Port Hadlock Pet Wellness Services

port hadlock pet wellness The staff at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic is committed to providing comprehensive, personalized veterinary care so you and your pet can enjoy a long, happy life together. We believe it is absolutely essential for pet owners and pet care professionals to work together to develop the best possible health care plan for each pet's unique situation. No matter the stage of life, the illness or the injury, it's our foremost goal to answer every one of your questions, meet all your pet's veterinary care needs, and be your partner in protecting your pet's health for years to come.

Client/Doctor Communication

When you don't feel well, you visit the doctor and trust that she/he will listen and provide you with reliable information and medical advice. The same goes for your pet. The doctors and staff at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic take the time to listen to you and examine your pet thoroughly. We develop a clear picture of your pet's health status and can recommend the best health maintenance or treatment program. It is therefore important that we hear from you about how your pet is doing, so we may continuously adjust and optimize your companion's health care plan. We are here to serve you and your pet's needs.

The Value of Preventive Medicine

No one likes to see their pet sick. The best way to ensure your pet is well and lives a long life is to promote a healthy lifestyle and be proactive in his/her preventive care.

Our Port Hadlock veterinary team believes prevention is a positive contribution to your pet's long-term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of veterinary care. We strongly encourage that your pet receives routine wellness examinations, vaccinations, regular laboratory work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent fleas and ticks to keep your pet in optimum health. If you travel with your pet, we will recommend Heartworm testing and prevention as well. Let us know where you and your pet will be spending time and we can help you keep him or her safe.

Puppy and Kitten Care

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention for them to grow and develop well.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians closely collaborate with you to create a custom health plan so your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

port hadlock pet examsYour puppy or kitten's first year of care will include:

  • Physical Examinations: Your puppy or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will have multiple exams during the first five years of their life. These visits are important because they provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.
  • Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested medical guidelines.
  • Diagnostic Testing: Puppies should be tested for parasites and kittens tested for Feline Leukemia, parasites and Feline AIDS.
  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering and microchipping.

Geriatric Pet Care

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your geriatric pet, however, has different medical needs than puppies and kittens. The veterinarians and medical team at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her golden years.

Pets age faster than people and are considered seniors around the age of seven. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy, especially since symptoms of disease or a chronic condition may not be readily apparent. In some cases, conditions that may look like the usual signs of old age could be signals of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all geriatric pets undergo at least two physical examinations each year. During an examination, we also recommend performing tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes and other health problems.

We deeply enjoy working with geriatric patients. In many cases we have treated geriatric pets since they were puppies or kittens, and are proud to have played a role in keeping them happy and healthy over many years. Our veterinarians and staff will work diligently to ensure your geriatric pet enjoys his or her golden years as much as you savor their companionship.

Port Hadlock Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. Health threats vary from region to region and your veterinarians can create an individual immunization program for your pet based on his/her lifestyle and your local conditions.

At Hadlock Veterinary Clinic, we follow vaccination guidelines set by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). You can read more about their vaccination guidelines here. Below, you'll find a brief overview of the vaccinations we recommend for dogs and cats.

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicCore Vaccines for Puppies

Core Vaccines for Kittens

Other Available Vaccines for Puppies and Kittens

Core Vaccines for Dogs

Other Available Vaccines for Dogs

Core Vaccines for Cats

Other Available Vaccines for Cats

port hadlock pet vaccinationsParasite Prevention and Control

Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, tapeworm, and roundworm) parasites can cause problems for your pet and your family. Prevention is the best approach to keeping these pests at bay. Please ask a staff member at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic for the best way to prevent parasite problems in your pet.

Heartworm Disease

Spread by mosquitoes, Heartworm disease is a serious problem. Fortunately, preventative medications exist to keep your beloved companion from getting Heartworm disease. At this time the laboratories that monitor for occurrence of Heartworm in this area tell us there is almost zero Heartworm occurrence in our native dog and cat populations. We continue to monitor the incidence of Heartworm in our area so that if this changes, we can inform pet owners of the increased risk to their pets. If you travel with your pet, we can recommend a preventative medication if you are going to be near or in Heartworm territory. Please let us know if you and your pet travel and where you go so we can keep your dog or cat healthy and safe.

Exotic Animal Care

We offer optimum wellness care programs for birds, rabbits, rodents, ferrets and some reptiles. Since it's often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we strongly recommend physical examinations twice a year to check for health problems plus annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

To survive attacks from their predators, exotic animals normally conceal their illnesses in the wild. As a result, their medical problems often go unnoticed for long periods. By the time you recognize there is a problem with your exotic pet, the condition is often extremely serious. With annual medical examinations by a veterinarian at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic, problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

After acquiring your new exotic pet, our veterinary team strongly recommends a complete wellness appointment. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening and laboratory testing if necessary. Before bringing your pet into your home, make certain he or she is healthy.

The veterinarians at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic have the technology, training and know-how necessary to treat your exotic pet. Please contact us for more information about our exotic pet care services.