Complete Wellness Care for Pets in and Around Knoxville
At Lange Animal Hospital, we understand that your pet holds a special place in your heart and deserves comprehensive, expert care from a dedicated team. To give your pet the best treatment conducive to a long, healthy life, we start at the foundation, with preventive wellness care.
Wellness Exams for Dogs and Cats
Prevention makes it easier for us to be proactive about treating your pet and keeping illness at bay. It also allows us to establish a health baseline so that we know if your pet’s condition has deviated from its normal state. During the exam, your veterinarian will check their:
- Weight and overall body condition
- Mouth, gums, and teeth
- Eyes and ears
- Skin and coat
- Bones, joints, and muscles
- Cardiovascular system
- Central nervous system
- Urinary and reproductive systems
- Nutrient and mineral levels
- …and more
Whatever questions you have about your pet’s health, be sure to ask during your pet’s appointment. This is the best time to discuss concerns and possible changes to their wellness regimen. It’s important for us to educate our clients in the best care practices so their companions can thrive.
Vaccines are an effective way to keep cats healthier throughout their lives. Keeping your pet current on their vaccinations is necessary for keeping them protected from potentially-fatal viruses and diseases such as rabies, distemper, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and feline leukemia.
Vaccines are an essential part of preventive care and are typically administered as part of your dog’s wellness visit. They boost your dog’s immune system by equipping their body with disease-fighting antibodies. There are two types of vaccines: core and non-core. The core dog vaccinations that we recommend are:
- Canine Influenza (H3N2)
Non-core vaccines are based on your dog’s lifestyle and risk of exposure to disease. For example, if you often leave your dog at doggy daycare while you’re at work, they’ll need to be vaccinated against a contagious illness called Bordetella. When you bring in your dog for their wellness exam, we’ll discuss their lifestyle and create a customized vaccination schedule based on their needs.
How Vaccines Work
Vaccines contain antigens, which mimic disease-causing organisms but don’t pose a threat to your pet’s health. These antigens stimulate the immune system into producing a mild response and destroying the intruders. If your pet is exposed to the disease in real life, their immune system will be equipped to recognize and fight off the illness more effectively.
If you’d like to learn more about our pet wellness services or if you’re ready to make an appointment, feel free to give us a call at 865-690-6481. You can also use our online appointment request form.