Pet Wellness and Preventative in New Milford, CT
Your pet’s health is important and preventive care is necessary.
Pet Wellness and Preventative
At Valley Veterinary Hospital, we feel that annual wellness care is critical to your pet’s happiness and health!
Pet Heartworm, Flea, and Tick Prevention
Every year, thousands of pets go missing for a variety of reasons, and many do not return home. Even if your pet wears a collar and ID tag, they cannot guarantee your pet’s safe return because collars and tags can break or become damaged. Fortunately, we provide microchipping, a simple form of identification that can dramatically boost the chances of your pet being found and returned safely. Adult pets, in addition to puppies and kittens, can be microchipped.
A microchip is roughly the size and shape of a grain of rice and is implanted between the shoulder blades of your cat. The insertion of a microchip takes only a few minutes and is extremely safe. Each microchip is one-of-a-kind and contains crucial information about your pet, such as your name, address, and phone number. A registration form is handed to the owner when a microchip is installed. Your pet’s microchip number is entered into a national pet recovery database when you register it. Special electronic scanners are installed in veterinary facilities, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country to detect the microchip and read the identifying number. A short scan of the microchip reveals the identifying number if a missing pet is picked up by animal control or located by a good Samaritan and taken to a veterinarian.
If you’d like to learn more about microchipping or schedule an appointment to get your pet microchipped, please contact us now.
Pet Pain Management
How Does Pain Management Work?
Our pain management procedures and medications are always tailored to your pet’s individual needs, and our objective is to make them as comfortable as possible.
Pain is managed in a variety of ways.
Depending on your pet’s needs, we can treat pain with a range of medications and equipment. Opioids, morphine, antidepressants, and chronic pain medicines like gabapentin and amantadine are all often used in addition to local anesthetics.
We’ll use the appropriate pain scale to assess your pet’s level of pain after surgery or in other situations requiring pain care. This is similar to a physical exam, but it concentrates on feeling your pet’s entire body for tight muscles, sores, range of motion, and heat, all while keeping track of how uncomfortable they are.
We create a plan to treat the pain once we’ve pinpointed the problematic area(s). Drugs, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and/or massage may be used. We will always do our best to educate you on how to help manage your pet’s pain after you get home.
- A local anesthetic is a type of anesthetic that is used to numb a surgical location. This is a method of making your pet pain-insensitive in a specific place without harming their consciousness.
- Epidural anesthesia is inserting a small epidural needle or catheter into your pet’s back and administering a little amount of pain medication.
- Opioid treatment is the use of opioids to reduce pain, improve mood, and function in individuals with chronic pain via the central nervous system.
- Anti-inflammatory therapy is the treatment of inflammation with anti-inflammatory medications.
- Integrated Therapies:
- Acupuncture involves inserting needles into certain spots on the body to ease pain.
- Massage: Pressure, tension, and motion are used to modify layers of muscle and connective tissue during massage.
- Laser Therapy is a medical and veterinary treatment that uses monochromatic light to promote tissue repair, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.
- Physiotherapy: This is also known as physical therapy or rehabilitation. We’ll work with your pet to get his or her body moving and functioning properly again.
Puppy & Kitten Care
Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is a joyous occasion for your family. We are honored that you chose us to accompany you on your journey.
Nothing compares to the excitement of owning a puppy or kitten, but with that joy comes the duty of caring for your new puppy or kitten. We collaborate with you to ensure that your puppy or kitten has a healthy start. We strongly advise that you bring your new puppy/kitten in for an initial wellness visit as soon as possible. You will meet with one of our professional doctors during the exam to discuss immunizations, training, nutrition, and overall health. Our experts will teach you everything you need to know about your new puppy or kitten so you can better care for him or her.
Senior Pet Care
Dogs and cats are now surviving longer than they have ever lived before, thanks to increased veterinarian care and dietary habits. As a result, dogs and cats, as well as their owners and veterinarians, are confronted with a whole new set of age-related illnesses. In recent years, there has been a lot of research on the issues that elderly pets face and how their owners and veterinarians may best deal with their unique requirements. Click here to learn more.
Vaccinating your pet is critical to his or her general health. However, there is never a clear understanding of which vaccines are required, how often they should be given, and which ones are simply unnecessary but are still given. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) produced vaccine administration guidelines to help determine whether your pet is over-vaccinated. Surprisingly, what your pet requires and how frequently it requires them are far less than most people believe.
Many pet owners over-vaccinate their pets without realizing it. This is particularly true of the Rabies, Corona, Heartworm, and Distemper/Parvo Vaccines. Did you know that in Connecticut, the Rabies and Distemper/Parvo Vaccine is a three-year vaccine? Isn’t there a vaccine that lasts a year? One-year immunizations are for pets that did not have their three-year vaccine within the state’s deadline.
“What are all those vaccines doing for my pet, are they truly required, and how often do they need to be administered?” you should ask yourself. These are the same questions we as humans ask ourselves, and we know that more isn’t always better. Getting needless immunizations and then getting them every year is significantly worse for our health! A healthier pet is the product of a well-informed pet owner!
Vaccinations for your pet should be tailored to his or her health, age, and individual needs. Please click here to learn more about AAHA and how you can become a better advocate for your pet! You’ll be relieved to know that you’ve provided all your pet needs to live a long and healthy life!
We follow the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines for vaccinations and senior wellness, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) guidelines for Feline Lifestage Guidelines, the American Heartworm Society (AHWS) guidelines for heartworm prevention, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) guidelines for parasite prevention, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for animal to human transmission.
Pet Wellness Exams
We provide comprehensive preventative medicine that is tailored to the specific needs of each patient and family. When necessary, we provide blood titers and undertake thoughtful vaccination. There are a variety of ailments against which your pet should be protected. Many of these vaccinations, on the other hand, are quite effective and give enough protection for much longer than is indicated on the label. Without the need for an additional vaccine, a blood sample can be used to determine if an animal has this protection. Click here to learn more.
A Commitment To Quality And Empathy In Veterinary Care
Our veterinarians, technicians, assistants, and front staff work together to provide both you and your pet with a compassionate and professional experience. From the initial phone call, it is our goal to make sure you feel that your concerns are addressed, you are well informed, and that your pet receives the best care.