Wellness Care

 

At Mesa Veterinary Hospital, a Golden animal clinic, we believe that preventative medicine is the key to the ongoing health and happiness of your pet. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! To help you and your pet enjoy many years of happiness together, we offer the following preventative medicine services.

 

Routine ExaminationsRoutine Exams


On average, pets age the equivalent of 7 human years for every calendar year.  For this reason we recommend annual exams for your pet during his or her juvenile and adult years, and every 6 month exams during his or her senior and geriatric years.  We have developed specific recommendations for each of these life stages to tailor the care we provide to best meet your pet's needs throughout their life.  Please see our page on Life Stages for more information! 

 

Immunizations


During your exam, we will spend time asking about your pet's specific risk factors and lifestyle to determine which vaccines are required to prevent disease.  We follow the vaccine recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners.  We've provided the relevant publications on the right if you'd like to read more.  In summary, we recommend:

 

Canine vaccines (during adult years)

  • Rabies - every 3 years
  • Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus - every 3 years
  • Leptospirosis - for at risk patients - every year
  • Bordetella - for at risk patients - every year

 

Feline vaccines (during adult years)

  • Rabies - every 3 years
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia - every 3 years
  • Feline Leukemia Virus - for at risk patients - every year


Nutritional Counseling 


A recent study found that approximately 55% of dogs and 53% of cats are overweight or obese! During your pet’s exam at our Golden animal clinic we will discuss your pet's current diet (and any treats he or she may get!), assess his or her body condition score and weight, and determine if any changes are necessary during your appointment. With proper nutritional counseling, we can reduce your pet's risk of obesity related illnesses, which include:

Nutritional Counselling 

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Kidney Disease
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)



Pain Management

 
Unfortunately, many pets will experience pain at some point in their lives, whether from an injury, a surgical procedure, or age related conditions such as arthritis.  In many instances, our pets hide this pain very well, and go along suffering in silence.  Our veterinarians take pain very seriously and are well versed in recognizing the subtle signs of pain in animals, and the many different ways to treat it.  If we notice potentially painful areas during your pet's exam, we will discuss the best way to effectively alleviate that pain and make your pet as comfortable as possible.


BehaviorBehavioral Medicine


Mesa Vet Hospital is a Golden animal clinic that provides unique services such as behavioral medicine. Behavior problems are the number one reason pets are surrendered to a shelter. Many of our veterinarians have a special interest in behavioral medicine and will work with you and your pet to eliminate these issues. The first step in most behavioral exams is determining if there is a medical cause of your pet's unwanted behavior. Many times finding this cause and treating it will resolve the problem. If we determine the problem is a true behavioral issue, we can work with you and your pet through proper training and behavioral modification. We also work with experienced animal behaviorists and trainers here at Mesa. In rare cases, medication is necessary. We can discuss the pros and cons of this approach and determine if this is the right solution to your pet's individual needs.


Pre-purchase Counseling


When you are considering adding a new dog to your household it is critical to know and understand the breed, or breeds in the case of a mix, that you are welcoming into your home.  After filling out a brief quiz, schedule an appointment with one of our staff members to go over the best match for your family and lifestyle.  We want to see these relationships thrive for years to come! 


Microchipping
Microchips


Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. Mesa Veterinary is a distinctive Golden animal clinic that has the capability to read the chip of a lost pet and determine who it may belong to. We offer the most widely used microchip product here at Mesa to increase the chances of a safe recovery. We use the ResQ microchip system which is accepted by the shelters in the Denver area, as well as those across the country and around the world. If a pet should become lost or stolen, the microchip allows a shelter or veterinarian to locate the original owner and call that person for a wonderful reunion!

Microchips are placed by a veterinarian under the skin at the top of the shoulder in a procedure similar to receiving a vaccination. The chip has no power of its own. It is activated to send a transmitted code to the chip scanner by the reader itself. There are no parts to wear out and the microchip will last the life of the animal. No two chips have the same code, therefore, your pet's chip is forever unique. Many owners ask if it is possible for the chip to do harm or migrate within the animal. While a microchip may migrate underneath the skin in rare circumstances, this causes no harm, and the microchip itself is very safe due to its biologically compatible coating.

Many times owners have pets which are strictly indoors or are confined to a yard. These owners wonder why they would ever need a microchip implanted in their pet. The fact is, most pets will never need a chip, but unforeseen escapes have happened many times. We can relate many stories of pets which managed to get away because of a blown down fence or an open gate. The chip is an inexpensive, easy way to have your friend come back home again safely.