Our mission for pet wellness at Meadowmont Animal Hospital is to promote a long, happy, high quality life for your pet by addressing the needs of each life stage, using a whole body health approach and catching disease early in the most treatable form. With every wellness visit your pet will receive a thorough physical examination to assess body condition, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, lymph nodes, heart, lungs, abdomen, joints and coat. Dental health is an important part of whole body wellness. During your pet’s oral examination we will look for signs of disease such as gingivitis, calculus, diseased teeth and oral masses. Laboratory testing will be performed to assess internal organ health and detect parasitic disease. When disease is caught early, we can often make simple changes to improve the quality and duration of your pet’s life.
Puppy and kitten visits are essential in establishing a solid foundation for the health of your pet. Expect to bring your pet to puppy or kitten visits every 3 weeks for examination, vaccinations and parasite screening and parasite control until your pet reaches 17 weeks of age. These visits are a great opportunity to discuss house training, young pet behavior, nutrition, early dental care, socialization and handling techniques. We are proud to offer 30 days free health insurance to our patients with your visit.
Young, healthy adult pets should have a thorough physical examination and laboratory testing every twelve months. Annual laboratory testing in young healthy pets includes complete blood count, chemistry panel, urinalysis and blood parasite testing. Intestinal parasite screening is recommended every six months by the Companion Animal Parasite Council. In addition to a complete physical examination, our medical team will assess your pet’s nutrition and activity level and help you adjust feeding and exercise to promote a long healthy life. Our medical team will assess your pet’s dental health, create a home dental care plan and get your pet on an appropriate professional dental cleaning schedule.
Meadowmont Animal Hospital recommends that mature pets, those over seven years of age, schedule wellness visits every six months. Our health team understands that these pets need more frequent medical assessments to detect changes in organ function, mentation, reduced mobility and other age-related concerns. Please tell us about changes in behavior, food and water consumption, urination, defecation, activity level, and mood as these may be important indicators of discomfort or disease. At your pet’s wellness visit we will complete a thorough physical examination and laboratory testing. Routine laboratory testing may include complete blood count, extensive chemistry panel, urinalysis, thyroid testing and parasite testing. At these visits we will continue to monitor your pet’s dental health. Dental disease seems to be more prominent in this age group which makes home dental care especially important. Often the need for professional dental care will increase in frequency if periodontal disease is detected.
Nutrition counseling: Proper nutrition is essential to supporting your pet’s internal organs, joints, immune system, skin and brain. It is extremely important to match the correct diet to your pet’s life stage, metabolism and medical needs. Let us help you navigate the overwhelming number of specialty diets on the market with an educated approach. Meadowmont Animal Hospital can provide you with nutritional counseling based on your pet’s life stage, physical examination and laboratory results.
Vaccinations: At Meadowmont Animal Hospital, we believe in tailoring a vaccination program for each individual patient based on lifestyle and exposure level. Not all pets need the same vaccinations. We will help determine your pet’s ideal vaccination program by asking several questions about your pet’s home environment, activities, exposure to wildlife, exposure to other pets, frequency of boarding and professional grooming.
- DA2PP: The canine DHPP vaccination is considered a core vaccination that protects against a group of viruses including distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza and parvovirus. This vaccination is especially important in puppies and is administered every 3 weeks until the age of 17 weeks. After completing the initial DHPP series this vaccination is administered in one year and then every 3 years.
- Rabies: The rabies virus vaccination protects your dog against an incurable fatal viral disease that affects the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. Vaccination for rabies may be administered to your puppy as early as 12 weeks of age. The vaccination is repeated in one year and again every three years. The state of North Carolina requires that all dogs be current on rabies vaccination.
- Kennel Cough: Our kennel cough vaccination provides three fold protection against the most common organisms involved in canine cough: Bordetella brochiseptica and the respiratory forms of adenovirus and parainfluenza. The kennel cough vaccination is given in your dog’s nostrils to provide mucosal immunity and should be repeated every 6 months for maximum protection. This vaccination is often required for dogs that board or go to grooming facilities.
- Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a type of bacteria that attacks the kidneys and liver of dogs and can be transmitted to humans. Dogs are exposed to Leptospira organisms through contact with standing water (puddles, ponds, etc) that has been contaminated by infected pets and wildlife. Leptospirosis is a problem in urban areas as well as rural areas of North Carolina. The leptospirosis vaccination may be administered in puppies over 8 weeks of age and adult dogs. This vaccination must be repeated in 3 weeks and then once yearly. We highly recommend all dogs be vaccinated for leptospirosis.
- Lyme: Borrelia burgdorferi is a special type of bacteria called rickettsia that is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. The Borrelia organism may attack the joints and kidneys of infected dogs causing debilitating joint pain or life threatening kidney failure. Monthly tick control year round and Lyme vaccinations are strongly recommended for all dogs with tick exposure.
- Canine influenza: Canine influenza was first reported as a problem in the United States in Florida in 2004. Since then the virus has spread throughout the country and several cases have been documented in North Carolina. The virus is easily transmitted by direct contact, coughing, sneezing or through contaminated surfaces. Protecting your dog against canine influenza is especially important if your dog frequents boarding facilities, grooming facilities, dog shows or dog parks. An initial two-dose vaccination series is performed followed by yearly vaccinations to protect your dog from canine influenza virus.
- FRCP: The Feline Rhinotracheitis-Calicivirus-Panleukopenia combination vaccination provides protection against a set of extremely important viruses. Rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus-1), panleukopenia (feline parvovirus), and calicivirus are considered part of our core vaccination recommendations for kittens and cats. We recommend that kittens receive this vaccination in a series every 3 weeks until the age of 17 weeks. After completing the initial FRCP series, this vaccination is administered in one year and then every 3 years. At Meadowmont Animal Hospital we have an intranasal form available of the vaccination to reduce the number of injections in our feline friends.
- Rabies: The rabies virus vaccination protects your cat against an incurable fatal viral disease that affects the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. Vaccination for rabies may be administered to your kitten as early as 12 weeks of age. The vaccination is repeated every year. The state of North Carolina requires that both indoor and outdoor cats be current on rabies vaccination.
- Feline leukemia: Feline leukemia virus is a contagious virus spread from an infected cat to another through direct contact or exposure to saliva and other body fluids containing the virus. The feline leukemia virus can affect almost any organ system in the body resulting in a variety of symptoms. Meadowmont Animal Hospital recommends all kittens and new cats be tested for feline leukemia. We recommend the feline leukemia vaccination for cats that go outdoors or are exposed to other cats. After an initial series of two feline leukemia vaccinations, your cat will need to receive feline leukemia vaccinations every two years.
- Parasites: Meadowmont Animal Hospital understands the importance of parasite detection and control for our patients and their human families. Several parasites, such as roundworms and hookworms, can cause serious disease in people. We want to protect your pet and family by helping you select appropriate anti-parasitic medication. Our hospital team may ask about travel, percentage of time outdoors, exposure to other pets, activities such as hiking, trail walks and swimming, and your preferences of topical verses oral product administration.
We live in a beautiful area with lovely weather that allows parasites to be a problem year round. Please remember to use your monthly heartworm prevention and flea-tick control every month year round! Don’t forget that the vectors that carry parasites, such as mosquitoes, affect indoor pets as well. Indoor-only cats are at significant risk for heartworms, intestinal parasites and fleas.
Learn a little about each type of parasite below:
- Heartworms in dogs
- Heartworms in cats
- Roundworms in dogs and cats
- Hookworms in dogs and cats
- Whipworms in dogs
- Tapeworms in dogs and cats