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Health Maintenance Services

You love your pet. When your pet is sick, you want to find the best care possible. Dr. Thompson and the entire veterinary medical team at The Family Pet Clinic provide the best possible care for your pet in a compassionate and loving environment. The entire staff is committed to medical excellence and prides themselves on open communication with all their clients.

The Family Pet Clinic is a full-service animal hospital and wellness center staffed by compassionate and caring individuals. From the latest ultrasound technology to advanced surgical procedures, your pet receives the highest level of care available.

To maintain our high standards, we offer a broad range of veterinary services to our patients. Our focus is on disease prevention and wellness care. Through our preventative care program, your pet receives a comprehensive "nose-to-tail" physical examination in order to establish his or her own overall health profile. We use a personalized approach to high quality pet care based on you and your pet's lifestyle.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or a cat entering the golden years, he or she receives the best care possible at The Family Pet Clinic. We offer a full range of treatments from traditional spays and neuters to more advanced diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures. Our highly qualified and skilled veterinary staff perform advanced diagnostic tests for your pet. Test results are usually available immediately, allowing us to treat your sick or injured pet as quickly as possible.

Vaccines

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Due to the many recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected against most major infectious diseases. Today, many immunizations and preventative treatments are available that did not exist a decade ago.

Vaccines are useful in preventing canine distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, rabies, Lyme disease and other diseases in your dog and feline leukemia, panleukopenia, rabies and feline immunodeficiency virus in cats. Our staff at The Family Pet Clinic can assist you in deciding which preventative measures are necessary for your pet.

Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians tailor a vaccine protocol that is specific to your pet based on his or her lifestyle and recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association. Vaccine schedules are balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating your pet. Please contact us for more information about vaccinations.

Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats

Core vaccines for dogs include Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus (hepatitis), Canine Parvovirus and Canine Parainfluenza. Combined into one injection, the vaccine is called DHPP. When Leptospirosis is added, it is called DHPPL. Rabies is also a core vaccine for dogs and is a requirement for all dogs living in the state of Ohio.

Core vaccines for cats include Panleukopenia Virus, Feline Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis, also known as Herpes Virus. The vaccines are combined into one injection, called FVRCP. FVR is Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, which causes respiratory infections; C is for Calicivirus, another upper respiratory infection and P is for Panleukopenia, also known as Feline Distemper. Rabies vaccine is also a core vaccine for cats and a booster injection must be given each year.

Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs

Non-core vaccines for dogs include Bordetella and Leptospirosis vaccines.

Bordetella (B. bronchiseptica) is a bacteria commonly associated with respiratory infections in dogs. It is one of the more common bacterial causes of canine infectious tracheobronchitis -- also known as kennel cough. This vaccine is strongly recommended if your dog attends day care, visits dog parks, boarding kennels or any other location where he / she comes into nose-to-nose contact with other dogs.

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Bordetella is highly contagious, easily transmitted through the air or direct contact, and fairly resistant to destruction in the environment.

Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria (Leptospira interrogans) found in soil, water, and the urine of infected animals. It affects dogs but can also infect other animals, including humans. If not diagnosed and treated early, Leptospirosis can be deadly.

L. interrogans can survive in water and is frequently found in swamps, streams, lakes, and standing water. The bacteria also lives in moist soil and outbreaks occur often after flooding. Your veterinarian will recommend Leptospirosis vaccination if your dog is at risk.

Non-Core Vaccines for Cats

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a contagious disease of cats and spreads primarily through intimate nose-to-nose contact with infected saliva. This very often occurs during cat fights, grooming, and mating. Contaminated urine, blood, and feces are also sources of infection.

Though FeLV is not a core vaccine, it is recommended for cats at risk of exposure to this dangerous disease. Your veterinarian at The Family Pet Clinic will recommend FeLV vaccination if your cat is at risk. To provide your cat with proper immunity, FeLV vaccine needs to be given twice during the first year and once-a-year afterwards.

Senior Care

By taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your geriatric, or senior aged pet, you have taken the first step toward providing the best care for your friend in his or her golden years. As with humans, pets in their senior years - those of about six years of age and older - begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. However, this process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With your veterinarian's help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

However, the best time to begin your pet's senior care program and recognize the need for a little extra TLC is well before age related conditions begin to set in.

Your Pet's Senior Care

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Senior Wellness Exams

This semi-annual visit includes a routine physical examination, gives you an opportunity to discuss concerns regarding your pet's age, and may include specialized laboratory work to detect the early signs of disease processes. Our doctors tailor these exams and tests to your pet's age, breed, lifestyle and physical condition in order to best meet his or her health needs. Because a mature pet's condition can change significantly in a short period of time, we recommend that families bring in their senior pets approximately every 6 months.

Dental Care

Unfortunately, dental disease is all too common in pets, especially older pets, and it represents a significant systemic health risk. Because bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and be passed to other organs, periodontal disease has been found to have associations with kidney, liver, lung, and heart disease. Additionally, pets in oral distress will often have difficulty or discomfort when eating. The Family Pet Clinic recommends regular dental examinations and cleanings for all pets, but especially those in their senior years.

Skin Conditions

As with humans, aging causes your pet's skin to become more susceptible to a range of medical issues as well as become less elastic and heal more slowly. A range of dermatological conditions can cause changes, such as hair loss and new growths; therefore, we recommend regular examinations of your pet's skin and hair, especially if you notice itching, hair loss, or painful areas.

Home Care

During your pet's senior examinations, your veterinarian will discuss with you ways that you can help maintain your older pet's health at home. These suggestions include:

  • Avoid excessive weight gain. Your veterinarian may recommend an exercise program as well as a special senior pet food.
  • Keep your pet's living and areas clean, dry and warm at all times.
  • If possible, regularly check your pet's mouth for reddened gums, loose teeth or unusual swellings. Check eyes for redness, unusual cloudiness, discomfort and discharge. Check ears for wax build-up, discharge or unusual odors.
  • Thoroughly groom and inspect your older pet's skin regularly. Look for lumps, bumps and wounds.
  • If your older pet's eyesight is impaired, avoid relocating furniture and changing his or her surroundings. Also, try not to drastically change your pet's daily routine.
  • Any changes associated with eating, drinking or elimination should be noted and discussed with your veterinarian, as these may be manifestations of disease.
  • Take your older pet for regular senior checkups, even if he or she seems to be well. It is always easier and less expensive to prevent a problem rather than treat a problem.
  • Discuss your pet's diet. Many "treats" are high in sodium or fat; therefore, it is important to talk to your veterinarian about the source(s) of your pet's daily calories.

Your older pet is a cherished member of your family. With proper care and regular testing, your loyal companion should be able to live a long and healthy life.

Oncology & Cancer Care

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The word cancer strikes fear in all of us; however, with new advances in veterinary medicine many pets are living longer with a greatly improved quality of life.

Successful cancer treatment often lies in early detection. Early detection can be difficult at times as cancer may not only present itself as a lump on the skin, but may develop inside the body. If this occurs, a thorough examination with diagnostic tests (x-rays, ultrasound) can often discover the tumor. If left undiagnosed, the disease may not be noticed until clinical symptoms develop.

Treatment also depends on the type and location of the cancer. If possible, surgical removal of the tumor is recommended. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which include a variety of oral and injectable drugs. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and rarely develop side effects similar to humans.

The Family Pet Clinic's veterinarians are knowledgeable in this discipline and ensure your pet receives thorough, compassionate treatment.

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