We all wish pets could live as long as people do, and although we can’t make that happen at Crossroads Animal Care Center, we CAN help them live happier, healthier lives. To do that, we recommend that you bring your pet in for a comprehensive wellness exam at least once a year. However, exam frequency may vary, depending on age and health status, among other factors.
During each wellness exam, we examine your pet from nose to tail to ensure they’re healthy or to treat any issues if they’re not. Our goal is not only to treat illness but to prevent it, which is why we place a strong emphasis on preventive care. We discuss our recommendations for vaccinations, parasite control, and nutrition, among other topics related to preventive care. If you have any questions or concerns related to your pet’s health or behavior, we encourage you to let us know about them during the exam.
Click on the headers below to learn more about the various elements involved in wellness care.
Vaccinations are a critical part of wellness care, as they provide immunity against various diseases—many of which can be fatal. Below is a list of the core vaccines we recommend for dogs and cats:
Core Canine Vaccines
Core Feline Vaccines
- Rabies (3-year and Purevax 1-year options available)
- Feline leukemia
Keep in mind that vaccines, groupings, and schedules vary for each pet; we customize a vaccine protocol for every patient we see.
Parasite Control for Pets
Parasites can cause a number of health problems for your pet, ranging from allergies to disease. To protect your dog or cat, we recommend a year-round preventative product. We maintain a full inventory of parasite control products to protect your pet from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other parasites, which are listed below.
- Heartgard (heartworms)
- Nexgard (fleas and ticks)
- Frontline Plus (fleas and ticks)
- Revolution (fleas, heartworms, and ticks)
- Advantix II (fleas and ticks)
We also recommend an annual fecal exam to test for internal parasites.
Just like babies, puppies and kittens need to begin receiving health care as soon as they become a member of your family. Our team wants to make sure your pet gets started off on the right paw, so we recommend their standard comprehensive wellness exam at about 6 weeks of age. During this visit, we discuss a range of topics that are specific to young pets, including food choices, training tips, vaccinations, deworming, and parasite prevention. Our goal is to provide as much education about puppy/kitten care as possible to enable you to be the best possible owner. The first visit also includes complimentary heartworm and flea/tick prevention (Heartgard, Frontline, etc.). We also provide a free “goody bag” as well as information on pet insurance and reputable trainers and groomers in the area.
Senior Pet Care
When pets reach their “golden years,” their health care needs change. Some pets are at a greater risk for arthritis, diabetes, and obesity so we recommend wellness exams at least twice a year for senior pets. We also recommend a urinalysis and a comprehensive senior blood profile and CBC every year as well as a heartworm test every other year—if no heartworm preventative doses have been missed. For your convenience, a majority of our lab work is performed in house. If necessary, we can discuss any other areas of concern, such as diet, exercise, and behavior modifications to help ensure your pet is as healthy as possible throughout their geriatric years.
Your pet may already have an ID tag, but a microchip provides a permanent form of identification to increase the chances of a safe recovery, should your pet ever become separated from you. Crossroads Animal Care Center is proud to offer the HomeAgain microchip, which is accepted internationally. About the size of a grain of rice, each microchip is encoded with the pet owner’s contact information and can be scanned by most pet shelters nationwide. As a result, microchipping has helped thousands of lost pets become reunited with their owners every year. For your convenience and that of your pet, this quick, painless procedure can be performed simultaneously with another procedure such as spaying/neutering.