Annual exams are your pet’s first line of defense. Hometown Veterinary Hospital’s comprehensive annual exams include checking their overall health by taking their temperature, examining skin and coat, lung and cardiac function, internal health, oral hygiene, eyes, ears, demeanor, and pain assessment.
Dental Care: Imagine what your teeth would be like if you never cleaned them. Well, the same thing is happening to your dog’s teeth without good oral care. We recommend annual dental cleanings and can show you tips for brushing your pet’s teeth, which can reduce the need for expensive extractions and more serious dental work down the line.
Parasite Control: Fleas, ticks, worms – preventing them in the first place is much easier and ultimately less expensive than getting rid of them after they’ve infested your pet. We recommend monitoring your pet and having them screened for internal parasites regularly, and we offer a variety of alternatives for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.
Proper Nutrition: There’s so much confusion about what to feed dogs. Grain-free kibble? Home-cooked meals? Raw food diet? Proper nutrition is so important to your pet’s good health,
We’ve acquired extensive knowledge about how nutrition affects your pet’s health—in fact, all our staff members have completed the Veterinary Nutritional Advocate training, and we can help you navigate the massive marketing of the pet food industry so you know what’s best for your animal companion.
Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior can often be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Swiftly addressing these shifts can help to identify and treat the root cause.
We can also assist with behavior issues that aren’t the result of a medical problem with specific training tips. We do refer some of our clients to Stan Murray with Bark Busters, who can provide in-home training services for behavior problems that require more time. His direct number is 417-300-9772. For more information please see: www.BarkBusters.com
Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Proper skin and hair care can prevent things like mange, matting, bacterial infections and more.
Exercise: Regular workouts support musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages, as well as improve their overall mental well-being.
Senior Animals: We love elder pets! We also know that preventative care is even more significant for them. Dogs age much more rapidly than humans, so diseases and illness progress faster as well. We recommend twice-yearly exams and screenings for seniors to help prolong and improve the quality of their life.
If we can answer any questions about her cat’s health or if you’d like to schedule an appointment for your pet, call us at 417-208-5491.