Preventative Care Plans
Many canine and feline health problems and diseases can be prevented or diagnosed early with preventive care. A number of veterinary diseases can appear with little to no symptoms, yet cause severe and irreversible harm to your pet—even death. Regular physical exams and diagnostic testing are critical to keeping your pet healthy and to detect problems not visible to the naked eye.
Bi-Annual Wellness Exams
Dogs and cats age much more rapidly than humans, and diseases affecting them can advance quickly. By bringing your pet in twice a year for examination, we can carefully assess your pet’s health needs, spot any possible issues or concerns, and begin a treatment plan.
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos all carry potential dangers and life-threatening diseases for your pets. However, with proper testing at your wellness visits and the incorporation of a monthly parasite control plan, these dangers most often can be avoided.
Diet and exercise help keep your pet at his or her best. Helping you make sure your dog or cat receives the proper nutrition and regular exercise they need throughout their lives is an ongoing process, and we are here to assist you.
By the age of 3, most dogs and cats exhibit some signs of periodontal disease. Along with regular at-home brushing, our pet dental care services will help keep your pet’s teeth and gums in optimal shape. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease in pets is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats. Don’t let your pet become a statistic. Regular at-home care and yearly dentistry visits are the best way to prevent tooth loss, tooth decay, and mouth sores. Lansing offers scheduled dentistry appointments as part of our comprehensive veterinary care and preventive plans to keep your pet healthy. IS YOUR PET’S ORAL HEALTH IN DANGER? Many pet owners neglect their pet’s teeth cleaning and oral health care. It is often, unfortunately viewed as an unnecessary and inconvenient aspect of caring for their pet. The downside is that dental disease can be difficult to spot and once developed, can be expensive and painful to treat. If your pet is exhibiting any of the following signs, they may have dental disease:
Just like in humans, regular teeth cleaning can decrease the harmful bacteria that live in your pet’s mouth, which can enter the bloodstream and damage their heart, liver, and lungs. If your pet is exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, please contact us today. HOW OFTEN DOES MY PET NEED DENTAL CARE? While good pet hygiene begins at home, professional cleanings are recommended for your pet’s health. We recommend that pets receive dental cleanings at least once a year. At your annual wellness or preventive care visit, our veterinarians will assess your pet’s oral health and determine if more frequent or advanced dental care is required. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR DENTAL CARE FOR YOUR PET? Dental care should be a part of your pet’s overall health and wellness. Incorporating it in your dog’s or cat’s health regimen helps to reduce organ disease and failure, bad breath, tooth decay, plaque and tarter, and oral infections.
- Yellowing or discolored teeth
- Inflamed or red gums
- Bad breath
- Swollen mouth, gums or teeth
- Loose teeth
- Pain or discomfort while eating
Puppy & Kitten Care
At Lansing Animal Hospital we are here to help make sure your new addition gets the best possible start at life. Just as you would take your child to a pediatrician for professional medical care and advice, our veterinarians and staff are here to help care for and support your pet during the early stages of their life. We recommend you bring your new puppy or kitten in for its first wellness visit between 6 to 8 weeks of age. We are so dedicated to your pet receiving the early health care they need, that we offer a free puppy or kitten wellness exam for all healthy pets, and also for newly adopted pets. At this visit, our veterinarians will:
Your puppy’s or kitten’s initial visit with us will serve as just the beginning of what we hope will become a long-standing relationship between our hospital and your family. Please plan to make several visits during your pet’s first months for wellness care, vaccinations, and ongoing monitoring of any health or behavior issues. For more information on our puppy and kitten care services, and to schedule your pet’s wellness exam, please contact us at (708) 474-0021.
- Perform a full examination of your puppy or kitten
- Perform testing for parasites, deworming, and feline viruses (for kittens)
- Administer your pet’s first vaccinations and develop an ongoing vaccination schedule
- Begin your pet on parasite control and heartworm preventive medications
- Discuss your pet being spayed or neutered between 4 to 6 months of age
- Provide advice regarding your pet’s diet, exercise, behavior and overall veterinary care regimen
- Review any possible hereditary or environmental risks and conditions that may affect your pet
- Answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your pet’s health and wellness
New & Adopted Pet Care
Adding a new pet member to your family is an exciting experience. It is also a time when most pet owners could use some much needed support and assistance. During this time, we take care great care in helping our clients with any questions and concerns you may have regarding: VETERINARY CARE Whether your new addition is a puppy or kitten, or an adult pet, we offer comprehensive veterinary services to assist you with their care throughout every stage of their lives. From vaccinations to general surgeries, you can count on us to be here for your pet. NUTRITION AND EXERCISE An active and healthy pet is a happy pet. We can help you take the guesswork out of finding the diet and exercise regimen that fits your dog or cat’s breed, environment, and medical needs. BEHAVIOR Good behavior habits aren’t just for humans. Understanding your pet’s behavior is important to their wellness, as well as identifying any potential health problems. Our veterinarians and staff can assist you in identifying any behavioral red flags and provide consultation to address them. We offer boarding and grooming services to all new and adopted pets that are current on their vaccinations and in good health. Scheduling an extended stay or spa day for your pet is as simple as giving us a call. We absolutely love to care for and support new and adopted pets. If you’ve recently adopted or added a new pet to your family, we are here to help you. We also offer a free, first head-to-tail wellness examination for adopted pets, as well as a number of other veterinary services.
Knowing that your pet needs veterinary surgery can be a scary and stressful experience. That’s why our highly skilled veterinary team is here to not only guide you through the process, but to make sure your pet is as comfortable and safe as possible during the procedure. Our in-house surgical suite allows us to provide a wide variety of veterinary surgeries including:
PRE-SURGICAL VETERINARY CARE Before beginning any surgical procedures, we require:
- Spaying and neutering
- Mass removals
- Reconstructive surgeries
- Abdominal surgeries
- Limited thoracic surgeries
- Limited orthopedic surgeries
POST-SURGICAL VETERINARY CARE Once your pet is out of surgery, our doctors and staff will continue to carefully monitor your pet’s vital signs and their recovery from sedation. We will also provide you with careful instructions on how to care for your pet, including observation tips, discussing pain management options, and dispensing of any prescribed medications. Please note that all surgical procedures do require an appointment. Contact us today to schedule your pet’s veterinary procedure or to receive more information.
- A physical examination of your pet to assess their overall health and well-being, as well as their surgical needs
- Pre-anesthetic blood work to provide an extra margin of safety, particularly for senior pets
- That your pet be up-to-date on their vaccinations
- Monitoring of their vital signs
- A complete consultation with you regarding the procedure and any possible complications
- Signing of any required paperwork