At Highland Pet Hospital, we are equipped to provide a broad range of Wellness and Medical Services during our normal office hours.
Wellness care is the foundation for the medical/surgical services we provide. We stress preventive health care measures to insure health and wellness of our patients. This includes recommended vaccinations, diagnostic services and behavioral and nutritional counseling. We will recommend those services indicated by your pet’s life stage, medical history and individual needs. No two pets are alike. At Highland we want to design an individual plan that works for both you and your pet’s changing lifestyles. Come and stay awhile when you visit. Take your pet on a walk in our “woodsy” back yard. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you wait, or accompany your young or old feline friend in our cat only waiting area (Scratching Post) and exam room.
Annual Visits for Adults
Your pet’s yearly examinations are so important! Because pets age so much more quickly than humans do, their bodies also age much more rapidly. Your 6 year old dog is really middle aged in human years and can have health problems that go undetected without routine diagnostic testing. Many adults can develop problems even as a 1-2 year old pet. This is why it’s so important to bring them in for a check up yearly. We want to work as a team with you to help prevent as many health problems as possible with your pet. If they do develop a health issue, the faster we catch it, the easier it is to treat. Our doctors at Highland will work with you to develop an individualized vaccine and wellness protocol specifically for your pet to help keep them in tip top shape!
6 month check ups for Senior Pets
Just like women over the age of 40 require more frequent mammograms, and men need regular prostrate exams, our senior pets also need special attention as well. Since each cat or dog year can equal 5-7 human years, this means that your 6 or 7 year old dog may actually be 49, and then when they turn 8 they are now the human equivalent of 56. Can you imagine going 7 years without getting a mammogram? Prevention is key. By seeing our senior patients every 6 months we are trying to screen them more frequently for health issues. The sooner we find small health problems in our pets, the sooner we can hopefully catch disease processes at early stages before a larger problem has been created.
Pets have teeth, too! Our dental procedures range from extraction of retained baby teeth in puppies to periodontal therapy in senior pets. We also perform routine dental procedures for pets of all ages. Proper dental care greatly improves oral health and prevents bad breath. Our dental procedures, or as we call them “Oral Assessment, Treatment, and Preventative Plans” (Oral ATPs) include extensive dental care. We perform dental x-rays to assess the roots of the teeth and detect any decay we can’t see above the surface, clean each tooth thoroughly, extract any teeth that need to be extracted, polish and apply sealants.
Your Pet’s Oral ATP visit.
Many pet owners have questions about their pet’s behavior. This is especially true for first time pet owners. Besides on-site behavior counseling, we are a member hospital of the Animal Behavior Network. We offer membership to the Animal Behavior Network free of charge to anyone with any behavioral concerns for their pet. All new puppies and kittens automatically get signed up at their first exam, just because we want you to get the most out of those first few critical months of training and shaping your new family member.
Healthy bodies require proper nutrition. From the first puppy/ kitten visit to addressing the needs of senior pets, we discuss proper nutrition at each wellness visit.
We are pleased to offer prescription dietary products from the following pet food manufacturers:
If your pet is having trouble with weight-loss, mobility, or any other health issue please let us know. We may be able to help prevent further health issues just by modifying your pet’s diet.
At Highland we recommend using preventatives to protect your pet from harmful parasites. For most dogs we recommend using Heartgard for heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention year round. We also recommend using Nexgard for flea and tick prevention at least through the first hard frost in the fall and then starting it back up again in the spring. For the best prevention of flea and ticks though, Nexgard should be used year round. For our feline friends, Revolution is a product that can protect against heartworms, ear mites, fleas, and many intestinal parasites. These products are to be used every 30 days.
Annual screening for intestinal parasites is important to detect any parasites that threaten your pet’s health and children in your family. We do recommend bringing a stool sample in to be tested from your pet once yearly for intestinal parasites and if your pet is on a heartworm preventative year round then we test for heartworms once every other year.