Ithaca Veterinary Wellness

Veterinary Care of Ithaca, New York

Preventative Veterinary Medicine

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the old saying goes. At Veterinary Care of Ithaca our veterinarians and medical staff recommend regular wellness examinations for the same reason that your personal physician or dentist recommends them: if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood that it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

During your pet's wellness examination, our veterinarians perform a complete physical to assess your pet's overall health and to give you, the pet owner, an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Have you noticed any recent subtle shifts in your pet's health or behavior? Have you observed any changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, and/or activity level? These changes may be signs of a medical problem. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become noticeable until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian and you evaluate your pet's health and make informed decisions about your special companion's veterinary care.

Good Communication Leads to Good Health

Veterinary Care of Ithaca, New York

Our commitment begins right when your new companion enters your family. Our goal is to provide you with the finest veterinary care possible so that you and your beloved companion can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life together.

Each age and stage of your pet's life presents different health concerns that may require intervention. Our team of doctors and veterinary staff provide personalized attention and develop a wellness plan for your pet that takes into consideration his/her special needs, lifestyle, breed and home life. We also listen to you, the pet owner, and your schedule, routine, needs and family life. By understanding the whole picture, we can better tailor your pet's health care plan to suit his and your lifestyle.

Our Ithaca Veterinarians Offer Superior Preventive Care

Veterinary Care of Ithaca, New York

When you bring your pet to Veterinary Care of Ithaca, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines (to protect your pet against dangerous, but preventable, diseases), routine dental care (good oral health protects overall systemic health), and microchip identification (should your pet become lost). We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional and behavioral counseling, general and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities and much more.

Our commitment to you and your pet's health begins with an annual examination which includes:

  • Examining your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Checking your pet's vision and eyes
  • Examining ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Assessing your pet's heart function
  • Examining the skin
  • Palpating lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Examining the respiratory system
  • Evaluating internal organ function and other systems
  • Monitoring your pet's blood count and serum chemistry
  • Performing laboratory tests to determine the presence of specific diseases
  • Assessing changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Fecal check for the presence of intestinal parasites

During each examination, we also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up to date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication between you and your pet's doctor ensures that your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention that he deserves so that he can live a long and healthy life.

Veterinary Care of Ithaca, New York

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. Health threats vary from region to region and your veterinarian can create an individual immunization program for your pet based on his/her lifestyle and your local conditions.

Core Vaccines for Dogs: Distemper/Parvovirus and Rabies
Other Available Vaccines for Dogs: Bordetella, Canine Influenza, Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease
Core Vaccines for Cats: Feline Distemper, Rabies
Other Available Vaccines for Cats: Bordetella, Feline Leukemia

Keeping Your Pet Free of Parasites

Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm, tapeworms, whipworms, among others) parasites can cause problems for both your pet and your family. Prevention is the best approach to eliminate these pests. Please ask a staff member at Veterinary Care of Ithaca for the best way to prevent parasite infection in your pet.

Heartworm Disease

Spread by mosquitoes, heartworm disease is potentially deadly. Fortunately, preventive medications exist to prevent heartworm disease in your beloved companion. The veterinarians at Veterinary Care of Ithaca recommend administering preventive medication once-a-month, all year long to your dog.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet.

Prevalent tick-borne diseases in New York include Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis and they are a significant threat to you and your dog, especially during the warmer months of the year. Ticks live in the grass and weeds that your dog may run through on family outings or during regular daily activities. Check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in grassy or brushy areas. If a tick is attached to your dog's skin, remove it carefully with a tick twister and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward.

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a problem year-round. In fact, flea infestation is one of the most common medical problems veterinarians see. Your pet can be allergic to fleas, and even just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes "cat scratch disease" in people), and parasites like tapeworms.

The best course of action to protect both your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks, and the potential of tick-borne disease is prevention. There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products available at our hospital, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. We also offer a Lyme disease vaccination and we recommend discussing whether it is right for your pet with one of our veterinarians.