Lifetime Wellness Care & Nutrition

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Your pet needs to see the veterinarian for regular wellness evaluations. Bringing your pet to Mid North Animal Hospital for a complete checkup and blood work when he or she is healthy helps establish baselines, so we can more easily determine the source of a problem when he or she is ill.

Wellness Visits

Regardless of your pet’s vaccination needs, which are tailored to each individual, every pet should receive a wellness exam at least annually. When you make your yearly appointment, we will do a complete wellness exam. This keeps us up to date with any changes going on with your pet, and we can catch some diseases before they become a problem.

If you consider the fact that your pet ages much faster than you do, it only makes sense that he or she needs to see the doctor at least as often as you should. Annual visits are important for both you and your pet.

Nutrition and Weight

Too many dogs and cats are unhealthy and suffering as a result of their excessive weight as they age. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribcage, and the belly should not be hanging as low as the chest. A cat may have extra skin that hangs down behind the ribs, but it is skin, not fat. If you cannot feel your cat’s ribs and backbone, he or she likely needs to lose some weight.

Obesity in animals is as bad as it is for humans. As your dog ages, being overweight will be the biggest cause of joint and movement problems. Keeping him or her active and moving will help, but maintaining the proper weight will also extend his or her life. Being overweight significantly reduces the life expectancy of your pet.

Many pet foods claim to provide a balanced diet, but fall short in many ways. We will work with you to make sure your pet receives all the vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, and carbs he or she needs to stay active and healthy.

As your pet ages, there will be many changes in his or her activity level. It is important to make changes to his or her diet as the nutritional needs change.

Keeping your pet healthy is your job as a pet parent. Make sure he or she visits us for routine checkups and vaccinations, gets plenty of exercise, eats the proper foods, and maintains a healthy weight.

Being healthy is important to your pet’s happiness, and your peace of mind.

CANINE WELLNESS CARE

Puppy Care (1 year)

At your puppy’s visit you can expect our Doctors to:

  • Perform a thorough head to tail physical exam (this establishes a healthy baseline for your puppy, often many breeders require this after adoption)
  • Obtain any history on your puppy
  • Take your puppy’s vitals (weight, temperature, etc.)
  • Discuss vaccination recommendations tailored to your puppy’s lifestyle at 8, 12 and 16 weeks
  • Administer vaccination boosters during the series as indicated by your puppy’s history. An example would be the following - 8 weeks – DA2P #1 12 weeks – DA2P #2, lepto #1, bordetella 16 weeks – final DA2P, lepto, rabies 1 year)
  • Recommend fecal/parasite test (yearly), provide deworming treatment as needed
  • Discuss neutering/spaying timeline and HomeAgain Microchip Implant for Identification
  • Discuss diet and feeding instructions
  • Discuss dental care
  • Discuss flea, tick, heartworm, and internal parasite protection
  • Discuss behavior and help you with common training issues related to your new puppy
  • Discuss Pet Insurance and Care Credit

Adult Care (1-7 Years)

At your dog’s visit you can expect our Doctors to:

  • Perform a thorough head to tail physical exam (recommended yearly)
  • Obtain any history on your dog since last visit
  • Perform an oral examination (recommended yearly)
  • Formulate appropriate vaccination schedule for your dog based on lifestyle assessment
  • DA2P Vaccine – every 1 or 3 years (staggered)
  • Rabies Vaccine – every 1 or 3 years (staggered)
  • Leptosporisis – every year
  • Lyme – every year (based on pet’s lifestyle)
  • Bordetella – every 6 months
  • Discuss dental care, and recommend dental cleanings as needed
  • Perform adult wellness bloodwork and heartworm and tick borne disease testing (4dx) (recommended yearly)
  • Perform fecal/parasite test for internal parasites (every 6 months to yearly or as needed for illness)
  • Discuss flea, tick, heartworm, and internal parasite protection

Senior Care (7+ Years)

At your dog’s visit you can expect our Doctor’s to:

  • Perform a thorough head to tail physical exam (recommended every 6 months – yearly)
  • Obtain any history on your dog since last visit
  • Perform an oral examination (recommended yearly, at least)
  • Vaccinate as appropriate (depending on your dog’s age, lifestyle assessment, and health status)
  • Discuss dental care, and recommend dental cleanings as needed
  • Discuss diet and nutrition
  • Perform senior wellness bloodwork, urinalysis and heartworm and tick borne disease testing (4dx) (recommended 6 months – yearly)
  • Recommend fecal/parasite test (yearly)
  • Discuss onset/possibility of senior dog conditions such as Hypothyroidism, Arthritis, Cancer

FELINE WELLNESS CARE

Kitten Care (1 Year)

At your kitten’s visit you can expect our Doctors to:

  • Perform a thorough head to tail physical exam (this establishes a healthy baseline for your kitten)
  • Obtain any history on your kitten
  • Take your kitten’s vitals (weight, temperature, check gums, etc)
  • Discuss vaccination recommendations tailored for your kitten’s lifestyle
  • Administer vaccination boosters (FVRCP, Rabies, and Feline Leukemia)
  • Recommend fecal/parasite test (yearly), provide deworming treatment as needed
  • Discuss neutering/spaying timeline, and HomeAgain Microchip Implantation for Identification
  • Discuss diet and feeding instructions
  • Discuss dental care, and recommend dental cleanings as needed
  • Discuss flea, tick, heartworm, and internal parasite protection
  • Discuss behavior and help you with common training issues related to your new kitten
  • Discuss Pet Insurance and Care Credit

Adult Care (1-7 Years)

At your cat’s visit you can expect our Doctors to:

  • Perform a thorough head to tail physical exam (recommended yearly)
  • Obtain any history on your cat since the last visit
  • Perform an oral examination (recommended yearly)
  • Formulate appropriate vaccination schedule
  • FVRCPC Vaccine – every 1 or 3 years
  • Rabies Vaccine – every 1 or 3 years
  • Feline Leukemia Vaccine – every year if indicated by lifestyle assessment
  • Discuss dental care, and recommend dental cleanings as needed
  • Perform adult wellness bloodwork, heartworm testing, as well as any other testing indicated (recommended yearly)
  • Recommend fecal/parasite test (yearly)
  • Discuss flea, tick, heartworm, and internal parasite protection

Senior Care (8+ Years)

At your cat’s visit you can expect our Doctors to:

  • Perform a thorough head to tail physical exam (recommended every 6 months – yearly)
  • Obtain any history on your cat since last visit
  • Perform an oral examination (recommended yearly, at least)
  • Vaccinate as appropriate (depending on your cat’s age and health status)
  • Discuss dental care, and recommend dental cleanings as needed
  • Discuss diet and nutrition
  • Perform senior wellness bloodwork and urinalysis, heartworm testing, as well as any other testing indicated (recommended 6 months – yearly)
  • Recommend fecal/parasite test (yearly)
  • Discuss flea, tick, heartworm, and internal parasite protection
  • Discuss onset/possibility of senior cat conditions such as hypertension, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, IBD, Arthritis, Cancer

"Everyone is very friendly when we arrive with our dogs. We have had a few emergencies with our dogs and I always feel very confident that my dogs' health is the highest priority. The follow up from the office when my dog was in the emergency room overnight was extremely appreciated. I felt that the practice cared just as much for my pets as I did. This type of attentiveness is exactly why I would never go to another practice."

"Everything is great. The staff (both drs & reception) are amazing which is why we keep coming back. Miriam is extremely knowledgable and helpful for whatever we need. Our pups love going to the vet!"

"Everyone is always so great towards me and Bella. I'm so happy I have such a great vet office, keep up the good work :)"

"The staff is always so friendly and you can tell that they love their jobs. Every pet is greeted with enthusiasm and compassion."

""Value" is a tough thing - veterinary care is expensive. The line-item receipt really helps me understand all of the components of a visit and a checkup. There's never getting around the 'gulp factor' when it's time to pay...but I feel that my pets are getting excellent, and not excessive, care."

"Your "front of the house" people are great. Miriam and the rest are efficient and courteous, and clearly know and love our dogs. Can't buy that."

"Dr. Schnoor has treated our dogs since weaning, 9 years ago. She is professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. She helped save my female dog's life a few years ago, for which I will always be grateful. Dr. Ross has been a great addition. He is also conscientious and well informed. Human hospitals could learn a lesson."

"Dr. Ross is very thorough and professional. He takes time with clients to review pet status and healthcare planning. The support staff is great with the animals."

"I really appreciated the follow up email I received from the doctor asking if I had any additional questions"

"Something I really appreciated about this office is that the woman who made my reservation for Dylan actually remembered him (and loved him) from his stay while with Feline Friends. It's nice to know that the staff are not just veterinary professionals, but also animal lovers."