850-576-4168

216 Ausley Rd
Tallahassee, Florida 32304

M-F  7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sat  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday Closed

 

 

 

Wellness Care and Preventive Medicine
The doctors and staff of Westwood Animal Hospital are concerned about the health and well being of our patients and their families. Puppies and kittens should be examined soon after birth and dewormed every 2 weeks until 6-8 weeks of age. At this age, vaccinations and a monthly parasite prevention program are started. After the final puppy/kitten boosters are administered, the semi-annual regular wellness visits are initiated.
We recommend regular wellness visits every 6-12 months for all of our canine and feline patients in order to closely monitor the health of your pet.

Each wellness visit typically includes:

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam- Your pet’s exam will be very similar to a physical exam that you would have, including evaluation of: ears, eyes, mouth and teeth, internal organs, skin and coat, etc.
  • Intestinal Parasite Exam- (Please bring in a fresh (within 12 hours) fecal sample in a sealed plastic bag if possible)
  • Heartworm Test- (canine) every 12 months
  • Vaccinations- Any necessary vaccinations based on the lifestyle of your pet
  • Lab work- Recommended every 6-12 months for early detection of metabolic problems. In patients that are 5-7 years old, we will typically run a Wellness Profile in our in-house laboratory with results reported the same day. In our patients that are 8+ years old we will usually recommend a Senior Comprehensive Profile which will be sent to outside lab and results reported in 1-3 days.
Cat Vaccinations

All cats should be vaccinated to help prevent harmful and potentially life-threatening diseases. The types of vaccines your cat should be given will vary based on the life style of your cat. If your cat lives in the house and does not come into contact with other cats, only the basic vaccines are necessary. If your cat spends time outside and around other cats, the proper precautions should be taken with the necessary vaccinations.

Rabies
Rabies is a disease that nearly everyone has heard of. It is contracted when an animal is bitten by another animal that has been infected. The Rabies virus is carried in the saliva. Rabies vaccinations are required in most states for cats. Even if you have an indoor cat, they should be vaccinated in case they get out or happen to bite or scratch a person or another animal. We currently use a non-adjuvanted Feline Rabies vaccine that needs to be administered every year.

Panleukopenia/Feline Parvovirus
Feline Panleukopenia/Feline Parvovirus is a contagious disease which is why vaccination is recommended. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and sometimes death. Vaccinations should start at around 6-8 weeks of age and there are a series of vaccinations that are given every 3-4 weeks until your kitten is 16-18 weeks old. Adult cats typically receive a vaccination every year.

Rhinotracheitis
Commonly referred to as rhinotracheitis, this disease is caused by the Feline Herpesvirus. Typical signs include conjunctivitis and upper respiratory tract disease. Infection is acquired by oronasal exposure to infectious secretions from affected cats. Vaccination should begin at 6-8 weeks of age in kittens and is routinely administered yearly in adult cats.

Calicivirus
Feline Calicivirus affects the upper respiratory tract and sometimes causes lameness and joint pain. Symptoms include fever, gum disease, mouth ulcers, conjunctivitis and sneezing. Cats do not need to exhibit symptoms in order to transmit the disease to other cats. The contagious nature of this disease makes it important for your pet to receive a series of vaccinations as a kitten and yearly as an adult cat.

Feline Leukemia Virus
Feline Leukemia Virus is commonly spread via the oronasal route and by bite wounds from infected cats. The Feline Leukemia vaccine is highly recommended for outdoor cats and cats that are frequently in contact with other cats. At risk kittens typically receive the first vaccine at 9 weeks of age and receive a booster 3 weeks later. Yearly vaccination is recommended for at risk cats. We currently use Purevax, a non-adjuvanted Feline Leukemia vaccine.

Dog Vaccinations

Distemper
Canine Distemper is a viral disease that is transmitted by aerosol droplets and from all body excretions of infected animals. Clinical signs include coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. Puppies are the most susceptible to the disease and also have the highest mortality rate from severe cases or complications from the disease. Vaccination is recommended in all puppies and is typically started at 6-8 weeks of age with boosters administered every 3-4 weeks until 16-18 weeks of age. Yearly vaccination is usually recommended in adult dogs.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis
This disease, which primarily affects the liver of dogs, is caused by Canine Adenovirus (CAV). Puppies are first vaccinated for CAV at 6-8 weeks of age and given boosters every 3-4 weeks. Yearly vaccination is recommended for adult dogs.

Infectious Tracheobronchitis
Commonly referred to as “kennel cough”, this is actually a complex of diseases with multiple possible causes. Infectious tracheobronchitis can be caused by viral infections (canine parainfluenza) as well as bacterial infections (Bordetella). Vaccination for this disease is recommended for puppies and every 6-12 months in adult dogs.

Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease caused by Leptospira, which is a type of bacteria called a spirochete. This disease can affect the liver and/or kidneys of dogs resulting in liver failure, kidney failure or both. The most common method of exposure is through contact with infected urine. A canine Leptospirosis vaccine is available for at-risk dogs but this vaccine is not routinely administered to all dogs.

Parvovirus
This disease is caused by Canine Parvovirus. It is highly contagious and transmitted by direct or indirect contact with contaminated feces. Typical clinical signs include vomiting and diarrhea. Vaccination is highly recommended and is given in a series starting when the puppy is 6-8 weeks old. Because canine parvovirus is endemic in our area, yearly vaccination of adult dogs is recommended.

Rabies
Rabies is a viral disease that is spread via contact with saliva from an infected animal. All warm-blooded animals are susceptible to Rabies virus. Because of the public health significance of this disease, all puppies should receive a Rabies vaccine at 12-16 weeks of age. Adult dogs should receive yearly vaccination. There is a vaccine available that can be given to dogs every 3 years.

Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks serve as the primary vector of Lyme disease. in some areas of the US, Lyme Disease is very common, however this disease is not considered to be endemic to our area at this time. There is a vaccine available for dogs but this vaccine is not routinely given to all dogs in our region of the country.

Surgical Procedures
We routinely provide a wide array of surgical procedures in our office. Some of these procedures include: ovariohysterectomy (spay), castration (neuter), mass removal, bladder stone removal, Cesarean section, intestinal and stomach surgery, abdominal exploratory and “cherry eye” repair. Our office is equipped with modern surgical and anesthetic equipment so that we can provide excellent care for your pet. We utilize pulse oximeter monitors in all animals that receive anesthesia. These monitors allow us to constantly monitor heart rate and blood oxygen levels in our patients. Patients requiring general anesthesia will have preanesthetic lab work done in order to help us detect any metabolic problems prior to the administration of anesthesia.

Give us a call today to discuss surgical care for your pet. 850.576.4168

On Site Lab Services


Our in-house veterinary diagnostic laboratory includes testing for the following:

 

  • Blood Chemistry Profile (includes kidney and liver function, blood sugar, etc.)
  • Urinalysis with sediment examination
  • Cytology of skin & ear samples
  • Fecal testing for intestinal parasites
  • Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichia Test
  • Canine Parvovirus Test
  • Feline Leukemia (FELV)/ Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV) Virus Test
  • Other necessary diagnostic tests such as CBC, Histopathology,
    Cultures, etc. are sent to Antech a nationwide veterinary
    diagnostic laboratory

 

Emergency Medical Care

The doctors and staff of Westwood Animal Hospital see emergency cases as necessary during normal business hours. Any patients requiring after hours care will be referred to Allied Emergency Hospital, 850-222-0123.

Dental Cleaning

Most of our canine and feline patients over the age of one year have some build up of dental calculus and tartar. During the annual comprehensive physical examination, our doctors will evaluate the teeth and determine if and when a dental cleaning is necessary.

All patients will have preanesthetic bloodwork evaluated prior to dental cleaning. In order to properly clean your pet’s teeth, a general anesthetic must first be administered and the animal must be intubated to protect the airways. The anesthesia is maintained using gas anesthesia (Isoflurane) and the patient is monitored (heart rate and oxygenation) using pulse oximetry during the entire procedure. Pain medication and antibiotics will be administered during and after the anesthesia and dental cleaning as necessary.
Flea And Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks can cause discomfort, itchiness, and allergic skin disease. The chance that your pet may get fleas or ticks depends on where you live and the environment around you. Fleas thrive in warmer weather, but may go dormant during the winter in colder areas. Ticks tend to live in wooded areas or areas with high grass.
 Ticks and fleas also pose a threat because it is not just your pet that they can affect, they can affect humans as well.  As with most parasites, prevention is the greatest defense against ticks and fleas. There are many medications that we can recommend to help make sure your pet is protected against these pests.
Boarding Services

Excited for your big vacation but don’t know who is going to care for your dog or cat while you’re gone? No need to worry, we are happy to watch your pet while you are away. We offer quality boarding services and take good care of your pet.

Your pet is provided with safe and individual runs or cages depending on size. We walk your dog 3 times daily so they get the exercise they need.
We love to have fun, but we do have a few rules. We require that your pet is up to date on their vaccinations for the safety of the other animals here. All dogs receive a bath before going home. Call us if you have any questions about our boarding services. We also require that you drop off and pick up your pet during regular business hours.

We look forward to spending time with your pet!

 
Nutrition Counseling

Being overweight and trying to stay in shape is not only a problem for humans. Pets also sometimes need to be put on specific diets and exercise plans to stay in good health. Keeping your pet on a proper diet and exercise regimen can increase their life expectancy by up to 2-3 years. In addition to extended life expectancy, you will also see a happier pet with fewer orthopedic problems.

Upon evaluating your pet’s current nutritional condition, we can help with specific recommendations as to the type and amount of food your pet should be eating.

Prescription Diets

There are many different types of food available for your pet, and each has its own benefits. You should ask us which particular food is best for your pet. The food your pet eats depends on their age, size, breed as well as other factors. If your pet has a health condition such as kidney disease, heart disease, sensitive stomach, or obesity there are prescription diets available to help them combat their ailment. Ask about specific feeding recommendations for your pet.

Radiology

We have a full diagnostic x-ray system in our clinic to help evaluate your pet in both normal health and disease. In most cases, x-rays can be obtained and evaluated the same day which helps us to diagnose problems in our canine and feline patients. Some pets require sedation for specific radiographic procedures so be sure to ask our staff if this will be required for your pet so you can be sure to avoid any feeding for the 12 hours prior to sedation.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Our hospital currently uses a Burdick EK-10 ECG machine to evaluate the hearts of our canine and feline patients. An ECG is a machine that we use to help with evaluation of the heart in both normal health and disease. Our EKG service includes interpretation by a Board Certified Cardiologist when necessary.

Microchip Identification
A microchip is a safe, simple and cost effective form of pet identification that can be used to identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners. The microchip is implanted under your pet’s skin in the shoulder area. Each chip contains a unique barcode (much like those seen on products in stores). The chip is gentle to the tissues and does not typically cause a reaction in the body. When a scanner is passed over the pet, the barcode is read. The owner is responsible for keeping contact information current with the Save This Life Microchip Company. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters now have microchip scanners.
Patient Portal

Patient Portal is a convenient way for the client to access their pet’s general health care information 24/7.

Features:

  • View Your Pet’s Health History At A Glance
  • Request Medication Refills Online
  • Reminders
  • Update Your Pet Owner Information So We Can Better
  • Serve You
  • Contact Us
  • Get Answers To Your Questions Through Our Pet Health Encyclopedia (Vetapedia)
  • Upload Pet Photos
  • And More . . . .

Click here and create your account to enjoy the convenience of our Patient Portal now!

Please give us a call 850.576.4168 if you have any problems or need assistance.