Keeping Pets Well

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Your fur babies are part of your family, and they deserve high-quality care so they can live long, happy, healthy lives. Here at River Road Animal Clinic, we believe the best way to make that happen is with preventive care. We stress the importance of annual wellness exams as well as geriatric workups and blood work for senior pets. All of our wellness services are tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Our clinic is equipped with many tools and technology that your pet needs to be healthy. Our team is always looking forward to greeting you with a smile!

Your Pet’s Wellness Visit

Every wellness visit is critical for your pet because it allows us to examine your pet from nose to tail in order to make sure she’s healthy. It also allows us to provide treatment or recommendations for treatment if we find anything out of the ordinary. We may also recommend advanced diagnostics in the form of laboratory testing or X-rays, depending on our findings. Some of the things we look for during the wellness exam are:

  • Tartar buildup
  • Lumps and bumps
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Dandruff, hot spots, and other skin problems
  • Irregular body temperature
  • Nasal or eye discharge

Another important part of the wellness visit is having an open discussion about your pet’s health. We encourage you to let us know about any changes you’ve noticed—changes that only you as the pet owner would know. These can include changes in behavior, habits, or diet. We want your companion to be around for a long time, just like you do, so please feel free to tell us about any concerns you have during the wellness visit.

Senior Pet Wellness Care

The health of a senior pet is more delicate than that of an adult or juvenile pet. That’s why we recommend that you bring your senior pet in at least twice a year for a wellness exam. We also recommend geriatric workups and blood work, since senior pets tend to be more prone to certain health problems that only laboratory testing can detect, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Kidney disease

If it’s time for YOUR pet’s wellness visit, or if you have any questions about our pet wellness services in Columbus, give us a call at 706-327-8329.

Pet Vaccinations in the Columbus Area

Just like human vaccines, pet vaccines help protect your fur baby from viruses and diseases by preparing the immune system. The following is a list of the core vaccines that we recommend for dogs and cats:

For Cats:

  • Rabies (1- and 3-year options available)
  • FVRCP, which prevents:
    • Feline rhinotracheitis virus (feline herpesvirus 1)
    • Calicivirus
    • Panleukopenia (distemper)
  • Feline leukemia (FeLV)

For Dogs:

  • Rabies (1- and 3-year options available)
  • DHPPV/distemper parvovirus
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Canine influenza
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme disease