Cat and Dog Exams in Newport News, VA
No two cats or dogs are exactly alike, and at Colony Animal Hospital, we consider the unique needs of every patient we meet and customize our care accordingly. Since many pet health problems can be prevented, we place a strong emphasis on preventive care with our pet wellness care services, starting with the physical exam for cats and dogs in Newport News. As part of your pet’s wellness visits, we can also address other issues related to your pet’s health and safety, such as pet vaccinations, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, parasite control, and pet identification.
About the Pet Wellness Exam
Every comprehensive pet wellness exam we conduct at our hospital involves a “nose-to-tail” assessment, including a check of the mouth, eyes, coat, and heart rate. We recommend that all pets, regardless of age, receive a wellness exam at least once a year so you can be sure that your companion is healthy. If any health concerns are detected, we can recommend treatment options or diagnostic care.
Colony Animal Hospital uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment in a personalized atmosphere to provide your pet with the best possible care. The sooner we can diagnose a health problem, the sooner we can treat it.
If you’d like to learn more about the additional service options that can be included with your pet’s wellness visit, check out the topics below.
Just as with human vaccines, pet vaccines help protect your companion from a number of potentially-fatal diseases by equipping their immune system with antibodies. Many of our vaccination protocols vary from pet to pet and are dependent on the likelihood of exposure to certain diseases. We will provide the best vaccination schedule for your pet’s needs during the wellness exam.
Whether your pet spends most of their time indoors or outdoors, it’s important to implement a parasite control program to protect them from parasitic diseases, such as heartworm, Lyme, and flea allergy dermatitis. We maintain a fully stocked pet pharmacy with a variety of preventive medication options to provide year-round parasite control for your companion.
Pet Behavioral Counseling
If you’ve recently noticed any changes in your pet’s behavior, or if your pet has been exhibiting undesirable behaviors, we encourage you to discuss these concerns during the wellness visit. Part of our goal is to nurture the human-animal bond. That’s why the veterinarians at Colony Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA will be happy to develop a training plan to eliminate your pet’s unwanted behaviors and provide additional treatment if necessary.
Pet Nutritional Counseling
Because nutrition is an important component of your companion’s overall health, we offer nutritional pet counseling services. We also carry prescription pet foods in our in-house pharmacy that are designed to address virtually any pet health condition, ranging from obesity to diabetes to intestinal issues.
Pet Reproductive Services
Our pet reproductive management services include artificial insemination, ovulation staging, pregnancy determination (including ultrasound examinations), whelping information, and Cesarean section deliveries when necessary.
Microchipping for Pets
A microchip is a tiny identification device (about the size of a grain of rice) that’s implanted just beneath the surface of your pet’s skin near the shoulder blades. Every microchip we place is encoded with unique information about your pet. At Colony Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA, we use the Home Again microchip, which can be scanned by a majority of animal hospitals and shelters in this country and internationally as well, which leads to a happy reunion for you and your companion.