Preventative Veterinary Care
At Sherbrook Animal Hospital we offer the finest veterinary care around. Even though we're ready to care for your pet through any accident or illness, we always prefer preventative veterinary care for our furry patients. Dr. Harvinder Hirkewal and our veterinary team emphasize keeping your pet healthy rather than caring for it when it becomes ill or injured. Caring for your pet's health ahead of time is the best way to give it a happy and healthy life, and we're here to help you do that.
Veterinarians in Winnipeg Talk About Pet Wellness
When your cat or dog is six to ten week old we ask that you bring it in for its first pet wellness exam. Our veterinarians in Winnipeg will check out your pet from nose to tail to make sure it's developing correctly. Your puppy or kitten should visit our office at least four times during its first year, then annually when it's an active adult. Senior dogs and cats should be seen more often to avoid medical problems associated with aging.
Important Parts of a Wellness Exam
The exam will begin with checking your pet's skin and fur for rashes and parasites. It will include an examination of your pet's teeth, gums, and tongue, looking for infections that can affect the entire body. We'll measure and weigh your pet to make sure it isn't moving toward obesity and will counsel you on exercise and nutrition planning if it is.
Pet vaccinations are an important part of every pet wellness exam. From the very first visit, your pet needs to receive a set of vaccinations to help its body to become immune to the most dangerous and deadly diseases in the environment. Once your dog has reached adulthood, basic immunity has been established. You only need to have your pet get booster shots annual to keep the immunity strong.
Vaccines come in two forms: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that every pet receives, such as Rabies and Distemper. Non-core vaccines are only administered if the pet needs it due to its environment. For example, dogs that are boarded in kennels or go to dog parks need to be vaccinated against Bordetella, or a kennel cough. Our veterinarian will advise you on which vaccines are right for your pet after consulting with you about its environment and lifestyle.
Preventative veterinary care is the key to allowing your pet to have a long and healthy life, and it starts with regular pet wellness exams. If your pet is due for its examination and vaccinations, call Sherbrook Animal Hospital at (204) 774-3544 for an appointment.