Giving Charlotte NC Pets a Leg Up on Good Health
When parents tell children to brush their teeth, eat their vegetables, and avoid running with scissors, they do so because they know it's important for the child's long-term health and well-being. The same holds true for pets. By laying a solid foundation of good preventive care, pets are much more likely to be healthy, active, and happy well into their golden years.
Some of the many services we offer at Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital to help your canine or feline achieve pet wellness include:
- Semi-annual physical exams - Every 365 days, a pet will age approximately 7 years. In addition, pets are unable to tell us when something is amiss. As a matter of fact, they instinctively hide any signs of pain or weakness. Because of this, we recommend that our pet patients receive a comprehensive wellness exam every 6 months. This enables our veterinarians to evaluate your pet's overall health and diagnose any potential problems. Early detection can help prevent health conditions from becoming more serious, saving you and your pet from costly, prolonged treatment.
- Pet vaccinations - While certain core vaccinations , such as rabies , are required for all pets, others may only be necessary depending upon your pet's specific living environment and activities. Our veterinarians will create an individualized vaccine protocol to address your pet's unique needs.
- Parasite screenings and prevention - Each year, your pet will be screened for heartworm, intestinal parasites, and fleas. Because of our warm and humid climate, it's essential that all pets - even cats that live exclusively indoors - be placed on heartworm preven tive year round. Our veterinarians also will be happy to discuss flea treatments and prevention.
- Oral care - During the wellness exam, your pet's mouth, teeth, and gums will be assessed. Our veterinarians also will provide information about pet dental care tools and techniques you can implement at home. Should additional pet dental care be needed, from cleanings to dental X-rays to extractions, we will be happy to provide it in a safe and comfortable manner.
- Pet nutrition counseling - Proper diet is an important part of your pet's health. As puppies and kittens mature into adults and eventually senior dogs and cats their nutritional needs will change dramatically. By keeping your pet at a healthy weight and ensuring that the food you provide is appropriate for his or her evolving lifestyle, you will protect your pet from an array of potential health disorders. Our veterinarians are happy to assist you with nutritional decisions, and we can offer you a choice of several veterinary pet food formulas.
- Spay or neuter surgery - In order to prevent unwanted litters and protect pet patients from potential serious health issues down the road, we usually recommend spaying or neutering pets beginning at the age of 6 months. We offer state-of-the-art surgical care including personalized anesthesia, fluid therapy, and pain control plans, along with post-operative cold laser therapy to assist in recovery and healing. In addition, we examine juvenile dental issues and breed-specific orthopedic issues while your pet is under anesthesia to get an early start on preventive care. We provide a level of care before, during, and after surgery that you simply cannot find at low-cost spay and neuter clinics.
- Microchips - This simple procedure offers your pet a lifetime of protection should he or she become lost. We use AKC-brand microchips because they are high quality and a portion of the proceeds is donated to worthy pet charities. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about this valuable identification tool.
- Pet care counseling - Our veterinarians are happy to answer any questions you may have about your pet. Whether it's housebreaking, obedience training, selecting pet toys, or advice about introducing a new family member (furry or otherwise), we welcome the chance to be of assistance.