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Wellness

Full service Primary Care!

We recommend either annual or bi-annual veterinary wellness exams, preventative care and vaccines for all stages of your pet’s life. Early detection is the key to the intervention of potentially serious health issues. Our wellness services include physical exams, vaccinations when appropriate, bloodwork screening, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, intestinal parasite screening and prevention, and preventative dental care.

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What to expect on your first visit with us: 

  • Welcome to your first appointment at the Pennsauken Animal Transitional Hospital (PATH)! As you arrive in our gravel parking lot, please park at one of the marked spots and make note of the number on the parking spot sign. At this point, please remain in your car and call the front desk to check in for your appointment.

  • A Customer Service Representatives will check you in and work with our nursing staff to prepare a room for you and your pet. This way we can bring you directly into a room as soon as it’s available, while limiting the time in a loud waiting room full of other animals. A nurse will call you once a room is ready and ask that you enter the lobby.

  • Once in a room, your nurse will obtain a history on your pet, including the primary reason for today’s visit, as well as other pertinent medical history/diet/current medications/etc. They will often at this time obtain your pet’s vitals, including heart rate/respiration rate/and temperature.

  • Soon afterwards, your doctor will enter to perform their exam and discuss the plan for today’s visit, from any vaccines which are due, to any diagnostics or medications they’d recommend for our patients who may need them.

  • Our Pharmacy Team will work alongside our doctors and nurses to fill all medications or preventatives needed, and our nurse will lead you to the front desk to check out with one of our Customer Service Representatives.

Vaccinations:
Vaccinations are designed to help the immune system ward off specific infectious diseases. Our goal is to keep your pet safe by giving them the vaccinations they need based on the AAHA and AAFP guidelines, proper vaccine schedules, and recommendations for their ages and risk factors.  In keeping with NJ state law, all cats and dogs over the age of 12 weeks must be vaccinated for rabies.

Puppies and kittens require a set of vaccines, usually starting at 8 weeks and given at 3-4 week intervals, in order to boost their immune system.   Vaccine protocols will be discussed at your pet’s first puppy/kitten visit but typically involve multiple visits which end around 16-20 weeks of age. Your veterinarian will discuss a specific vaccine plan tailored to your pet. 

Routine Bloodwork:
Regular blood screening is intended to obtain baseline information and establish a ‘normal’ for your pet.  No two pets are the same, so regular screenings can help rule out potential health problems, indicate areas that need to monitored, or identify unseen problems at an early age. Sometimes wellness panels can indicate the need for additional testing, medications, or a change of diet, all of which will help ensure a long happy life for your pet. Your veterinarian will go over the more specific recommendations after meeting your pet. 

Preventatives:
Flea/tick/heartworm prevention is recommended year-round since these parasites can be an issue even in colder months.  Flea/tick preventatives come in topical or oral forms and last anywhere from 30-120 days.  Heartworm preventatives are given once a month and are a prescription medication that requires an annual blood test to rule out the presence of active heartworm disease. 

First Visit With Us?

During your first wellness visit, you will get a Welcome Bag full of information and goodies for your cat or dog. 

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