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Corfu Pet Wellness Services

corfu pet wellness servicesYour Pet's Wellness Examination
at Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic

As the old saying goes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The entire veterinary team at Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic recommends regular pet wellness examinations for the same reason your personal physician or dentist does. If a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

When it comes to your pet's wellness, Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic maintains a strong emphasis on puppy and kitten vaccinations with annual boosters; appropriate parasite monitoring and screening; and comprehensive parasite control programs with safe and effective products.

Annual Pet Wellness Exams

During your pet's wellness examination, our veterinarians perform a complete physical to assess your pet's overall health and to give you, the pet owner, an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you have. Have you noticed any recent subtle shifts in your pet's health or behavior? Have you observed any changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, activity level, or urination and bowel habits? Pets can't tell you how they feel, but changes may be signs of medical problems. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become noticeable until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian and you evaluate your pet's health and make informed decisions about your special companion's veterinary care.

Preventative Health Care for Every Age and Stage

Each age and stage of your pet's life presents different health issues that may require attention and care. Our team of doctors and veterinary staff provide individualized attention and develop a health care plan for your pet that takes into consideration his/her special needs, lifestyle, breed and home life. We also listen to you, the pet owner, and consider your schedule, routine, needs and family life. By understanding the whole picture, we can better tailor your pet's health care plan to suit his and your lifestyle.

When you bring your pet to Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines (to protect your pet against dangerous, but preventable, diseases), routine dental care (good oral health protects overall systemic health), and microchip identification (should your pet become lost). We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional counseling, general and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities and much more.

pet vaccines in CorfuVaccinations at Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic

Vaccines are an excellent way to protect your pet. While some vaccines prevent common infectious diseases, others protect against dangers present in a pet's lifestyle. The team at Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic follows the vaccination protocols put forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), thus ensuring your pet receives the best possible veterinary care. Read on for a list of our recommended vaccinations.

Essential Vaccines for your Dog

Distemper Vaccine (DHPP): This combination vaccine protects against four diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus

Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection. Most states require rabies vaccinations by law.

Other Vaccines for Dogs

Lyme Disease: Carried by ticks, Lyme Disease is extremely prevalent in our area and in certain parts of the country. Pets residing in the east and west coast as well as the Great Lakes region are most susceptible to Lyme Disease.

Leptospirosis: Often included as part of the distemper combination vaccine (thus making it DHLPP), this bacterial infection is most prevalent in moist climates where dogs may encounter standing or slow-moving water. This disease can be carried by rats, mice, deer, etc.

Bordetella ("Canine Cough"): The bordetella bacteria causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog attends a doggy daycare program, a boarding facility or a dog show.

Essential Vaccines for your Cat

Feline Distemper (FVRCP): Commonly referred to as a distemper vaccine, this combination vaccine protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.

Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection.

Other Vaccines for Your Cat

Feline Leukemia (Felv): Felv is a viral infection transmitted from one cat to another through close contact. This vaccine is highly recommended for cats that go outdoors or live in multi-cat households, and we consider this an essential vaccine for kittens.

Corfu Parasite Prevention

Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm) parasites can cause problems for your pet and your family. Our clinic features educational information on these troubling pests in each exam room and we place heavy emphasis on educating our clients about disease transmission and the risks you and your pets face.

Prevention is the best approach to eliminating these pests. The veterinarians at Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic recommend monthly or extended period preventative medication based on your pet's risk assessment and ease of compliance. We are committed to providing the best quality products for your pet and carry a range of different topical or oral parasite preventatives for both cats and dogs. Please ask a staff member at Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic for the best way to prevent parasite problems in your pet.

corfu puppy, kitten carePuppy and Kitten Care

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention for them to grow and develop well. New puppy or kitten care can feel overwhelming. We are here to make it as easy and informative as possible.

Our team of Corfu veterinarians and technicians partner with you to create a custom health plan so your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

Your puppy or kitten's first year of care will include:

Physical Examinations: Your puppy or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 appointments between the ages of 6-16 weeks. These visits are important because they provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines. It also teaches your pet that visits to our clinic will be loving and caring experiences.

Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested medical guidelines.

Diagnostic Testing: Complete bloodwork done at an early age establishes a baseline for future reference and can identify abnormalities before they become serious health concerns.

Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering and microchipping.

Senior Pet Care

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your senior pet has medical needs that are very different from puppies and kittens, though. The veterinarians and medical team at Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her golden years.

Pets age faster than people and are considered to be seniors around age 7. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy. Symptoms of disease or a chronic condition many not be readily apparent. In some cases, conditions that look like the usual signs of old age could be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all senior pets undergo at least one physical examination each year, though more frequent examinations are encouraged. During an examination, we also perform tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes and other health problems.

You are an important ally in keeping your senior pet healthy. If your pet is experiencing any changes in behavior, we urge you to bring him or her in for a check-up. We can make sure you and your cherished companion enjoy many more years together.