Health Maintenance Services of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalPuppy and Kitten Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family.

Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten at one of our locations in either Port Hadlock or Port Townsend are perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our veterinarians, and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that will last for many years.

At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, we offer specially priced puppy and kitten packages. For more information, please call us at either (360) 385-4488 or (360) 379-1133.


Puppy Package

The puppy package includes three visits:

Visit 1

  • Exam
  • Nail Trim
  • Fecal exam (one of two)
  • Deworming (one of three)
  • DAPP (one of three)
  • Bordetella

Visit 2

  • Exam
  • Nail Trim
  • Deworming (two of three)
  • DAPP (two of three)



Visit 3

  • Exam
  • Nail Trim
  • Fecal exam (two of two)
  • Deworming (three of three)
  • DAPP (three of three)
  • Rabies

In addition to testing and vaccinations, some of the issues discussed during your puppy’s first visits include:

  • Diet and food recommendations, including quantity and intervals
  • Housetraining
  • Behavior
  • Spaying and neutering
  • Vaccine protocol
  • Pet health insurance
  • Flea and tick prevention and treatment
  • Microchipping

Kitten Package

The kitten package includes three visits:

Visit 1

  • Exam
  • Nail Trim
  • FeLV/FIV testing
  • Fecal (one of two)
  • Deworming (one of three)
  • FVRCP (one of three)

Visit 2

  • Exam
  • Nail Trim
  • Deworming (two of three)
  • FVRCP (two of three)
  • Leukemia (one of two)


Visit 3

  • Exam
  • Nail Trim
  • Fecal (two of two)
  • Deworming (three of three)
  • FVRCP (three of three)
  • Leukemia (two of two)
  • Rabies

In addition to testing and vaccinations, some of the issues discussed during your kitten’s first visits include:

  • Diet and food recommendations
  • Litter and litter box discussion
  • Behavior
  • Letting your cat outdoors
  • Spaying and neutering
  • Vaccine protocol
  • Pet health insurance
  • Microchipping
  • Flea treatment and prevention

Puppy and kitten vaccines start at 6 – 8 weeks. At 1 year of age, boosters are given for the core vaccines. We believe in a strong core vaccine protocol for young animals and then utilizing a risk-based vaccine protocol as your pet ages.

As part of the puppy and kitten packages, we offer a 10 percent discount off spay or neuter surgery and microchipping, if done within six months after the final puppy or kitten visit.

We take plenty of time during these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough examination, which includes detection of potential congenital problems, offer health care and training advice, and talk with you about any concerns you may have. This is your new kitten or puppy and we're happy to answer all of your questions.

Health Maintenance Services of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalSenior Wellness Exams

Your senior pet’s routine wellness examination gives you an opportunity to discuss concerns, and include specialized lab work to detect the early signs of disease processes. Our veterinarians tailor these exams and tests to your pet's age, breed, lifestyle, and physical condition in order to best meet his or her health needs. We also include information regarding pain and arthritis management, nutrition, and preserving quality of life. Because a mature pet's condition can change significantly in a short period of time, we recommend that families bring in their senior pets approximately every 6 months.

Exotic Pet Care

We believe that all pets deserve the opportunity to lead happy and healthy lives. That is why we offer wellness care and treatments for rabbits, rodents, and ferrets. Dr. Maya also treats birds, reptiles, pigs and non-domestic pets.

We strongly recommend semi-annual physical examinations to check for health, nutrition and husbandry-related conditions. In the wild, many of these animals develop strategies to conceal illness or injuries as a survival technique. These tendencies continue in domestic exotic and pocket pets, which mean their medical problems often go unnoticed. With semi-annual medical examinations, problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

Allergies and Skin & Ear Disease

If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet. Skin and ear problems are two of the most common diseases that we treat at our hospitals. Some causes of these diseases include various types of skin infections (pyoderma) or ear infections (otitis), allergies (either to fleas, environmental antigens or dietary ingredients), microscopic mites that live in the skin, ringworm, endocrine disease, and diseases of the immune system.

Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet in to Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital or Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic for an evaluation. If left untreated, these problems can become severe medical concerns.

It is always our goal to make your pet feel more comfortable, and whenever possible, to treat the underlying cause of his or her problem. We take the time to discuss our diagnostic plan, including any recommended testing, and explain your pet's condition, the proper method of treatment, and how to prevent future occurrences.

At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Abbie has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of skin and ear problems.

Health Maintenance Services of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalSkin and Ear Health Recommendations

  • Practice diligent flea control on all pets in the household. Not all flea products are created equal. Some products are safer for certain patients than others, and some are simply more effective. Please consult one of our veterinarians about which product is best for your particular pet and for instructions on safe and effective use.
  • Many pets with skin problems benefit from regular bathing. Always use a shampoo formulated for pets that has been approved by your veterinarian.
  • Feed a high-quality diet that is intended for pets only. If cooking for your pet, consult with a veterinary nutritionist to be sure you are offering meals with the right balance of carbohydrates, fat, protein, minerals, and vitamins.
  • If you are concerned that your pet may have a food allergy, do not frequently change his or her food because it makes finding a true food allergy much more difficult. Food allergies can be quite complicated, and although we see plenty of food allergic pets, skin problems caused by food are not as common as most people are led to believe.
  • Administer topical products and oral medications to your pet only under the guidance of your veterinarian.
  • Changes such as red, itchy, smelly, or "difficult to keep clean" ears and red, flaky, or itchy skin are often signs that a problem is developing and require a visit to our office. It is always better to intervene at an early stage, before it becomes more serious.
  • Never stick a cotton-tipped swab down your pet's ear canal, and do not wash your pet's ears with any solution that has not been approved by your veterinarian.
  • Bring your pet to Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital or Pet Townsend Pet Clinic yearly for a complete physical examination, as many problems can be recognized and remedied before they start affecting the overall quality of life.

Oncology and Cancer Treatment

The word cancer strikes fear in all of us; however, with new advances in veterinary medicine many pets are living longer with a greatly improved quality of life. The fear that your beloved pet will spend his or her final days sick from chemotherapy treatments is unwarranted. Pets respond much differently to chemotherapy than do humans.

For pets diagnosed with cancer, we perform limited chemotherapy but most often refer our clients to specialists who can treat their pet with chemotherapy and radiation. We have successfully helped many cancer patients with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to support those patients receiving chemotherapy. TCVM has also been used as a sole therapy for non-surgical cancers and for pets whose owners decline traditional oncology treatments.

Ophthalmology

At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, we offer ophthalmological care for your pet, including treatment of glaucoma, corneal ulcers, and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS).

Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma: chronic glaucoma, which can develop as your pet ages and is relatively common, and acute glaucoma, which is the result of an injury or illness.

Symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

Due to the severity and incidence of glaucoma, we recommend that your pet be checked regularly for this disease. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but allows us to determine a baseline measurement of your pet’s normal intraocular pressure.

Health Maintenance Services of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalInternal Medicine

Sometimes one of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask him/her what is wrong. For that reason, Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic have invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology. When your pet is not well, we need to determine the underlying cause. After performing a thorough examination, a series of diagnostic tests is often necessary in order to identify the medical condition.

All of our veterinarians are knowledgeable and have expertise in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases including diabetes, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, thyroid disease, acute or chronic metabolic disease, and acute or chronic gastrointestinal disease.