Pet Health Maintenance Services in Epsom

Vaccines for dogs and cats in epsom nhVaccinations

Immunizations are one of the best tools we have available for the prevention of contagious diseases. The key to using dog/cat vaccines appropriately is to determine which diseases your pet may be at risk for, then vaccinate for those diseases no more than necessary.

We believe that our balanced approach to pet vaccines is the best way to protect your pet from disease and minimize the risk of an adverse reaction to a vaccine. Your pet's vaccinations usually begin between 6 - 8 weeks of age, right about the time kittens and puppies begin to lose the natural immunity transferred from their mothers.

We provide core vaccines for puppies, such as Distemper complex and Rabies, and for cats the core vaccines we offer are for Leukemia and Feline Distemper complex.

We'll explain why these vaccines are necessary, and what vaccines you should consider once your pet – whether dog or cat – becomes an adult.

Behavioral Counseling

Behavioral problems exist for up to 40% of all household pets. These issues are the primary reason why pets are either sent to shelters or why owners choose to have their pet euthanized. The good news is that behavioral problems can be improved with behavioral therapy. Using humane training methods and techniques, it is possible to save animals' lives and enhance their relationship with you.

We not only offer behavioral counseling, we can also make referrals to those specializing in behavior modification. We also offer phone consultations.

Nutrition Counseling

During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we evaluate his or her body condition and provide recommendations about nutrition.

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Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

For most pets, our recommendations include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers so you can make the most informed food choice.

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.

We carry a diverse inventory of prescription foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.

Microchipping

How would you find your lost pet if its tags becomes lost or unreadable, or if you happen to be traveling and your pet wanders away?

Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owners unless they have some form of permanent lost pet identification. Getting lost is the number one cause of pet death.

This is why we use international microchips as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine pets. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters and veterinary hospitals. Pet microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent means of identification.

Suncook River Veterinary Clinic offers complimentary registration and customer service seven days per week, 24 hours per day, and worldwide coverage since our pet microchips can be read by any International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compliant scanner in the world.

Saying Goodbye

End of Life Care

Euthanasia and tending to your pets' remains are two of the most difficult issues that you may be asked to consider. Asking the question means confronting any one or more of the following emotions: fear, guilt, and grief.

Euthanasia is designed today to cause minimal pain and distress. The key is to talk to us about pet euthanasia long before it becomes an issue. Find out about your options, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet's chart.

Taking the time to plan, as challenging as it may be, will lessen the pain and discomfort for you and your pet in the event this option ever has to be considered. Ask us about our crematory services.

All of us at Suncook River Veterinary Clinic will help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they require.