Wellness Care

Puppy and Kitten Wellness Visits

It’s important to vaccinate puppies and kittens to get their immune systems ready to fend off common diseases they will encounter in their every-day environment. Young pets also often have intestinal parasites and require de-worming to ensure they thrive and to protect your family as some parasites are transmissible to humans.
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​​​​​​​Before your pet is vaccinated, our veterinarian will conduct a nose-to-tail physical exam to ensure there are no underlying health concerns. In addition to regular physical exams and booster vaccines during the first four months of life, our veterinarians will consult with you on any behavior issues you’re facing, council you on house training, discuss nutrition and on-going preventative health care recommendations to ensure your pet grows up to be a happy and healthy member of your family.

Our veterinarian will recommend the best timing to spay or neuter your pet, and the surgery can be done by their NOAH doctor (see Surgical Services for more information). We can also place a microchip to help bring your pet home to you if they are ever lost.

Because we know new pet families have lots of questions, we schedule first kitten and puppy appointments for 40 minutes to allow for lots of discussion. We give clients information filled “puppy kits” and “kitten kits” with many helpful tips to take home and share with other family members.

We also offer puppy training classes right here at the clinic through our partner, Pawsitive Plus. Participating in training classes will help you achieve a deep and lasting bond with your dog. Our small classes (maximum 5 teams) provide excellent and safe socialization with other dogs as well as foundational training skills to help your dog be a well-adjusted canine citizen. And, as a nice “side effect”, our graduates have such a positive, fun experience with coming to the hospital for training that they are not anxious or nervous when they need to come see us for health care visits. That’s a big win for everyone!

Annual Health Exams
To help your pet live a healthy and long life, proactive preventative care and a thorough annual physical exam are the keys to ensure early disease detection and intervention. At your pet’s 30-minute annual health exam visit, our veterinarian will take a thorough health history, discuss your concerns, do a complete nose-to-tail physical exam and administer vaccines. During the physical, the doctor will:

  • Examine your pet’s eyes and ears
  • Assess their mouth, teeth and gums
  • Palpate their abdomen to feel for normal internal organs
  • Listen to their heart and lungs
  • Check their body for concerning lumps and bumps
  • Assess the condition of their coat and skin
  • Validate whether your pet’s weight is appropriate
  • Evaluate their joints and mobility

For dogs and outdoor cats, we conduct a fecal test annually to check your pet for intestinal parasites they can pick up in their environment. As well, the doctor may recommend a blood test to check organ function and screen for common diseases.

Our veterinarians make their vaccination recommendation based on your pet’s life-style and risk factors. If you have more specific questions about our vaccination protocols, please call us for more information.

For dogs and outdoor cats, we conduct a fecal test annually to check your pet for intestinal parasites they can pick up in their environment. As well, the doctor may recommend a blood test to check organ function and screen for common diseases.

Our veterinarians make their vaccination recommendation based on your pet’s life-style and risk factors. If you have more specific questions about our vaccination protocols, please call us for more information.

Parasite Prevention: Fleas, Heartworm Disease and Lyme Disease

For dogs, Heartworm Disease and Lyme Disease are big concerns in Ontario so we recommend an annual blood test to screen for these. We advise using prevention medication during the Spring, Summer and Fall to protect dogs from fleas, ticks that can transmit Lyme Disease and contracting heartworm disease through mosquito bites. NOAH offers a complimentary consultation with one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians to find the right combination of prevention medication to best protect your pet from pesky parasites and the diseases they carry.

For cats that go outdoors, we recommend flea prevention and regular de-worming as they can bring home fleas and intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.
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Nutritional Counselling and Weight Loss

As the saying goes, “You are what you eat” and the same is true for your furr -family – proper nutrition is vital to your pet’s health and there are many common diseases that can be effectively managed through veterinary prescription diets. There’s a lot of mis-information out there in pet stores from well-intentioned people whose job it is to sell you food. NOAH’s veterinarians are well-versed in pet nutritional needs and you can trust them to recommend the right diet for your dog and cat.

In a report published by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, veterinarians identified weight control and management as the number one thing a pet owner can do to increase the length of their pet’s lifespan. There are serious health risks for obese pets, including increased prevalence of:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Arthritis, and other joint disease including torn ligaments
  • Spinal disc problems
  • Skin issues
NOAH offers complimentary Weight Loss Clinics to help your pet lose weight, stay physically fit, and maintain a healthy weight and body condition score. If you’re concerned about your pet’s weight, call to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our RVTs and get started on a customized weight loss program today.

We have found that often clients are not aware of what an “ideal body condition” looks like for their
pet. Click the links below to see what an ideal weight looks like for your pet:

Cats
Small Dogs
Larger Dogs