Wellness and Prevention for Pets
Because we know your pets are beloved members of your family, we want to give them the quality care they deserve. Animal Medical Center of Chandler recommends that all pets have a comprehensive wellness exam every 6 to 12 months, depending on their lifestyle needs. We know that the healthcare needs of pets change with each life stage, which is why we offer special wellness plans for puppies and kittens as well as adult dogs and cats. These plans are designed to keep your pet healthy while helping you save money at the same time. We also recommend that you establish a regimen for flea and tick control, heartworm prevention, and intestinal parasite prevention.
About Our Wellness Plans
Animal Medical Center of Chandler’s wellness plans include everything your four-legged friend needs to live a happy, healthy life. They include all of your pet’s basic preventive and healthcare needs, including wellness exams, parasite prevention, and laboratory testing. Click on the following links to learn more about our pet wellness plans:
Another important component of every wellness exam is the administration of pet vaccines. Vaccines help protect your pet from potentially serious viruses and diseases, such as rabies, Bordetella (dogs), and feline leukemia. We can customize a vaccination schedule to meet your pet’s specific needs, with consideration of age, breed, and lifestyle.
Flea and Tick Control
Fleas can cause a number of problems for pets, including irritation, tapeworms, and allergic dermatitis. Ticks, which are often thought to be only in wooded areas, are also found readily in East Valley. These blood-sucking parasites can lead to many diseases, such as tick fever, Lyme disease, Babesia, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The consequences, if left untreated or undiagnosed, can be fatal. We want to protect your pet from these diseases, which is why we recommend parasite preventive medications. These medications are available at our hospital as well as on our online store for your convenience. If you are concerned that your dog or cat is not properly protected, please call us.
A heartworm, also known as Dirofilaria immitis, is a small, thread-like worm that’s passed from host to host via the bite of an infected mosquito. Arizona is full of varying climates that harbor mosquitoes, so it’s important to be mindful of the threat that these tiny critters can pose. Heartworms can live in the heart, lungs, and arteries of dogs, cats, and other animals. If allowed to mature, adult heartworms can grow up to 14 inches long, which can put the host’s (the animal’s) life at risk. Since preventing heartworm disease is far less expensive than treating it, Animal Medical Center of Chandler recommends year-round heartworm prevention for both dogs and cats.
Intestinal Parasite Prevention
At Animal Medical Center of Chandler, we recommend screening for intestinal parasites on a yearly basis. We routinely look for potential zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be passed from animals to humans) as well as common parasites that affect pets through exposure to the surrounding environment. It’s important to also keep in mind some parasites can be unknowingly brought home by humans, so we recommend that you take extra precautions to keep your household safe.
We routinely screen for:
If any of these parasites are found on your pet, we can provide treatment and prevention recommendations, including year-round medication.