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Posted on 09-27-2016

Need a Handy Guide to Pet Healthcare? 

Southpark Pet Healthcare Checklist:

Dogs:

  • 8 weeks to 6 months--Puppy--3 visits one month apart for complete exam and vaccinations (mother's milk may inhibit immune response, so need to repeat boosters), check stool for parasites, begin heartworm and flea/tick prevention. Veterinarian will discuss dental care, nutrition, training, and how to teach your pet that a visit to the veterinarian can be fun!
  • 6 months to 1 year--Growing Dog--Schedule spay or neuter, monitor dental development, finish vaccinations if not completed prior to 6 mos. Continue heartworm prevention YEAR ROUND in Oklahoma to prevent this deadly parasite. One mosquito can transmit enough larvae to cause disease. Continue flea, internal parasite, and tick prevention.
  • 1-7 years--Adult dog--Annual visit for complete physical exam, booster needed vaccinations, check stool for parasites, and test for heartworm and tick-borne diseases. (Yearly testing helps monitor effectiveness of current preventives and reduces possibility for break-through infection.) Begin annual dental exam and cleaning to keep pets teeth and gums healthy. Continue heartworm prevention YEAR ROUND and continue flea, internal parasite, and tick prevention.
  • 7 years and up--Geriatric dog--Twice-yearly visit for complete physical exam, once or twice yearly bloodwork plus urinalysis to check function of liver, kidneys, immune system. Yearly dental exam and cleaning.  X-rays to evaluate heart and lungs, arthritis in spine and hips. Test for parasites and heartworms. Evaluate mobility, begin supplements and joint aids to alleviate discomfort. Continue heartworm prevention YEAR ROUND and continue flea, internal parasite, and tick prevention.

Cats:

  • 6 weeks to 4 months--Kitten--Three visits for complete physical exam and needed vaccinations, check stool for parasites, begin flea and internal parasite prevention. Discuss nutrition, behavior (because we all know our cats actually train US!) and merits of indoor-only vs. indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
  • 4 months-1 year--Growing Cat--Schedule spay or neuter, complete any unfinished vaccinations, test for Feline Aids and Leukemia, evaluate dental development, discuss nutrition and lifestyle (indoor vs indoor-outdoor). Continue flea and internal parasite prevention year round, even for indoor cats.
  • 1 year-10 years--Adult Cat--Annual visit for complete physical exam, stool check for parasites, annual dental exam and cleaning, screen for early renal disease, diabetes, and other common feline diseases, +/- testing for Feline Aids and Leukemia depending on lifestyle, continue flea and internal parasite prevention year-round.
  • 11 years and up--Geriatric Cat--Twice annual visits for complete physical exam, stool check for parasites, annual dental exam and cleaning. Twice yearly bloodwork to screen for renal disease (affects up to 1 in 3 cats) and diabetes. X-rays to evaluate heart, lungs, joints. Continue flea and internal parasite prevention. Discuss strategies for comfort and mobility, dietary changes to address any problems. 

We love to answer your questions and help tailor a healthcare plan for you pet! Give us a call at (918) 451-1440 today.

-Dr. M

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