Life Stage Care

At Glenpark Animal Hospital, we follow your pet through the many phases of their lives. From specialized and preventative care during their younger years to regular wellness checks as they age in order to prevent and detect problems before they arise. We know your pet is important to you, that's why we work hard to ensure they are given only the best in care through all the years of their lives. Click through the links below for more information on life stage care for your pet.

Puppy & Kitten Care

Newly adopted puppies and kittens should visit Glenpark Animal Hospital in Muskegon for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The first step is to screen for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problems to ensure that your new family member is healthy and that disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventive products can help protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.

Juvenile pets also have immature immune systems which makes it difficult to fight off disease. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure you can take for the health of your pet.

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Trouble urinating or defecating

Important Animal Vaccines

Some of the most important vaccines for your young pet include:

Dogs

  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Bordetella

Cats

  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis/Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus
  • Rabies

Additional vaccines may be necessary based on lifestyle (indoor or outdoor pet) and regional considerations. Finally, puppies and kittens are in a high growth stage therefore they require specially formulated food to meet their nutritional needs. Talk to your veterinarian at Glenpark Animal Hospital about the best food for your pet.

Request an appointment to vaccinate your puppy or kitten

Adult Pet Care

We recommend all pets be examined twice a year in order to prevent/detect medical problems. Pets age faster than we do and as a result, health problems can progress much more rapidly. Regular wellness examinations will confirm that your pet is healthy or help catch problems before they can become more serious. Your pet's semi-annual veterinary visit will include some, if not all of the following: a health consultation, blood work, a physical examination, pain assessment, nutritional counseling, vaccinations if necessary, an intestinal parasite screening and a recommendation for an on-going wellness routine.

Diet and nutrition are also important to maintaining your pet's health. Feeding your pet a specially formulated diet to meet the needs of adulthood helps encourage a long and healthy life. Please feel free to consult your veterinarian to help you find the right food to fit with your pet's lifestyle, body condition and health needs.

We will assess your pet’s comfort level and address any concerns about pain. Even younger cats and dogs can experience chronic pain due to joint disease (osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, cruciate (ACL) disease) and dental disease.

Request a Semi-Annual Wellness Exam

Senior Pet Care

Important facts about senior testing

An aging pet’s organs gradually deteriorate and may lose their ability to function properly.  We use senior testing to promote early detection and treatment of disease, so we can maintain health and prevent illness during your pet’s senior years.  Early detection of disease often gives us more effective and less costly treatment options.  In addition, senior testing helps establish normal baseline values for your pet, creating a point of comparison for the future.

What pets should take part in senior testing?

We recommend senior testing for all senior pets as well as any pet who is exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms: weight loss or gain, increased thirst or urination, lethargy, vomiting/diarrhea, poor hair coat, coughing, seizures, unusual behavior, or overall decline in condition.

Is my pet a senior?

If your pet is 7 years old or older, we consider him or her a senior.  Your pet may seem healthy well into its senior years; however, many problems common to senior pets (like kidney or heart disease) may not present symptoms until your pet becomes seriously ill.  A comprehensive senior care program helps your veterinarian identify problems early enough to institute preventive healthcare measures.

What is senior testing?

Your pet’s complete senior testing includes these elements:

 

  • A physical exam is the most important part of the senior care program.  Our veterinarians will assess all body systems to check for any abnormalities.
  • Blood chemistry tests measure levels of various substances in the blood and diagnose diseases such as diabetes, liver, and kidney disease.
  • A complete blood count (CBC) provides a detailed look at the blood itself and helps the doctor diagnose anemia or infection.
  • A urinalysis gives information on kidney function and checks for urinary tract infections.
  • Thyroid screening (T4) helps diagnose thyroid disease, which is an especially common ailment in older cats and dogs.
  • FeLV/FIV testing, recommended for senior cats, tests for the feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses, which can suppress the cat’s immune system and lead to secondary infections, anemia, and even cancer.
  • Heartworm testing, recommended for all dogs even into their senior years, because heartworm can affect all dogs no matter the age.

 

 Additionally we can check for:

 

  • Glaucoma testing measures the pressure in each eye quickly and painlessly using a tonometer.  Undetected glaucoma leads to irreversible blindness.
  • Radiographs (X-rays) also are an option with our senior care program.  Generally, we perform chest radiographs to assess the heart and lungs.  However, we may decide a different set of radiographs would be more important for your pet.  For example, we could recommend abdominal radiographs to assess the liver or kidneys.
  • Doppler Blood Pressure testing is a painless and important procedure for your senior pet.  Undetected hypertension can lead to permanent blindness.  It is often secondary to other diseases such as kidney disease and can be treated if detected early.

 

I’d like my pet to participate in the Senior Care Program.  What do I do?  We now offer preventative care plans that include your pet’s senior testing and annual preventative care (vaccines, heartworm testing, and fecals).  These affordable plans allow families to make payments and each come with an approximate 40% savings.

Request a Semi-Annual Wellness Exam