A Message from the Vet - March 2010
Preventive Veterinary Care

Preventative veterinary care is a very important part of your pet's overall well-being. Making sure your pets are current on vaccinations and laboratory tests can keep your pet as well as your family safe. At your pet's annual visit, your veterinarian is able to check the health of your loved one and detect early signs of illness.

Here at Kailua Animal Clinic, we stress the importance of annual heartworm tests. Heartworms are parasites that enter the blood through the bite of a mosquito. The only way to effectively prevent heartworms is to eliminate the immature forms with monthly heartworm preventative medication. Though heartworm disease is present throughout the United States, the risk is greatest in areas such as Hawaii where the pleasant climate allows mosquitoes to thrive year-round. All dogs and cats should be screened regularly and maintained on monthly heartworm prevention.

We also annually check each patient for intestinal worms. Hookworms and roundworms can interfere with your pet's ability to grow and thrive, and are transmissible to other family members - both pets and humans! By screening pets annually, we can detect these intestinal parasite infections and treat them accordingly.

Vaccinations for parvovirus, distemper, bordetella (kennel cough), and leptospirosis are very important. Vaccinated dogs are less susceptible to clinical disease, and if infected, will usually have less severe symptoms.

Wellness blood screenings are also important in mature patients. Pets over the age of 7 years are considered to be seniors. Blood tests looking at blood chemistry and complete blood counts are recommended. This test is done annually to ensure that liver and kidneys are functioning properly and to detect disease processes such as anemia or infection early.

Here at Kailua Animal Clinic, we are continually looking to improve patient care. We are also working to make the best veterinary care convenient for our clients. In response to the needs of some of our clients, we have recently begun offering house call veterinary services. This gives our owners and their pets the opportunity to have routine veterinary visits in the comfort and privacy of their own home, which may allow the patient to feel more at ease. If you are interested in finding out more about our house call services (available within the Kailua area) please contact us here at the clinic.

Candice Denham, DVM

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