State-of-the-Art Veterinary Wellness Care
As pet owners and people who have dedicated our lives to the care of animals, we truly understand how important animal companions are to each and every one of our clients. Your pet is a special, unique and important member of your family. This is why Animalcare Veterinary Hospital strives to be at the forefront of veterinary care by providing state-of-the-art medical services and protocols within a fully-equipped, safe, and welcoming facility.
The basis of our promise to you, and the foundation of your pet’s health, is found in the thorough practice of preventative care. We recommend yearly, nose-to-tail wellness checkups, proper dental care (here and at home), the application of appropriate vaccinations, microchip identification, as well as regular screenings for diseases that commonly afflict our pets in their senior years. Beyond preventing illness, preventative care is the best means to minimize the lifetime cost of care for your pet.
We also understand that while our island home is a beautiful and wonderful place to live or visit with many wonderful benefits for our families and pets, it may present a few challenges as well. This is why we have worked to build Animalcare Veterinary Hospital into a full-service practice fully capable of meeting the healthcare needs of our island’s pets. In fact, the level and quality of our resources, services and skilled staff has enabled us to become the premier referral facility in Jamaica.
In addition to our skills and resources, we strongly believe that client education and communication are vital aspects of good veterinary care. Our promise to you and the work of caring for your pet does not begin and end at our doors. It is continuous and requires empowering you with the information you need to provide the best and most compassionate care for your beloved pet.
Unfortunately, despite the most aggressive preventative treatment, our pets may yet experience a periodic illness or injury. The skill and extensive education of the doctors at Animalcare Veterinary Hospital mean we can effectively manage challenging medical and surgical cases. Because we are a referral facility for other veterinary practices, we routinely receive complex cases from practices across Jamaica.
Lastly, our veterinary technicians, laboratory technologist, and doctors are a cohesive team able to work collaboratively to resolve complex and emergency medical cases. In every sense, we are a team of experienced, compassionate and skilled professionals.
Please take a look at the services we have to offer on this and following pages and feel free to give us a call at our Kingston office at (876) 969-1356 or our Portmore center at (876) 998-1462 to ask our staff any questions or to set up an appointment.
Your Pet’s Wellness Exam
A regular physical examination is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Because our pets cannot tell you how they really feel, we recommend a complete nose-to-tail physical examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged.
A routine examination provides you and your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet’s overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet’s health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.
During your pet’s wellness checkup, Animalcare Veterinary Hospital doctors will:
Listen to your pet’s heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat.
Listen to your pet’s lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet’s lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
Check your pet’s teeth and oral cavity – Examining your pet’s teeth and mouth is an important part of preventing dental disease, which is one of the most common health concerns in pets. Very young animals, such as kittens and puppies, also need to be checked to ensure they are developing an appropriate bite and that they are losing their baby teeth at the right time. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.
Evaluate your pet’s vision – Ocular conditions can be prevented or better treated through regular care and screenings. Animalcare Veterinary Hospital can perform screenings for glaucoma, corneal ulcers, dry eye, and a number of other common ocular issues.
Look into your pet’s ears – As with dental disease, ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Issues such as low-grade allergies, swimming or bathing, reactions to certain foods, mites and other parasites can all cause and contribute to otitis or ear disease. Though you may feel this is an area that can be well-handled at home, the fact is that many ear diseases are difficult to detect and require medical treatment.
Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling these areas, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating the skin for discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence of more systemic problems, especially metabolic diseases, which most commonly occur in middle-aged animals.
Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs. We also observe your pet’s gait for developmental issues. In puppies, we look for early indications of hip or elbow problems. For older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be treated if found early.
Lab work – A complete physical includes a heartworm test and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is highly recommended and often times necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.
Parasite Testing – Checking your pet for intestinal parasites is an important component of any preventative care plan. Not only is this a healthy choice for your pet, but for your family as well. For example, parasites such as hookworms are considered zoonotic, which means they can affect humans as well.
Annual Health Checks – Animalcare Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer an annual health check package. Please click here for details.