Our pets THRIVE when we make a concerted effort to meet their basic needs for safety, health and affection. When pet owners are providing essential care throughout the pet’s lifetime, chances are both pet and pet owner will experience a carefree, high quality life. We’re here to help our clients anticipate problems and avoid costly medications and treatments with support, advice and affordable treatment programs that take the stress out of being a responsible pet owner. Read more to learn about the essential care, schedules, and preventive measures you can take to achieve a happy, healthy life together.
Our pets THRIVE and experience significant benefits and improved quality of life when we maintain their health with preventive medicine and early detection of problems. Routine care is the focus of everything we do at THRIVE because getting started on the right paw is essential good health. We recommend frequent visits for puppies/kittens due to the need for multiple vaccine boosters and their maturing immune system, followed by annual exams for adult animals, and semiannual exams for aging pets.
Our comprehensive nose-to-tail exam costs only $10 and includes a thorough examination of your pet’s hair, skin, eyes, ears, nose and face, mouth and teeth, breathing patterns, response to stimuli and more. We check every essential indicator so that you can leave confident that your pet has received a complete check-up and is on the path to a clean bill of health.
A heartworm test can be conducted in ten minutes on a dog simply by taking a few drops of blood and using a quick in-hospital test. Many animals infected with the early stages of heartworm disease don’t show any symptoms. It is imperative to diagnose heartworm disease as early as possible. At Thrive, we recommend yearly screening for heartworm disease based on guidelines from the American Heartworm Society.
To test for exposure to the worms in cats, a more conclusive diagnosis relies on analyzing both blood work and the cat’s symptoms. Many cats will have difficulty breathing or asthma-like symptoms, and chest x-rays can be taken as well to help evaluate cardiac conditions.
Dogs can be treated if a blood test shows a positive result, although treatment can take several months and can be extremely uncomfortable for the pet. At present, there is no approved treatment for heartworm positive cats.
Spay & Neuter
One of the most important preventive health decisions you can make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. In addition to reducing overpopulation, studies show that pets live longer and healthier lives when they have been spayed or neutered.
Spaying includes removing the ovaries and uterus of a female animal, which helps eliminate many reproductive related complications and provides lifelong health benefits. Neutering includes removing the testicles of your male dog or cat, which helps regulate the kind of hormonal surges that can cause hyper-activity, irritability and aggression, and can vastly improve his mood and behavior.
As with all surgeries the emphasis starts with patient safety. Surgeries to spay or neuter your pet are outpatient procedures, and most pets recover quickly and are able to go home by late afternoon or early evening. As the pet parent, your job is to commit to good post-operative home care, by checking the incision daily and restricting exercise until any staples or stitches are removed, normally 10 days later. Please call THRIVE for more information and pricing, as surgery costs are based on your pet’s weight.
Dental problems are the primary reason that pets don’t THRIVE as they should. In fact, dental disease is the #1 cause of teeth problems and subsequent, systemic illness in pets. Unfortunately, the signs, symptoms and consequences of dental disease are often overlooked by pet owners, or ignored.
The most responsible approach, and your first line of defense against dental disease is at-home care, ideally with daily brushing, a daily rinse or feeding your pet proactive dental chews. In addition to daily cleaning, we recommend regular professional teeth cleaning. You’re THRIVE veterinarian will help recommend the optimum professional dental cleaning schedule based on your pets circumstances.
Lab Screening & Testing
Our in-house laboratory can perform a variety of on site tests including routine testing for heartworm, intestinal parasites, Feline Leukemia /FIV screening and parvovirus tests. We also offer basic urinalysis and blood work tests. For middle-aged and older pets, it’s a good idea to check internal organ function by running comprehensive blood work tests annually, to catch any underlying health issues before they become serious (like some of the disorders listed in our section discussing Endocrine related conditions).
From tummy problems to itchy ears, eyes or skin, our doctors can diagnose and prescribe the treatment program your pet needs to be healthy and carefree. THRIVE veterinarians are skilled at diagnosing the routine problems that affect our pets.
Common symptoms that may indicate the need for a check up include bad breath, diarrhea, vomiting, not eating, irritated eyes, ear infections, growths/lumps, etc. If your pet exhibits ANY of these symptoms, bring him or her in immediately for a comprehensive exam. We’ll determine the cause and prescribe the best, most effective solution to help them recover and enjoy optimal health.
Flea, Tick, & Parasite Control
If your dog or cat is suffering from flea and/or tick infestations, the continual aggravation caused by these pests means that they are not thriving. Fleas can cause itchy skin, skin infections, and spread tapeworms. Ticks carry several diseases that can cause serious health problems, such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Hepatozoonosis and Babesiosis.
Dogs and cats can also carry several intestinal parasites. Some of those are transmissible to humans (especially children and immunocompromised adults).
Prevention Is Easy
At Thrive, we recommend a variety of preventive medications, depending on your pet’s unique needs.
Revolution is a topical treatment for dogs and cats, applied monthly to control hookworms, roundworms, ear mites, fleas, and heartworms.
ProHeart6 is an injectable heartworm prevention that lasts for 6 months and also controls hookworms. It is the perfect solution for those of us that have trouble remembering to give heartworm preventatives monthly.
TriHeart is a yummy chewable tablet that is given every month to control heartworms, hookworms and roundworms.
Although the most common intestinal parasites are controlled with monthly prevention, there are some (such as Giardia and Coccidia) that are not. At THRIVE we strongly recommend annual fecal examinations to test for these parasites.
Skin disorders are extremely common and may be the result of bacterial or fungal infections, parasites, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances or immune system disorders. Many skin conditions are manageable, though not curable, and require more frequent veterinary visits. If your pet is exhibiting symptoms such as inflamed ears, scratching, rubbing the eyes or mouth area, flaking, lesions on the skin, hair loss, a rash or asthma-like wheezing, bring them in for an exam and diagnosis. It’s important that you don’t wait to bring your pet in for an evaluation because skin conditions can also be a sign of a more serious underlying problem, not to mention the fact that a skin condition may be making your pet feel pretty miserable. Together, we will determine the best treatment strategy so he or she can THRIVE, minus the urge to scratch!
The endocrine system is composed of glands that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream. Disorders of the endocrine system develop when there is an overproduction (hyper-) or underproduction (hypo-) of hormones.
A thorough THRIVE examination, along with the appropriate blood test, will determine if your pet is suffering from one of these conditions: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease), hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease), diabetes Mellitus, or diabetes Insipidus.
THRIVE partners with Smart Tag to offer you and your pet the very best in microchip identification technology. The best protection from the heartbreak of a losing a pet comes in the form of permanent identification. A microchip ($35) installed just beneath the skin is the most reliable way for anyone finding your lost pet to go about identifying them and contacting you. And, it can be installed when your pet is just 10 weeks old.
The procedure is simple, requires no anesthetic, and takes only a few seconds. One microchip will last throughout your pet’s lifetime.
You may not think much about it, but trimming your pet’s nails is an important part of preventive, routine care. If your dog’s nails get too long, they can break, which is not only painful, it can sometimes result in an infection. THRIVE offers quick, easy and inexpensive nail trims for only $15, so your pet can avoid painful nail breaks, chips, splitting and infections.
Domestic Health Certificates
Are you planning to travel or relocate with your pet? THRIVE can help make travel easier for you and your pet by issuing domestic health certificates for only $35.
Be sure you allow enough time to successfully meet all of the requirements for animal transport. For instance, each domestic airline service has different rules and regulations with regard to flying with a companion animal. We advise that you check with your airline at least 4 weeks in advance to ensure enough time to properly prepare and secure any necessary vaccine records or other paperwork that may be required when travelling with your pet.