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How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

At Goliad Animal Clinic, we believe that the best way to prolong the relationship you share with your pet is to identify disease processes early and prevent the progression of chronic illness before it becomes a problem. To keep tabs on your pet’s overall health, it is important to maintain annual exams and blood work. We recommend an examination by your veterinarian every year for healthy pets under the age of 7, and every 6 months for healthy senior patients. Those pets with chronic disease or mobility issues may require examination on a more frequent basis. We also recommend annual blood work profiles to provide a continuous record for our veterinarians. This record helps identify trends and specific areas to focus on in order to prolong the duration and quality of life of our patients.

Why does my pet need a dental procedure?

Periodontal disease (disease of the structures around the tooth-the gums, bone, and connective tissue) is one of the most common problems that we deal with on a daily basis at Goliad Animal Clinic. Periodontal infections, tooth fractures, and oral masses can be sources of serious discomfort for your pet. Additionally, untreated periodontal infections can cause damage to major organs of the body including the heart, liver, and kidneys. Proper veterinary dental care can help prevent your pet from developing painful dental conditions and can extend their life expectancy as well.

When should puppies/kittens come in for their first visit?

Puppies need on average 4 sets of vaccinations. We start their vaccinations at 6-8 weeks old and continue on a set every 3 weeks until complete. Depending on the size, breed, and environment, we may alter the vaccinations to offer the best protections for your puppy. Kittens receive 3 sets of vaccinations starting at 6-8 weeks old. During each visit, your pet will be weighed, given a general exam to ensure proper growth, and time is devoted to answering any questions you may have about your new family member. We also start heartworm prevention and flea and tick medication in the first weeks.