Veterinary Services

Pet Wellness Care

Allowing The Animal Hospital of Dublin to examine your pet routinely and keep the vaccinations you need up to date can help your pet have a longer, healthier life.

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Pet Wellness Care in Dublin

We want to be your partner in your pet’s care. Like any relationship, communication is important, and we hope you find value in your pet’s comprehensive exams and check-ups. Bringing your pet to The Animal Hospital of Dublin for physical examinations is crucial to his or her health. We offer thorough physical examinations so that we can detect any potential problems before they become major problems. Many pet health problems can be avoided through regular physical exams, which is why we recommend that your pet has at least two examinations with our staff per year. While physical exams are critical to animal health, you can do your part too by being a vigilant pet owner. If you notice any irregularities with your pet, take detailed notes and bring him or her to The Animal Hospital of Dublin for an examination.

What exactly does a physical exam include? Some things you can’t see, feel, touch, or hear without special tests and equipment, but many times you can gain a lot of information about your pet through simple observation. In a physical exam, your veterinarian looks for anything abnormal. What is considered normal is a combination of what is normal for the breed and what is normal for your specific unique pet. Every pet is a little bit different, just like every human is different. Once the veterinarian does the basic physical exam, any areas of concern will be given more attention.

Vaccinations

Many of the diseases that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through proper pet vaccinations. From your first visit to The Animal Hospital of Dublin, we’ll make sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccines and put on a schedule that makes sure they continue to stay up-to-date.

Depending on your pet’s age, medical history, lifestyle, and environment, our Dublin veterinarians will discuss the best course of action in regards to your pet’s vaccine schedule. You can bring your cat or dog in as early as six weeks for his or her first round of vaccines.

You’ll need to bring your pet in every few weeks over the course of about three months for boosters after he/she receives the initial vaccines. Once your pet finishes the initial vaccine series, he/she will receive boosters every 1 to 3 years, depending on the vaccine and lifestyle of your fur-baby.

Parasite Prevention

You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and other problems, but some infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.

We can examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites. Our expert staff can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your pets and family.

Microchipping

One in three pets will get lost. Many lost animals are found without their collars and tags. Lost pets that are brought into a shelter are scanned for a microchip and can be reunited with their owners with the information provided.

How does it work?
A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique identification code that is activated by a scanner and will last for your pet’s lifetime.

Puppy & Kitten Care

Your puppy or kitten visit will include a full “nose-to-tail” physical examination. We will look for any signs of illness and make sure that your new pet is in good health.

Do you have questions about nutrition, training, vaccinations, grooming, parasite protection, or overall health? What about tips for introducing your new pet to other pets and family members? Even if you are a very experienced pet owner and have had puppies or kittens before, each pet is unique and offers an opportunity to learn something new! We welcome your questions and look forward to addressing any concerns you may have. The more educated you are about your pet, the better you will be able to care for him or her, so we strive to offer you all the support you need.

Puppy and kitten wellness visits also present an opportunity to discuss your new pet’s recommended vaccine schedule and the best plan for parasite testing, treatment, and prevention. We at The Animal Hospital of Dublin are well-educated about veterinary vaccines and parasite control, and our goal is to give you the best advice for your puppy or kitten. We will review your pet’s vaccine and deworming schedule and discuss the best way to continue, so don’t forget to bring any records that you have received.

We will work hard to help you understand your pet’s health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your puppy’s or kitten’s health care. Puppy and kitten visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy and healthy life. Let’s take these important first steps together.