Vaccinations & Wellness
A comprehensive physical examination is the key to the prevention of illness and disease. Our doctors will work with you, using your observations, critical information and history about your pet to ensure a thorough examination. No one knows your pet like you, so your input is vital. This is an important step an owner can take to ensure your pet's well-being and long-term health.
Our doctors will pay special attention to a host of important, health-related items, such as abnormalities and diseases of your pet’s teeth, gums, eyes, ears, skin, legs, joints, abdomen, heart and lungs.
To help protect the health of your pet, it is recommended that he or she receive yearly physical examinations.
Vaccinations are vital to the prevention of many life-threatening diseases and will help ensure the quality of your pet’s health. The frequency of immunizations will depend on your pet’s age, vaccination history, type of vaccine used, and the duration of the protection of the vaccine. An immunization schedule based upon your pet’s needs will be recommended by our doctors to ensure that your pet is protected.
I-20 Animal Medical Center follows the AAHA Vaccination Guidelines to help ensure that pets are not being over vaccinated. The AAHA Vaccination Guidelines is supported by scientific study from experts in the fields of immunology, infectious diseases, internal medicine and clinical practice. The guidelines were developed with one goal in mind- to provide vaccination protection for your pet, in a manner that will protect your pet without the hazards of over-vaccination.
Typically, dogs will be protected against rabies, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvo virus, canine influenza, and kennel cough. Clients with hunting dogs or if you live in Grand Prairie, Granbury, Weatherford, West Fort Worth, or other areas where rattlesnakes live, should consider Rattlesnake Vaccination.
Cat immunizations include panleukopenia (distemper), rabies, feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia and feline leukemia.
Compared to our canine and feline family members, each of our exotic pets is different in their own special way. Each species requires us to meet their individual needs, from diet to husbandry to medical care, in order to lead a long happy and healthy life. This is why we encourage our exotic pet owners to educate themselves on their specific pets’ needs. We are here to provide you with some of that information and hopefully answer some of your questions.
Dr. Lauren Long received special training through her Exotic Animal Medicine Internship at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010. Prevention is the best medicine, so call today to make an appointment with Dr. Long for your exotic pet’s annual wellness exam.
Exotic species we see at I-20 Animal
- Ferrets If a rambunctious, four-legged ferret is the exotic pet for you, learn what you need to know to care for your ferret- by Dr. Lauren Long.
- Rabbits There is nothing sweeter than fuzzy bunny kisses to warm your heart. Dr. Long writes about diet, housing, exercise and tips for handling rabbits- all the information you need before buying a rabbit, or just keeping your rabbit healthy.
- Guinea pigs
- Sugar Gliders
- Hamsters and Gerbils