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Essential Pet Care

Essential Pet Care

Early disease detection will prolong your pet’s life – it’s proven science! Preventive care shouldn’t be considered optional; it should be essential care. The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” couldn’t be more relevant in regards to your pet’s health.  Heartworm prevention, flea and tick control, and screening lab tests are only a few of the things that go along with preventive care.

Full Examination and Consultation

A complete wellness exam is a thorough physical examination where we check the following on your pet for abnormalities; eyes, ears, skin, cardiovascular functions, neurological function, gastrointestinal function, and the skeletal systems.  A complete and very thorough check!  Once your pet reaches adulthood, wellness exams are recommended every six months.  A low cost physical exam is great insurance to help avoid more costly procedures when issues are not caught at an early stage.  Once your pet has shown symptoms, the issue has usually reached a more advanced stage and the fix is more involved and more serious for your dog or cat.

The national average for a well-care examination with a veterinarian is approximately $50 and a more comprehensive, extended exam for non-well patients runs $70 and up.  At The Corner Vet we enhance the value you receive by offering a complete examination from our veterinarians for:

Well Care Examination:  $29
Extended Examination & Consultation (non-Well Care):  $39

Our Services at a Glance

Vaccinations — Screening Lab Tests — Heartworm Prevention
Flea & Tick Control — Skin Issues — Allergies & Scratching
Pain Management & Control — Pharmacy — Microchip
Nutrition for Dogs — Nutrition for Cats

Vaccinations

The Corner Vet administers only the highest quality pet vaccinations available, living up to our promise of providing you high quality care and service. All of our vaccines are provided by the world leader in quality vaccine manufacturing — Merck.  We follow the vaccination guidelines of the 2 most respected groups in veterinary medicine: The American Animal Hospital Association and The American Association of Feline Practitioners. Most vaccines are only $15. The essential vaccines The Corner Vet administers are:

  • Dog Core Vaccines: Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, Lepto
  • Dog Additional Recommended Vaccines (required for boarding or grooming):  Bordetella (required for boarding or grooming), Canine Influenza
  • Cat Core Vaccines: Rabies, Distempter
  • Cat Additional Recommended Vaccines: Feline Leukemia

Most Vaccines: $15 | Bordetella $16 | Canine Influenza $20 | Feline Leukemia $21

Screening Lab Tests

We can perform screening of red and white blood cells, platelets, blood chemistry (to evaluate kidney/liver function, blood sugar, and protein levels), urine, and thyroid levels when needed.  It is highly recommended to perform yearly blood wellness screens, and as often as every 6 months in older patients,  as it can aid in early detection of disease and abnormal organ function allowing the opportunity to address these problems earlier.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm is a common deadly disease transmitted to dogs and cats through mosquito bites.  The heartworm parasite lives in the blood vessels surrounding the pet’s heart and can cause heart failure. This disease is easily prevented by administration of a monthly oral medication. This medication not only prevents heartworm disease, but also treats your pet for some of the most common gastrointestinal parasites, including roundworms and hookworms.

Because these worms may be passed to people as well, the Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends treating pets monthly to prevent contamination of the environment. Dogs must be tested for heartworms yearly and sometimes more frequently if they have missed doses of heartworm preventives.

Flea & Tick Control

Fleas and ticks aren’t just a nuisance to you and your pets, they can transmit diseases that are infectious to both pets and humans such as Lyme disease, plague, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis.

We’ll help you decide which of the many flea and tick preventives available will be most affordable for your family and most effective for your pet. We tailor each pet’s flea and tick prevention based upon housing, travel and health history, as well as individual preferences for oral or topical forms.

Skin Issues

Scratching, chewing, licking, shaking the head and ears, scabs, raw spots, skin discoloration, rashes and / or bumps can all be signs of skin disease.  These symptoms are often accompanied by considerable discomfort for your pet, so our goal is to get your pet comfortable as quickly and economically as possible.  Our veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s medical history and by performing a thorough physical examination will assess the root cause of the problem.

After examining your pet, swabs, scrapings or fine-needle samples of the affected areas may be taken for evaluation to find the cause(s) for your pet’s discomfort and / or abnormal appearance.  Oral and/or topical medications may be dispensed to decrease itching, reduce discomfort and heal the skin.

Allergies & Scratching

Similar to humans, animals are born with or can develop various types of allergies.  This will lead to unwanted behaviors such as excessive scratching, chewing, and nervousness.  Your Corner Vet veterinarian can help you control these allergies and make life much better for both you and your pet.

Pain Management & Control

Dogs and cats are very good at hiding pain from us and don’t necessarily cry or whine to tell us they’re experiencing discomfort, instead making subtle changes in their behavior. This is especially true if they have chronic pain.

Signs of pain in dogs and cats include: limping, acting less social, decreased willingness to walk / play or jump onto furniture or into the car, “grumpiness” or fearful behavior, decreased appetite, panting excessively, and nibbling or licking parts of the body.

Injuries, joint disorders, obesity and aging are a few examples of conditions that can be accompanied by significant pain.

Pharmacy

Our in-house pharmacy has all of the common medications needed to protect your pet from internal and external parasites and we are ready to conveniently dispense products at the time of your visit.  In addition, we offer an on-line pharmacy which broadens the medications we can offer and offers you the convenience of at home refills.  Like all our services, our pharmacy products are very competitively priced.

Microchip

According to an article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs with a microchip are far more likely to be reunited with their family (over 200% more likely than non-microchipped dogs). Also, microchips are required for pet travel to many foreign countries.

We can place an international microchip to permanently identify your pet during any office visit. The procedure is safe, quick and requires no sedation. We can also scan your pet to identify previously placed microchips.

Nutrition for Dogs

In keeping with our theme of essential care, we can’t forget about proper nutrition.  Feeding your dog the proper diet will lead to proper development and health and lead to a longer life. The Corner Vet veterinarians can help you develop the appropriate diet plan for your animal to improve and maintain their health and longevity.

People often have the misconception that since dogs are carnivores, their diet should be exclusively meat-based. In actuality, dogs are similar to us in that a balanced diet of meat and non-meat nutrition is a better choice.  In short, your TCV veterinarian can help you decide on the best food for your pet.

Nutrition for Cats

Like any pet, cats have specialized nutritional requirements that help them maintain their overall health and wellness.  We know that cats are unable to metabolize carbohydrates efficiently and therefore  require a higher protein or meat based diet.  Your veterinarian will help determine what diet plan would best suit your pet’s lifestyle.

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