Santa Clarita Pet Wellness Services

Santa Clarita Pet Wellness Services

santa clarita pet wellnessWhy Wellness Care Is So Important for Your Pet

At our Santa Clarita pet hospital, Dr. Garha and our medical staff recommend annual wellness examinations for your adult pet because if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense, and greater success.

Have you noticed any recent subtle shifts in your pet's health or behavior? Have you observed any changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, and/or activity level?

Changes may be signs of medical problems. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become noticeable until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian evaluate your pet's health, helping you make informed decisions about your special companion's veterinary care.

Your Pet's Wellness at Every Age and Stage

Each age and stage of your pet's life presents different health issues that require attention and care. At Valley Lyons Pet Hospital, your veterinarian will develop an individualized health care plan for your pet that takes into consideration special needs, lifestyle, and breed.

Our commitment to you and your pet's health begins with an annual Santa Clarita pet wellness examination which includes:

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  • Examining your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Checking your pet's vision and eyes
  • Examining ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Assessing your pet's heart and cardiac function
  • Examining the skin
  • Palpating lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Examining the respiratory system
  • Evaluating internal organ function and other systems
  • Monitoring your pet's blood count and serum chemistry
  • Performing laboratory tests to determine the presence of specific diseases
  • Assessing changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Fecal check for the presence of intestinal parasites

During each examination, we also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up-to-date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Understanding the benefits of healthy habits, preventive medicine, and regular examinations helps you and your pet lead a long, happy life together.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the best way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. At Valley Lyons Pet Hospital, our veterinary team determines a vaccination protocol based on your pet's lifestyle, susceptibility to disease, prevalence of disease in our area, and the most current recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association. Our goal to is to maintain optimal health and protection while not over-vaccinating your pet.

santa clarita pet vaccinesWe recommend the following vaccines:

Puppies & Kittens

Core puppy vaccines: Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Rabies

Core kitten vaccines: FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia Vaccine), Rabies

Non-core puppy vaccines: Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease

Adult Dogs & Cats

Core adult dog vaccines: Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Rabies

Core adult cat vaccines: FVRCP, Rabies

Non-core adult dog vaccines: Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease

Non-core adult cat vaccines: Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)


We also offer a rattlesnake vaccine. If you would like to schedule an appointment to get your pet up-to-date on vaccinations, please give us a call at (661) 254-6680.

Puppy and Kitten Care: Starting Off on the Right Paw

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. As a part of your new pet's special care, Dr. Garha partners with you to create a custom health plan that includes the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

santa clarita pet examsYour puppy and kittens first year of care will include:

  • Physical Examinations: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health, administer vaccines, and discuss common behavioral situations.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested medical guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: Puppies should be tested for Heartworm and kittens tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering, and microchipping.

We also take plenty of time during these visits to offer health care, nutrition and training advice and talk with you about any concerns you may have. This is your new kitten or puppy and we're happy to answer all your questions!

Senior Care

Pets that are about seven years of age and older begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. Preventive care exams every six months that are tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle and risk factors can prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages, thus providing your pet an extended period of vitality and good health.

At Valley Lyons Pet Hospital, senior wellness exams include blood work to detect early signs of disease, nutritional counseling and discussion of arthritic pain prevention. Dental care at this point in life also becomes even more important. We recommend regular dental exams and cleanings for all pets, but especially those in their senior years.

The best time to begin your pet's senior care program and recognize the need for a little extra TLC is before age-related conditions begin to occur. With your veterinarian's help, you prolong your pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

santa clarita pet wellness servicesFlea and Tick Prevention in Santa Clarita

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet.

California offers fleas a perfect combination of temperature and humidity that allows them to vigorously thrive and be a nuisance to you and your pet year-round. In fact, flea infestation is one of the most common medical problems veterinarians see. Consider the following flea facts:

  • A single flea can bite your pet up 400 times a day
  • A female flea can lay 2000 eggs in its short 2-3 month life span (up to 50 eggs per day)
  • Fleas are an intermediate host frequently to blame for internal tapeworm infection
  • The adult flea you see only represents 5% of the infestation, the rest is unseen egg, larval, and pupae stages, in the process of becoming biting irritants to your pets

Although ticks are less of a problem in our area, they can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis. If you plan to travel to an area where these diseases are a problem, please talk to us about the precautions you can take to protect your pet.

Fortunately, there are many safe, effective flea and tick control products available at Valley Lyons Pet Hospital, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. We can also recommend which external pest control products are ideal for your household, based on the everyday life of your pet.

The good news is these problems can be avoided by using one of the safe and effective prescription strength parasite prevention products available at our animal hospital's in-house pharmacy. Please ask a member of our medical team to recommend a product that's right for your pet.

Heartworm Disease and Your Pet

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. In the U.S., Heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River and its major tributaries, but it has been reported in dogs in all 50 states.

Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop very slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Because Heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend your dog be tested annually.

Fortunately, Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. If you would like to have your pet tested for Heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please Valley Lyons Pet Hospital today for an appointment.