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Why Are Annual Pet Wellness Examinations So Important?

Dr. Smith and the veterinary team at Indian Hills Animal Clinic believe that preventive medicine contributes to your pet's long term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We are committed to providing you and your pet with the finest veterinary care possible. We strongly recommend:

  • Regular pet wellness exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Blood laboratory testing
  • Deworming & intestinal parasite checks
  • Medications to prevent heartworms, fleas and ticks

Your Pet's Annual Examination

Pet wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It's a chance for us to:

  • Assess your pet's overall health
  • Discuss any changes we see
  • Educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care
  • Hear your concerns or questions

Tuscaloosa Pet Vaccines

We tailor our Tuscaloosa pet vaccine protocols to your individual pet, taking into account benefits and risks as well as environment and health status. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable through vaccination. Our core vaccines for healthy dogs include:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper-Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Canine Influenza H3N2
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella

Our core vaccine for healthy cats protects against the following diseases:

  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)
  • Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes Virus)
  • Pneumonitis
  • Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus

Regular Blood Testing

Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

Deworming & Intestinal Parasite Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Flea & Tick Borne Disease

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. These problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease of dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. Fortunately, prevention is simple and effective.