Protect Your Pets from Fleas, Ticks
and Heartworm this Season
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WHY DOES MY VET WANT A POOP SAMPLE?

Dog listeningUnlike fleas and ticks, internal parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal track. Most are never seen, but they can cause weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy. Humans can become infected the same way a pet does – by having contact with stool or soil, containing eggs or larvae. Fecal testing allows your doctor to check for internal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, giardia and coccidia.

Normal behaviors, such as eating directly off the ground or playing fetch, drinking from puddles, and grooming, predisposes dogs and cats to parasitic infections all year long. Therefore, combined with monthly flea and tick preventatives, routine fecal exams are the best way to identify and treat parasitic infections to keep your pet healthy and your family safe.

We will happily provide you with a container (a plastic bag works fine too), and remember to wear gloves. Fresh is best, so drop off the specimen within 24 hours. We’ll call you with results the next day. Now you have the scoop… bring on the poop! For the month of June all Wellness Fecal Tests will be $37.00 (regularly $45.00)  

digital pet xrayHealth & Wellness Animal Hospital now offers digital x-rays for pets!

Digital radiography does not use conventional film. This allows for the highest quality images, while using the lowest possible exposure of x-rays to your pet. This method is not only safer, but also more advanced as these digital images can be computer-enhanced to increase detail. We will also be able to store, print and email these digital files to share.

We are excited for this new addition and how it will improve our services for our clients!

How Chinese Herbal Medicines and a New Pet Food Recipe Saved Hunter

  Dog Hunter with Owner Paul Gallant
  Hunter relaxes with his owner, Paul Gallant.
   

When Paul Gallant's golden retriever, Hunter, was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, he wanted to do everything he could to save his dog. Veterinary oncologists suggested surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation, and told him that Hunter would only live six months unless he took immediate aggressive action.

Dr. Hannah Wells, our Chief of Staff at Health & Wellness Animal Hospital, offered a different suggestion — to pick up a wooden spoon and start cooking meals for his dog. Paul was up for the task and Hunter, who is now 7, has a clean bill of health and the cancer has disappeared!

We are thrilled to have been able to help keep Hunter living longer. And recently, Gallant started Paul's Custom Pet Food, a business that makes a variety of organic offerings for dogs and cats.