At Family Veterinary Hospital, we tailor our protocols to your pet based on his or her individual risk factors. All pets are different, and puppies and kittens require treatment that differs from that of a mature pet.
In addition to cats and dogs, we treat pocket pets such as rodents, ferrets and rabbits. For these pint-sized pets, we can perform full examinations, laboratory tests, x-rays, general surgeries and dental work such as trimming overgrown teeth. If your pocket pet, ferret or bunny has an issue beyond our scope of knowledge, we are happy to refer you to another veterinarian who focuses on these special animals.
At your first visit, we will evaluate your pet’s lifestyle, age and general health, and help you to decide what kind of care we should provide to give them best quality of life possible. Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, we emphasize regular proactive laboratory testing to help us identify early stages of disease that may not be evident with physical examination alone. We also advocate aggressive parasite (including heartworm, intestinal, flea and tick) screening and prevention to avoid the health issues they cause in our pets and to prevent spreading to people.
We offer all vaccinations for the diseases your pet is likely to encounter in our region. We realize, however, that not every pet requires every vaccination. We tailor a unique vaccination schedule for your pet based on his or her needs and lifestyle.
As with humans, good nutrition is one of the most important things we can provide for our pets. We watch our calories, fat and carbohydrate intake, and we need to do the same for our companions as well. At Family Veterinary Hospital, we encourage you to bring in your pet’s food label so we can help you to decide if this is the right choice for them. We also carry prescription diets should a more specific health issue arise, such as obesity, kidney, liver or allergy problems. We can also help you to formulate a balanced home diet should you choose to do so.
With the large areas pets enjoy in our mountain community, pet identification is very important. That’s one of the reasons Family Veterinary Hospital offers microchipping in our office.
This simple procedure is a safe way to permanently identify your pet. A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades and stays there for the pet’s entire life. This procedure is as easy and relatively painless.
Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner can be contacted. Family Vet uses the Home Again microchip system.