We strive to offer the very best in veterinary medicine to all of our patients. From puppies and kittens to geriatric dogs and cats, their health is our number one priority. This is why we work on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing what we can. We work on the individual pet’s needs, providing each patient with a custom plan. Depending on the species, age, size, and physical and mental health of the patient we determine what care may be needed. From physical exams and vaccines, to spays and neuters, our doctors are committed to the best care of our patients. Oral health, parasite treatment and prevention, and blood screenings are all part of a healthy, happy pet.
Have you heard the saying, “Prevention is the best medicine”? Well, when it comes to vaccinations and parasites, this is absolutely true. We not only offer the “core” vaccines, but strongly recommend some of the “non-core” ones as well, including Leptospirosis, Lyme, and Kennel Cough. To learn more about our vaccine protocols, click on the links below.
Here at SMVC, we strongly encourage our owners to continue using flea and tick preventatives as well as heartworm prevention year round. With the climate constantly changing, seasonal use is becoming a thing of the past. Fleas are making their way into homes during the winter, and ticks are becoming more prevalent. This is why we offer a vast selection of products including, Frontline Plus, Vectra 3D, and Revolution.
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With the increase of dogs coming up from the south, we are starting to see more heartworm in our area. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs. The disease is transmitted when mosquitoes carry microscopic baby heartworms (microfilaria) from one dog to the next. We strongly encourage year round heartworm prevention for all dogs. Did you know it can take up to six months for an affected dog to show up positive on a blood test? This is why we like to start our patients on heartworm prevention as early as 8 weeks of age, and administer their first heartworm test at six months. We offer Heartgard Plus and Revolution, both of which are used as a monthly preventative. We also offer Proheart 6 which is an injectable preventative that is administered every six months. Annually we perform a blood test that test for Heartworm and three different tick borne diseases: Lyme, Anaplasmois, and Erlichiosis.
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