Life Stage Care

At Westover Animal Clinic, we follow your pet through the many phases of their lives. From specialized and preventative care during their younger years to regular wellness checks as they age in order to prevent and detect problems before they arise. We know your pet is important to you, that's why we work hard to ensure they are given only the best in care through all the years of their lives. Read below for more information on life stage care for your pet.

Puppy & Kitten Care

Congratulations on your new puppy or kitten! The Team at Westover Animal Clinic are excited to be a part of your new family member, and are happy to get you started on the right path. Whenever you acquire a new puppy or kitten, it is important to schedule a physical examination as soon as possible. Our Veterinarians will do a complete check-over, checking for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problems to ensure that your new family member is healthy. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventative products can help protect them against many types of parasites.

Juvenile pets also have immature immune systems which makes it difficult to fight of disease. Following our recommended vaccine protocols can help to ensure that your new puppy or kitten develops into a healthy young adult. Call us today for an appointment today!

Important Pet Vaccines

Some of the most important vaccines for your young pet include:

Dogs

  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Bordetella
  • Lyme
  • Rabies

Cats

  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis/Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus
  • Rabies

Request an appointment to vaccinate your puppy or kitten

Adult Pet Care

We recommend all pets be examined twice a year in order to prevent/detect medical problems. Pets age faster than we do and as a result, health problems can progress much more rapidly. Regular wellness examinations will confirm that your pet is healthy or help catch problems before they can become more serious. Your pet's semi-annual veterinary visit will include some, if not all of the following: a health consultation, blood work, a physical examination, pain assessment, nutritional counseling, vaccinations if necessary, an intestinal parasite screening and a recommendation for an on-going wellness routine.

Diet and nutrition are also important to maintaining your pet's health. Feeding your pet a specially formulated diet to meet the needs of adulthood helps encourage a long and healthy life. Please feel free to consult your veterinarian to help you find the right food to fit with your pet's lifestyle, body condition and health needs.

We will assess your pet’s comfort level and address any concerns about pain. Even younger cats and dogs can experience chronic pain due to joint disease (osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, cruciate (ACL) disease) and dental disease.

Request a annual or semi-annual wellness exam

Senior Pet Care

Thanks to the advancements in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the variety of conditions and diseases that they are susceptible to including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, cancer and diabetes. And because pets age faster than we do, health problems can progress much more rapidly. We pay special attention to your senior pet's comfort level and address any concerns about pain.

Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your senior pet healthy. If your pet is over the age of 7 years, we recommend a wellness exam every 6 months. During your pet’s exam, we will address the following:

  • Health consultation
  • Physical examination
  • Pain assessment
  • Oral exam
  • Diet recommendations
  • Preventative blood work
  • Intestinal parasite testing
  • Vaccinations (if necessary)

Please call our Clinic as soon as possible for an appointment if your pet is experiencing any of the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Changes in activity or mobility
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin or ear irritation or odor
  • Bad breath or bleeding gums

Request an appointment