Pet Wellness Care
Allowing Willapa Veterinary Service to examine your pet annually and keep the vaccinations you need up to date can help your pet have a longer, healthier life.
Pet Wellness Care in Raymond, WA
We want to be your partner in your pet’s care. Like any relationship, communication is important, and we hope you find value in your pet’s annual exams and check-ups. Bringing your pet to Willapa Veterinary Service for physical examinations is crucial to their health. We offer thorough physical examinations so that we can detect any potential problems before they become major problems. Many pet health problems can be avoided through regular physical exams, which is why we recommend that your pet has at least two examinations with our staff per year. While physical exams are critical to animal health, you can do your part too by being a vigilant pet owner. If you notice any irregularities with your pet, take detailed notes and bring them to Willapa Veterinary Service for an examination.
What exactly does a physical exam include? Some things you can’t see, feel, touch, or hear without special tests and equipment, but many times you can gain a lot of information about your pet through simple observation. In a physical exam, your veterinarian looks for anything abnormal. What is considered normal is a combination of what is normal for the breed and what is normal for your specific unique pet. Every pet is a little bit different, just like every human is different. Once the veterinarian does the basic physical exam, any areas of concern will be given more attention.
Many of the diseases that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through proper pet vaccinations. From your first visit to Willapa Veterinary Service, we’ll make sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccines and put on a schedule that makes sure they continue to stay up-to-date.
Depending on your pet’s age, medical history, lifestyle, and environment, our veterinarians will discuss the best course of action in regard to your pet’s vaccine schedule. You can bring your cat or dog in as early as eight weeks for his or her first round of vaccines.
You’ll need to bring your pet in every few weeks over the course of about three months for boosters after they receive the initial vaccines. Once your pet finishes the initial vaccine series, they will receive boosters every 1 to 3 years, depending on the vaccine and lifestyle of your fur-baby.
Vaccines and Side Effects
You may worry about the safety of vaccines for your pets. For most pets, the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. Our veterinarians will discuss any concerns you have about vaccines to help you make the best decision for your pet. Many pets will feel a bit sore and sometimes tired after vaccines, and this can be normal. Fevers can also occur. Our veterinarians at Willapa Veterinary Service will screen your pet to ensure that they are a good candidate for vaccination. Exams are recommended annually for healthy adult pets and every six months for pets over the age of 9 years to help us make sure vaccination is in your pet’s best interest. It is important to know that pets may rarely have life-threatening reactions to vaccines, including anaphylaxis. If this should occur, please contact us immediately.
The core vaccines for cats include panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline herpesvirus type I, feline calicivirus, and rabies. These vaccines protect your kitty from serious health issues. Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, you may also want to get your cat vaccinated for feline leukemia virus. During your feline’s visit, we’ll discuss their lifestyle and determine which vaccines they should have.
Core vaccinations for dogs include DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) and Rabies. The first rabies vaccine is good for one year. Then a booster is required every three years. We’ll discuss your dog’s risk and determine if he or she should also receive Bordetella (kennel cough) and Leptospirosis vaccines, depending on your pup’s lifestyle.