During a wellness exam, one of our veterinarians will perform a thorough nose-to-tail physical examination assessing all major bodily systems for abnormalities. We will check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, dental health, pulmonary health, weight, skin and coat, joints, and abdominal region. If we suspect an area of concern, we may recommend additional testing for the health and safety of your pet.
You can expect your veterinarian to:
Vaccinations protect your pet from infectious diseases. Based on factors such as age, health status, and lifestyle, your pet is bound to come in contact with a dangerous, yet preventable, disease during their life. The good news is, by staying up-to-date on necessary vaccinations, your pet can remain healthy and happy, while you avoid costly treatments.
Rabies tags are proof that your pet has been vaccinated for the rabies virus. Vaccinating your pet protects your pet, other animals, humans, and is required by law. A rabies vaccination does not last a lifetime! Pets should be vaccinated around 5 months of age and will need re-vaccinated every 1-3 years.
Parasite infestation is a serious threat to your pet’s health and can even be fatal. Protect your pet from fleas and ticks, intestinal parasites, and heartworms with routine testing and monthly preventatives!
Veterinary hospitals and animals shelters across the country are able to scan lost pets for microchips in hopes of reuniting them with their owner. Implantation is quick, painless, and inexpensive. To minimize stress to your pet, we often implant the microchip at the same time as another procedure such as spay-neuter. Implanted beneath the skin and between the shoulder blades, this form of identification is permanent and programmed with your personal contact information.
Collars and ID tags are helpful, but not totally reliable. These forms of identification can fall off, get lost, or removed. At South Kendall Animal Hospital, we encourage all pets, indoor and outdoor, be microchipped, as well as use collars and ID tags.
Your pets nutritional needs differ from your own. An inadequate diet and sharing human food can lead to a number of complications such as allergic reactions, toxicity, and obesity. We strive to offer valuable advice and recommendations to our clients based on a pet’s age, gender, weight, health status, and breed.
Nutritional counseling has proven effective, which is why we incorporate it as part of our preventative care plan. Your pet may benefit from nutritional counseling if they live with nutritional challenges such as liver disease, renal failure, bladder and kidney stones, food allergies, and obesity. You would not believe the difference a specialized and balanced diet can make! If you notice sudden and unexpected weight gain or loss, do you not hesitate to contact us. This may be a sign of an underlying condition.
We offer expertise on the following nutritional topics:
Unwanted behaviors are the #1 reason pets are given up to shelters, yet behavior is modifiable! At South Kendall Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to keeping your two-legged and four-legged family together. Our veterinarians are highly trained to address even the toughest behavioral problems.
We are here to help with the following behavioral concerns:
We also provide puppy socialization classes and behavior training through Applause your Paws, a company with wonderful certified professional dog trainers.