Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats

pet vaccinationBack to school season is a good time to ponder the need for checkups and immunizations –  and not just for our kids, but our furry friends, too. But Heathcliff seems perfectly healthy… So, you think, maybe you can skip the core vaccines this year..?

But maybe not.

At your pet’s wellness examination we gain insight into your pet’s specific health needs – whether that be a diagnostic screening designed to catch an impending issue before it come to a head or a booster vaccine that will protect your pet against illness. Even if your fur-friend seems to be fine, wellness exams are vital to the lifelong health and wellbeing of your best pal.


What’s the Deal With Pet Wellness Exams?

pet welllnessIt may seem like an oxymoron to bring your pet to the hospital when he or she is healthy, but without preventive care, the bedrock of overall wellness is at risk. Certainly, when there aren’t any pervasive signs of illness of injury, routine pet wellness exams get the backburner. However, they’re essential to give us the opportunity to address developing problems before they get out of hand.

Why Pet Wellness Matters

Cats and dogs should be seen at least once a year until they reach about 7 years of age. At that point, they’re considered seniors, and due to common age-related illnesses, two visits per year are strongly recommended.


Yikes. I’ve had a broken computer, but we are up and running again. Let’s start with a photo and then look for more. Nice to be back. DrYoung

Keep Smiling.

An Interesting Place to Find a Cat.

“Lola” was found as a stray in the garden department of a local Lowes Hardware. (Get it? Lola/Lowes?) She wouldn’t let any of the staff get close to her, and she hid among the lumber and fencing. Our client first saw her way way up on top of a stack of lumber. She convinced Lowes to let her come each night and set a humane trap. On the second night, Lola couldn’t resist the Fancy Feast inside the trap. The plan was to tame her, foster her and find a home for her. “Lola”, however, decided that she had found her home. Dr. McNeal got to do “Lola’s” first exam and vaccinations this afternoon.

Ray Ray

There were only two puppies, but after a successful delivery of the first (named Ray Ray), the second pup hadn’t come in the next 5 hours. Ultimately we did a C-Section, but the second pup didn’t survive. Keep your veterinarian in the loop. If there is an hour between puppies call your vet. The quicker we see the mom that is having trouble, the better the chance that the puppies will survive and mom will be OK. Ray Ray is thriving and a joy to his owner.