Keeping your pets healthy, happy, and safe throughout their lives begins with regular wellness and preventive care visits.
Scheduled Wellness Exams
We strongly encourage annual wellness examinations coupled with 6-month checkups. Animals age faster than we do, and they can’t tell us when something is bothering them. With more frequent visits, we have a better chance of catching a disease or an illness early on when treatments can be more effective and before your pet experiences too much discomfort.
We administer core vaccines and screen for parasites during your pet’s yearly examination and provide boosters, lifestyle vaccines, parasite testing, and a tick panel (for dogs) at the 6-month checkup. We also recommend annual bloodwork beginning around 2 to 3 years of age for dogs and 6 months of age for cats. Your Overton Veterinary Hospital veterinarian can explain the vaccines, parasite control, and annual diagnostic tests that are appropriate for your individual dog or cat.
Once your pet reaches age 7 (age 5 for larger canine breeds), he or she will transition to our senior pet care recommendations.
Pets that are microchipped have a better chance of being reunited with their families if they should become separated. We offer microchipping for cats and dogs (it’s as easy as administering a vaccine), and we have a scanner to check for microchips in animals that are brought into our clinic. Additionally, pets seeking OFA certification must be microchipped.
We provide both domestic and international Certificates of Veterinary Inspection, otherwise known as health certificates, for cats, dogs, and some large animals. Health certificates are required when traveling with your pets, when transporting them to another state or country, and for some shows and sales. This documentation verifies that your pet has been screened for parasites and infectious diseases.