Northern Valley Animal Clinic understands that pet owners want their pets to live long, healthy, and full lives. We are committed to providing preventive health care options to protect pets throughout every stage of life.
Puppy and Kitten Care
Young animals age very quickly and have different needs than adult animals. Visit our puppy and kitten care page for the recommendations of Northern Valley Animal Clinic’s veterinarians.
Veterinary Physical Exams
Our veterinarians recommend annual physical exams for all adult dogs and cats. Since pets cannot tell us when they are not feeling their best, we have to rely on body language, response to interactions, and medical testing to ensure they are healthy. The veterinarians of Northern Valley Animal Clinic will check your pet from nose to tail, being alert for any signs of health issues.
Animals are used to having to hide pain and illness to keep from attracting the attention of predators. This can also make it difficult for pet owners to recognize subtle signs of larger issues. Our doctors will check for these signs and will work with you so you can also identify small symptoms at home.
Parasite Prevention in Pets
- Ticks and fleas—In addition to taking needed nutrients away from the pets they feed upon, fleas and ticks carry diseases that can spread both to other pets and humans. Our veterinarians will help you select the best tick and flea prevention products to use based on your pet’s species, breed, size, age, and activity level.
- Heartworm—Heartworm is transferred from one animal to another by mosquitoes. The worm lodges in the heart of the dog and damages both the heart and lungs. Treatment is very difficult and risky, but preventive measures are very easy. Our veterinarians recommend yearly blood screening for heartworm in dogs and preventive medication through the mosquito season.
- Intestinal parasites—Worms that live in the intestines of dogs and cats can drain the pet of needed nutrients and even cause blockages in the digestive system. Northern Valley Animal Clinic recommends yearly screening for intestinal parasites through a fecal sample analyzed at our in-house lab.
All dogs and cats need vaccinations for protection from the most common and deadly of pet diseases. Based on your pet’s species, activity level, and unique health risks, our veterinarians will work with you to develop the best vaccination schedule to ensure he or she has all the protection needed without the risk of over-vaccination.
Senior Pet Care
As pets age, their bodies have different nutritional and general health needs, as well as changes in their abilities and activity level. Visit our senior pet care page for recommendations for making your pet’s senior years some of the best time you’ll spend together.
The bond between a pet and his or her family is a strong one, and we are committed to nurturing that bond through preventive health care that will enrich and lengthen your pet’s life. If you have any questions about the best care to offer your pet, contact the knowledgeable staff and veterinarians of Northern Valley Animal Clinic .