NorthPointe Animal Hospital

NorthPointe
Animal Hospital, Inc.

 
 

Essential Preventative Care

P.A.W.S. Wellness Packages

We are now offering Pet Animal Wellness Service preventative care packages for dogs and cats of all ages. These packages combine many of the essential preventatives your pet needs at greatly discounted prices. They also include an additional percent discount on services not already covered by your package. Come on in to see how much you can save by utilizing our P.A.W.S. Packages!

*Please note that we do not give prices over the phone. Feel free to come in and talk to one of our team members for information.

Wellness Examinations

A year is a long time in the life of our pets, since their lifespan is shorter than ours. We recommend a complete physical examination every 6 months. 

During an exam, the veterinarian will do a nose to tail inspection of your pet. This includes eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, skin, and listening to their heart and lungs. 

This helps us to identify symptoms of disease, infection or old age. If we are able to diagnose disease earlier, this may increase chance of recovery, and very often costs less to treat. 

Immunizations

Immunizations are essential to your pet's health. Vaccines now control many pet diseases that were once considered fatal. Some, like rabies, are required by law, and others are needed based on the risks in our community and in the areas to which you travel. We stay current with latest immunization research and will recommend the best vaccination protocol for your pets.

Dog Vaccinations:

Rabies - Required by the state of California, this protects against the rabies virus
DAPPv - The "combo" or "4-in-1" vaccination. This protects against canine distemper virus, adenovirus type 1 (hepatitis) and adenovirus type 2 (respiratory disease), canine parainfluenza virus, and canine parvovirus.
Bordatella - This protects against bordetella bronchiseptica, and 2 viruses known to cause "Kennel Cough"

Other vaccinations (such as lyme disease or rattlesnake vaccine) may be recommended based on your environment or lifestyle. Please let Dr. McIntyre know if you live in or visit areas with ticks or rattlesnakes, or have any questions about any other vaccinations.

Cat Vaccinations:
We use nonadjuvanted vaccines in cats. To learn why, click here

Rabies - This protects against the rabies virus. 
FVRCP - The "feline distemper" or "combo" vaccine. This vaccinates for feline rhinotracheitis, calici and panleukopenia viruses.
FeLV - This protects against the feline leukemia virus.

Other vaccinations (such as FIV) may be recommended based on your cat's lifestyle or environment. Please let Dr. McIntyre know if you live in an area with known cases of FIV or have a cat diagnosed with FIV.

Other Species Vaccinations:

Please call us if you have questions about what vaccines your pets may need. Some other pets, such as ferrets, may need special vaccines. Do not give dog or cat vaccinations to other species of animals.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm is a parasite transmitted through the bite of mosquitoes. Many people think pets in our area are not at risk, however, we have seen pets that have never left home diagnosed with heartworm disease! Treatment of heartworm disease is very taxing on a pet, which is compounded by the damage the parasites may have already caused, and some pets do not live through treatment. 

This is why prevention is the key! We recommend Heartgard - an easy to give, once monthly flavored chewable. On average, heartworm prevention over the lifetime of a pet costs LESS than heartworm treatment. 

External Parasite Prevention

Beyond the itching and scratching, external parasites can carry all sorts of diseases, some of which can be contagious to people. A good quality preventative will not only prevent parasite infestations, but protect your human family as well. 

Dogs:
Vectra 3D - A once monthly topical prevention that kills and repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting and sand flies, lice and some mites. This is our preferred treatment because it is very safe and effective against a large variety of parasites.   

Nexgard - A once monthly flavored chewable that kills fleas and ticks. This is a great alternative for pets with sensitive skin, that get bathed a lot, or owners that don't like the smell or wetness of a topical. It is soy based with no meat or other protein sources, so it is good for dogs with allergies to beef, poultry, etc. 

Cats:
Vectra - A once monthly topical prevention that kills fleas. This is our preferred treatment for cats because of its safety and efficacy.

Intestinal Parasite Prevention

Intestinal parasites are very common in pets, and infect 90% of puppies under 3 months of age. They are very easily transmitted between pets, and some of these parasites can be transmitted to humans as well. This is why detection and preventative deworming are very important. We recommend testing and preventative deworming every 6 months to keep your pets and family protected against parasites.

Nutrition

A high quality, nutritious diet is one of the most important things you can give your pet to keep them healthy and happy for a long time. We can help you decide which food is best for your pet, based on age, lifestyle, breed, and health. There are even some ailments that can be prevented or managed by a change in diet. In addition to nutritional advice, we carry a variety of prescription diets for pets that need special care due to a previous or ongoing problem.

Dental Care

Keeping your pet's teeth healthy is critical to the long term health of your pet. We offer a variety of preventative dental care products, such as tooth brushes, pet safe toothpastes, water additives to reduce bacteria in the mouth, and dental specific diets that help clean teeth as they eat.

Microchipping

Microchipping is the safest, most effective method for identifying your pet, to help him or her to be returned if lost. A microchip is a tiny computer chip programmed with a unique identification number. It is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle and be injected under your pet's skin, so it is minimally invasive. After administration, the chip is then registered with your information. When your pet gets scanned, that chip number will help get your pet back home to you.