Throughout your pet’s life, we are here for you
We believe in an individualized, health-for-life plan that includes routine checkups, a sensible vaccine program, good nutrition and adequate exercise.
Caring for your friend is a big commitment. We will honor that commitment. From birth to death, we strive to provide the most comprehensive care possible. We value our relationships with you and your four-legged family members, and we do our best to ensure that you and your pet have a long, happy life together.
Health-for-life means that we will help you to care for your pet so that your companion can be as healthy as possible throughout his or her lifetime. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Routine checkups: Regular checkups, usually once a year, are a must. We want you to check in with us, so we know your pet is healthy. This helps us identify many problems early on—such as dental disease, heart and kidney issues, arthritis and even cancer—so we can start treatment promptly.
- Blood chemistry profiles: Your doctor will sometimes order a blood panel to check on the function of your vital organs. We do the same for your pet. We may recommend this once or twice a year, depending on your pet’s age and health.
- Essential vaccinations only: Vaccination schedules have come under much scrutiny in recent years. Many chronic, degenerative diseases and cancers are increasing. Do yearly vaccinations contribute to their onset? We believe that most pets have nearly lifelong immunity to many common communicable diseases, such as distemper and parvovirus, after receiving the initial puppy and kitten vaccines. We titer, or check blood levels, for that immunity to ensure that your pet is adequately protected, and we vaccinate only when appropriate.
- Weight management and exercise: Dogs need to run. Cats need exercise, too. We will help you decide how to provide enough exercise for your pet’s physical and mental well-being.
- Nutritional counseling: Whether you feed canned, dry, raw or home-cooked, we can guide you in providing optimal quality and nutrition.
What to expect
Back in the day, you did what the doctor told you to do. Thankfully, times have changed. You are your pet’s advocate. Since he or she cannot talk, we depend on you to give us a health history to the best of your ability. In return:
- You can expect us to listen carefully and thoughtfully so that we can diagnose a health concern and help you to decide on a course of treatment.
- We will answer your questions
- We will be courteous and respectful
- We welcome open dialogue about the care and/or treatment of your pet.
- We do not judge.
- We offer traditional and alternative/holistic treatments, and we can help you decide which options are most appropriate.
- We are here to give you the best medical advice possible so you can make informed choices, and we acknowledge that the decisions are yours.