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Here at South Valley Animal Clinic and Equine Wellness, we know all about cats and dogs -- their quirks, their needs and their potential health issues. From earliest puppyhood or kittenhood, we provide thorough physical examinations and recommend the right foods to support these critical first months of development.
Vaccinations play a critical role in protecting your pet's health. Core dog and cat vaccines are generally begun at the age of six to eight weeks. Core kitten vaccines include those for panleukopenia, feline calicivirus and rabies. Core puppy vaccinations include rabies, parvovirus, canine distemper and infectious hepatitis. Your dog or cat may also need vaccinations against Feline Leukemia, kennel cough or other ailments, depending on the risk of exposure. Booster shots are needed for these core vaccinations at regular intervals. We can administer the appropriate dog or cat vaccines for a lifetime of good health.
Spaying or neutering, another dog and cat veterinary service provided at our clinic, also makes a big difference in your pet's health. In addition to the obvious benefit of preventing litters of unanticipated additions to the already overburdened cat and dog population, surgical sterilization can prevent reproductive or urological infections and cancers. It also controls the spraying, aggression and other antisocial behaviors associated with sexual cycles.
Adult dogs and cats should also receive regular checkups so we can detect parasites, skin diseases, tumors, eye and ear problems. Dental checkups and cleanings can also keep your pet's teeth and gums in good shape. We can provide dental cleanings and extractions if necessary to prevent dental complications.
As your dog or cat ages, he may have more trouble getting around due to arthritis, and the resulting change to a more sedentary lifestyle may encourage weight gain. Kidney problems can also cause weight gain due to water retention. Other senior dogs and cats may lose weight due to digestive problems. We can help by putting your pet on a special diet to improve digestion and ensure that he receives the correct blanace of nutrients. We can also prescribe medications, surgery or physical therapy to help manage pain and improve mobility.
Call us at 505-807-9985 to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat.