At Martindale Animal Clinic your pet’s wellness is as important to us as it is to you, which is why we recommend that we see your healthy adult pets at least once a year.  At this visit we will conduct a complete physical exam and also include any or all the following:

Physical Examination
We feel it is important to provide your pet with a thorough physical examination at their yearly visit. Your veterinarian will examine your pet’s ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, skin, fur, palpate their abdomen to assess for lumps, fluid or abnormal structures. They will also assess your pets chest and listen for heart murmurs, arrhythmias, and any abnormal lung sounds

We feel that one of the most important parts of an examination and visit is ensuring that all of your questions are answered.  Contact us today to book an adult pet wellness examination and help keep your pet healthy! House calls can also be arranged when warranted.

 

Canine Vaccines

We routinely vaccinate all dogs for Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis.

Distemper is a widespread and often fatal disease which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia and neurological problems.

Parvovirus a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease which may cause severe vomiting and bloody diarrhea. It is especially dangerous in young dogs, but all unvaccinated dogs are at risk of contracting this severe disease.

Hepatitis is an adenovirus disease which may lead to severe damage of the liver, kidneys, spleen, and lungs.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that may lead to permanent kidney and liver damage. Leptospirosis can be transmitted to humans. The bacteria is spread through contact with infected urine or contaminated soil or water.

Rabies is a fatal infection of the central nervous system. The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Rabies is required by law due to human health risk.

 

Lyme Disease and Bordetella are diseases we vaccinate dogs for if their lifestyle dictates they are at risk.

 

Lyme Disease is transmitted through ticks and it infects both humans and dogs. This disease can damage joints, causing fever and lameness. A small portion of dogs can develop kidney disease.

 

Bordetella aka Canine cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes cold or flu like symptoms. Canine cough can be transmitted by casual contact such as sniffing each other when on a walk, playing, or sharing water dishes. Bordetella vaccination is usually mandatory at boarding facilities. If is a good idea to have don if your dog goes to regular grooming, dog park, boarding facilities, or in general comes in contact with a lot of dogs. 

 

 

Feline Vaccines

We routinely vaccinate all cats for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicvirus, Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia, and Rabies.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) is a common herpes virus that causes sneezing, decreased appetite, and fever. These can be recurring or chronic in some cats.

Calicvirus also causes upper respiratory infections and can be especially debilitating in young cats. It can cause ulcers in the mouth leading to decreased ability to eat.

Panleukopenia is a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea, it also suppresses the bone marrow and affected cats often don’t survive.

Feline Leukemia is a slow acting retrovirus. If is transmitted through fighting, grooming, contact with body fluids, or from mother to kitten. Over time it can cause immune suppression and certain fatal cancers, including Leukemia and Lymphoma. Effects from this virus are often not seen for months to years after exposure.

Rabies is a fatal infection of the central nervous system. The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Rabies is required by law due to human health risk. Even indoor cats can be exposed to wildlife if they enter our houses (which bats especially will do), or if they are outside for even a short period of time.

 

Fecal Parasite Screen

Fecal parasites screens should be done at least once a year for your cat or dog. We look at your pets stool sample under the microscope. We are searching for parasite eggs including Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, and Whipworms. We are also examining for protozoan parasites (single celled organisms) such as Coccidia and Giardia. Dogs and cats will get these parasites from the ground (dirt/grass/sidewalks) where they walk, having fleas, hunting, drinking from outdoor water sources, or contact with the stool of other animals. Indoor cats can get parasites too; we can track eggs in on our shoes, dirt in potted plants can be infested, they can hunt rodents indoors, and can even get fleas that hitchhike in from outside! Did you know many pets with intestinal parasites do not show any outward symptoms?  Parasites affect their health in less-obvious ways including poor growth, poor haircoat, weakened immune system, and some can infect people. If your dog or cat is having diarrhea or other intestinal issues more extensive testing may be recommended. If the stool sample tests positive appropriate deworming medication will be prescribed.

 

Heartworm and Tick Disease Screening

Heartworm and tick disease screening is done by taking a small blood sample from your dog. Heartworm and Tick disease screening is necessary for all dogs, even ones that spend most of their time indoors! This screening is looking for Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia. Lyme disease, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia are bacteria transmitted by ticks that can affect your dog’s blood cells, internal organs, and immune system. Most common signs for these are lameness, fever, lack of energy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitos. They are long worms that live in the blood vessels surrounding the heart. Many dogs with heartworm disease show no symptoms, until it is too late and heart disease develops. Some heartworm prevention products can be dangerous for your dog if they actually have Heartworm disease. Preventing heartworm disease is much easier and cheaper than treatment! There are resistant strains of heartworm coming up from the Southern States, so testing is very important even for pets who have been on prevention products regularly.  

 

Heartworm, Tick, Flea and Intestinal Parasite Prevention

There are a wide range of products available, most are administered once per month either orally or topically. We will help you choose the best product for your pet based on their lifestyle and your preferences. Heartworm prevention season is June-November, but flea and tick season can be much longer depending on the weather.  Fleas will survive indoors and on other animals during the winter, and ticks are active if it is >4 oC outside.  Intestinal parasite eggs can be present in the soil year-round.

Outdoor cats, semi-outdoor cats, or cats who hunt should be given monthly flea and intestinal parasite prevention.  Also, every few months they should receive a product to deworm for tapeworms. Did you know that indoor cats can get fleas too? We can bring fleas into our homes from outside. So, it is important to be protecting our indoor kitties too.

 

We feel that one of the most important parts of an examination and visit is ensuring that all of your questions are answered. Call us today (905) 682- 5551 or click here to book an appointment for an adult pet wellness examination and help keep your pet healthy! House calls can also be arranged when warranted.