The 10 Services Your Veterinarian Must Recommend, Perform, and Believe In …
(…if not, you should consider a new vet)
- Regularly Scheduled Exams
The single most important service your veterinarian can offer is his or her eyes, ears, hands, and mind. The chance to examine your pet, even when they appear to be doing well, is the chance to identify small problems before they become big ones.
Longwood Veterinary Clinic recommends dogs less than 7 years and cats less than 9 years of age have a minimum of one exam per year. For our senior patients, twice yearly exams are recommended.
As an age comparison, one calendar year to a human is the physiologic equivalent of five to seven years for your pet. Even when you are young and healthy, you should certainly see a doctor at least once every 5 to 7 years! In older patients, more frequent exams can find the problems that naturally come with aging and allow us to address them early and with greater success.
- Spay / Neuter
Pet ownership means making the correct decisions for the health and wellbeing of the dogs and cats we love. At Longwood Veterinary Clinic, we strongly support the choice to spay or neuter.
Surgically altered pets have fewer medical problems. For instance, did you know that female dogs and cats, spayed before their first heat cycle, almost never get breast cancer? In addition, behavior is generally improved by spaying and neutering.
Spay/neuter also addresses the social responsibility of not contributing to the heartbreaking problem of pet over population.
- Parasite Control
Internal (heartworms, intestinal worms) and external (fleas and ticks) parasites are a constant threat to the health of our pets. In addition to causing problems in and of themselves, some parasites can transmit disease and can even be infectious to humans.
Longwood Veterinary Clinic recommends comprehensive, year round parasite control and routine parasite screening for all of our patients. We will recommend the safest, most effective, and most economical approach to protect your pet and the humans he or she lives with.
No other innovation, medical or otherwise, has saved more lives than vaccines. Vaccination of our dogs and cats is critical to protecting them from live threatening infectious disease.
For all their benefits, however, vaccines are not always without side effects and therefore must be chosen carefully. For this reason, vaccine recommendations at Longwood Veterinary Clinic are designed with the risk factors and life style of each individual pet in mind. While we strongly support vaccination, we encourage questions and discussions before making any medical plan for your pet.
- Nutritional Counseling
The most significant environmental factor that will ever affect your pet is the food he or she eats. Feeding to the correct life stage, meeting the specific nutritional demands of certain medical conditions, and fighting diseases like obesity are just a few examples of how nutrition can affect your pet.
With the abundance of choices in the pet food market today, it is easy to get lost or fall prey to clever marketing. Your veterinarian should be asking about, and making specific recommendations for, the way you feed your pet. The doctors at Longwood Veterinary Clinic believe that nutrition is a critical aspect in the comprehensive care of your pet and will be happy to provide nutritional counseling.
- Routine Blood Screening
Properly timed and carefully chosen laboratory testing can find hidden illness that may not be otherwise detectable. At Longwood Veterinary Clinic, we perform presurgical blood tests before any anesthetic procedure and recommend screening tests at every wellness examination. The scope and depth of the testing should vary from patient to patient and with their age.
- Behavior / Socialization
Did you know that more dogs and cats are given up to shelters and/or euthanized due to behavioral problems than due to illness?
If your cat is urinating outside her litter box or your dog has become aggressive, behavioral counseling could be the difference between keeping and losing your pet. Longwood Veterinary Clinic not only provides such advice, but has options for medical therapy and networking with appropriate trainers and behavioral specialists.
- Access to veterinary care 24 hours a day
Emergencies always see to happen in the middle of the night. Access to compassionate and competent veterinary care during nights, weekends, and holidays is more than a convenience; it is a necessity.
As a patient of Longwood Veterinary Clinic, your pet has access to veterinary care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. Longwood Veterinary Clinic is a proud member of the Veterinary Emergency Clinics of Central Florida. Trained emergency veterinarians and technicians are available to care for your pet at anytime outside of our normal office hours. Once treated and stabilized, your pet will be referred back to Longwood Veterinary Clinic for continued care.
- Communication / Education
Have you ever been to a professional, be it a doctor or a mechanic, who couldn’t or wouldn’t answer your questions? Have you ever felt rushed during an appointment or had your concerns dismissed?
When making decisions about the health of your pet, it is critical that you understand the information and have all your questions answered. The doctors at Longwood Veterinary Clinic know it is vital to provide understandable information and to answer any questions you might have. Our job is to teach you how to care for your pet.
The minimum appointment time at Longwood Veterinary Clinic is 30 minutes with longer times scheduled for new puppies and kittens, involved illnesses, and second opinions. We want you to know that caring for your pet is the most important job we will do all day.
- Respect for your Time and Wallet
Life is busy and veterinary care is not cheap. We do our very best to remain on time for appointments and we will not only provide estimates for any care we provide, but will find a way to provide comfort and treatment for any pet within any budget. Together, we can always find a way to address the needs of your pet while maintaining a respect for your finances.