Comprehensive Wellness Care

At Friendship, we believe preventive health care is the best way to enhance your pet’s longevity and vitality. We also believe that each pet is a family member and an individual with unique medical, dental, and nutritional needs.

You can expect a Client Care Technician to assist the doctor and answer any of your questions pertaining to the health and maintenance of your four-legged family member at every scheduled appointment. Our client care technicians work hard as a liaison between you and the doctor and are available 24 hours every day via e-mail/pet mail and telephone to answer your questions or address any of your concerns.

The client care technicians will educate you regarding recommended preventive health products and services. We are more than happy to demonstrate the best ways to take care of your companion animal. Whether you are requesting advice on how to brush your dog or cat’s teeth, nutrition advice, or on how best to medicate your animal, we are always available to help you care for your pet and answer your questions regarding their health.

Key Topics in Wellness Care

Annual Examinations

All pets should be examined at least annually by your veterinarian. Pets age about seven times as fast as we do, so older pets should be examined even more often. Examinations are critical to help veterinarians find disease early—the best time for them to be treated. Depending upon the age of your pet, blood tests or other diagnostics may be recommended as part of regular wellness care and disease prevention. Examinations also give you an opportunity to ask questions about your pet’s health.

Vaccinations

Vaccinating your dog or cat protects him or her against a wide variety of infectious diseases. Your veterinarian will discuss with you a vaccination program that is appropriate for your particular pet. At Friendship, we do not believe that one vaccination program is correct for all pets. We do not believe in over-vaccinating dogs or cats. Mature, healthy pets that are not at excessive risk are generally vaccinated on a three year schedule. We understand that your pet is unique and needs a vaccination program specific to him or her.

Puppy and Kitten Plans

Who doesn’t love to see healthy, happy puppies and kittens romping and rolling as they explore this whole new world before them? Friendship provides a package of services specially created to get puppies and kittens off on the right paw. The services include examinations, vaccinations, dewormings, and special nutrition consultations—all for one basic discounted fee.

Senior Care

When your pet has been with you for many years—not only do they become irreplaceable members of the family, they also need a little extra care. As your pet grows older we recommend that “wellness visits” become more frequent and that we see your pet at least twice a year (every 6 months) for senior bloodwork and senior care. Bloodwork for seniors may include urinalysis, kidney and liver functions, complete blood cell counts, and thyroid functioning. It is important to have this bloodwork performed as it can uncover systemic abnormalities that a physical examination may not detect.

Many older dogs suffer from osteoarthritis. Safe and effective pain medications can make these dogs comfortable and help live longer, happier lives with your family.

Heartworm and Parasite Prevention

All dogs in this area should be on an effective heartworm preventive year round. Administration is easier than ever with once-a-month chewable tablets. Cats, too, should be treated for parasites on a regular basis. Heartworm medication recommended at Friendship is also effective in preventing numerous other parasites.

Nutrition Counseling

It has been our experience that certain physical problems with our pets stem from the types of foods they eat. We offer the following:

  • Obesity management
  • Diabetic management
  • GI Distress management
  • Allergy management
  • Organ insufficiency management
  • Urinary tract management

As a member of your family, you want your dog or cat to remain a vital, loving part of your life for as long as possible. Wellness care and our dedicated client care technicians will contribute to maintaining the health of your four legged family member.