Physical examinations are vital for maintaining your companion’s health. The physical exam includes an assessment of your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, nose, throat, heart, lungs, organs, reproductive system, muscle tone, weight, lymph nodes, skin and coat. Along with evaluating your pet’s physical health through the exam, Dr. Mills will also assess their nutritional needs, lifestyle and environment. For adult pets, we recommend twice yearly visits to help diagnosis problems early and allow you more opportunities to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Dr. Mills supports your efforts at becoming an active participant in your pet’s care. In contrast to 15-30 minute in hospital appointments, the time allotted for a house call visit is typically 60 minutes. This additional time is very important to Dr. Mills. Longer appointments allow a more thorough evaluation of your pet and provide you a greater opportunity to ask questions and discuss your pet’s health, while they relax comfortably in familiar surroundings.
A complete annual exam includes a thorough physical, vaccine assessment, parasite screen and blood-work. Blood-work and other diagnostics identify the presence of underlying disease and help define a baseline should your pet become ill in the future.
At Mills Mobile Veterinary Services, we do not believe in over-vaccinating dogs and cats, and do not believe that one vaccination program fits all. The key to using vaccines appropriately is to determine which diseases your pet may be at risk for, then vaccinate for those diseases no more than necessary while minimizing the risk of an adverse reaction. Dr. Mills will customize your pet’s vaccination plan according their individual risk assessments.
Vaccines are products designed to stimulate protective immune responses inpets and prepare them to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system responds by mounting a protective response. When the patient is subsequently exposed to the organism, the immune system is prepared and either prevents infection or reduces the severity of disease.Immunizations are one of the best tools we have available in preventive medicine and are responsible for significant reductions in disease.
“Core”vaccines are recommended for most pets in a particular area because they protect from diseases most common in that area. “Non-Core” vaccines are reserved for individual pets with unique risks. Dogs can be immunized against rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, coronavirus, parainfluenza, bordetella, leptospirosis and Lyme disease. Cats can be immunized against rabies, feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, feline leukemia, and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).