Veterinary care is important for the health of your pet. Your veterinarian can help you protect your dog or cat from dangerous diseases and other common illnesses. Here are some of the services that your veterinarian can provide: Vaccines, Microchipping, Surgery, Dental Care, and Grooming. Vaccines are essential to your pet’s health.
Many illnesses that were once deadly can be treated with vaccines. Vaccinations also prevent diseases that can spread to other animals and even people.
Core vaccinations for cats include FVRR-CP which protects against feline respiratory diseases (like sneezing, runny nose and crusty discharge around the eyes) and Panleukopenia virus. This vaccine is administered every 2-4 weeks starting at 7-8 weeks and then boostered once a year.
Dogs should be on tick preventative and a Lyme disease vaccine if they will be in the outdoors often or are exposed to deer ticks. A Lyme disease vaccination can help prevent joint pain, fever, swelling, lethargy and kidney damage.
Rabies is a fatal disease that can only be prevented by vaccination. Many kennel facilities, groomers and pet daycares require proof of a Rabies vaccine.
Microchips are electronic chips that carry your pet’s ID number. They don’t have any working parts, and they transmit a unique code only when scanned.
Unlike collars and tags, which can break or be removed, a microchip stays with your pet for its entire life. The microchip is also registered in a database, which stores your contact information so that you can be reunited with your pet if it gets lost.
The implant procedure is quick and painless, similar to a vaccination. It is important to get your pet microchipped, and register the identification number with a company that maintains the registry. Most primary veterinarians and shelters microchip pets, and many offer registration services for a low cost or free. You should update the registration as your contact information changes.
Certain diseases and health problems require the expertise of a veterinarian who has completed specialized surgical training. These surgeons can repair complex fractures, perform total hip replacements, remove cancerous growths, and even manage herniated discs or spinal injuries in dogs or cats. They may also graft skin over extensive or non-healing wounds.
Perhaps the most common surgery performed is sterilization, which can reduce your pet’s risk of reproductive cancers, as well as aggressive behaviors that stem from being in heat or a propensity for roaming and getting into traffic accidents. It is also the most responsible way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and resulting homeless animals. Male pets can be neutered at a very low cost, and recovery is usually quite quick.
Dental care is a huge part of your pet’s wellness care. Studies show that pets with healthy teeth and gums have a longer life than those with problems.
During a regular wellness visit, your veterinarian will examine your pet’s teeth and gums looking for signs of trouble like loose or broken teeth, gums that are red or bleeding, excessive buildup of tartar and plaque, awkward chewing and bad breath. He will also discuss diet and offer advice about brushing and special treats and chews.
Dr. Honzelka is a 1999 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. He entered small animal practice and although he enjoyed general practice, in 2006 he was “bitten by the dentistry bug.” His love for dentistry led him to become Board Certified in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery.
Whether your pet needs an occasional bath or more thorough grooming, our Veterinarian Clinic in Milwaukee WI is here to help. Our experienced staff of veterinarians and veterinary technicians is trained to provide expert and professional grooming services for all types of animals, including dogs, cats, small mammals, and rabbits.
Our veterinarians are committed to delivering compassionate wellness care for every pet throughout each stage of life. These visits are the perfect opportunity to discuss subtle changes in your pet’s behavior, mobility, eating habits, and more. They are also a great time to get the answers you need about what steps you can take at home to optimize your pet’s health. This is especially important if your pet has been diagnosed with any illness.