Preventative healthcare begins with physical examinations. Since our pets age faster than we do, we believe exams every six months are vitally important to detecting any early signs of concern.
During an exam, our doctors check your pet from nose to tail. They will assess eyes, ears, nose, and teeth. They listen to heart and lungs. They exam the skin and haircoat and determine body condition/weight. They feel the belly to check for any abnormalities. They check hips, knees, elbows for signs of arthritis. Once finished, the veterinarian will discuss all exam findings and treatment plans with you.
At Fischer Animal Hospital, we follow the recommendations published by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). We provide all core vaccinations and many additional non-core vaccines for both cats and dogs.
Studies have consistently shown that vaccination is extremely effective at preventing some of the most common diseases, both in humans and our pets. Our staff is very knowledgeable about what vaccines are recommended for your four-legged family members. Please ask one of our team members if you have any questions about what vaccines are recommended for your cat or dog.
Heartworm, Flea, and Tick Prevention
Let’s face it. Fleas are just pests! They are also very hard to get rid of once they have made themselves at home. Heart worms are even worse, as they can threaten the life of your pet. We carry a number of products for the prevention and control of fleas, ticks, heart worms, and gastrointestinal worms. We will help you find the best product(s) for your pet, based on your previous exposure and the type of environment in which you and your pet are living. We follow the guidelines recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for the testing of heartworms. AAHA recommends performing a yearly heartworm test on all canine patients. Our selection of preventatives, when used with dogs and cats that are already free of parasites, can help ensure a healthy pet and a healthy household. Cats do not get the classic 'heartworm disease' but they are still at risk and their is no recognized treatment of heartworm disease in cats. This makes prevention measures that much more important! We have a topical prevention that is applied every 30 days that will protect your feline friends from heartworm disease as well as ticks and other benefits.In the unfortunate event that your dog is heartworm positive, we offer heartworm treatments and follow the American Heartworm Society recommendations for treatment.
Pet microchipping has become a common practice in recent years. At Fischer Animal Hospital, we offer implantation with the HomeAgain microchip. This device is roughly the size of a grain of rice and is implanted via hypodermic syringe under the skin between the shoulder blades of the cat or dog. The chip is programmed with a radio frequency identification (RFID) number that will show up when a microchip scanner is passed over the animal. This unique ID number is registered in the national database with your contact information. If you and your animal are separated for any reason, a veterinarian or animal shelter will be able to scan your pet and then be able to reunite you with your lost friend! This technology has been proven time and time again to be very safe. For more information on pet microchipping, check out this article or go directly to the HomeAgain website.