Carteret Animal Hospital
Annual Examinations -
A yearly exam gives us the opportunity to evaluate your pet's overall health, including teeth, eyes, ears, hair coat, skin, heart, lungs and internal organs. It's also a good opportunity to discuss any concerns you might have regarding diet, behavior and overall development.
As medical professionals, we know it is far easier to vaccinate to prevent disease than it is to try to treat the illness. While not every dog and cat needs every vaccine, there are core vaccinations that your pet should receive based on his or her environment. Our veterinarian will examine your pet and then make recommendations as to which vaccinations he should receive based upon factors such as age, health, prior vaccination, lifestyle and potential for exposure to disease.
All puppies and kittens should receive a series of vaccinations and dewormings during their first year to ensure that they are adequately protected from the most common diseases.
See our pages on Cat and Dog diseases for more information on the symptoms and outcomes on the diseases we vaccinate against.
Carteret Animal Hospital requires that all pets receive an examination prior to vaccination. Pets with illnesses, organ problems or parasites may not be able to respond properly to the vaccines, or they may not work as well under these circumstances. Some vaccines may even be harmful to animals with existing health problems. We may recommend fecal examinations, blood screening or other laboratory testing to be certain your pet is in good health before vaccinating.
Senior Care -
As pets reach their golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they will face, including weight and mobilty changes, arthritis, kidney, heart and liver disease, tumors and cancer, hormone disorders like diabetes and thyroid imbalance, and many others. Just as the health care needs of humans will change as we age, the same is true of our pets. Visit our Senior Care page for more information about optimal care for your older pet.
Lab Work -
Routine lab work helps to detect a variety of potential health risks - more information and our recommendations can be found here.
To allow adequate time for all patients and scheduled surgeries, we do prefer to operate by appointment. However, we understand that illnesses and injuries generally cannot be anticipated. Whether your pet is ill or just needs vaccines, walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated as time permits. Critical emergencies will be seen immediately - we appreciate your understanding if an urgent situation causes us to be a little late for your appointment. We do make every effort to see appointments in a timely manner and would greatly appreciate a phone call if you find that you will be unable to make it to your appointment at the scheduled time. We are more than happy to reschedule your appointment if that becomes necessary.
We offer a wide range of appointment times available to meet your needs, including some evening and weekend hours. However, in the event that your schedule conflicts with our available appointment times, you may wish to take advantage of our drop-off services. You may leave your pet with us for examination and treatment, and then pick them up later in the day. There is no additional charge for this service. Another option is our house call service. While this does incur an additional charge, it offers the option of services rendered in the comfort and convenience of your own home. We have limited spots open for house calls - please call us to schedule an appointment.
Exams and Vaccinations
Preventive Medicine -
Our goal is to provide quality care so that your best friends can lead long, healthy, happy lives. The core of our practice is preventive medicine which includes annual exams, routine lab work, vaccinations and regular dental cleanings.
We know that your pet isn't "just a dog" or "just a cat". They are beloved family members and we strive to give them the very best possible care, aimed at disease prevention and early recognition of conditions so that they can lead quality lives.
Microchip Identification -
Tags can come and go, but a microchip lasts forever!
For a permanent way to identify your pets, have them microchipped. Shelters, Animal Control officers and most veterinary hospitals around the country can scan lost pets and reunite them with their owners if they are microchipped.
We carry Save This Life microchips which are ISO compatible; this means they can be read internationally and are suitable for pets traveling or moving overseas, as well as those staying stateside; the charge for microchipping your pet includes registration in the national database to which you will have access to change contact information as needed. The microchip comes with a metal tag engraved with the number (for your pet's collar), and if your pet is found, that number can be entered into a Google search by the finder, and you will be sent a map of your pet's location via text and email! How cool is that?!?
Consider these statistics --
*without identification, 90% of lost pets will never return home
*over 94% of microchipped pets are eventually reunited with their families