Our pet preventative health care and vaccinations programs are the cornerstone of our services. First, it is important that your pet be professionally examined on a yearly basis. During examination, organ systems are assessed and, in addition to vital statistics, recorded in your pet’s medical record. As a result, significant findings will be discussed as well as any recommended treatment or further workup.
In the Napa Valley and in one study, up to 80% of the coyotes in the valley were believed to be infected with Heartworm disease. It is endemic, and they act as reservoir hosts. As a result, we recommend all dogs be kept current on heartworm preventative and as per the recommendation by The American Heartworm Society, all dogs should be tested annually.
Depending upon your pet’s life stage, or any ongoing conditions, other diagnostics may be discussed. It is our philosophy to recommend “what” is best and appropriate for your pet’s health. We also firmly believe that taking the time to explain “why”, will help each owner to better understand their pet’s health conditions. Thus, we will work towards our common goal of keeping your pet healthy!
Many factors go into the decision-making process of what vaccines are appropriate for your pet: age, environment (indoor vs outdoor), travel (certain states and countries have unique rabies titer testing/quarantine requirements), boarding or grooming as well as State laws. We will discuss with you what vaccines would be most appropriate to protect against the infectious threats to which your pet would most likely be exposed.