Gold Standard Care
For gold-hearted companions.
At Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital we believe that preventative care is the foundation for a healthy, happy, long-lived pet.
You have taken the first step to having a wonderful companion and friend. It is important to do everything you can to make sure he or she grows up strong, healthy and happy. It is important to your puppy’s long term health that we examine your puppy as soon as possible to ensure he or she is healthy. We will make sure your puppy is receiving the proper protection through vaccinations, parasite protection and nutrition, ensuring a healthy start in life. We will answer all your questions on caring for your puppy long-term.
For your first puppy visit with us, we request that you bring the following:
- Your puppy on a leash
- All paperwork pertaining to the previous care of your puppy including all previous immunizations, deworming, medications and any veterinary medical records
- A fresh stool sample (less than four hours old and not frozen)
- Any questions you may have regarding your puppy’s health
Your puppy’s first visit will include:
- Complete physical exam
- Recommendations for internal parasite screening and deworming insert link to puppy package?
- Development of a vaccination program based on your puppy’s lifestyle
- Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasites such as flea and ticks
- Behavior and house training recommendation
- Nutritional counseling
Your dog’s wellness exam provides an opportunity for you to discuss your dog’s health with one of our veterinarians. Everything from dental care, arthritis, nutrition, immunizations and any lifestyle changes are encouraged discussions. Our annual exam also includes a dental evaluation. Dental care is very important, especially to our older animals. This screening often prevents mouth pain and infections that can affect your pet’s overall health.
During the annual preventative care exam, we may discuss your pet’s nutritional needs and weight management guidelines with you. A healthy body weight is important for your dog or cat to have a long and healthy life.
We love our aging four-legged companions and want their senior years to be as healthy and happy as possible The size and breed of your dog will have a lot to do with his life expectancy, but in general all dogs are considered a senior at age seven. Due to advancements in medical care, dogs are living longer than they ever did before.
As your dog reaches his or her golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; organ failure, hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others. Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for the health of your pet for you to work closely with us to devise a health plan that is best for your senior dog.
We offer specialized senior pet care for dogs that are aged 7 and older. We have senior care programs that include comprehensive blood work, chemistry, thyroid, CBC, brine test, chest x-ray, abdominal ultrasound, blood pressure monitoring and eye pressure check. Talk to us today about keeping your senior dog at his or her healthy best!
- Rabies Vaccine. Rabies is transmitted by bites from wild animals, particularly skunks, raccoons, possums, bats, and foxes. This disease can be transmitted to humans through the bite or scratch of an infected pet/animal. Puppies/kittens will first receive this vaccination at 16 weeks of age; then will be revaccinated every 1-3 years as required by law.
- DAPP Vaccine. This is a “4-way” canine vaccine that vaccinates against canine distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Distemper and parvovirus are often times fatal, especially in puppies and is why it is boostered multiple times. Puppies can be vaccinated as early as 6 weeks and are boostered every 3 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Adult dogs are then revaccinated every 3 years.
- Leptospirosis Vaccine. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease. It is spread by wildlife (raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rats) and domestic animals. It can be passed to people. Canine leptospirosis has risen dramatically in recent years. Infected animals shed the bacteria in the urine. To prevent Leptospirosis in your dog, discourage your pet from drinking standing water and vaccinate yearly.
- Bordetella. Also known as “kennel cough”. We recommend the oral vaccine when a patient will be boarding, grooming, or in any situation where they will come into contact with other pets (dog care, obedience, park, etc.).
- Canine Influenza
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