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General Care

We offer a variety of general care services to keep you pet happy and healthy throughout their lifetime. Click below to find out more about some of our services.


Examinations

We often get asked why we do examinations whenever you pet comes in for routine care. We believe the exam is one of the most important parts of preventative care. Even though you may not notice any problems at home, we often find issues upon examination that need to be addressed. A full nose to tail exam can reveal a variety of findings such as dental disease, masses and even heart murmurs. Be sure to get you furry friend examination at lease one a year while young and every 6 months after entering their senior years.

Vaccinations

We believe vaccines should tailored for each pet’s individual needs. When you bring your furry friend in, our trained technicians and doctors will discuss vaccine recommendations based on your pet’s needs and lifestyle.

Click to see our Canine Vaccine Description

Click to see our Puppy Vaccine Schedule

Click to see our Feline Vaccine Description

Click to see our Kitten Vaccine Schedule

How 3 Year Vaccines Could Benefit Your Pet

We often are asked what are the advantages of 3 Year Vaccines and why do you recommend alternating the 3 Year Rabies Vaccine with the 3 Year DHPP Vaccine?

Three year vaccines are recommended in an effort to administer fewer vaccines over the course of your pet’s life. Over vaccinating may be harmful to your pet. Also, by alternating the 3 Year Rabies Vaccine and 3 Year DHPP Vaccine your pet won’t ever have to have all of these vaccines the same day. Numerous vaccines have been given on the same day increase the possibility of over stimulating the immune system and can be hard on your pet, especially as he or she ages.

Annual Wellness Labwork

Annual Wellness Program

At Crestview we believe it is very important for your pet to have annual wellness blood work done. This gives us a good baseline of important information. Our hope is that many of our blood panels will return with normal results.

This set of values is what we call our "baseline" so that if your pet returns and is sick for any reason we can compare back to these results. While a lot of our results will be normal, many times we find underlying issues before you would notice any changes at home.

Many of these issues can be easily treated, especially if diagnosed early. Some of the more common issues we find are urinary tract infections, intestinal parasites, hyper and hypothyroidism, kidney disease and diabetes.

Canines:

Canines under 7 years of age - Includes an abbreviated profile, a full blood count, heartworm test and fecal test.

Senior Canines over 7 years of age - Includes a full profile, a full blood count, urinalysis, thyroid level, heartworm test and fecal test.

Felines:

Felines under 7 years of age - Includes an abbreviated profile, a full blood count and a heart worm test.

Senior Felines over 7 years of age - Includes a full profile, a full blood count, urinalysis, thyroid test, Felv/Fiv test and fecal test.

Heartworm & Fecal Testing/Prevention FAQ’s

Q: Why do you recommend annual fecal testing? Doesn’t my heartworm prevention also prevent intestinal worms and parasites?

A: None of the heartworm preventatives protect against all of the parasites your pet can be exposed to in their environment and from other animals. Although many of annual fecal exams will result in no parasites seen, a significant number come up positive. Not only can these parasites cause serious health problems for your pet, but many of them can be spread to people as well. For example, roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to people. So you are protecting your pet as well as your family by having the annual fecal exam performed.

Q: Why do you recommend annual heartworm testing even if my pet is on monthly preventative?

A: Although it is not common, it is possible for a dog that is on heart worm prevention to contract heartworms. No heartworm prevention is 100% effective, that is why it is labeled prevention. Sometimes the pet may not ingest the dose as perceived or doses by be given late or missed entirely. Heartworms can be deadly and even if the disease is caught is early enough to treat, there are risks involved. Additionally, treating heartworms is very costly. Also, heartworm preventative are not licensed for and are not safe to give a dog that may have heart worm disease. Therefore, it is recommended to give prevention EVERY month and test annually.

Q: Should my pet stay on heartworm and flea and tick prevention year round or can I stop in the winter?

A: Due to the climate in the southeast, it is recommended to keep your pet on prevention year round. There is usually a small window during our winters here that may get severe enough to kill all mosquitoes, fleas, tick ect., but it varies annually. Many pet owners forget to start back entirely or they do not start back soon enough, and its not worth the chance of infections. Ticks transmit several; cp,,pm diseases in the southeast including: Lyme disease, Rocky Mtn. Spotten Fever, Ehrlichia ect., and it can be very difficult and expensive to get rid of a flea infestation. It’s a lot safer, easier and less expensive to prevent than it is to treat.

Feline Leukemia & Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Testing FAQ’s

Q: Why do you recommend testing all kittens for FeLV and FIV and why should I have my kitten retested when they are being spayed or neutered at 6 months old?

A: Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are transmitted contagiously among cats anal are associated with the illness and death of more cats than any other disease. FeLV/FIV testing is recommended for all kittens and retesting should be done at approximately 6 months of age at the time of spay or neutering. Retesting is recommended to rule out false positives and/or false negatives. Even cats that are not expected to live with other cats should be tested for several reasons, including the impact on their health, the possibility of other cats joining the household, and the possibility that cats confined indoors may escape and be exposed to other cats.

Testing should occur in the following situations:

- All new kittens or cats before introduction into a household to prevent exposing existing cats.

- Newly adopted kittens or cats, even if they are the only cat in the household, for the following reasons:

- The strong emotional bond that forms between the pet owners and pet justifies knowing the FeLV/FIV status because of future ramifications

- Statistically, most cats do not remain the only cat in a household so future exposure is very likely to occur

- Even cats that are meant to be kept indoors may escape and expose other cats.

- Cats with recent exposure occurs (cats that go outside, fighting, etc.) regardless of previous negative test results — because FeLV/FIV status can change.

- Sickly cats because FeLV/FIV have been associated with a great variety of illnesses in cats.

- Cats presented for FeLV vaccination should have a known FeLV status prior to vaccination because:

- Vaccination does not affect the carrier state of the development of the disease in cats with existing infection. It may not be harmful, but vaccinating will not do any good if the cat is already positive.

- Existing carriers remain an exposure risk. (potentially transmitting the virus to other cats)

- An existing carrier can subsequently become ill and appear to be a “vaccine failure”.

Food Allergies

What is a food allergy?

- Any manifestation of disease to the skin resulting from food

What are the signs?

- non-seasonal itching (SCRATCHING/LICKING)

- itching with GI upset

- saliva staining on limbs

- chronic ear infections

- diarrhea or vomiting

- hair loss along back, belly, or tail

What is a Dietary Elimination Trial?

In order to determine if your dog is allergic to a food protein, we must restrict all proteins for a period of 12 weeks. This is known as a "Dietary Elimination Trial". If your dog's symptoms resolve, then most likely a food allergy is the problem.

What do I feed during the trial?

A diet that has been processed and strictly monitored for any contamination of other proteins such as Hill's z/d will be recommended. The proteins in z/d have been hydrolyzed or broken down into much smaller proteins that the body should not be able to recognize as an allergen while still providing proper nutrition.

After this period, begin to feed 1/4 old food and 3/4 new food for 5 days, if any symptoms return, we have successfully identified a food allergy and the new diet can be fed exclusively.

What else can be fed during the trial?

It is very important to make sure that nothing but water and the test diet passes your dog's lips for 12 weeks. This includes treats, flavored toys, flavored medications, and even heartworm preventative that has been flavored. All of these things could cause your dog's allergies to flare up and the trial period must be started over again to wash out the offending protein.

Top Ten Dietary Myths

Myth #1: “Gluten-Free Diets are Healthier”

True gluten allergies (celiac disease) is extremely rare in people (less than 2% of the population) and it is equally rare in dogs. Gluten is an easily digestible, high protein source that provides essential amino acids.

Myth #2: “Grain-Free Diets are Healthier”

Grains are carbohydrates, which are an important source of energy and highly digestible. Less than 1% of dogs are sensitive to grains.

Myth #3: “By-Products are a Poor Quality Ingredient”

By-products come from clean animal parts, such as liver, kidneys, and spleens, which provide an excellent source of protein and amino acids. They can NOT be feathers, hair, hooves, intestinal contents, etc. By-products can be more nutritious than meat alone.

Myth #4: “Animal Digest is a Low Quality Ingredient”

The word “digest” in “animal digest” refers to the digestive process used in production, not the ingredients. In this process, animal proteins are broken down into pastes or powders and added to foods for flavor and as a high quality protein source.

Myth #5: “Foods labeled “Holistic”,“Organic”, or “Natural” are Always Healthier Choices and Worth the Extra Cost”

“Holistic” as it refers to pet foods is not defined or regulated by any regulatory body. There are varying levels of “Organic” foods. Only foods labeled with a USDA organic seal are certified to have 95-100% organic products. The USDA makes no claims that an organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food. The term “natural” for pet foods means that it has not been produced by a chemically synthesized process. However, chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals, and other trace nutrients which are in the majority of pet foods can still be found in “natural” foods.

Myth #6: “Food Coloring and Dyes are Harmful”

Artificial coloring is used in some pet food to give it a more desirable and consistent appearance, or to differentiate flavors in the same product. They don't affect the quality, digestibility, or nutrition of the food.

Myth #7: “Pet Food Preservatives are Harmful”

Fats, proteins, and vitamins are critical nutrients that require preservation during storage. Typically, a combination of natural and synthetic preservatives or antioxidants is used which have been proven safe for use in the FDA-approved amounts.

Myth #8: “Wheat is a Common Allergen in Cats and Dogs”

Wheat is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates for energy, as well as a source of protein. Proteins such as beef, chicken, and dairy products are by far the most common allergens in cats and dogs.

Myth #9: “Corn is a Poorly Digested “Filler” that Causes Allergies”

Corn is available in many forms which provide a good source of carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids, and antioxidants. Corn does not appear on the list of common food allergies in cats and dogs.

Myth #10:“Raw Food Diets are More Natural and Superior Diets for Cats and Dogs”

Most people do not eat raw meat and poultry because of the potential for harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria (salmonella), parasites, and protozoa. This serious risk applies to all animals including cats and dogs. Bones as a part of raw diets have caused fractured teeth; tears in the esophagus, stomach, or intestines; and obstructions in the GI tract. Many raw diets are not nutritionally balanced or complete.

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