Services

Blue Ridge Pet Health Services

Vaccinations

Due to the many recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected against most major infectious diseases. Today, many immunizations and preventative treatments are available that did not exist a decade ago.

Vaccines are useful in preventing canine distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, rabies, Lyme disease and other diseases in your dog and feline leukemia, panleukopenia, rabies and feline immunodeficiency virus in cats. Our staff can assist you in deciding which preventative measures are necessary for your pet.

The rabies vaccination is required by law in Georgia for both dogs and cats.

Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians will tailor a vaccine protocol that's specific to your pet based on his or her lifestyle and recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association. Vaccine schedules are balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating your pet. Please contact us for more information about vaccinations.

HomeAgain Microchipping

All too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible, frightening situation. We have all seen the sad lost pet notices posted throughout our neighborhoods. Getting lost is more than an inconvenience: It's the number one cause of pet death.

Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owner unless they have some form of permanent lost pet identification.

This is why the team Ocoee Animal Hospital views microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of protection for your pet. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters or at veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets. The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.

Internal & External Parasite Prevention

External parasites (fleas and ticks) as well as internal parasites (heartworms, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms) are not only a health threat to your pet, but to your family as well.

Many of these parasites are considered to be zoonotic, which means they can affect animals and humans too. Additionally, as anyone who has experienced an infestation of fleas in their home can attest, parasites can be difficult and expensive to eradicate.

Therefore, the best means to keep your pet, family and home safe from these pests is through prevention. Ocoee Animal Hospital stocks a wide range of parasite prevention medications and can help you select the right one for your pet. We have a variety of preventatives in oral and topical forms, as well as collars. We will also work with you to develop a program that best meets the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation.

We will look at possible exposure points, your pet’s activities and review with you the best ways to control fleas and ticks in your house, yard and on your pet. We will also discuss with you exposure risks for internal parasites, signs and symptoms, and the best means to prevent infection.

With a little prevention, there is no reason why your pet and your family should have reason to fear these pests.

Allergies and Dermatology

If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet.

Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions.

These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

These problems can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet in to our office for an evaluation. If left untreated, these problems can become severe medical concerns.

Behavioral Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Ocoee Animal Hospital offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, and introduction of new pets into the household.

Our veterinarians will work closely with you to understand the source of these behavior issues and develop a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. Often the behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (such as cystitis, bladder stones, or kidney disease) and treated medically. For other behavior issues, the treatment plan often includes behavior modification and may call for medication-assisted training. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a board-certified animal behavior specialist.

Nutrition Counseling & Prescription Diets

We offer prescription diets and nutrition counseling during your pet’s wellness examination.

Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver and intestinal disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.

We carry a diverse inventory of prescription foods through Purina and Hills products. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.

Our Pet Pharmacy

In numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At OcoeeAnimal Hospital, we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive pharmacy.

This is not only convenient to our clients, but ensures your pet receives necessary medications in a timely fashion. There is also a direct line of communication between our pharmacy and your veterinarian. We are able to ensure each medication becomes part of your pet’s medical record thereby reducing the chance for errors and enhance our ability to monitor the use and effectiveness of each medication.

Refills are easy too. Simply give us a call or visit our online pharmacy and we can either mail them to you or have them ready at your next visit.

Our online pharmacy prices are managed by a third party (VetSource). There may be a difference between online & in-house pricing due to varied overhead costs.

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