Pet Health & Wellness Care
The veterinarians at Lucerne Veterinary Hospital understand pet care. They know that keeping pets healthy is superior to treating pets after they are sick. Sick pets experience pain and sustain damage to their systems that reduces longevity and harms overall wellbeing. Our focus on wellness is based on a philosophy of compassion, humane treatment, and responsibility to pets and their owners.
Pet Health Care Through Each Stage of Life
Pets can’t tell us about uncomfortable health problems, making a yearly physical exam especially important.
One “dog year” is equivalent to approximately seven human years; therefore, a yearly physical for pets is like you visiting your doctor only once every seven years!
Parasite testing and prevention, periodic immunizations, and a thorough general health check should be done every year, or more often for older pets and those with chronic medical conditions.
- Puppies & Kittens—The first year of life involves a series of wellness visits, to build immunity through vaccinations, eliminate parasites, and monitor proper growth.
- Adult Cats & Dogs—Annual visits are essential for maintaining overall health and condition, as well as to identify any developing medical concerns and provide treatment, before your pets experience pain or impairments.
- Senior Pets—Exams every six months and geriatric testing at least once a year allow us to identify early disease states and take measures to keep your pet as healthy as possible; this might be as easy as a diet change, medication, modified activity, or environmental alterations.
Planning for Health with Preventive Care
Preventive care recommendations differ for individual pets: lifestyle and associated risk factors, concurrent disease states, and philosophy of the pet owner all contribute to determining the best recommendations. We develop a health care plan tailored to the needs of each individual pet, evaluated and adjusted at every wellness visit.
Physical exams, routine pet dental care, and laboratory tests are important to every dog and cat at every stage of life. Our staff supports you in your efforts to provide the best health and wellness care available for your animal companions.
Microchipping Keeps Pets Safe
Keeping pets safe is a challenge, but microchipping helps identify pets that get lost anywhere in the country. Lucerne Veterinary Hospital uses the ResQ microchip system, which is compatible with all international scanners.
Learn more about ResQ microchips.