Just like you, we want your dog to live the longest, healthiest life possible. That starts with the basics: quality food, enough exercise, and yes, regular check-ups. Annual exams are your pet’s first line of defense. Garden Veterinary’s comprehensive exam includes checking their overall health by taking their temperature, examining skin and coat, lung and cardiac function, internal health, oral hygiene, eyes, ears, and demeanor.
Vaccinations: Keeping your pet up to date on immunizations and booster shots is a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper and rabies. Beyond core vaccines, your pet’s age, lifestyle, and likely exposure to certain diseases will be evaluated before we recommend additional inoculations.
Parasite Control: Preventing fleas, ticks, worms and other parasites is much easier and ultimately less expensive than getting rid of them after they’ve infested your pet. We recommend monitoring your pet and having him or her screened for internal parasites regularly. We also offer a variety of alternatives for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.
Proper Nutrition: There are lots of options (and opinions) when it comes to feeding your animal companion. Grain-free kibble? Home-cooked meals? Raw food diet? Proper nutrition is so important to your pet’s good health, and we can help you figure out what is best for your pet and your lifestyle.
Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior can often be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Swiftly addressing these shifts can help to identify and treat the root cause. If there’s no medical reason for the behavior, we can help with training, medication and other solutions.
Skin/Ear Care: Many pets are susceptible to allergies, ear infections and other skin issues. We can assist in diagnosis, treatment and management of these problems.
Exercise: Regular activity supports musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in pets of all ages and improves their overall mental well-being. As animals age, however, their activity levels and mobility may change. We can advise you on how much and what type of exercise is best for your pet.
Senior Animals: We love elder pets! We also know that preventative care is even more significant for them. Most dogs and cats are considered seniors by age nine—and because they age much more rapidly than we do, diseases and illness progress faster as well. We recommend twice-yearly exams and screenings for seniors to help prolong and improve the quality of their life.