Pet Wellness Services

Fairfield Pet Wellness Care

Proudly Serving Jefferson County Communities

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At The Veterinary Clinic, P.C. in Fairfield, Iowa, your pet will receive compassionate veterinary care from a medical team comprised of experienced Jefferson County veterinarians and a reliable veterinary medical staff. Your pet will receive care in a modern veterinary facility equipped with the latest veterinary medical technology. From animal wellness exams to vaccinations and advanced veterinary diagnostic and surgical procedures, you can be certain that when you choose The Veterinary Clinic P.C. to be your pet's health care provider, your pet will be getting access to the best health care available in the southeastern Iowa area.

Your Pet's Exam

A comprehensive physical exam is the foundation of your pet's health care. It is critical to the care of all animals—from the very young to "senior citizens." Because young animals change rapidly, we examine them thoroughly at each of their puppy or kitten visits. We recommend annual physicals for mature pets and semi-annual physicals for senior pets. Don't forget: pets age faster than people do! One dog year is approximately equal to seven human years.

We devote at least 30 minutes for your Jefferson County pet's wellness exam. This allows us to do an in-depth examination and advise you on all aspect of your pet's care, including nutrition and behavior. We also discuss with you any recommended procedures, such as dental cleanings or diagnostic testing. These exams help us get to know your pet and treat him or her more effectively.

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Jefferson County Pet Vaccinations

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, many common diseases can be prevented through the use of vaccinations. Your pet is unique, that's why their vaccinations need to be individually tailored. We develop a vaccination plan that's based on your pet based on lifestyle, location and other risk factors. In general, we provide boosters for puppy/kitten vaccines in one year and then again every three years.

The Veterinary Clinic, P.C. follows the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines for canine vaccinations, which are classified as core (universally recommended), non-core (optional), or not recommended. Core vaccines include distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus and rabies vaccines. Kennel cough (tracheobronchitis), Lyme disease, and leptospirosis vaccines are classified as non-core and are reserved for patients at specific risk of infection due to exposure or lifestyle. The AAHA advocates that vaccination decisions must always be based on risk and lifestyle factors of each individual pet. Issues to consider include the age, breed, health status, environment, lifestyle, and travel habits of the dog.

For cats, we follow the guidelines developed by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). The suggested core vaccines for cats are feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and rabies.

The AAFP suggests vaccinating against feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline viral rhinotracheitis, and feline calicivirus every three years. They also advise that cats at high risk of exposure to these diseases may benefit from more frequent vaccinations. Since vaccinating every three years does not agree with the current manufacturers' directions of vaccinating annually, when to vaccinate must be a personal (and informed) choice for each cat owner. Consult with your veterinarian to determine what is best for your cat.

The non-core feline vaccine at The Veterinary Clinic, P.C. is feline leukemia (FeLV). The AAFP recommends against FeLV vaccinations in adult indoor cats who have no exposure to other cats. It is suggested that all kittens, because they are most susceptible and their lifestyles may change, should receive an initial FeLV vaccination series.

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Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm) parasites can cause problems for both your pet and your family. Prevention is the best approach to keep your pet healthy. Please ask a staff member at Veterinary Clinic P.C. for the best way to prevent parasite problems in your pet.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening illness transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. In the U.S., heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River and its major tributaries, but it has been reported in dogs in all 50 states.

Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually.

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. For dogs, a once-a-month heartworm preventive can be given as a chewable treat. This same chewable medicine prevents not only heartworms from developing, but also kills and prevents most other types of worms that can infect your dog. Cats are protected by applying a drop of heartworm prevention liquid to the skin once a month. We recommend this to prevent heartworm disease as well as fleas, ear mites, and other types of worms that can infect your cat.

If you would like to have your Jefferson County pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please call The Veterinary Clinic, P.C. today for an appointment.

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Fairfield Flea and Tick Prevention

In Iowa, fleas are a year-round problem for pets and their owners. They are not just a nuisance; they carry diseases that can be dangerous to both you and your pet. For example, fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Your pet can also be allergic to fleas, and even just one flea bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection.

Although ticks are less of a problem in this area, they can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. If you plan to travel to an area where these diseases are a problem, please talk to one of our veterinarians about the precautions you can take to protect your pet.

The good news is that these problems can be avoided by using one of the safe and effective parasite prevention products that are available at The Veterinary Clinic P.C. Ask a member of the medical team to recommend a product that is right for your pet.

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Puppy and Kitten Care

Whether purchasing a pet for the first time or introducing one into your multiple-pet home, a puppy or kitten quickly melts your heart. However, knowing how to properly care for your new pet will help eliminate hassles and worries. Always ready to support you with exceptional pet care and guidance, Veterinary Clinic P.C. shares your joy at welcoming this new family member into your life.

Each puppy and kitten program is designed to cover all the fundamental health care needs of your new pet during his/her early life stages.

First on your agenda should be a trip to The Veterinary Clinic, P.C. in Fairfield for a comprehensive physical examination by Dr. Wiegart or Dr. Miller. The initial visit provides an opportunity for you, your pet and your new veterinarian to meet and get acquainted. This time is well spent and offers you, the pet owner, a chance to ask questions. We strive to allay any concerns or anxieties you may have about owning a puppy or kitten. This is a special time for you and your pet and we want your memories to be cherished and worry-free.

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