Croton Animal Hospital offers a progressive new approach to veterinary care.  Our Wellness Plan embraces a focus on preventative medicine based on the specific life stage of your pet. Each patient is assessed individually based on factors such as species, breed, age, and environmental challenges. Next, we offer recommendations for prevention, nutrition, and diagnostic work-ups appropriate for your pet.

Vital Statistics
Your pet’s temperature, pulse, respiration rate and body weight are recorded.  Based on the results of the exam, your veterinarian may recommend further diagnostic testing, such as radiographs (x-rays), blood tests, or samples of urine, skin, hair or feces.  Your vet can also help you develop an appropriate diet and exercise plan for your pet.

Vaccinations & Disease Prevention
Vaccinations are one of the most important preventative measures you can take for the health of your pet.

Dogs can be immunized against diseases such as: distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, Bordetella, rabies, and Lyme disease.

Cats can be immunized against feline panleukopenia (distemper), rabies, feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, and feline leukemia.

Baselines: Testing & Protection
During your pet’s wellness exam, your vet may recommend additional testing using a sample of blood, urine, skin, hair or feces.  When your pet is healthy, laboratory
tests establish your pet’s “baseline” values.  Then, if your pet ever gets sick, current results are compared to baseline values to determine any abnormalities, confirm the presence of certain illnesses and rule out other diseases.

Coat, Belly, Eyes, Nodes & Nose
Your pet’s skin and coat are good gauges of overall health, and are checked for fleas, ticks, other external parasites, tumors and wounds, as well as signs of allergies and infection.  Eye exams often reveal health issues, like anemia, infections, glaucoma, cataracts, high blood pressure, jaundice, kidney problems and allergies, as well as eye injuries and ulcers. Ears are thoroughly examined. Ear canals protect the inner ear, but can also become a home for parasites and other foreign objects. The abdomen is checked for abnormalities in the stomach, intestines, kidneys, liver and other organs.  Your vet will also examine forearms, thighs and paws, and the condition of your pet’s joints, muscles, lymph nodes and nose.

Protecting Their Hearts of Gold
Pets need protection against infection and contagious diseases, so annual testing for heartworm and intestinal parasites is crucial.  Your pet’s heart and lungs are checked for early signs of heart and respiratory disease.  Your vet can prescribe preventative treatments that are highly effective, safe, and easy to administer.

Healthy Pearly White Teeth
Your vet will inspect your pet’s gums, teeth, tongue and palate for tartar buildup, dental abnormalities, fractures, loose teeth, tumors, infection and other problems.
Your veterinarian will discuss the importance of regular at-home and professional teeth cleaning to prevent periodontal disease, which can cause tooth loss.

Some Are In Heat Even When It’s Cold Out
If your pet has not been spayed or neutered, your vet may discuss the many health benefits beyond just birth control. Your pet’s reproductive system will be checked for swellings, discharges and lumps.


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