Preventative healthcare involves vaccinations, deworming, flea, tick and heartworm prevention as well as routine dental cleanings. As your pet ages, bloodwork and other tests such as x-rays and urine analysis may also be recommended to ensure no abnormalities are noted.

Puppies and kittens should be dewormed at least twice 2 to 3 weeks apart, as a way to prevent infestation of parasites such as roundworms.
It is recommended to examine your pet’s feces annually to ensure no new parasitic infections have been acquired.

Even if dewormer was administered a fecal examination is recommended to ensure the appropriate medication was used, there are numerous infectious organisms that can be identified in the feces that require different medications to be cleared. Not all parasites are visible by eye and not all parasitic infestations necessarily cause diarrhea.


West Russell Animal Hospital requires a negative fecal examination within the past year to permit boarding.

All dogs and cats should be on year-round ectoparasite control. Fleas and ticks can carry diseases that affect humans and animals and it is far easier to prevent the establishment of a flea infestation than to treat and clear the home environment.
All cats and dogs should be on year-round heartworm prevention. Heartworm can be life-threatening and once infected the protocol for treatment requires multiple intramuscular injections and oral medications. Prior to starting preventative medication a negative heartworm antigen test is required.