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Rainbow Veterinary Hospital remains committed to ensuring pets enjoy optimal health and well-being throughout their lives by providing comprehensive wellness exams. Early detection of pet diseases is essential for treating illnesses before they progress and become untreatable. When they need services supporting pet wellness Burbank residents know they can depend on the caring, skilled veterinarians at Rainbow Veterinary Hospital.
Pets need annual physical examinations and lab work to detect conditions that may not produce obvious symptoms. In addition, bringing your pet to our animal hospital for regular wellness exams is a good way to get pets accustomed to visiting the "doctor".
We urge pet owners to schedule wellness exams every six to 12 months, depending on the age and health condition of their pets. Wellness checks include a thorough physical evaluation of your pet, new and booster vaccinations and blood/urine tests for detecting internal parasites and diseases. Your vet will also check your pet's teeth and gums and may recommend starting your pet on a heartworm preventative.
Puppies and kittens can start receiving vaccinations at eight weeks old. Core (essential) vaccinations for cats include feline distemper, calicivirus, herpesvirus, and rabies. Non-core feline vaccinations should be given to cats traveling internationally or are frequently boarded. These vaccinations include feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency vaccines.
Parvovirus, parainfluenza, hepatitis, rabies, and distemper are canine core vaccinations. Dogs should be given non-core vaccinations according to their lifestyle. Your vet can help you decide which non-core vaccinations your dog should receive.
Consider having your pet microchipped during a wellness exam. Microchipping takes less than 10 seconds and protects your pet against getting lost and separated from you. Microchips are tiny, flat chips inserted under your pet's skin that contain contact information read by scanners carried by animal shelters and many veterinary clinics. When microchipped pets are found, they are quickly returned to frantic pet owners as soon as data is obtained by a scanner. While ID tags are useful, they can get lost or collars on which ID tags are attached may slip off your pet's neck.
Spaying and neutering your pet not only helps decrease the unwanted pet population but also reduces the risk your dog or cat suffering diseases associated with hormone production in later life. Pets that have been spayed or neutered also behave less aggressively towards people and other animals.
A pet's diet affects all aspects of their physical and mental health. Nutritional deficiencies may cause chronic symptoms ranging from poor skin and coat health to ear infections to vision and hearing difficulties. When they need pet nutritional counseling and other services involved in pet wellness Burbank pet owners consult with our veterinarian to learn what kind of special pet foods are available to accommodate their pet's dietary needs.