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There are many elements to keep track of when you’re trying to make sure your pet’s overall health is being properly taken care of. Bringing them in for a regular checkup is essential, of course, but you may not be aware of all of the ways we can help your pet live a long and healthy life.
At Hickory Grove Animal Hospital, we take the big picture approach to your pet’s health, and that includes thorough vaccinations regimens, oral health checkups and more.
Keeping your pet up to date on shots is the best way to protect them from a number of potentially harmful diseases. The vaccinations we administer fall into two categories, which we refer to as core and non-core. For most pets, we’ll begin with core vaccinations at between six and eight weeks of age, and we’ll provide boosters overtime as necessary to make sure the protections are still in effect.
The necessity of non-core vaccinations is more dependent on lifestyle and exposure factors. For instance, if your cat goes outside or is around other animals all the time, they may need some vaccinations that indoor cats would not. It’s also never too late to protect your pet with vaccines, so even if they didn’t get their shots when they were young, they can still benefit by getting them as soon as possible.
Your pet’s oral health is an often-overlooked but integral part of their overall health and well-being. Having regular checkups and routine cleanings can help prevent the development of periodontal disease and tooth decay, both of which can eventually lead to complications for your pet. Our experts can also perform tooth extractions, address infections and abscesses, and more.
Heartworm is a disease that’s transmitted through mosquito bites and that leads to the development of an adult heartworm within your dog’s heart. If left untreated, it can eventually spread to the lungs as well as the liver, and it will lead to an early death in most cases.
A heartworm infection is treatable, but the best way to protect your dog is by using a preventive medication provided by your veterinarian in Charlotte NC. Before giving the medication, your vet will test your dog’s blood to make sure they’re not already infected, and the preventive medication is generally given orally once a month.
Digital radiology is just one of the high-tech tools we have here at Hickory Grove Animal Hospital to help us diagnose a range of injuries, illnesses, and other conditions. The images produced by our digital machines are clearer than conventional film x-rays, and they also are viewable immediately. The dose of radiation your pet is exposed to during the x-ray process is also significantly lower than with conventional film x-rays, and it’s a completely painless process.
K-Laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure used to treat a number of conditions your pet may suffer from throughout their life. For instance, it is often used to relieve pain from arthritis or inflammation in a joint or to help incisions heal after surgery. K-Laser therapy accomplishes these things by promoting blood flow to the treated area and stimulating the surrounding tissues.
To learn more about the healthcare services we offer or to schedule an appointment, call our offices today at 704-563-5858.