Pet Wellness

Our wellness procedures are designed to prevent disease and prolong the lives of your pets. Preventative care should begin the day you welcome a new pet into your home. For puppies and kittens, we recommend beginning a vaccination series between six and eight weeks of age. While receiving appropriate vaccinations is important, the comprehensive physical examinations, intestinal parasite screenings and precautionary dewormings that are also administered during this series will help ensure your new family member is off to a happy, healthy start.

For a healthy adult pet, we recommend a visit to our clinic 

ANNUALLY

Since pets age at a much quicker rate than humans, these visits will become increasingly important in early detection of any changes in their health. 

Our wellness procedures are designed to prevent disease and prolong the lives of your pets. Preventative care should begin the day you welcome a new pet into your home. For puppies and kittens, we recommend beginning a vaccination series between six and eight weeks of age. While receiving appropriate vaccinations is important, the comprehensive physical examinations, intestinal parasite screenings and precautionary dewormings that are also administered during this series will help ensure your new family member is off to a happy, healthy start.

AGE-RELATED WELLNESS PROGRAMS

At AVH, we can keep your pets happy and healthy by utilizing the following:

Even though your pet only needs vaccinations every 1-3 years, we recommend your pet should be seen every 6 to 12 months for wellness exams. As a pet ages, yearly blood work determines how well their internal organs are functioning. Diabetes, liver failure, kidney disease, and thyroid disease are but a few of the common problems that can be detected early, and treatment can be performed to prolong your pet’s life.

If your pet is on long-term medications (Rimadyl, Metacam, thyroid medications, anticonvulsants, and heart treatments), yearly blood work is necessary to make sure that the proper dose of medication is given or to assess possible complications from the medication. Most blood tests can be run in our hospital for faster results. Remember, 1 year in a pets life is like 7 human years.

The physical exam is a very important aspect of your pet’s wellness. 
 

WHAT YOU GET

  • Custom Health Plan
  • Commitment
  • Experience

Your pet’s annual vet check-up will include a total physical exam, with a thorough investigation of your pet’s head, body and tail, and all his assorted cavities. Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual cleaning by your veterinarian maybe in order. Like you, your pet can lose his teeth due to decay and neglect.

It’s a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives at the vet, but also of notes on things like your pet’s elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences.

  • We offer a variety of services for a well rounded approach to your pet’s health!
  •  Laparoscopic Surgery and Spays – we are proud to be one of the few clinics in the Denver metro area to offer this service.
  • Orthopedic and General Surgery
  • Emergency Care (during normal hours)
  • Dental Care and Oral Surgery
  • Full In-House Laboratory
  • Complete Pharmacy
  • Digital Radiology & In- house Ultrasound
  • Neuters
  • Acupuncture

Specialty Services

– Dr. Don Kerrihard is a mobile surgeon that is available to perform advanced orthopedic procedures, including cruciate ligament repairs.
– Dr. Christina Copple is a radiologist that we partner with. She travels to AVH to perform specialist ultrasounds and to do bimonthly radiology reviews of all of our x-rays.

Although a comprehensive exam is crucial, it may not always reveal every problem. Procedures such as blood-work and urinalysis each year alert us to potentially threatening trends of the internal organs and identifies internal disease at the earliest stage possible.

Another important aspect of wellness care during the examination process is educating clients. Together as partners, we can ensure that your pets receive all they need to live long and healthy lives.

Feel free to ask us any questions. And of course, we take it upon ourselves to keep you in the know.

We also offer annual blood screenings for all of our patients. If done routinely, these screenings will help our doctors detect potential diseases before they become a serious issue. If caught early, many common diseases can be managed through dietary modifications. Since pets usually don’t exhibit symptoms of many serious diseases, such as kidney or liver disease, until the disease is in its advanced stages, early detection leads to early treatment and can prolong your pet’s life.

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