At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital, we cherish the opportunity we have to nourish and care for pets over the course of a lifetime. We pamper our puppy and kitten patients, adore our adults, and celebrate our seniors. And because we understand that needs change with age, we tailor our treatment plans to best meet your pets where they are on their journey.
Puppy & Kitten Care
One of the most exciting parts of bringing a new puppy or kitten into the family is the fact that they are just getting started on that journey. Everything is new to them and, as their human companion, you get to revel in the wonder and joy with which they approach their world.
Because of their very newness, puppies and kittens require special attention and care to ensure that they develop into healthy, vigorous adults. Your first visits with your little one are perhaps the most important. Not only do these visits give you a much clearer picture of your pet’s bill of health, but they’re also where you, one of our veterinarians, and your pet begin to form a crucial relationship that will last for many years to come.
At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital, we offer specially priced puppy and kitten packages aimed at making sure your new family member begins their journey on the right paw.
Puppies and kittens are a lot of fun. They’re also a lot of work. Adult pets, on the other hand, can sometimes be so easy and low maintenance that we forget just how important routine and preventative care is for them, too. Because animals are experts at hiding suffering and discomfort, annual wellness checks are necessary to make sure your pet is as healthy as they appear.
Dogs are considered adults between 9 and 18 months of age, depending on their size. Small breeds mature before large ones. Cats mature at roughly 12 months. If a year has passed since your adult pet’s last exam, get in touch with us. Our veterinarian will spend quality time with your best friend, checking their overall health from nose to tail and looking for any changes that might have occurred since their last visit.
These wellness exams also allow us to develop a customized care plan for your pet’s optimal health—one that includes preventive care like vaccines and blood screenings, parasite prevention, nutritional and behavioral advice, and medical intervention when needed.
Staying on top of your adult pet’s well-being simply makes sense. Preventative care means that problems are caught before they become more serious – and more expensive – and it frees you and your pet to spend your time doing what you really want to do: enjoy each other’s company and unconditional love.
Specialized Senior Pet Care
Senior pets are a lot like senior humans – they require more frequent checkups and tender loving care to keep them happy and healthy. There is a difference between aging animals and older people, however. Your pet ages much faster than you do, so disease and illness progress faster as well.
At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital, we know all the work that goes into keeping an animal healthy over the course of a lifetime, and we understand very well just how important your senior pet is to you. Your furry friend has reached these precious golden years because you’ve done your job as a pet parent, feeding them nourishing food, getting them plenty of exercise and socialization, and showering them with love.
The rest, of course, is up to us, and we have made senior wellness one of our main missions. A large part of that mission is preventative care. Beginning when your pet is seven years old, we recommend twice-yearly exams, as well as regular bloodwork that can check for issues like anemia, liver disease, hypothyroidism, and kidney problems.
Your senior pet’s routine wellness examination gives you an opportunity to discuss concerns and includes specialized lab work to detect 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 nutrition, pain and arthritis management, and preserving the quality of life.
Whether your pet is a puppy, kitten, adult, or a golden oldie, we’re here to make every year their best one yet.