Whenever a medical condition is diagnosed and treated early, the odds for a successful recovery and healthy quality of life are increased dramatically.
That's why our doctors at Bemidji Veterinary hospital encourage yearly physical exams and vaccinations. Physical examinations of your dog or cat involve a nose-to-tail evaluation of your pet’s health. It can also involve the appropriate vaccinations for your pet’s age, such as:
Puppy & Adult Dog:
- Canine distemper combo, including distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvo
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
Kitten & Adult Cat:
- Feline distemper combo, including feline rhinotracheitis, calici virus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia
- Feline leukemia
For older pets (from about 7 or 8 years old and up), it is important to establish a baseline of health. We do that by offering various tests, such as:
- Complete blood count (CBC)—This measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in your pet’s blood.
- Urinalysis—This detects the presence of substances that are not supposed to be in urine, such as blood. Urinalysis helps us diagnose urinary tract infections, diabetes, kidney problems, etc.
- Blood chemistry panel—This measures electrolytes, enzymes, and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorous. This information helps your veterinarian know if organs, such as the kidneys, pancreas, and liver, are functioning well.
Senior pets are expected to show normal signs of aging, such as less stamina, hearing and vision loss, and so on. Issues like blood in the urine, pain, or tumors can be signs of something more serious. Bringing your older pet in for a regular exam helps ensure the remaining years of his or her life will be the best they can be.
Pet Nutrition Services
A fit and trim pet is more likely to be a happy and healthy pet, and also a less costly one to care for. Bemidji Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer the following prescription foods and treats in our pet care facility:
- Hill’s Science Diet
- Royal Canin®
- Purina Veterinary Diet
Fit or Not Fit
The veterinary field has developed a straightforward Body Condition Score to help you determine whether your animal is an appropriate weight.
Level 1 — Emaciated Your pet has no clear signs of body fat and there is an absence of appropriate muscle mass. Ribs, vertebrae, pelvic bones, etc. are all prominent or evident at a distance.
Level 2 — ThinYour pet’s ribs and vertebrae are visible but less prominent. His or her waist and abdomen tuck-in significantly.
Level 3 — Moderate (Ideal) Your pet has appropriate muscle mass, and his or her ribs can be felt with little to no fat covering them. His or her abdomen tucks up when seen from the side.
Level 4 — Stout Your pet has appropriate muscle mass, but there is a general fleshy appearance with little to no appearance of ribs or vertebrae. Abdominal tuck is not present.
Level 5 — Obese Your pet has excess fat deposits covering both muscle mass and bones.