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Pet Wellness

General Wellness for Pets

Sunset proudly offers general wellness services to keep your pets happy and healthy from nose to tail.

Pet Wellness at Sunset

Our wellness procedures are designed to prevent disease and prolong the lives of your pets. Preventative care should begin the day you welcome a new pet into your home. For puppies and kittens, we recommend beginning a vaccination series between six and eight weeks of age. While receiving appropriate vaccinations is important, the comprehensive physical examinations, intestinal parasite screenings and precautionary dewormings that are also administered during this series will help ensure your new family member is off to a happy, healthy start.

As your pet grows to be a healthy adult, we recommend a visit to our clinic every six months. Since pets age at a much quicker rate than humans, these visits will become increasingly important in early detection of any changes in their health. At Sunset, we can keep your pets happy and healthy by utilizing the following:

COMPREHENSIVE PET EXAM

A NOSE-TO-TAIL INSPECTION

The physical exam is a very important aspect of your pet’s wellness. During this exam, the doctor evaluates the entire pet, which includes:

  •  An eye exam using an ophthalmoscope
  • An ear exam using an otoscope
  • A heart exam using a stethoscope

Other points evaluated include teeth, skin, coat, vital signs, body condition, and joints. Doctors also use their hands to palpate the abdominal contents. On average, veterinary physical exams discover three additional health concerns than what is known by the pet owner.

Early Disease Detection

Early Detection Saves Lives

Although a comprehensive exam is crucial, it may not always reveal every problem. Procedures such as blood-work and urinalysis each year alert us to potentially threatening trends of the internal organs and identifies internal disease at the earliest stage possible.

CLIENT EDUCATION & CONSULTATION

WE’RE A TEAM

Another important aspect of wellness care during the examination process is educating clients. Together as partners, we can ensure that your pets receive all they need to live long and healthy lives.

Feel free to ask us any questions. And of course, we take it upon ourselves to keep you in the know.

MICROCHIP IMPLANTATION

MICROCHIPS KEEP PETS AND PET PARENTS TOGETHER

Microchips have been highly successful in reuniting lost pets with their rightful owners. Anytime a lost pet ends up at a shelter or veterinarian’s office, he or she will be immediately scanned for a microchip. It is important to ensure that your pet is microchipped so that he or she makes it home quickly and safely.

Read More about Pet Microchipping >

Pet Vaccinations

PREVENTION IS THE BEST FORM OF PROTECTION

At Sunset Animal Hospital, we believe prevention is the best form of protection when it comes to guarding your dog or cat against common pet diseases. Cat and dog vaccinations are vital tools we use to keep our precious patients from developing various illnesses that affect their particular species. Sunset’s cat vaccinations safeguard our feline friends from several viruses that damage their respiratory, gastrointestinal and immune systems, keeping them in tip-top condition. Our dog vaccinations protect our canine patients from diseases affecting their respiratory, immune and excretory systems, to name a few.

Read more about Dog and Cat Specific Vaccinations >

EXTERNAL PARASITES

FLEAS AND TICKS

Fleas and ticks are common external parasites of dogs, cats, and other mammals. They can be transmitted from animal to animal as well as through the environment. Many pets are exposed to fleas and ticks outdoors in yards, patios, dog parks or on walks. Humans can even bring fleas into their homes on their shoes and clothing. These parasites cause itching, hair loss, allergies, anemia, and skin infection. They can also transmit other parasites, such as tapeworms, and serious diseases, such as Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. Pets living in Texas should be on flea and tick prevention year-round.

REMEMBER:

The key to preventing fleas and ticks is adhering to a monthly, veterinarian-prescribed parasite prevention program. Without consistent attention, your pet will be susceptible to fleas. A flea problem for your pet means a flea problem in your home. Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. Our staff will gladly assist you in this process. We can inform you of safe, effective flea prevention methods and, if necessary, flea treatment.

INTERNAL PARASITES

HEARTWORMS

Heartworms are common and potentially deadly parasites that affect both dogs and cats. Transmitted by mosquitoes, they are very common in Texas and the surrounding states. Symptoms include coughing, aversion to exercise, lethargy and sudden death. Prevention and early detection are key when it comes to combating the serious disease caused by heartworms. Heartworm FAQ’s >

INTESTINAL PARASITES

Most commonly, intestinal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and giardia. All are very common in our area. In most instances, these parasites do not cause external symptoms in pets, making biannual testing and monthly preventative measures imperative. In people, these parasites are not as well tolerated and can lead to serious diseases. Treating and preventing infestations are paramount.

Screenings

We also offer annual blood screenings for all of our patients. If done routinely, these screenings will help our doctors detect potential diseases before they become a serious issue. If caught early, many common diseases can be managed through dietary modifications. Since pets usually don’t exhibit symptoms of many serious diseases, such as kidney or liver disease, until the disease is in its advanced stages, early detection leads to early treatment and can prolong your pet’s life.

Internal Medicine

Internal medicine deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disease inside the body. Common examples include:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney/Urinary Disease
  • Internal Infections
  • Cancer
  • Diseases of the Liver, Gallbladder, Endocrine System (e.g., Diabetes, Adrenal, Thyroid, etc.) and Heart Disease

The staff at our hospital is equipped, trained and experienced to provide the highest level of care in times of illness. From a comprehensive in-house laboratory and diagnostic equipment to a state-of-the-art ICU, we are here when you need us.

Age-related Wellness Programs

Puppies & Kittens

Because puppies and kittens have an immature immune system, they require a series of vaccinations beginning at 6 weeks and continuing until each series is complete. Also important during this time is a series of dewormings and fecal parasite tests to ensure their safety. This is also the time that we begin heartworm prevention, discuss home dental care, and answer all of your questions on how to care for your new pet at home.

Senior Pet Wellness

As pets age, their healthcare needs change as they become more susceptible to certain health issues. The risk of disease increases with age and has the potential to worsen within a matter of weeks. Read more about Senior Pet Wellness >

Pet Food & Nutrition

Sunset’s Pet Food Recommendation

Your pet’s nutritional needs are of the utmost importance to the veterinary team here at Sunset. That’s why we recommend Hill’s Healthy Advantage® pet foods for those pets that do not require a prescription diet. Healthy Advantage cat and dog foods come in both dry and canned varieties, different life stage varieties and are specially formulated to address multiple nutritional needs; they are available exclusively through veterinary offices. To give your pet nutritious, veterinarian-approved food, contact our office today and ask us how you can get Hill’s Healthy Advantage pet food for your beloved companion. How to Choose the Right Pet Food >