For puppies and kittens, regular veterinary visits are recommended during the first 6 months of life to ensure your new pet stays healthy and happy. The first exam is typically between 7-9 weeks of age, in which they receive a thorough exam, first vaccine (s) in the series, worming medication, and advice on puppy and kitten training and issues. A fresh fecal sample (less than 2 hours old, or refrigerated and brought in same day) to send to the laboratory is also highly recommended for the first visit. Although shelters and breeders may have dewormed them, they typically use a general worming medication for the most common worms puppies and kittens have: Roundworms. However, there are other internal parasites pets may be harboring, and a fecal test to the lab can help identify other potential internal parasites present.
You have probably heard the statistics that dogs and cats age seven years for each human year. However the conventional wisdom that one dog/cat year equals seven human years is an oversimplified view of how old your pet is in human years. Many factors influence longevity including: genetics (in dogs size of the breed), lifestyle (whether or not a cat has access to the outdoors), and appropriate veterinary care. While there is no exact consensus on precisely how many years our pets age compared to our one, it is clear that they age much faster than we do.
This is why we recommend twice yearly senior wellness exams for cats greater than nine years and dogs greater than seven years. We modify these recommendations based on the individual, and for giant breed we often consider them seniors over the age of six. For a senior pets we also recommend a blood pressure check and annual blood work that can detect health problems which are not readily detected in other ways. With regular lab work, many diseases can be caught early and appropriate steps taken to ensure continued well-being and a longer life for your pet.
We perform surgeries Monday through Friday. Drop-off times are between 8:15 am and 8:45 am. The patient needs to fast the night before (no food past 9 pm the night prior to surgery), but water is OK at all times. Most standard anesthetic procedures and surgeries will go home the same day, typically sometime between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. For TPLO and other knee surgery candidates, the pet owner will pick up the surgery patient from our office the evening of surgery day and transport the patient for overnight care at Animal Emergency Care.
During office hours, call 738-6916 if you have an emergency.
After hours, please call Animal Emergency Care at 758-2200
They are located at 317 Telegraph Road
(about 2 blocks north of Denny’s restaurant from the Guide Meridian)
Animal Emergency Care is open when regular veterinarians in Bellingham are closed.