Pet Wellness Care
From preventative care and “nose-to-tail” physical examinations, to behavioral and nutritional services, our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing our patients of all ages the best, most advanced veterinary care available.
After all, a healthy pet is a happy pet.
Our Wellness Care services include:
Pet Preventative Care
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.
Pet Pediatric Care
Congratulations on the newest member to your Ohana!
Ohana Pet Hospital is here to help guide you and your puppy, kitten or other baby animal on a journey to a long and healthy life. Let’s get your puppy or kitten started on the right paw with a Wellness Exam!
Please start by making an appointment for a Wellness Exam with one of our veterinarians.
Your initial wellness visit will set the foundation for your baby’s long-term health and will help establish a beneficial routine for future wellness visits. The first visit will include:
- A thorough “nose-to-tail” exam that allows our doctors to establish an individualized preventative care plan, specific to your baby animal’s needs.
- A discussion of necessary vaccinations, supported by a clear schedule.
- For puppies and kittens, diagnostic testing for intestinal parasites, along with information on parasite prevention, including heartworm and deworming protocols.
- For kittens, specific testing for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). – Depending on the age of your kitten, this may not occur at the first appointment.
- A discussion of breed, age, known medical history, home environment, behavior, feeding and activity level.
- One-on-one time to go over general health questions and any concerns you may have.
Following this initial visit, follow-up appointments will be scheduled to complete necessary vaccinations, dispense deworming and heartworm medication, and start flea and tick preventatives.
Please bring your puppy, kitten or other baby animal on a leash or in a protective carrier for his or her first wellness exam. Please also bring:
- Any prior health information regarding vaccinations, deworming, neutering or spaying from the seller, shelter or previous owner
- A fresh stool sample for intestinal parasite testing (for kittens – from the litter box is fine)
- Diet and current medications or supplements currently being administered
Pet Senior Care
You are to be congratulated for your commitment to your pet’s lifelong journey. Now more than ever, your commitment takes on a more important role as your pet gracefully enters his or her senior years.
Continuing with regular wellness exams and adjusting your pet’s comprehensive preventative health plan for its advanced years will significantly increase its long term health and ongoing quality of life.
We recommend a senior wellness exam once a year.
This allows our veterinarians to be able to detect, treat and control any medical conditions as they arise and before they progress into more serious and advanced health issues.
Additionally, for our “senior patients,” our vet’s recommend annual comprehensive blood testing to help detect kidney and liver diseases, diabetes and thyroid imbalances.
Our Senior Wellness Exam Includes:
- An in-depth consultation – review of medical history, changes in weight, appetite, water-intake and elimination, dietary and nutrition history, prescription medications and supplements, behavior, activity levels, and any indications of pain.
- Thorough “nose-to-tail” exam with complete dental evaluation.
- Comprehensive diagnostic testing annually – blood profile analysis, urinalysis, and thyroid hormone testing. Image tests using x-rays and ultrasounds are available as needed.
Please contact Ohana Pet Hospital today to schedule a Senior Wellness Exam for your pet.
Pet Nutritional Care
With all of the pet food options available today, determining you pet’s nutritional needs can be tough. What diet works best for a large breed growing puppy? Does your kitten’s sensitive skin need a specialized allergy-free diet? Is your pet, well… a bit pudgy?
At Ohana Pet Hospital, we include a nutritional discussion as part of your pet’s wellness exam.
After getting to know you and your pet, our veterinarians will determine a diet that best fits your specific needs. Our goal is simple – to help you help your pet in maintaining a lean body weight that promotes health, activity and a happy disposition through out his or her life.
Please contact our veterinarians with any questions you have about nutrition and diet.
Pet Behavioral Care
Understanding all of your pet’s behaviors can be confusing. What’s normal behavior and what behaviors might need your attention to curb or eliminate?
At Ohana Pet Hospital, our veterinarians and specialists are available to help explain and guide you through various behaviors, whether trained or unwanted:
- House training techniques – dogs and cats (litter box encouragement)
- Pet anxiety – our energy healer may be able to help
- Environmental enrichment
- Holistic care – there are supplements that may be able to help
- And more
With dogs unwanted behavior issues can be worked through with increased social interactions like going to doggie daycare or a dog friendly park. Another way to exert behavioral problems is by giving your dog a “job” such as:
- Obedience Classes
- Agility Training
- Fly Ball
- And more
Focus on “jobs” that engage your dog’s mind, leverage natural instincts of a breed, and allow excess energy in an acceptable manner.
When behavior problems become increasingly serious, we may recommend a veterinary behaviorist. These specialty veterinarians have additional training and expertise needed to help pets with serious behavioral issues.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment, so that you may discuss any questions you have with one of our veterinarians about your pet’s behavior.