weeks and given at 3-4 week intervals, in order to boost their immune system. Vaccine protocols will be discussed at your pet’s first puppy/kitten visit but typically involve multiple visits which end around 16 weeks of age. Your veterinarian can discuss your pet’s vaccine plan during your visits.
Regular blood screening is intended to obtain baseline information and establish a ‘normal’ for your pet. No two pets are the same, so regular screenings can help rule out potential health problems, indicate areas that need to monitored, or identify unseen problems at an early age. Sometimes wellness panels can indicate the need for additional testing, medications, or a change of diet, all of which will help ensure a long happy life for your pet.
Flea/tick/heartworm prevention is recommended year round since these parasites can be an issue even in colder months. Flea/tick preventatives come in topical or oral forms and last anywhere from 30-120 days. Heartworm preventatives are given once a month and are a prescription medication that requires
an annual bloodtest to rule out the presence of heartworms. For more information on how heartworm infects dogs & cats and how prevention works please CLICK HERE.