Wellness & Vaccinations

Friendship Animal Hospital Offers Pet Wellness Care & Vaccinations

Wellness care is a concept in veterinary medicine that allows pet owners to get ahead of any health problems their pets may have and to prevent many others. These periodic exams can find small problems before they become larger issues and ensure your pets get preventative care, such as vaccinations, that prevent disease. At Friendship Animal Hospital in Pineville, NC, we offer wellness care and vaccinations to help pets stay healthy and disease-free.


Wellness Exams Are Key to a Longer, Healthier Life for Pets

Research shows that wellness care can help to extend your pets’ lifespan and improve their health in later years. Regular wellness visits allow your veterinarian to follow your pets’ health over a period of time, so small changes can be noticed and investigated. Changes in weight, muscle condition, activity levels and sleep patterns can indicate underlying health problems. Your vet will provide a thorough exam, noting weight and general condition. Blood tests and urinalysis can find health problems that may not have produced noticeable symptoms yet. In this way, the vet can provide early treatment, which is the best way to ensure continued good health for your pet.

Vaccinations Are Essential for Your Pet’s Health

The wellness pet exam is the perfect time to update your pets’ vaccinations, which provide protection against common infectious diseases that can cause illness and even death. The vet will administer immunizations against common diseases found in the pet population and can advise on whether your pets need additional vaccinations for special circumstances.

What Vaccinations Do Dogs and Cats Need?

Vaccinations are generally separated into “core” and "non-core" vaccines. Core vaccines for your dog includes those against distemper, adenovirus, and parainfluenza. Immunization against parvovirus and rabies are also included. Other vaccines, such as bordetella may be needed for dogs that are boarded or go to doggie daycare. Your cat requires core vaccination against panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and rabies. The vet can recommend other shots, if needed.

Make Friendship Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Pineville, NC

Dr. Panuska uses his many years of experience in veterinary medicine to provide quality care for his patients in Pineville, NC, and the nearby communities. We offer many services for pets, including examinations, preventative care, spay and neuter surgery, general surgery, emergency care, and boarding. Call Friendship Animal Hospital today at 704-889-7387 for an appointment to have your pet checked and to update their immunizations.

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