Early intervention through preventative health care is the key to providing a long and healthy life for your pet. In fact, research shows that working with your veterinarian to maintain a preventative healthcare plan can extend your pet’s life, detect life-threatening issues in their early stages, and slow the progression of long-term medical conditions.
At Ohana Pet Hospital, we will put together a specifically tailored preventative health care plan to keep your pet on track for a healthy lifestyle.
Your Pet’s Preventative Planning Program Should Include:
- Routine Wellness Exams – A comprehensive “head to tail” physical exam including a review and discussion of your pet’s activity level, diet, and any known issues that may require further investigation or diagnostic testing. Wellness exams are suggested no less than once a year.
- Vaccinations – A discussion of your pet’s vaccination history and potential need for a new vaccination protocol based on their age, lifestyle, and environmental exposures.
- Parasite Prevention & Control – Unfortunately both pets and humans are susceptible to a number of Ventura county parasitic infections, making parasite prevention an extremely important aspect of your pet’s and your family’s health and wellness. We follow the guideline for parasite control written by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) in order to keep you and your pets safe from parasitic infections.
- Flea and Tick Prevention – At Ohana Pet Hospital, we carry many safe and highly effective products that will treat and prevent flea and tick infestations year round.
- Heartworm Prevention – Heartworm larva are transmitted via mosquitoes into your pet’s bloodstream, eventually developing into worms that over time can cause heart and respiratory problems. Heartworms and other intestinal parasites are preventable through the use of year round preventatives available at Ohana Pet Hospital.
- Intestinal Parasites – Intestinal parasites can affect your pet’s health long before you notice symptoms. At Ohana, our preventative services include screening your puppy/kitten for infection of hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, Giardia and Coccidia. Adult animals are checked based on risk exposures.
- Deworming – The first step in intestinal parasite prevention is appropriate deworming of puppies and kittens early in life. We recommend puppies and kittens are dewormed every three to four weeks, unless a specific treatment plan is needed for a diagnosed parasite. Adult animals adopted from local shelters and rescues are typically dewormed by the shelters/rescues. We do recommend however, fecal testing upon adoption. Routine deworming of adult animals is initiated based on individual risk factors.