Wellness Care for Pets in and Around Southern Maryland

Wellness ExamWaldorf Animal Clinic is a full service veterinary hospital dedicated to providing pet owners in southern Maryland with the finest veterinary care available.

The basis of our model of care is preventative medicine. Our medical training and experience tells us that our pets will remain healthier and have a higher quality of life if they receive routine care designed to prevent common diseases or detect them at an early and easily treatable stage. We also know that preserving good health and wellbeing require parasite prevention, vaccines, good nutritional health, microchip lost pet identification, and a host of other available veterinary health care services.

Preventative medicine also includes strong client/doctor communication. It is important that we respect your thoughts, opinions and concerns as well as share our veterinary knowledge with you. In fact, client education is something we emphasize and our entire health care team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each of our clients.

Should your pet fall ill or be injured, Waldorf Animal Clinic has a full range of diagnostic, medical and surgical services. In particular, we have computerized X-rays, full in-house lab, internal medicine expertise and resources, and a state-of-the-art surgical suite for soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries.

We are proud of the services we are able to offer our clients and their pets and believe they are important to maintaining the health and wellbeing of their companion animals. Please take a look through our services to learn why we believe they are important and then give us a call to set up an appointment for your pet.

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Your Pet's Preventative Wellness Care

Wellness ExamAt Waldorf Animal Clinic we believe that prevention is the key to your pet's long term health, and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. This means routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks.

These services are not dramatic or difficult to perform and are offered at a very reasonable cost. In fact, most of these tests can be done during your dog or cat's regular wellness exam. These examinations are similar to the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It is a chance to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

The yearly wellness care we recommend includes:

Physical Exam: During your pet's regular wellness exam your veterinarian will:

  • Examine the heart and lungs
  • Check the teeth and oral cavity
  • Assess vision, eyes, and ears
  • Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin
  • Palpate the joints and muscles

Deworming and Fecal Check: Parasitic zoonosis are diseases caused by parasites present in the environment. While we normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms with cats and dogs, people can also be infected with the same parasites. Regular deworming is the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites from pets to people. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which contaminate yards or any place a pet defecates.

Therefore, Waldorf Animal Clinic recommends that every pet receive two rounds of broad spectrum deworming at least once annually. The two rounds are set three weeks apart. Puppies, kittens, and pets that test positive for internal parasites may require several rounds of deworming.

Routine Blood Work: All kittens should be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Additionally, this test should be repeated annually for all cats that have previously tested positive, go outdoors, or have symptoms.

We also recommend comprehensive blood work annually for all pets over the age of seven. As a cost savings and convenience to our clients, we offer a comprehensive senior care package through our GrandPaws program.

Heartworm and Tick Borne Disease: Lyme and other tick borne diseases are prevalent in Charles County. We also see a number of heartworm positive dogs. For this reason, all dogs should be tested annually with the Heartworm 4DX Combo test, which tests for the presence of Heartworm, Lyme, Erhlichia, and Anaplasmosis.

Preventative Medications: We recommend that all dogs be on yearly prevention for heartworm, fleas, and ticks. We also recommend flea and tick prevention for cats. We sell a variety of preventatives and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your companion.

In all, these services offer the best means to protect your pet's health and wellbeing through prevention and early detection of disease.

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