Preventative Veterinary Services in Gettysburg
A Proactive Approach to Pet Wellness
Do you want your pet to live a long, healthy life for years to come? So do we. Our Gettysburg veterinarians offer a wide range of preventative services specifically to extend the lives of pets through preventing diseases. Preventative care consists of practices that our team can provide through a scheduled appointment, as well as those that you can implement at home. At Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital, we make sure that all our pet parents are equipped with individualized care plans for their pets. While it may seem daunting overseeing administering diets and medications to your pet, rest assured knowing that our team will educate you on each aspect of your plan and won’t let you leave our facility until you feel confident in caring for your loved one. We’re also available by phone should you have any questions after you leave us.
How We Help
At our facility, our veterinarians know that the best way to ensure that your companion can live a healthy life is through the prevention of disease. Though our veterinarians are trained, and our facility is fully equipped to diagnose and treat diseases, we strive to do all we can to prevent them from appearing in the first place. We accomplish this goal through several of our services.
Annual exams are crucial so our doctors can detect problems early. By fully examining your pet’s teeth and throat, checking their lymph nodes, assessing their respiratory system, and more, we can take note of any changes in your pet’s health and adjust our treatment plan to suit their needs.
Vaccines are necessary to minimize risk of exposure to disease in your pets. Our veterinarians administer vaccines each year during wellness exams, which can include rabies vaccines, feline calicivirus vaccines, distemper vaccines, and more. We can make recommendations and inform you on your options through your pet’s exam, as well as through an assessment of your pet’s health history.
During your pet’s wellness exam, our doctors can check for changes to your pet’s coat to determine if they have parasites. We can also administer a deworming medication that is given monthly to protect your pets from heartworms. If you’re bringing in your puppy or kitten for their first visit, we analyze their stool samples to test for intestinal parasites, which can cause infection through utero or their mother’s milk.
Our veterinarians know exactly what dogs and cats should be eating at various stages of their lives, from infancy to adulthood to the golden years. Through a physical exam, we can also create a dietary plan individualized for your pet’s needs, especially if they have a medical condition. A balanced diet can prevent pets from building up bad bacteria and developing diseases such as gingivitis.
Our team offers prescription diets, veterinary pharmaceutical products, and medications that we can issue based on your doctor's recommendations. We also have a full stock of flea, tick, and heartworm preventive products that you can take home and administer to your pet. If we don’t offer the specific medication or diet you’re looking for, we’re more than happy to order it for you.
Protect your pet in case they run away or go missing. By having a microchip implanted underneath your pet’s skin, their information will be preserved in a national pet recovery database should your lost pet be picked up by an animal shelter.
Expression of Anal Glands
If you suspect your pet has an anal gland concern, our team can express their anal glands to ensure they’re empty before we send them home with you. If glands are not emptied properly, the material can become infected or turn into an abscess.
Does your pet have allergies or sensitivities? Our team takes all of this into account and can give your companion a medicated bath with the necessary shampoos and treatments.
How You Can Help
To prevent dental disease, our veterinarians can schedule regular dental cleanings, but we can also teach you how to brush your pet’s teeth on your own at home. We can recommend special toothbrushes and toothpastes for your pet and create a schedule that works for you and your loved one.
Nail Trimming & Ear Cleaning
Caring for your pet’s hygiene is important in preventing diseases or infections. When you come in for your visit, our doctors can recommend a schedule so you know how often you should be trimming your pet’s nails and cleaning their ears in a safe manner.
Observing Pet Behavior
Learn what constitutes as normal behavior in your pet, as well as behavior that may be a sign of pain or discomfort. The moment you notice alarming behavior in your pet, you should bring them to our veterinarians so we can give them an exam and treat them before the issue becomes more serious.
Call our Gettysburg team today to schedule our veterinary services at (717) 610-6223. Our hospital is the best option for giving your pet a happy future.