Bosque Animal Clinic offers a wide range of veterinary services for our patients. Just a few of our wellness and preventive care services are listed below. For more information on these or other services, please call 505-869-2888.
Preventive veterinary care is the cornerstone of keeping your pet their healthiest so that you and your pet can have more great years together. Since pets age more quickly than people do, it is critical to have regular physical examinations done to assess your pet’s health. From kittens and puppies to geriatric pets, our medical expertise and care can ensure your pet’s optimal health and lifespan. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health.
During routine preventive exams, your veterinarian will assess:
- Overall Body Condition
- Heart and Lungs
- Abdominal Organs
- Musculoskeletal System
- Neurologic System
- Urogenital System
- Lymph Nodes
If your pet appears to be healthy enough for routine preventive care, we will discuss which vaccines are recommended for your pet based on their lifestyle, as well as parasite prevention including heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and fleas/ticks. Annual age-appropriate lab tests, testing for heartworm and/or tick-borne diseases, and fecal tests for parasites may also be recommended for your pet. Finally, your pet’s nutrition, diet, and exercise routines can be assessed and optimized to help your pet be in the best physical condition for their lifestyle and age.
In the event health problems are identified we will provide you a treatment plan to include the diagnostics and treatments we recommend along with the associated costs.
Remember, keeping up with preventive care for your pet is the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy for life.
Getting your new puppy/kitten off to a healthy start sets the stage for their lives as healthy adults. Puppies and kittens should have their first veterinary visit at 6-8 weeks of age to start off their puppy/kitten exams and vaccination series. Our knowledgeable team will help your family learn about potty training your pup, core vaccinations needed, intestinal parasites, performing nail trims on your puppy/kitten, dietary recommendations, and potential health hazards for your new pet. Our team will also discuss with you the recommended age for spaying and neutering your pet based on the species and breed of your pet. Last but not least, we will discuss with you starting your pet on the importance of starting your new puppy or kitten on monthly heartworm prevention and flea/tick preventives.
We realize that adding a new family pet can come with lots of questions… but don’t forget, we’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to call.
We love Senior Pets! Senior pets have special needs and benefit from more regular veterinary visits compared to their younger counterparts. For this reason, Bosque Animal Clinic recommends biannual (twice yearly) wellness examinations and screening wellness lab work for our senior patients. This allows us to monitor and address age-associated conditions such as:
- Cognitive dysfunction (similar to dementia in people)
- Dental Disease
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Endocrine Disorders
Early intervention with these conditions can improve your pet’s comfort, mobility, and quality of life.
Pets are a part of our families, and preventing parasite infestations is an important part of keeping them healthy. Both ectoparasites (external parasites) and endoparasites (internal parasites) can affect your pet at some point in their life. External parasites, such as fleas and ticks, are not only a nuisance to your pet, but can transmit vector-borne diseases to humans and pets such as Bartonella (cat scratch disease, transmitted by fleas); Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. Ticks and fleas can also cause a severe dermatologic condition for your pet resulting in very itchy, inflamed skin, due to flea allergy dermatitis.
Roundworms are the most prevalent intestinal parasites in pets. Others include hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Pets are typically infected with these parasites through accidental ingestion of parasite eggs (which are microscopic) from areas that have fecal contamination from other infected animals. Alternatively, some parasites are acquired through ingestion of intermediate hosts such as rodents (Taenia tapeworm species; Toxocara roundworm species) or fleas (Dipyllidium tapeworm species). These parasites are also a health risk to humans and are considered zoonotic – meaning they can be transmitted from animals to people. For example, if a person accidentally ingests roundworm eggs, the larvae can migrate in the body and cause organ damage and potentially blindness. Hookworm larvae in the soil and grass can infect bare skin and cause a condition in people known as cutaneous larval migrans.
Heartworm is another important parasite of our pets, but one which is not zoonotic. Heartworm infections result from pets being bitten by infected mosquitos. The larval form of the heartworm travels through the bloodstream to the heart where it develops into an adult. The adult heartworms live in the right side of the heart and left untreated, result in progressive heart failure and death. In the initial stages of heartworm disease, pets may be asymptomatic. As the condition progresses, symptoms may evolve including cough and exercise intolerance in dogs, and vomiting/coughing in cats. Treatment of heartworm disease can be very risky for the pet, and very costly.
Because of the health risk to your family and pets, it is important to keep your pet on a year-round parasite prevention program. There are several preventives that when used properly, are very effective at greatly reducing the risk of your pet acquiring heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and tick-transmitted diseases. Our team will discuss with you the lifestyle of your pet and help you determine which product best fits your needs.
Additionally, you can help prevent the risk of zoonotic disease to your family by practicing good hygiene (frequent hand washing), avoiding eating unwashed raw vegetables or undercooked meats, and cleaning up pet feces in your yard. For more information about pets and parasites, visit petsandparasites.org.
When your pet is sick or injured, they can’t tell us what’s wrong. Our veterinarians will perform a thorough physical exam and obtain a history (symptoms you’ve noted at home) as an important first step in diagnosing your pet’s condition. Often the diagnosis is not immediately evident upon the initial assessment and additional testing is often necessary to diagnose your pet’s condition. These may include and can be performed within our clinic:
Bloodwork to evaluate:
- blood cell counts
- liver organ function
- kidney organ function
- blood sugar levels
- protein levels
- electrolyte levels
- calcium and phosphorous levels
- pancreatic function
Cytology (evaluation under microscope):
- Ear swabs
- Skin impression
- Needle biopsies of masses
Ocular conditions may warrant evaluation of:
- Tear production (Schirmer Tear Test)
- Corneal injuries (fluorescein stain)
- Abnormal intra-ocular pressures (Tonometry)
Other diagnostic tests:
- Testing for heartworm disease
- Testing for tick-born disease
These diagnostic tests are an important step in the development of a treatment plan for your pet. Our veterinarians will explain the purpose of each diagnostic test for your pet, and help prioritize which tests may be most helpful in determining the cause of your pet’s illness.
At some point in your pet’s life, they may need a surgical procedure. Whether your pet is having an elective surgery such as spay or neuter, or an emergency surgery for intestinal obstruction, you can rest assured that our team will provide the very best care possible for your pet.
Our facility offers the following surgical services for companion animals:
- Routine spay and neuter
- Dentistry and oral surgery (tooth extractions)
- Tumor removal
- Laceration/wound repair
- Abdominal procedures such as:
- Bladder surgery to remove stones
- Intestinal surgery to remove foreign bodies
In the best interests of your pet, we do require a physical examination appointment with one of our veterinarians prior to scheduling surgical procedures to discuss presurgical testing, expectations of the procedure being performed, and post-operative considerations.
Cold laser therapy targets tissues with photobiomodulation (light energy) to decrease inflammation, decrease pain and accelerate healing. This doctor-prescribed, technician driven modality effectively treats a wide variety of conditions including pre-surgical, post-surgical, acute and chronic disease states.
We know that emergencies happen and cannot be planned for. If you find yourself in an emergency situation during office hours, please call our office. We will triage your situation over the phone to determine the best course of care for your pet – our clinic or an emergency hospital.
If you were to have an emergency occur outside normal business hours contact Route 66 Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Center at 505–266-7866.