Developing a comprehensive wellness plan for your cat or dog is a top priority at Shelden Vet. We work closely with you to come up with options that meet the needs of both you and your pet, and we’re here to help you navigate the decision-making process.
While each wellness plan is tailored to the individual pet, there are general topics we discuss with every owner.
For both cats and dogs, we usually address:
We also encourage you to raise any other concerns you have about your pet’s behavior or health. Every wellness plan is built with you, not for you, and we’re sensitive to the medical and financial implications of each decision. The staff at Shelden Vet is always committed to helping you find solutions that make the most sense for you and your family.
Determining which vaccines are right for your pet is a crucial piece of the preventive care puzzle. When developing the appropriate plan, we consider many factors including lifestyle and risk for certain diseases.
In general, we believe the following are crucial to protecting the health of most pets:
- Feline leukemia
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
- Feline calicivirus infection
- Canine distemper
- Canine parvovirus infection
- Canine hepatitis
Pharmacy and Online Store
As part of our comprehensive approach to caring for your pet, Shelden Vet offers both an in-house and online pharmacy. We also maintain an online store for your convenience. Whether you’re in need of flea and tick treatments, specialty diet foods, or pain management medications, you’ll enjoy immediate access to our products 24 hours a day.
Our online store offers pet essentials and supplies including collars, toys, and general wellness products. We also provide price matching, so you’re guaranteed to receive the best value in town. If you have additional questions or would like more information about any of these services, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Fleas and ticks are not just an annoyance, they can create serious health problems (PDF) in your dog or cat. At Shelden Veterinary Care, we believe prevention is key, and the best way to protect your family is to stay informed about the best products that meet your pet’s individual needs.
How Flea and Tick Products Work
Flea and tick products function by targeting the insects at various stages in their lifecycles. Flea eggs are often laid directly on our pets, then fall off into our environment where they grow into mature adults. Tick eggs are usually laid in densely wooded areas, hatch into larvae, and become nymphs. These nymphs are what land on our pets and require blood to mature into adults.
In general, flea and tick products fall into one of two categories: neurotoxic insecticides or insect growth regulators (IGR). Neurotoxic insecticides target adult fleas and ticks and work by paralyzing the insects before neutralizing them. IGRs target parasites in the early stages of life by arresting the maturation of eggs into larvae.
Which Product Is the Best?
The short answer is “it depends.” For every pet, the best product is the one that accounts for his or her lifestyle and addresses specific parasites common to where you live.
Flea infestations (PDF) can take up to 3 months to fully eliminate, so it’s important to consult with our staff to choose the most effective treatment. In general, flea medications recommended by Shelden Veterinary Care are preferred to over-the-counter remedies since they’re safer, more effective, and are backed by a manufacturer’s guarantee. We also suggest using shampoos such as Virbac’s EpiSooth or Allergroom that don’t decrease the efficacy of topical medications.
In addition, our clients enjoy price-matching and competitive values on flea and heartworm products. Whatever the situation, our team is equipped to discuss the pros and cons of any treatment and is ready to help you determine which product is best suited for you and your pet.
Your pet requires different support at each stage of his or her life. The staff at Shelden Veterinary Care will help you build a plan that will grow as they do and is responsive to the individual needs of your cat or dog.
Giving Your Kitten or Puppy the Best Start
Congratulations on the new addition to your family!Our team will make sure you and your pet start off on the right paw.
In general, we recommend the following:
- Physical exams
- Puppies and kittens should receive three to four exams in the first 8 to 16 weeks of their lives. This allows us to make an initial assessment and to administer vaccines and other necessary treatments.
- All pets should receive a series of vaccines when they’re young due to underdeveloped immune systems. We make recommendations based on industry established guidelines, your pet’s breed, and his or her lifestyle.
- Diagnostic testing
- We recommend every puppy be tested for heartworm at 10 months of age and kittens be tested for feline leukemia and AIDS during their first visit. Because all puppies and kittens are born with worms, we also recommend regular testing in the early stages of life, so we can quickly identify the appropriate treatment for your pet.
- Additional recommendations
- The team at Shelden Vet will discuss other services that may be appropriate for your puppy or kitten including spaying/neutering, microchipping (PDF), or special diet considerations.
In general, increasing the frequency of your visits to Shelden Vet can lead to happier pets and owners. There are numerous factors to consider when caring for a young pet, and more regular check-ins allow us to monitor things such as house breaking, feeding habits, behavior issues, etc. Remember, there are no stupid questions, especially when it comes to raising a puppy or kitten.
Senior Pet Care
While your pet may always possess the spirit of a puppy or kitten, it’s important to give him or her the specialized care that’s required as they age. Most cats and small dogs are considered to be “senior” at the age of 9.
Dogs of a larger breed tend to have shorter life spans and can be termed senior when they’re approximately 7 years old.
To help prevent the onset of some common age-related conditions, our staff focuses on increased care in the following areas:
- Frequency of veterinary visits
- Early detection of disease
- Mental health and awareness
- Maintaining mobility
- Management of chronic diseases
- Increased parasite control
- Environmental changes/considerations
Creating a healthy diet plan is one of the most important things you can do to increase the health and quality of life for your pet. At Shelden Veterinary Care, our nutritional recommendations are based on the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the “Circle of Nutrition” established by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN).
This circle is composed of three interrelated concepts:
- Pet-specific factors — Refers to basic information such as age, level of activity, and prior health issues
- Diet-specific factors — Determines if your pet’s current diet is appropriate and safe (e.g., improper food storage, contamination issues, nutrient imbalances)
- Feeding management and environmental factors — Includes information such as how much your pet is being fed and whether there are additional pets in your household
Once these factors are assessed, our team will help you assemble a complete diet plan for your pet and can make recommendations about how to implement and maintain your plan. The goal is to keep your pet healthy and satisfied, and you can count on Shelden Vet to do both.
Determining the Best Food for Your Pet
Like most pet products, the label “best” is subjective, and the question “Which pet food is the best?” has no definitive answer. A better question would be: “Which pet food is best suited to addressing my pet’s individual needs?”
When recommending a food for your cat or dog, we take many things into consideration, including age, weight, breed, lifestyle, nutrient deficiencies, pregnancy, and disease-related risk factors. At Shelden Vet, we also pride ourselves on educating pet owners about how to read pet food labels. Terms such as “human grade” and “grain-free” can be misleading, and we want to provide you with accurate information so you can make informed decisions on behalf of your pet.