Pet Wellness Exams & Preventative Care in Branford
Ensuring Your Pet’s Overall Health
Preventative health care is the foundation of keeping your pet fit and happy. Routine wellness exams from head to tail allow us to gather a complete and accurate picture of your pet’s physical well-being. Our partnership with you will help us tailor a personalized, long-term health plan that ensures optimum protection and illness prevention. Mill Pond offers preventative care services for families and their pets in East Haven, Guilford, North Branford, and beyond.
Learn more about our wellness exams and related services by calling (203) 717-4988.
Vaccinations & Transferrable Diseases
Our pet wellness exams in Branford are a multi-faceted plan. Vaccinations are a critical component of preventative care. We research each and every vaccination that we use to make sure that they are effective and safe for your pet.
We offer a multitude of vaccinations, including those to prevent:
- Lyme disease, leptospirosis, or canine influenza in dogs
- Feline leukemia virus and feline distemper and upper respiratory virus in cats
- Rabies, a fatal viral disease found in both cats and dogs
Understanding zoonosis – diseases that can be spread from your pet to you – is a must to keep you healthy as well. Routine fecal examinations and heartworm tests indicate the presence of internal parasites.
Treating Age-Related Conditions
As your pet ages, we continue to work closely with you, ensuring that we address subtle changes and employ the highest standard of care at all times. Age can have the same kind of degenerative effects on an animal’s body as it does on the human body. Many age-related issues can be minimized or their onset delayed by detecting and treating the issues early. Wellness blood work and examinations are an important part of affirming the health of your pet and detecting illnesses like thyroid disease, diabetes, or renal insufficiency in cats and dogs.
At Mill Pond, we understand that knowing what and how much to feed your pet can be very confusing. Just like their human counterparts, every pet’s metabolic rate, exercise level, and health considerations are different. We consider the entire picture of your pet’s individual needs prior to making suggestions for dietary management. At each exam, we can discuss your pet’s current diet, consider their medical history, and assess a body condition score to help you make healthy, and sometimes therapeutic, dietary choices on their behalf. We can put together a weight management program to address the concerns of overweight or underweight pets and maintain your pet’s optimal weight.
With approximately 50 million dogs and 56 million cats in the US being overweight or obese, and a direct link between optimal weight control and a longer, healthier life expectancy, it is vital that you understand what you can do to help manage your pet’s weight. The veterinarians at Mill Pond can assess your pet’s weight and come up with a plan to help your pet achieve and maintain their ideal weight for a long and healthy life.
Below are some links on pet nutrition and weight maintenance you may find helpful:
- FDA investigates the potential link between diet and canine dilated cardiomyopathy
- Myths about pet food ingredients
Puppy & Kitten Visits
Getting a new puppy or kitten can be a very exciting time for you and your family. It may also be overwhelming, as you and your “little one” learn about each other. At Mill Pond, we believe that if we all work together and create a happy and safe environment for your pet, the process will be easier for you and your new family member.
Our philosophy is to design a plan that helps with issues such as
- Dietary choices
- Prevention of the transmission of zoonotic illnesses
- House/litterbox training
- Litter selection
- Crate training
- Disease education
- Appropriate toy selection
- Preventative/wellness protocols
As questions arise, we are happy to guide you each step of the way. Our in-hospital store carries a full line of interactive toys and products that are thoroughly researched and sourced from safe companies. Every patient will be given a puppy/kitten kit full of informational brochures and free samples of heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives to get you started and improve your new pet’s chances of living a long, happy, and healthy life.
“Dr Minot has provided exceptional care to my 14 year old cat.”- Amy Vitale
“"Thank you" is just not enough.”- Taitira Rosa
“The doctors show such compassion and everyone truly knows my animals.”- Amy Brayman