Pet Wellness Services
Pet Wellness Services
Randolph Animal Hospital is at the forefront of providing comprehensive care specifically designed to meet your pet's unique needs. After all, your pet is special and he or she is a very important member of your family.
A thorough physical exam is the foundation of your pet's health care. It is critical to the care of your pet, from puppyhood to the golden years. Since one dog or cat year is approximately equal to seven human years, much can happen to your pet during this period of time. As a result, we recommend semi-annual physical examinations for your pets.
Our veterinarians devote at least a half-hour of time to your pet's wellness exam. This allows us to do a thorough examination and advise you on all aspects of your pet's care, including nutrition and behavior. We listen to your pet's heart and lungs, evaluate his or her vision, check for unusual lumps and skin problems, look at your pet's teeth and oral cavity and check your pet's joints for swelling or stiffness. As part of your pet's complete physical examination, we may also perform various laboratory tests. These include fecal centrifugation for detecting intestinal parasites, blood tests for detecting heartworms and tick borne illnesses such as, Anaplasma, Lyme Disease, and Ehrlichia, and general blood screenings to identify potential medical problems and conditions. It is our goal to help you keep your pet in such good health that we see him or her only for wellness visits.
After each comprehensive physical exam your veterinarian will provide you with a Pet Exam Report Card. The Pet Exam Report Card is easy to read and can be shared with family members unable to attend the appointment. The report card is a specific health and immunization plan to your pet's unique lifestyle and needs. A copy of the Pet Exam Report Card is kept in your pet's medical file.
Examinations are an essential step in detecting problems before they become serious health issues. Regular wellness exams are the best way to keep your pet healthy and prevent disease and illness before they become difficult–and costly–to treat.
Pet Parasite Prevention
Parasites can be a pain for your pet–and your family! External parasites, such as, fleas and ticks and internal parasites, such as, heartworms, roundworms, and hookworms are common in pets. Many parasites, including fleas, ticks, and hookworms, are zoonotic, which means they can affect you and your family as well as your pet.
Randolph Animal Hospital recommends routine laboratory testing for heartworm and feline retroviruses as well as centrifugal fecal flotations to screen for intestinal parasites.
Fleas live year round in North Carolina and infestations can lead to more serious skin diseases and allergic skin reactions.
Our hospital has a full array of medications available for parasite prevention. There are many different types available and Randolph Animal Hospital works with you to determine which product is best-suited for your pet.
Vaccinations and Preventive Care
Vaccinations are the cornerstone of your pet's preventive health care plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were fatal to pets easily prevented. Today, many immunizations and preventive treatments are available that did not exist just a few years ago. We always tailor your pet's vaccination schedule according to his or her needs. All decisions about vaccinations and preventive care are made jointly by the veterinarian and you in order to develop a vaccination protocol based on your pet's lifestyle, environment, and other risk factors.
Each year, millions of pets go missing, and many never make it back to their homes. Implanting a microchip in your pet is a simple way to avoid this tragedy.
A microchip which is about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is implanted beneath a pet's skin between the shoulder blades and stays there for the pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy as a vaccination.
Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners that are equipped to detect and read these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner can be contacted.
Here at Randolph Animal Hospital, we use HomeAgain microchips that include a life time monitoring membership.
We know how important a quality diet is to your pet's overall health. During your pet's comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations. Some pets require special food to maintain optimum health, but all pets benefit from a balanced, healthful diet. We have trained staff available to help you with nutritional challenges for your pet and a diverse inventory of prescription foods. We can also offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies and other conditions.
The staff at Randolph Animal Hospital is always available to help you choose the right diet for your pet in order to keep him or her happy, healthy and active.
Nutraceutical, a term created from combining the words nutrition and pharmaceutical, is a food or food product that provides health and medical benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Such products may range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and specific diets to herbal products, cereals, soups and beverages.
In light of the claims and miraculous properties of various natural compounds, we have researched and selected the products that we feel are most beneficial for your pet's health. Our research is based on veterinary literature and information gleaned from speakers and advisors at veterinary conferences. Some of the products that we carry and recommend include metal free liquid and encapsulated fish oil, glucosamine and chondroitin (Glyco-flex III®), L-Lysine capsules (to help treat symptoms of Feline Herpes), Flavored Vitamins (tablets and liquids), hairball remedy, nutritional support products (Nutrical®), Hepatic (liver) support formulas (Hepatosupport® and Denamarin®), and probiotics (to support intestinal health and immune function).
Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Randolph Animal Hospital offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, introduction of new pets into the household and household pets that are in conflict with one another. Oftentimes a behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, and kidney disease).
Randolph Animal Hospital maintains an extensive library of information about behavior problems. Our veterinarians help you recognize, validate and categorize behavior problems. We work closely with you in developing a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. The treatment plan often includes behavior modification and medication-assisted training. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a board-certified animal behaviorist.
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