Dog & Cat Care

Your Pet’s Health Is Our Top Priority!

At Northgate Animal Hospital, we encourage pet owners to take an active role in the health of their pet.  We believe annual and bi-annual wellness exams are the cornerstone of keeping your pet healthy—at every age.  Pets age quicker than humans, which is why regularly scheduled exams of your healthy pet means we can maintain your pet’s good health and catch diseases early, often when treating them is the most effective and cost-effective.  Many conditions, when detected early and treated properly, can be prevented from progressing into more serious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses. 

Whether your pet would benefit from an annual or bi-annual exam depends upon your pet’s age, general health, and any chronic conditions your pet may have.  For example, for senior pets we recommend twice annual wellness exams so that we can monitor any health changes they are experiencing.

Wellness Exam:

$30 for both dogs and cats

During your pet’s wellness exam at Northgate Animal Hospital, you should expect:

  • An evaluation of your pet’s medical history.
  • A complete physical examination of your pet.
  • Visual dental evaluation, including looking for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Eye exam. We will check your pet’s eyes for discharge, redness, abnormal responses to light and examine the optic nerve in the back of the eye.
  • Older pets may require blood tests to check their liver, kidneys, and other internal organs.
  • Routine vaccinations as needed.
  • Weight check and nutritional counseling if needed.  

Low-Cost Vaccines

Our current vaccine recommendations are based on up-to-date research, your pet’s age, the incidence of disease in our area and your pet’s individual risk of disease based on his/her lifestyle.  We are pleased to offer low-cost vaccines to keep your dog and cat healthy at an affordable cost. Vaccines included in our low-cost vaccine program:

  • DHPP (Distemper, Parvo):  $14
  • Bordetella:  $14
  • Rabies:  $20
  • FVRCP (Feline Distemper):  $25

Flea and Tick Control

Parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella – the bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten pets and are even transmissible to humans.  You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites.  We will examine your pet for parasites and our staff will recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let us work together to protect your pets and family.

Nutritional Counseling

Maintaining your pet’s ideal body weight can improve your pet’s life expectancy.  A pet that is overweight or underweight may be more susceptible to disease and injury. If you pet is overweight, there are many things you can do to help him get back into shape. Speaking with us is the first place to start.  

Behavior Changes

Finally, make sure to let us know about any behavior changes in your pet. These at home observations are an important part of your pet’s good health. Call us today if you have any concerns about your pet’s health or notice any changes in their behavior.