Routine Preventative Care
It is important for your pet to receive routine checkups just like it is for you. It allows us to make sure that your pet is healthy and also allows us to catch any health problems before they become serious. You should bring your dog or cat in for a checkup at least once a year, and once every 6 months for older pets.
During the visit we will check your pets’ vitals, make sure all vaccinations are up to date, and perform any necessary blood work. Blood work can help to diagnose heartworm, Lyme disease, viral infections, and other diseases that can be treated more easily when detected early. The best way to combat these diseases is actually to stop them before they happen. There are many vaccines and medications available to prevent them. We will make sure your pet is taking the necessary medications to keep them safe.
At Clear Lake Veterinary Service, we recommend a yearly test for heartworm infection, usually done each spring. This test involves a tiny blood sample drawn from your dog's leg, and is completed in the clinic while you are there, typically within 10 minutes. If negative, you then begin the once-a-month tablet to prevent Fido from acquiring heartworm from infected mosquitoes. Each spring all dogs receive a reminder postcard from us about this test--don't let your pet hide the mail!