Partridge Animal Hospital

Health Maintenance Services

Vaccinations

VaccineWe strongly recommend that your pet be up-to-date on vaccines.

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, but they are also 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 – such as for rabies and other zoonotic diseases – that help protect your family from very dangerous 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.

At Partridge Animal Hospital, we tailor our vaccination protocol based on the lifestyle of your pet, as well as to the diseases your pet is most likely to be exposed to. During your kitten or puppy's first year of life, we spread out the series of vaccines, in order not to put too much strain on his or her developing immune system.

We feel that this vaccination protocol provides the best protection from disease, as well as to reduce the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

Recommended vaccines for canines are: Rabies, DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Leptospirosis), Bordetella and Lyme disease.

Recommended vaccines for felines are: Rabies, FVRCP and Feline Leukemia.

Clients are encouraged to make and keep scheduled appointments. If it is necessary, clients are also welcome to drop their pets off after 8 a.m. and pick them up before 5:30 p.m. Our regular business hours are 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Lost Pet Microchip IDs by HomeAgain

All too often a pet that has run off, fails to return home. This is a terrible feeling. We have all seen the lost pet notices posted on telephone poles and tree trunks. Getting lost is more than an inconvenience; it 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.

microshipThis is why we view microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With a 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.We use the HomeAgain microchip system. 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, and is only available to the owners and HomeAgain.

HomeAgain membership also offers benefits, such as proactive pet recovery and free access to ASPCA Poison Control. HomeAgain 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.


Behavioral Counseling

You want the bond between you and your pet to be strong and durable; yet, behavior problems are the primary reason why pets are either sent to shelters or euthanized by their owners.

The good news is that behavioral problems can be improved with therapy. It's possible to repair the relationship between you and your pet if it has been damaged through behavior issues.

We can provide you with advice regarding the correction of problems such as: excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression.

We not only offer our clients behavioral counseling, but we can refer you to those specializing in behavior modification, and we offer phone consultations.Behavioral issues are not uncommon. They exist in about 40% of all household pets.

We work closely with a very talented obedience trainer,Diane Anderson. She often assists with challenging behavior cases.


Nutrition Counseling

NutritionWe offer guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including: dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.

We offer prescription diets and nutrition counseling as needed during office visits. We also discuss with you the option of giving your pet natural nutritional supplements.

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 evaluate his or her overall condition and can give you recommendations based on what we find.

For most pets, our recommendations include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We 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 a high quality, balanced diet.


Prescription Diets

"Let food be your first medicine."
–Hippocrates

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 Royal Canin Prescription Diets as well as Royal Canin Veterinary Care Nutrition diets. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you. We routinely special order Hill's Science Diet food as a convenience for our clients who prefer it.


Grief Counseling

Humans and animals develop intense bonds, and grief is a natural response to any significant loss. It is common for humans to experience strong grief reactions to the death of a beloved companion animal.

Individual grief counseling is offered for individuals who have experienced the loss of a companion animal or who are facing potential loss. Our counseling is short term in nature, and is intended to address grief issues.

Through counseling, we hope to decrease depression; lessen confusion, anger, and anxiety; help you feel less overwhelmed; and increase the acceptance of your loss. We know that losing your pet can be a very powerful experience, but talking through these issues with someone who truly empathizes with you, can be a rewarding and helpful experience.