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Quality Pet Wellness Care
In Spring Lake North Carolina

Pet Wellness

The professionals at Manchester Animal Hospital think of wellness as more than an annual exam — wellness is an attitude of compassion and respect for the animal and a supportive approach that concerns every area and every stage of your pet’s life. From youthful vigor to a comfortable senior pet, areas such as nutrition, exercise, attitude, behavior, mental acuity, physical condition, and lifestyle are all considered in the overall wellness plan. This approach is designed to support the pet owner in developing and nurturing the human-animal bond over all the stages of the pet’s life. We believe this wellness attitude results in a more positive experience for both pets and their owners.

The first step is the wellness exam — a hands-on, head-to-toe assessment performed by our veterinarian, designed to identify potential or existing problems. Should we identify an existing or developing problem, we are aggressive in our approach to treatment with the goal of returning your pet to a vigorously healthy state as soon as possible. Our specialized Services cover a wide range of veterinary concerns, from reproductive care to neurology. Whatever your veterinary concern, we are skilled and experienced.

In addition to this comprehensive physical examination, our wellness program includes internal parasite testing and prevention, external parasite control, routine immunizations, life-stage blood testing, and diagnostics or monitoring related to your pet’s individualized care.

Some topics, such as behavior and training, will be addressed in your first wellness visit and may be revisited throughout the stages of your pet’s life. Bring all of your questions about raising your pet to every visit — we assist you in finding as much information as you need to feel comfortable and successful in raising your pet. Additional areas of wellness, such as physical condition and mental acuity, may need to be addressed more thoroughly as your pet reaches the senior years. Visit our Senior Pet Care page to learn more about issues surrounding your aging pet.

Learn what you should expect from veterinary Wellness Exams, and then read this AAHA article, Safeguard Your Pet’s Health with Wellness Exams.

The Humane Society website is a wonderful resource for information about wellness care, training, and behavior. Simply choose your type of pet from the “Select a Pet” menu.

Parasite Prevention and Treatment

Young or old, at some point in their lives, many pets experience discomfort caused by external parasites such as fleas, ticks, or mites on their skin or in their ears. Extremely irritating to pets, these parasites can cause severe illness and skin disease. Manchester Animal Hospital is your best source for advice regarding information on these parasites with regard to treatment, control, and prevention.

For external parasites, make sure you:

  • Examine your pet during grooming or returning from high-risk areas such as dog parks, grooming, boarding, and so on.
  • If your pet scratches, chews, or licks his or her coat, or shakes his or her head excessively, these could be signs of parasites.
  • Prompt treatment reduces discomfort, helps prevent disease transmission, and limits the degree of home infestation.
  • Consult your veterinarian regarding treatment of all pets to avoid infecting others.
  • Tell your veterinarian what medications (prescription or over-the-counter) you have already used.
  • When treating cats, never use a product that is not approved for cats, as certain products could be lethal.
  • Consult your veterinarian, who is an expert in dealing with these parasites. We can offer expertise and identify the most effective products to safely control these pests.

It is important to realize that young puppies and kittens are especially sensitive to over-the-counter treatments. They should never be used on animals that are young or in poor health.

For internal parasites, be aware that healthy pets may not show outward signs of internal parasites, such as worms or Giardia, but changes in your pet’s appetite or coat, diarrhea, or excessive coughing can be strong indicators. In most cases, a simple fecal test can detect the presence of parasites and your veterinarian can recommend an appropriate program for treatment.

For internal parasite information, please read the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommendations. The CAPC is a non-profit organization of medical professionals dedicated to protecting your family and pets from parasites and zoonotic disease. View the CAPC Parasite Prevention Guidelines for dogs and cats.

  • Call us if your pet has diarrhea, weight loss, increased scooting, a dull coat, or if you see worms under the tail, in bedding, or on feces.
  • Prompt treatment reduces discomfort, helps prevent intestinal damage and malnutrition, and limits the chance of infecting other pets or humans.

It is very important to be aware that some diseases and parasites can be transmitted from your pet to your family. Prompt deworming and proper hygiene are very important to minimize these risks.

We ask you to review the guidelines from the CAPC and CDC for detailed information regarding this. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website offers a simple approach to keeping your family safe from animal-related illness and parasites.

Please don’t hesitate to call us regarding concern over your pet’s well being. Your quick response may prevent this concern from becoming a serious health condition.

For additional information on wellness or other pet health issues, browse the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website.