By allowing us to perform the recommended early detection testing and regular examinations for your pet (annual for adults to semi-annual for dogs and cats over 7 years of age), we may catch a potential problem well before it has become a serious problem, often offering a better chance for a full recovery and prevention of rapid disease progression.
What to Expect on Your Pet’s Preventative Visit
Nervous or Excited!?
If your pet is anxious, feel free to spend time prior to or after your appointment outside on our grassy knoll or take a walk on the trail in Anderson Park, all available a short walking distance from our Hospital. Please note if there is a chance a urine sample will be collected, please do not walk your pet until after the appointment. We offer aromatherapy for dogs, cats and their people! Grab an aromatherapy infused bandanna for your pet and enjoy our complimentary lavender wrapped towels, neck pillows and warm tea for yourself on your way to the exam room. Please let us know ahead of time if you or your pet has any allergies to aromatherapy, special sensitivities or allergies to medicine, or anxiety towards people or other animals. We do offer a variety of ways to perform the examination, including if weather permitted, examinations outside! Please let us know any special request and we will do all we can to accommodate you and your pet!
Come Dressed and Prepared!
For the protection of your pet, we require all dogs to be placed on a secured leash and harness / collar (carriers are optional for small dogs) and all cats to be placed in a secured carrier. Although your pet may love to run and greet everyone, some dogs may not be so happy to receive the company.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends all families with a pet (dog and cat) to perform a yearly fecal evaluation, to look for worms that may be contagious to your family. Please bring a FRESH sample that is less than 24 hours old. This sample will be sent to our out-of-house testing laboratory and results should be returned (weather permitting) within 48 hours. You will receive a phone call from a Veterinarian or Licensed Veterinarian Technician with the results and if needed, recommendations for treatment.
What will be Discussed and How Long Do I Expect to be There?
From check-in to check-out, please allot 45 minutes for your preventative health appointment.
It is recommended to come 15 minutes prior to appointment if a new patient, to fill out any new patient forms. You may also pre-print the form online to save time.
A doctor will ask about your pet’s medical history and perform a detailed examination of the entire body including the ears, eyes, nose, throat, heart, lungs, abdomen, skin, muscles, joints and lymph nodes to name a few. In addition, a rectal examination may be recommended to evaluate for rectal polyps, prostate disease and anal gland cancer. Based on age, breed and history, individualized recommendations will be made that may include vaccines or the alternative antibody titers, wellness blood work including heart-worm testing, fecal examination, dental cleaning, etc.
We believe in detailed education to allow you to make the best decision for your pet. Our goal is to have you leave, knowing you learned something new! If you would like to return for any of the preventative heath care recommendations not performed on your initial visit, you may make a complimentary office visit (exemption: Rabies must be with a Doctor) with one of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians to complete the wellness recommendations. Please note, as per Nevada Veterinary Medical Law, an annual (yearly) examination by a Doctor at Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care is required to receive any diagnostics or therapies by any staff member.
Home Again Microchip
Microchips allow pets to be identified without collars if they got lost or stolen. All microchips can be read with universal microchip readers. They are about the size of a piece of rice and are inserted under skin in between the shoulder blades.
Annual Valid Client / Patient Relationship- Nevada Veterinary Medical Law
A valid Doctor/Patient Relationship with Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care is created by receiving an annual (yearly) examination with each individualized pet, something that is required by Nevada Veterinary Medical Law prior to any diagnostics or treatment being performed for your pet. Examinations in the last year performed by another animal hospital do not validate our relationship to perform care beyond offering ancillary services such as daycare, boarding, grooming, toe nail trims and microchips.