Preventive Health Care

for Your Pet

While here for our patients when sick or injured, Summeridge Animal Clinic recognizes the importance of preventive health care to your pet’s overall wellbeing.

Annual Pet Wellness Exams

Your pet’s health is our top priority. Scheduling annual wellness exams allows your pet’s veterinarian to perform a complete physical examination, charting any changes and making any necessary recommendations for continued good health. If a problem is suspected, early identification is important for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dog walking alongside man

What is an Annual Wellness Exam?

During your pet’s exam, Dr. Bouchard will perform:

  • A complete physical examination
  • A dental examination
  • Check and chart vitals
  • Ensure all vaccinations are up to date
  • Draw any necessary labs.

Playful cat looking up

What Care does my Senior Pet need?

When your pet is of senior age, there are a few items that need extra care. Along with the annual preventive wellness exams, we will examine for arthritis and other signs of any diseases that can come with an aging pet. We want to make sure that your pet is the happiest and most pain free that they can be.

Parasite Prevention

Fleas, ticks, heartworm, and other parasites can cause your pet, and other family members, discomfort and illness if not treated. During your pet’s annual wellness visit, talk with our staff about cost-effective ways to keep your pet safe from these pesky creatures and able to enjoy family life to their fullest.

Animal Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a safe and cost-effective way to keep your pet, their four-legged peers, and the humans that love them safe from many harmful diseases. As puppies and kittens, your pet’s veterinarian will discuss with you the appropriate set of initial vaccinations along with follow-up boosters. Your pet’s first year of life will include several boosters, transitioning to annual boosters in year two. Summeridge Animal Clinic follows AAHA and AAFP vaccination guidelines.


Puppy sleeping in backpack

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is just as important for your pet as it is for you. During your pet’s annual physical, talk with Dr. Bouchard and her staff about the nutritional needs of your pet. We can discuss with you how often, how much, and what kind of food will meet all of your pet’s dietary needs. Summeridge Animal Clinic proudly recommends Hills’s Pet Nutrition, Royal Canin, and Purina Veterinary Diets for our patients.

Microchipping

There is little scarier than having a lost pet. Microchipping is a safe procedure, able to be done during any scheduled appointment, where a small rice-sized chip is inserted between your pet’s shoulder blades. This chip contains a serial number that, when accessed through a national database, connects the operator with information provided by you. A lost pet can be brought into any participating veterinary health facility and be scanned for the chip information.

Contact us today with questions about recommended foods or to schedule your next veterinary dental visit.

Read our blog

Education & Communication: The Keys to Rabies Prevention

Education & Communication: The Keys to Rabies Prevention

Rabies may sound like a disease of the past, but with Canada’s first rabies-related human death since 2012, the fear is very real – and very close. Bats are the most common source of rabies, as the tragic loss of life in British Columbia proved. However, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and other mammals can transmit […]

Read More
When Is It Time For Pet Diapers?

When Is It Time For Pet Diapers?

Pet diapers can look really, really goofy, but they do cover up an uncomfortable truth: incontinence. A natural part of life, bladder control can affect young and older dogs alike. And while it can feel like you’re giving something up, pet diapers can offer a great deal of peace of mind. So. Much. Cleaning. Living […]

Read More
Why Pets and Essential Oils Just Don’t Mix

Why Pets and Essential Oils Just Don’t Mix

The natural marketplace is booming – and for the most part, this is great for people’s health. But just because something is considered natural for us, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe for pets. Essential oils are just one example of natural products intended to help people with various issues (from stress to the common […]

Read More