Woodbridge Pet Wellness Services

An Ounce of Prevention

For your convenience, we offer early drop-off for all wellness appointments starting at 7am and pick-up anytime up until 7pm Monday through Friday at no additional charge for daycare"

Your Pet's Wellness Examination

When you bring your pet to Staples Mill Animal Hospital, Dr. Shane works with you to create a lifetime Woodbridge preventive health pet care plan. Your pet's health begins with an annual Woodbridge pet examination, which includes our commitment to:

  • Examine teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Check vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Assess your pet's body condition and discuss activity level and appetite
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Screen for intestinal parasites, Heartworm disease, and tick-borne diseases
  • Complete blood work to create a baseline should your pet become ill between wellness visits

During each pet wellness examination, we also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up to date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Your involvement is vital to the health and well-being of your pet and good communication between you and your pet's doctor ensures your dog or cat is receiving the optimal care to support a long, healthy life.

Balanced Pet Vaccination Programs

Vaccines are the best way to protect your pet against serious diseases and bacteria. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Dr. Shane is happy to work with you to develop an ideal vaccination protocol based on your pet's age, lifestyle, and travel habits, as well as diseases prevalent in our area, and the most current recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Our goal to is to maintain optimal health and protection while not over-vaccinating your pet.

woodbridge pet wellness servicesCaring for Your New Puppy or Kitten

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most vital. Like humans, puppies and kittens require special attention to grow and develop well. Dr. Shane and our Woodbridge veterinary team partner with you to create a custom health plan so your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required for the best start in life.

Your puppy's or kitten's first year of care includes:

  • Physical Examinations: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.
  • Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, we recommend puppies and kittens receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on lifestyle, breed and the suggested medical guidelines.
  • Diagnostic Testing: Puppies should be tested for Heartworm disease and kittens tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV.
  • Additional Recommendations: Dr. Shane will also discuss other important pet care topics such as spaying or neutering, parasite control, training and nutrition.

We take plenty of time during these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough Woodbridge pet wellness examination, which includes detection of potential congenital problems, offer health care and training advice and talk with you about any concerns you may have. This is your new kitten or puppy and we're happy to answer all your questions.

woodbridge pet wellness servicesCaring for Your Senior Pet

As with humans, pets in their senior years begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. This process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care, thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, twice yearly preventive care tailored to your pet's age, breed, lifestyle and other factors can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age-related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, daily nutrition and access to quality senior veterinary care. With help from Dr. Shane at Staples Mill Animal Hospital, you can manage these factors to prolong your pet's good health and vitality, and increase his or her well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

Woodbridge Flea and Tick Prevention

Beyond causing serious discomfort and infesting your home, fleas and ticks carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. If your pet is allergic to fleas, just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes "cat scratch disease" in people), and other parasites like tapeworms. In our area, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis. These same ticks can bite people and transmit disease as well.

The best course of action to protect both your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks and the potential of tick-borne disease is prevention. Fortunately, there are safe, effective flea and tick control products available at Staples Mill Animal Hospital, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. We can also recommend which external pest control products are ideal for your household, based on the everyday life of your pet.

woodbridge pet wellness examsHeartworm Disease and Your Woodbridge Pet

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. In the U.S., Heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River and its major tributaries, and it is a disease all pet owners in our area should be aware of.

Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing and difficulty breathing. Because Heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend your dog be tested annually.

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. We carry Heartworm preventives for dogs and cats and our veterinary team can help you select one that is right for your pet. If you would like to have your pet tested for Heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please contact our Woodbridge animal hospital today for an appointment.

Glaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary or chronic glaucoma is hereditary or develops as your pet ages. Secondary or acute glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation requiring immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of glaucoma to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

Dr. Shane recommends your pet receive a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular pet wellness care at Staples Mill Animal Hospital. The exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but it can also help set a baseline measurement of your pet's normal intraocular pressure (IOP). Establishing an IOP baseline is important because the normal measurement can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

For your pet's comfort and safety, we use a handheld tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside his or her eyes. This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any discomfort or stress.

If you would like more information about the veterinary wellness services Staples Mill Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Woodbridge, please call (703) 897-0100.