Health Maintenance Services
Sky Lake Animal Hospital recommends that your pet stays up to date on his or her vaccines.
Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet’s preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable. There are also vaccines – for Rabies and other zoonotic diseases – that help protect your family from deadly and difficult to treat illnesses. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.
We tailor our vaccination protocol to the lifestyle of your pet, as well as the diseases your pet is most likely to be exposed to. During your kitten or puppy’s first year of life we also spread out the series of vaccines in order not to put too much strain on his or her developing immune system We do this in order to provide the best protection from disease as well as to reduce the possibility of your pet have an adverse reaction to a vaccine.
We offer prescription diets and nutrition counseling as needed during office visits.
Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet’s caregiver.
During your pet’s comprehensive physical examination, we can evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.
For most pets, our recommendations will include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We will also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers so you can make the most informed choice. For example, dogs and cats are healthiest when they eat whole, natural foods.
Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we will offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.
We carry a diverse inventory of prescription foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.
Behavioral problems exist for up to 40% of all household pets. These issues are the primary reason why pets are either sent to shelters or even euthanized by their owners. The good news is that behavioral problems can be improved with behavioral therapy. Using humane training methods and techniques, it is possible to save animals lives and enhance their relationship with you.
We not only offer behavioral counseling, we can also make referrals to those specializing in behavior modification. We also offer phone consultations.
Microchipping by HomeAgain
All too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible situation. We have all seen the sad lost pet notices posted on telephone poles. Getting lost is the number one cause of pet death.
Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owner unless they have some form of permanent lost pet identification.
This is why we at Sky Lake Animal Hospital view microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With a HomeAgain microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters or at veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets. The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.
The HomeAgain ID system uses microchips that register the animal with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with important contact information. This information can be updated at any time.
HomeAgain membership also offers benefits such as proactive pet recovery and free access to ASPCA Poison Control. HomeAgain also comes with a number of very useful services to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.
Additionally, HomeAgain uses technology that is standardized around the world so that your pet’s microchip can be read at shelters in a number of countries.