WellnessWellness Care for Every Age and Stage

Dr. Parker and the staff at AM/PM Animal Hospital are committed to providing you and your pet with the finest veterinary care possible no matter what time of the day or night. We're a welcoming, skilled and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions.

The veterinary team at AM/PM Animal Hospital believes that prevention contributes to your pet's long term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We strongly recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworms, fleas and ticks to keep your pet in optimum health.

Please take a look at the services we offer to learn why we believe they are important to the care and wellbeing of your pet. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Examinations

Wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. This is a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and is also an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you may have or to ask any questions.

Your pet's yearly wellness examination at AM/PM Animal Hospital includes our commitment to:

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination and bowel habits
  • Inquire as to your pet's activity level
  • Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
  • Monitor your pet's blood count
  • Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
  • Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
  • Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
  • Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
  • Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting
  • Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication
  • Engage you, the pet owner, in conversation and answer your questions and concerns

WellnessDeworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Regular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

Flea and Tick Borne Disease

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool.

In our region, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Ehrlichia. We recommend all exposed dogs be vaccinated against Lyme Disease.

These problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at AM/PM Animal Hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective.

Here at AM/PM Animal Hospital, we not only test your pets for heartworms, but we also carry products that prevent your pet from contracting the disease.

If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from these dangerous parasites, please call (512) 488-2676 today for an appointment.

If your pet does have heartworms, we can guide you in the treatment process.

WellnessVaccines

We tailor vaccine protocols to your individual pet, taking into account benefits and risks as well as environment and health status.

Dr. Parker and her team of veterinarians and technicians follow the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association canine vaccination task force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Our protocol also includes issuing vaccines against rattlesnake bites, canine influenza and Lyme disease.

Our core vaccines
for healthy dogs include:

  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Rabies (according to state law)

Additional vaccines
available for dogs are:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine influenza vaccine
  • Lyme vaccine
  • Bordetella
  • Rattlesnake vaccine

We recommend the following vaccines for cats:

  • Calicivirus
  • Panleukopenia
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Rabies (according to state law)

We strongly recommend feline leukemia vaccine for cats that go outdoors. Rabies vaccination is mandatory for all dogs and cats and part of our protocol for both species.

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable through vaccination. Vaccinating your pet against Rabies helps protect you and your family from this deadly disease.