A wellness exam is recommended on a monthly basis for puppies and kittens, while adult animals can usually be examined yearly. As your pet ages, semi-annual visits are typically performed. During a wellness exam, your pet will be evaluated and we will talk to you about your animal's overall health and risk of diseases. Animals age much faster than people do, therefore significant changes in your pet’s health can occur in a very short period of time. Many pets will not show any outward signs of illness until they are in advanced stages of the disease. Wellness exams can help us to detect health conditions earlier, which may allow us to better treat or manage their condition and allow them to live a longer, healthier life. We always look to prevent problems instead of treat them after the fact, which is why we stress the importance of routine wellness exams.
At the Boyne Veterinary Clinic and the Angus Veterinary Clinic, we believe that preventing illness is best. We recommend vaccinating your dog and/or cat yearly in order to prevent them from contracting some of the dangerous and contagious diseases that they can be exposed to.
Our dog vaccines protect against Distemper Virus, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Coronovirus, Leptospirosis and Rabies. We can also vaccinate for Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Lyme Disease.
Our cat vaccines protect against upper respiratory disease (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus), Panleukopenia, Chlamydia, Feline Leukemia, and Rabies.
Puppies and kittens are vaccinated every 4 weeks from 8 to 16 weeks of age, then yearly as adults. The vaccination schedule may differ for each animal depending on its age, health status and general lifestyle. Please talk to one of our veterinarians about which vaccines your pet should receive to preserve their health. If you have any questions about vaccinations, we would be happy to answer them.
Many dogs and cats can become infected with parasites (internal or external) at some point in their lives. Common parasites include fleas, intestinal worms, ticks, skin mites and heartworm. These can cause a variety of symptoms and some may even pose a risk to people. Routine screening and parasite prevention is important for maintaining your pet’s health. We offer a variety of products for the treatment and prevention of many of these parasites. Our staff will be more than happy to discuss protocols for prevention and to help select the best product for your pet.
Every year thousands of animals are lost or stolen and cannot be returned home because they could not be identified. We believe that having your pet microchipped is a very safe way of obtaining permanent, life-long identification in the event they ever get lost or stolen. We use a large needle to implant a small electronic chip from 24PetWatch under your pet’s skin. The chip can be read with a scanner that most veterinary clinics and rescue organizations located in Canada and the United States will have. The scanner reads your pet’s individual identification number, allowing us to identify who they are and who they belong to so they can be returned to their home. It is important to keep your information with 24PetWatch up to date to ensure your prompt notification if your pet has been found. We still recommend using a collar identification system on your pet as well.
It is important to have your dog and/or cat’s nails trimmed regularly. Keeping their nails trimmed can help to prevent injury from nails catching and tearing, becoming ingrown (curling and growing into their pad) or causing them to walk abnormally. It can also minimize or prevent damage to their household environment. The frequency in which they need their nails trimmed depends on their lifestyle; for example, dogs that are very active on a variety of surfaces will naturally wear their nails down and require less frequent trims. Many pets can find nail trims very stressful. We provide nail trim services and would love to help keep your pet’s nails at a reasonable length.