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 answer your questions.
Doctors Lindsay Robinson and Dana Nelson have specialized training in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and are available for medical and basic husbandry needs. Prevention is the best medicine, so call today to make an appointment for your exotic pet’s annual wellness exam.
Exotic Care Articles
- 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. Lindsay Robinson.
- Rabbits There is nothing sweeter than fuzzy bunny kisses to warm your heart. Dr. Robinson 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.
- Parrot Health Information If your bird is on a healthy diet and the environment is kept ideal, then the last part of keeping up with your bird’s general health is to know what a healthy and an unhealthy bird looks like, and to make sure your bird gets routine veterinary visits.
- Healthy Diet Essentials for Parrots Feeding a proper, well balanced diet is one of the single most important parts of keeping your parrot healthy.
- Training Your Parrot There are some commands that every bird should learn as part of a basic obedience home course.
- Making Your Home BIRD-SAFE There are a few things that you have to alter in your house before adding a bird to your family. Some of the following are common household items or practices that may pose a risk for your bird.
- Feather Destructive Behavior in Birds Many bird patients have chronic feather destructive behavior – either they chew the shafts of their feathers off or they pluck the feathers out.
- Importance of Proper Lighting For Birds Lighting plays a big role in the behaviors and overall health of birds. Sleep cycles, feather quality, moods, and reproductive hormones are all dictated by photoperiods and light cycles.
- Hedgehog Husbandry Hedgehogs are fascinating little creatures with highly developed senses of hearing and smell.
- Gerbil Husbandry Gerbils make good pets because of their small size, easy maintenance and their hardiness.
- Hamster Husbandry Hamsters make good pets because of their small size, easy maintenance and ability to be handled.
- Guinea pigs
- Sugar Gliders