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Ask your friend, ask your neighbors, ask the person next to you in the check-out line; many of them are already our clients. They’ll tell you that for the highest level of compassion and care, they take their pets to Dr. Ric at Crossroads. Doing our best for every patient is just business as usual for our team who has devoted their lives to caring for animals.
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One of the easiest ways to insure a long, healthy life for your pet is through regular wellness exams. Pets age at a faster rate than people and their health can change more rapidly too. At Crossroads Veterinary Hospital, we recommend regular visits and appropriate screenings for every stage of your dog or cat’s life. These exams can help us detect signs of disease and provide treatment before your pet’s health is adversely affected.
During your pet’s exam, we will discuss with you any changes you’ve noticed or concerns you may have about your pet’s health. Our doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam and answer your questions. This is a good time to review your pet’s weight and recommend a healthy diet. We will administer appropriate vaccinations and provide you with medications to control heartworm disease, fleas and ticks.
Our goal is to make sure you and your pet enjoy many happy, healthy years together.
Vaccinations provide vital protection to pets. Throughout their lives, our pets will likely be exposed to several infectious diseases that can cause severe illness or even death. By providing our pets with the protection vaccinations provide, we can greatly extend their life.
Which vaccines should my pet receive?
Our veterinarian will recommend several core vaccines that all pets should receive in order to maintain their health and prevent serious disease. For cats, core vaccines include rabies, panleukopenia virus, herpesvirus, and calicivirus. Depending on lifestyle, leukemia may also be recommended. For dogs, these vaccines include rabies, parvo, adenovirus, and distemper. Other vaccines that may be recommended are bordatella, lyme, parainfluenza, and one that will help to protect your dog from rattlesnake venom.
Re-vaccination varies with each vaccine; our veterinarian will inform you about when your pet should return for booster vaccinations.
What should I be on the lookout for after my pet has been vaccinated?
Vaccines may cause side effects, but they are mild in most cases. Most reactions are an indication that your pet’s immune system is reacting correctly to the vaccine. Your pet may experience an elevated temperature, have a decreased appetite, or be a bit sluggish for a day or two after the vaccination. In addition, you may note a slight swelling or pain at the vaccination site. These are all normal reactions and do not require medical attention.
Rarely however, more severe reactions may occur that can result in swelling in the face or limbs, generalized itching, difficulty breathing, a temperature of 104.5 or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, or collapse. If any of these more serious signs develop or you are concerned about any reaction in your pet, don’t hesitate to contact a veterinary hospital immediately.
The first few months of life are crucial to starting your pet on the journey to a long, healthy life.
Your puppy and kitten’s first exam should occur shortly after birth.
Just like us, our pet’s health care needs change as they age. But, because our pets age faster than we do, their senior years can creep up faster than we realize. Our pets are considered senior around age seven. As they age, they become susceptible to chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism. The right diet, health and weight are essential to your senior pet’s health and we’re here to help you make the best choices.
At Crossroads Veterinary Hospital, we recommend regular visits and screenings for your older pet. We believe that early detection and intervention will help your pet have a long and healthy life.
Your pet is our passion! Call us today to schedule a visit.
When your pet is just not right
You’re worried. Your pet just doesn’t seem like himself today. What should you do? Call us. Our caring staff will help you decide if your pet’s symptoms warrant a visit with one of our doctors. Many times, sooner is better than later where early intervention can lead to a faster recovery.
Some symptoms that are cause for concern:
So remember, if you're concerned,
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Did you know that 80% of dogs and cats over the age of three have some form of periodontal disease?
Does your pet show any of these signs?
These are all signs of Periodontal Disease.
At Crossroads Veterinary Hospital, we believe good dental care is vital to your pet’s overall health. Periodontal disease causes more than just bad breath; the bacteria associated with it causes plaque to build up at and below the gum line leading to inflammation and tooth decay. In addition to causing pain, drooling, and difficulty eating, the bacteria can enter your pet’s bloodstream causing damage to vital organs, such as the liver, kidneys, heart, and lungs.
Our dedicated team will evaluate your pet’s oral health. We have many choices for your pets’ dental care: from plaque reducing diets and chews, to brushing and dental cleaning; we will help you choose the right products and services for your pet.
Call us today to schedule a complimentary dental screening.
X-rays are one of our most powerful diagnostic tools.
Our state-of-the-art digital x-rays allow our doctors to quickly and accurately diagnose a wide variety of conditions. From signs of heart disease to accessing the location and severity of fractures, tumors, and arthritis or detecting foreign bodies your pet may have ingested, the clear, detailed information digital x-rays provide helps our doctors to choose the best course of treatment for your pet. And, when necessary, your pet’s digital x-rays can be quickly submitted to a board-certified radiologist for review.
Having a state-of the-art diagnostic laboratory on site allows us to quickly evaluate your pets’ health. This is very valuable any time a pet is ill as well as prior to anesthesia. For the critical patient, we can draw a blood sample and have results in the span of a few short minutes.
We perform routine tests for numerous reasons. For our canine companions, we run an annual test which will detect the presence of heartworms and three common tick-borne diseases, all which are prevalent in our area. Our feline friends are screened for feline leukemia (FELV), feline immunosuppressive virus (FIV) as well as heartworms. These diseases can cause serious illnesses. If your pet is on a long-term medication, blood tests will help us monitor their effectiveness and check for any adverse effects on their kidneys or liver.