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At Woodside Animal Clinic, our Royal Oak veterinarian Dr. John Simon, focuses on preventive care to keep your pets healthy and active. We believe that prevention is truly the best medicine, and our goal with all care is to prevent the underlying cause of illness and injury. Our conventional care uses the latest in veterinary medicine to prevent and manage any problems before these conditions compromise the health and happiness of your pet.
Routine wellness check-ups are an important part of our mission to prevent illness. If your pet is older than seven years, we recommend a 'mid-year' check-up so we can closely monitor the overall health of your pet. Preventive care is especially important for older cats and dogs because it allows us to manage many age-related conditions, including arthritis, heart disease, cancer in dogs and cats and thyroid imbalance. For example, the earlier we can detect symptoms of arthritis, the more options we have for managing the condition and preventing unfortunate side effects, such as limping. Early detection of cancer in dogs also allows us to combine conventional medical treatment with holistic treatments for optimal outcomes.
During a check-up, our veterinarian will give your pet a full physical and administer routine laboratory tests. These tests are important for early detection of disease or parasites before symptoms are evident. Our diagnostic tests include a blood count, urinalysis, blood chemistry and stool sample for parasite screening. We also test cats for feline leukemia.
Our veterinarian will confirm that your pet is up to date on vaccinations. Some pet vaccinations require annual boosters to continue to be effective. Important dog vaccines include rabies, DHLP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis), Parvo and Bordetella (kennel cough). Feline vaccinations include Distemper, Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus), FELV (for Leukemia) and Rabies Vaccine. There are many opinions within the veterinary community regarding the use of annual boosters. Dr. Simon is happy to discuss with you any questions or concerns you may have about pet vaccinations.
In addition to the care that we provide at our animal hospital, we also encourage regular, at-home grooming and routine dental care. Regular brushing and bathing will keep your pet's teeth and coat healthy and remove "doggy odor." If your pet has sensitive skin or dog rashes, Dr. Simon can recommend hypo-allergenic shampoos as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 supplements for a thicker, more lustrous coat. Keeping your pet's ears dry and clean will help prevent common dog ear problems. Our animal clinic also has a special ear medication that will help prevent the growth of bacteria and yeast in the ear canal that leads to dog ear problems.
Even with preventive care, we understand that emergencies happen. If you observe changes to your dog's regular behavior or bowel movements, such as your dog vomiting, dog diarrhea or dog rashes, contact our veterinary hospital immediately. Frequent dog vomiting and dog diarrhea may be symptoms of an infection, gastro-intestinal disorder or other condition requiring veterinary care.
Our animal hospital also provides behavioral consultation, microchip identification, spay and neuter operations and surgery with general anesthesia. During any surgical operation, a technician is always present to assist Dr. Simon and monitor heart rate, breathing rate and other vital signs.
Dr. Simon and our veterinary team look forward to welcoming your pet to our Royal Oak family and providing the highest quality veterinary care to help your pet live a long, active and healthy life.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or ask a question, please call 248-545-6630 today.