Wellness Services

Pet Wellness Services at Cottage Veterinary CareWellness Care for Your Pacific Grove Pet

The staff at Cottage Veterinary Care is committed to providing you and your pet with high-quality veterinary care. We're a welcoming, skilled and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions. Our hospital environment is very much like a country cottage, which helps make our pet patients and their owners feel relaxed and at home.

The veterinary team at Cottage Veterinary Care believes that prevention contributes to your pet's long term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We strongly recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks to keep your pet in optimum health.

Despite the very best preventive care, a beloved pet may develop an illness or be injured. We take time to explain our diagnosis to you and provide you with various options for your pet’s treatment.

Please take a look at the services we offer to learn why we believe they are important to the care and well-being of your pet. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Wellness Examinations

Wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It's a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care—as well as an opportunity for you to discuss any of your concerns or ask questions.

Your pet’s yearly wellness examination at Cottage Veterinary Care includes our commitment to doing a thorough history, complete physical exam, and recommending appropriate testing and therapy. We engage you, the pet owner, in conversation and answer your questions and concerns.

Pet Wellness Services at Cottage Veterinary CareRegular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include blood tests. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

At home, watch for subtle changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, as well as general attitude and activity level. These changes may be signs of medical problems. Lumps and bumps under the skin may seem harmless but can be cancerous. Ear infections and abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become obvious until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical exam is the tool to evaluate your dog's, cat's or other pet's health status and to help you make informed decisions about the care of your special companion.

Vaccinations Keep Your Pet Healthy

Due to the many recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected against many infectious diseases. Today, many immunizations and preventive treatments are available that did not exist a decade ago.

Annual wellness examinations and fecal exams are recommended for every patient. Core vaccines, once completely boostered, are recommended every three years.

Vaccines are useful in preventing canine distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, rabies, Lyme disease and other diseases in your dog and feline leukemia, panleukopenia, and rabies in cats. Our staff at Cottage Veterinary Care can assist you in deciding which preventative measures are necessary for your pet.

Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians tailor a vaccine protocol that is specific to your pet based on his or her lifestyle and recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association. Vaccine schedules are balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating your pet. Please contact us for more information about vaccinations.

Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats

Core vaccines for dogs include Rabies, Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus (hepatitis), Canine Parvovirus and Canine Parainfluenza. Combined into one injection, the vaccine is called DHPP. When Leptospirosis is added, it is called DHPPL.

Core vaccines for cats include Panleukopenia Virus, Feline Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis, also known as Herpes Virus. The vaccines are combined into one injection, called FVRCP. FVR is Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, which causes respiratory infections; C is for Calicivirus, another upper respiratory infection and P is for Panleukopenia, also known as Feline Distemper. Rabies vaccine is also a core vaccine for cats.

Parasite Prevention in Pacific Grove

Pet Wellness Services at Cottage Veterinary CareFlea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. It is also important to know that we have year-round flea problems here in Pacific Grove, and flea allergies are the most common cause of itchy pets we see. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Ticks, of course, are the main carriers of Lyme disease.

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a nuisance year-round, especially in our temperate climate. Ticks tend to thrive in wooded areas or in high grass. It is often difficult to keep your pets away from tick infested areas, so if they do go exploring, check them when they come inside.

Flea and tick problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. Your pet may have intestinal parasites even with normal appearing stools. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite.

Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually.

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. For dogs and cats, a once-a-month heartworm preventative can be given as a tasty, chewable treat. This same chewable medicine prevents not only heartworms from developing, but also kills and prevents most other types of worms that can infect your pet.

If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please call Cottage Veterinary Care today for an appointment.

Pet Wellness Services at Cottage Veterinary CarePuppy, Kitten, and Senior Care at Cottage Veterinary Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family.

However, new pets require a little extra attention to ensure a good, healthy start at life. This means that comprehensive physical exams from one of the veterinarians at Cottage Veterinary Care, at key developmental stages, are essential. Any time that you get a new pet, it's important to schedule an appointment right away so that we may review their prior medical records and make timely recommendations for appropriate wellness care.

Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten at Cottage Veterinary Care are perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our doctors and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. We take plenty of time with these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough examination, talk with you about concerns you may have, offer health care and training advice, and more.

Puppy and Kitten Vaccines

Core Puppy Vaccines

Puppies receive a series of vaccines (DA2PP) beginning at eight weeks of age and given three weeks apart. Rabies vaccine is administered at 16 weeks.

Leptospirosis and Lyme vaccines are recommended based on the individual puppy’s lifestyle and potential exposure to the disease.

Core Kitten Vaccines

Kittens receive a set of three vaccines (FVRCP) beginning at eight weeks of age and given three weeks apart. Rabies vaccine is administered at 16 weeks.

Feline Leukemia vaccine is recommended for all cats that go outdoors.

Pet Wellness Services at Cottage Veterinary CareCaring for Your Senior Pet

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your senior pet has medical needs that are very different from puppies and kittens. The veterinarians and medical team at Cottage Veterinary Care work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her "golden years."

Pets age faster than people and are considered to be "seniors" around age 7. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy. Symptoms of disease or a chronic condition may not be readily apparent. In some cases, conditions that look like the usual signs of "old age" could actually be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all senior pets undergo at least one physical examination each year, though more frequent examinations are encouraged. During an examination, we can also perform a number of tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes and other health problems.

You are an important ally in keeping your senior pet healthy! If your pet is experiencing any changes in behavior, we urge you to bring him or her in for a check-up. Together, we can make sure you and your faithful companion enjoy many more years together.

Pet Wellness Services at Cottage Veterinary CareCottage Veterinary Care for Your Exotic Pet

We offer wellness care programs for birds and other exotic pets. Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we recommend physical examinations twice a year to check for health problems in addition to annual monitoring for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

In order to survive attacks from predators in the wild, exotic animals will often conceal their illnesses. As a result, their medical problems can go unnoticed for long periods of time. By the time you recognize a problem with your exotic pet, the condition is often serious. With bi-annual medical examinations, problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

Exotic pet care services at Cottage Veterinary Care include wellness exams, sick exams, ferret vaccines, blood work, radiographs, certain surgeries, and beak/wing/tail trims.

After acquiring your new exotic pet, a complete wellness appointment is strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening and laboratory testing, if necessary. Before bringing your pet home, you want to make sure that he or she is healthy.

If your exotic pet needs intensive care or hospitalization, we have great local exotic specialists we can refer you and your pet to.