Canine Health

At Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital we believe that preventative care is the foundation for a healthy, happy, long-lived pet. Pets age faster than people and most pets are mature by age two. At 7 years of age, many pets are entering their senior years. Because dogs age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short period of time. Many diseases are treatable if caught before irreversible changes have occurred. Therefore we recommend annual or twice annual physical examinations to help us diagnose, treat or prevent problems before they become life-threatening. During these examinations we will discuss and administer immunizations, internal and external parasite treatment and prevention, blood and urine tests and other measures to ensure prevention and early detection of disease.

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. Click here to read more about the dental care offered at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital.

We monitor your animal’s weight so we can recommend modifications in diet or exercise if needed. During the annual wellness 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.

The following are signs that your dog needs immediate care:

  • Any respiratory problems:  coughing or trouble breathing
  • Any signs of pain:  panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, restlessness or loss of appetite
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Any wound or laceration that’s open and bleeding, or any animal bite
  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, or hives, most easily seen on the belly
  • Any eye injury, no matter how mild
  • Any suspected poisoning, including ingestion of antifreeze, rodent or snail bait, or human medication
  • Seizure, fainting, or collapse
  • Thermal Stress, either too cold or too hot, even if the dog seems to have recovered
  • Trauma, such as being hit by a car, even if the dog seems fine