Pet Wellness

At Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Clinton Hill, we understand that every pet’s optimum health begins with a comprehensive preventative care plan. Preventative care involves monitoring a patient’s health to promote overall wellness and detect illness in its early stages. Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Clinton Hill recommends all patients receive annual wellness examinations, appropriate vaccinations, proper dental care, microchip identification, and regular screening for common diseases. However, preventative care is not limited to the veterinarian’s office. We also believe it is our responsibility to educate our clients on how to maintain a high level of care at home. We use wellness visits as an opportunity to discuss all aspects of your pet’s care and answer any questions you may have about your pet’s health.

You can learn more about our many different wellness services below. Feel free to call us at 718-783-5500 if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.

Wellness Exams

Once a year, you should bring your pet in for a wellness exam. Depending on your pet’s age and health, you may need to come in multiple times in one year. During a wellness visit, your veterinarian will perform a head-to-tail physical examination of your pet. Just by looking, feeling, and listening, the veterinarian can gain a picture of your pet’s overall health and detect potential medical issues in their early stages. Your pet’s annual exam also gives you the opportunity to ask your veterinarian any questions you have about your pet’s health and daily care. At Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Clinton Hill, we like to take advantage of this opportunity to inform you about home health care for your pet and offer advice on how to best attend to your pet’s unique needs.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an essential component of preventative care. Many diseases that were once fatal for your pets can now be completely prevented with vaccines. Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Clinton Hill offers all core and many non-core dog and cat vaccines, including rabies, DHPP, leptospirosis, lyme disease, FVRCP, and feline leukemia.

At Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Clinton Hill, we like to use titers in place of booster shots when appropriate. A titer is a blood test that measures the level of antibodies your pet has made against certain viruses. Although these tests are a bit more expensive than vaccines, if the results show that your pet’s antibodies levels are high enough to resist attack from particular viruses, your pet will not need those vaccine boosters. This helps protect your pet from a potential bad vaccine reaction.

If your pet should ever fail a titer, we will administer the vaccination at no charge to you!

Dental Care

Your pet’s dental health is a significant determinant of his or her overall health. When you neglect to clean your pet’s teeth, plaque builds up and causes gum disease, which can spread to other parts of the body and cause problems in your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys. Learn more about our dental services and what you can do to promote your pet’s best dental health here.

Microchip Identification

The American Humane Society estimates that 10 million pets are lost or stolen in the United States every year. Many pets never make it back home. Don’t let your pet be one of them.

Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple, and effective way to prevent permanent loss. An identification microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is encoded with your contact information and implanted beneath your pet’s skin. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners that can read these microchips and reunite you with your best friend.

At Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Clinton Hill, we recommend that all pets be microchipped. Even indoor pets should be microchipped as there is a risk of them escaping the house.

Lab Work

During your annual wellness visit, your veterinarian will recommend lab work based on your pet’s age and health. Lab work provides a more complete picture of your pet’s health than a physical exam alone can ever give. Our on-site veterinary laboratory is equipped to run tests for all common pet diseases, including parasites, diabetes, kidney disease, and much more. The results can uncover hidden or symptomless conditions before they become more serious. The earlier an issue is detected, the more likely it will be resolved, with less difficulty and less expense.

At Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Clinton Hill, we recommend blood work once during the puppy or kitten stage, followed by once yearly to track changes, and twice yearly once your pet has reached its senior years.