Pet Wellness Services

Wellness ServicesWellness Services

The staff at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital is committed to providing you and your pet the finest veterinary care possible. We're a welcoming, skilled partner in the care of your beloved companions.

The veterinarians at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital believe that prevention contributes to your pet's long term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We strongly recommend wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks to keep your pet in optimum health.

Despite the very best preventive care, a beloved pet may develop an illness or be injured. Our internal medicine and surgical expertise, as well as our advanced diagnostic capabilities and veterinary laboratory, ensure that your pet receives a quick and accurate diagnosis. We take time to explain our diagnosis to you and provide you with various options for your pet's treatment.

Please take a look at the services we offer to learn why we believe they are important to the care and wellbeing of your pet. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It's a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and is also an opportunity for you to discuss any of your concerns or ask questions.

Your pet's yearly wellness examination at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital allows us to:

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's 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 and evaluate cardiac function
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination and bowel habits
  • Inquire as to your pet's activity level
  • Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
  • Monitor your pet's blood count
  • Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Heartworm disease and other metabolic conditions
  • Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
  • Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
  • Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
  • Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting
  • Demonstrate how to administer at-home medication
  • Engage in conversation and answer your questions and concerns

Many of the tests referenced above can be done during your dog or cat's regular exam.


Wellness Services

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Regular Blood Testing

A complete physical includes a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline if your pet becomes ill between regular examinations.

Flea and Tick Borne Disease

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available here at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital.

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool.

In our region, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

These problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.


Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. 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 and your family from these dangerous parasites, please call us today for an appointment.

Vaccines

The doctors at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital recommend individual tailored vaccine protocols based on risk factors and lifestyle of the pet. Our canine core vaccines are Rabies and Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus.

Non-core vaccines are Bordetella, Leptospirosis, canine influenza and Lyme Disease.

Feline core vaccines are Rabies and DRCP. Leukemia is a non-core vaccination, but we do recommend it if you have an outdoor cat.

We tailor vaccine protocols to your individual pet, taking into account benefits and risks as well as environment and health status.

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable through vaccination. Not only is it state law, vaccinating your pet against Rabies helps protect you and your family from this deadly disease.