Guilford Veterinary Hospital Services

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Wellness & Preventive Care

Annual Wellness Exams
This is a comprehensive visit, during which the doctor completes a thorough physical exam and addresses any issues or concerns that the owner may have or that are identified during the exam. Based on the findings, further procedures may be recommended. It is our belief that the annual exam is the single most important contribution to the longevity and health of your pet.

Puppy and Kitten Exams
Adding a new member to the family is a very exciting time. Start your new pet off right with a complete examination. These exams allow the detection of congenital problems and infectious diseases that could be hazardous to your pet and others. For kittens, we recommend testing for feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline heartworm disease, which is all done in one simple blood test. Once your pet is determined to be healthy, the doctor will set up a vaccination schedule for the prevention of certain diseases. The doctor will also discuss nutrition, housebreaking, behavior and grooming including dental hygiene. If you have any questions, the doctor will be happy to answer them for you.

Geriatric Health
At GVH, we consider pets over the age of 7 to be seniors. As pets age, they are at greater risk of developing an illness. Many of these go undetected until they are advanced. Early detection may help prevent further worsening or slow the progression of certain diseases. For those pets that are at the "senior" stage of their life, we offer a Senior Wellness profile which includes a complete blood count, chemistry screen, thyroid test, and urinalysis.

Making sure your pet is properly vaccinated is an important step for a long and healthy life together. We tailor our patient's immunizations to each one's specific lifestyle. Our goal is provide patient protection while not over vaccinating.

Spay and Neuter Surgery
One of the best decisions we can make for our pets is to have them spayed or neutered. Spaying females is also known as ovariohysterectomy or OVH. Neutering is also known as castration. Benefits of spaying/neutering include: fewer unwanted pets, less roaming and aggression issues, and a decreased chance of your pet developing certain diseases.

Heartworm Testing
Heartworm disease is a serious problem affecting dogs today. A mosquito-transmitted disease once considered a parasite of the southern part of the country, it has quickly spread and is now found in all fifty states. With the use of a heartworm preventive product and annual testing, this problem can be avoided. During your dog's annual exam, the doctor will take a blood sample to check for the presence of the disease. If negative, your pet will be given the okay to start or continue using the preventive. If positive, the doctor will discuss treatment options.

Parasite Testing
We recommend that a stool sample is brought in for each pet's annual examination to test for intestinal parasites. Parasites can be a threat both to your pet's health and to your family as certain parasites may be passed to humans. If infected your pet may show signs of them such as diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal distention, and anorexia, while others show no signs. It is very common for puppies and kittens to be positive for parasites, even if they have been previously dewormed. We follow the protocols set by the Companion Animal Parasite Council when treating our patients with positive stool samples.

Dental Health
Periodontal (dental) disease is a major health problem. It varies depending on species, breed, size, environment, and diet; however, most pets are affected by dental disease to some degree. It is important to be proactive and prevent the disease before it starts. During your pet's exam, the doctor will examine the oral cavity which includes the teeth and gums. Pets with dental disease are given a disease stage ranging from I to IV. The doctor will make recommendations for keeping your pet's teeth healthy, such as brushing your pet's teeth, dental diets, routine cleanings and extractions. We offer a wide range of dental care at the Guilford Veterinary Hospital.

Numerous pets are lost each year. While collars and tags are important, they can become damaged or lost. Without proper identification the chance of a lost pet being reunited with it's owner is almost nonexistent. We offer microchip implantation which provides a permanent form of identification for your pet. This can be done in an office visit or while under anesthesia for dentistry or surgery. It is a simple procedure in which a microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is injected between the shoulder blades with a needle and special syringe. Each microchip has its own number which then becomes that pets identification number. This number is entered into a national database with the pet's information so that the pet can be returned to its owner if it were to become lost.

Weight Management Program
An estimated 51% of pets in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity in pets can lead to diabetes, arthritis and joint disorders, and heart and lung disease. If one of our doctors feels that your pet would benefit from weight loss, we offer a weight management program. The program consists of a consultation, feeding recommendations and regular weight check-ups to help your pet reach it's ideal weight.

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