Promoting health at every stage of life
There’s a lot of truth in the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At Rockledge Veterinary Clinic, we take a proactive approach to health and wellness.
We will help you care for your pet so that your companion can be as healthy as possible throughout his or her lifetime. We believe in an individualized health-for-life plan that includes routine checkups, a sensible vaccine program, good nutrition and adequate exercise.
We’re here for you throughout your pet’s life
You make a lifelong commitment to your pet, and so do we. We also understand that your pet’s needs change as he or she ages. From puppy and kitten vaccinations to health screenings for mature and senior pets, we focus on keeping your pet well and detecting and diagnosing any problems early. No matter how young or old your pet may be, you can count on us to provide comprehensive veterinary care and to be a trusted source of information to help you decide what is best for your pet.
For puppies and kittens
During your pet’s first year of life, we provide the extra care he or she needs to get off to a great start in life. We offer required vaccinations and can answer your questions about any other vaccinations that might be appropriate. We make sure your young pet is growing right, and we can answer your questions about everything you need to know to help your dog lead a long, healthful life. First-year services include:
- Extended “welcome” visit (at no extra charge) to get to know your new pet and provide information on teething, socialization, housebreaking, spaying and neutering, nutrition and exercise, and more
- Parvovirus, rabies and distemper vaccinations for puppies; a Lyme disease vaccine is available but may not be necessary or appropriate
- Feline distemper, herpes virus and calicivirus vaccinations for kittens
- Puppy Kindergarten
- Baseline blood work
- Parasite evaluation (stool sample)
- Heartworm test
For growing pets
We’re here for you if your pet is sick or injured—but regular veterinary visits are a critical tool in keeping your pet healthy. We recommend checkups (or check-ins) at least annually through the age of seven and more frequently after that. During these visits, we use a combination of physical examinations, blood work and other lab tests to develop a baseline of what is normal for your pet. This is necessary to help us identify subtle changes in your pet’s health so we can respond promptly. It also gives us an opportunity to share the latest pet health information with you. Services include:
- Comprehensive wellness check, including medical history and physical examination, at least once a year
- Annual blood work
- Annual urinalysis
- Annual parasite evaluation (stool sample)
- Annual heartworm test
- Review of flea and tick prevention strategy
- Titers/vaccinations as required
- Rabies vaccination every three years
For senior citizens
Older pets may be vulnerable to a variety of diseases and age-related conditions, so we recommend a visit every six months. For senior pets, we may also recommend screenings to help us detect problems such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease and Cushing’s disease. We can treat or manage these conditions more effectively if we catch them early. We can also help you manage such age-related conditions as osteoarthritis to keep your pet comfortable and active for many, many years.
What to expect
When you bring your pet in for a wellness check, one of our technicians will take a medical history and document any questions or concerns you might have regarding your pet’s health to share with the veterinarian. The doctor will answer your questions during your visit. We take a partnership approach with our clients and a holistic approach to your pet’s health and well-being, so we will also review your pet’s diet and exercise.
The veterinarian will examine your pet, checking the heart, lungs, eyes, ears and teeth, feet and genital/anal area. During this comprehensive exam, we will also palpate, or gently touch, your pet to evaluate the lymph nodes, abdomen, skin, joints and muscles, checking for suspicious lumps, bumps or swelling. If vaccinations are appropriate, we can administer them in the exam room.
If titers or other lab tests are necessary, we will draw blood and submit it to our lab.
If all is well, we’ll see you in a year! In the meantime, we are always glad to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns.