Pet Wellness Services

Pet Wellness Care in DerryWhy Is Preventive Care So Important for My Pet?

Prevention is the key to your pet’s long-term health. For that reason, the veterinarians and medical team at Derry Animal Hospital recommend your pet receive a complete wellness examination once a year.

If your pet has a health problem or issue that 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.

To make sure we are providing your pet with the best possible care, we follow the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines, standards and protocols and our staff consistently works with outside specialists to ensure we are up to date on the latest technology and cutting edge procedures. We also follow the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease (diseases transmitted from animals to humans) transmission.

Your Pet’s Wellness at Every Age and Stage

Regular examinations are our chance to assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in medical care and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Derry Animal Hospital has developed programs for every stage of your pet’s life to best meet the health needs unique to your companion.

During your pet’s annual wellness exam your veterinarian will:

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    • Examine teeth, throat and oral cavity
    • Check vision and examine the eyes
    • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
    • Examine the respiratory system
    • Assess your pet’s heart
    • Test your pet’s reflexes
    • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
    • Inspect the skin
    • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
    • Complete blood work, including parasite and metabolic function screen, to check for problems and create a baseline should your pet become ill between wellness visits

 

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. Good communication between you and your pet’s doctor ensures your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention he deserves so he can live a long, healthy life.

Balanced Vaccination Programs

Vaccinations are one of the most important ways you can keep your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. At Derry Animal Hospital, our veterinarians determine a vaccination protocol based on your pet’s lifestyle, susceptibility to disease, geographic location, and the most current recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association. Our goal to is to maintain optimal health and protection while not over-vaccinating your pet.

VaccinesRecommended Vaccines

Adult Dogs
Core: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo and Parainfluenza), Rabies
Non-Core: Lyme, Leptospirosis, Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

Adult Cats
Core: FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia), Rabies
Non-Core: FeLV (Feline Leukemia), FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)

Puppies
Core: DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella
Non-Core: Lyme, Leptospirosis

Kittens
Core: FVRCP, Rabies
Non-Core: FeLV, FIV

Puppy & Kitten Care

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention to grow and develop well.

Our team of veterinarians partner with you to create a custom health plan so your new companion receives the care required to get the best start in life. Your puppy’s and kitten’s first year of care at Derry Animal Hospital includes:

  • Physical Examinations: Your puppy’s or kitten’s lifetime of wellness starts with the 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 your pet’s veterinarian with an opportunity to assess your pet’s overall health and to administer vaccines.
  • 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, breed and 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 Pet CareSenior Pet Care

As with humans, pets in their senior years begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. However, this process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care, thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, twice yearly preventive care, along with annual blood screening, can help prevent common diseases or detect them at easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet’s primary caregiver. While you cannot control age-related decline, you can influence your pet’s activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With help from Derry Animal Hospital, you can manage these factors to prolong your pet’s good health, vitality, and increase his or her well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

Parasite Prevention in New Hampshire

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to you and your pet. This is especially true for tick-borne disease in New Hampshire, which has the second-highest rate of Lyme disease in the country.

Lyme Disease, as well as Anaplasmosis and to a lesser extent Ehrlichiosis, are significant threats to you and your dog, especially during the warmer months of the year. Always check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in tall grass and wooded areas. Remember, prior to feeding a tick can be as small as a poppy seed! If a tick is attached to your dog’s skin, remove it carefully with tweezers and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward.

Fleas are also abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a problem year-round. In fact, flea infestation is one of the most common medical problems veterinarians see. Your pet can be allergic to fleas, and just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes “cat scratch disease” in people), and parasites like tapeworms.

The best course of action to protect your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks and the potential of tick-borne disease is prevention. There are many safe, effective oral and topical flea and tick control products and a Lyme disease vaccine for dogs available at Derry Animal Hospital. Your veterinarian will help you choose the best preventive regimen based on your pet’s risk factors and health status.

Heartworm PreventionHeartworm Disease

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 – but it has been reported in dogs in all 50 states.

Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop 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 find out more information on how best to protect your pet and about the preventive medicines available at our in-house pharmacy, or if you’d like to have your pet tested for Heartworm disease, please call Derry Animal Hospital today for an appointment.