We want your pet to live a happy and vital life and enjoy quality time with your family. Part of our mission is to provide services to keep your pet from developing problems that interfere with your family’s ability to enjoy this time. We recommend regular veterinary visits to make sure that your pets are receiving the medical care and treatment that they need. On these regular visits, we will ask you questions about their lifestyle and life stage, behavior, diet, and any concerns that you may be having. We will conduct a thorough physical exam including weight, temperature, body condition, and a nose to tail hands on assessment by your veterinarian. We will develop a vaccination plan based on your pet’s needs to prevent deadly disease and comply with NYS law. We will ask you to bring a fecal sample so we can check for internal parasites, and their skin for evidence of external parasites. We will help you come up with an appropriate plan for year round parasite control so these little buggers don’t harm your family and your home. Preventing health problems with vaccines and parasite control is much less expensive than treating them, and we will help you find the best options for your pet. We will also assess your pet’s needs for any other laboratory testing and make appropriate recommendations for baseline testing for pets with higher risk factors (age, lifestyle, breed) as well as diagnostic assessment for certain diseases like lyme disease and anaplasmosis.
We can also teach you how to take care of your pet at home with some simple tips for nail trims, ear cleaning, bathing, and dental care that will help you keep your pet more comfortable and save money as well. If you have any questions about how to give medications or use topical parasite preventatives, we are happy to help you at any time.
Behavior and nutrition are also assessed during your regular veterinary visit. Behavioral problems are often the primary source of concern for families, and they can often be addressed successfully with some effort and training. We offer training classes at our Drumm Veterinary Hospital and Troy Veterinary Hospital with local trainers for puppy socialization, Canine Good Citizen obedience classes, and Therapy Dog certification classes (at our Troy office). We also have staff members who can assist with individual consultation for your cat and dog behavior concerns. We also like to focus on healthy weight management as obesity (a health problem on its own) can also be a precursor to many other problems particularly as our pets age. We can help!