Wellness Care for Every Age and Stage
The staff at Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing you and your pet the finest veterinary care possible. In addition to small animals, we also see pocket pets such as guinea pigs, hamsters, and ferrets.
Dr. Robards and his team believe that preventive medicine contributes to a pet’s long-term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We strongly recommend regular wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas, and ticks to keep your pet in optimum health.
Despite the very best preventive care, a beloved pet may develop an illness or be injured. Our internal medicine and surgical expertise, as well as our advanced diagnostic capabilities and veterinary laboratory, ensure your pet receives a quick and accurate diagnosis. We take time to explain our diagnosis to you and provide you with various options for your pet’s treatment.
Please take a look at the services we offer to learn why we believe they are important to the care and well-being of your pet. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!
At Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital, we offer comprehensive examinations that help evaluate the overall health of your pet. Regular physical examinations can detect problems in their early stages, before they become serious illnesses requiring prolonged treatment. Preventive medicine is the easiest, least expensive, and most important way to keep your pet healthy. Early detection ensures prompt action that may solve the problem before serious consequences occur.
Your pet’s yearly wellness examination at Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital includes our commitment to:
- Examine your pet’s teeth, throat, and oral cavity
- Check your pet’s vision and examine the eyes
- Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction, and other related health issues
- Examine the respiratory system
- Assess your pet’s heart and evaluate cardiac function
- Test your pet’s reflexes
- Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
- Inspect the skin
- Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
- Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
- Assess changes in your pet’s body weight, appetite, urination, and bowel habits
- Inquire as to your pet’s activity level
- Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
- Monitor your pet’s blood count
- Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
- Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet’s health since the last wellness visit
- Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
- Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
- Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
- Assess your pet’s hair/fur and check for matting
- Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication
- Engage you, the pet owner, in conversation and answer your questions and concerns
Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.
Regular Blood Testing
A complete physical should include a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.
Flea and Tick Borne Disease
Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they’re a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no pet is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available.
Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet’s stool.
These problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.
Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective.
If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet and your family from these dangerous parasites, please call Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital today for an appointment.
Immunizations are one of the best methods we have available in preventive medicine. The key to using vaccines appropriately is to determine if pets are vulnerable to a particular disease and then vaccinate for those diseases.
Our team of veterinarians and technicians follow the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association canine vaccination task force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
WellnessOur core vaccines for healthy dogs include:
- Also available for dogs are:
- Canine influenza vaccine
- Lyme vaccine
- Rattlesnake vaccine
We recommend the following vaccines for cats:
- Feline Herpes Virus
We recommend feline leukemia vaccine for cats that go outdoors. Rabies vaccination is mandatory for all dogs and part of our protocol for both species.
Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet’s preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable through vaccination. Vaccinating your pet against rabies helps protect you and your family from this deadly disease.