Pet life stage center at Anchorage animal hospital

Life Stage Care

Hillside Pet Clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for your pet throughout its life stages. We believe that through client education, preventative care, and careful attention to medical needs, we will help you enjoy your pet for as many years as possible.

A physical examination is a hands-on evaluation of your pet’s health status. Every body system is checked for abnormalities, and the doctor will assess your pet’s risk of contracting preventable diseases. Vaccines, parasite control and laboratory testing may be recommended and nutrition advice offered based on age, lifestyle and the findings of your veterinarian. Throughout the exam the doctor will discuss your pet with you and listen to your concerns and questions.

Laboratory evaluation can allow for the early detection of organ dysfunction or metabolic disease. Wellness screening which include a complete blood count, chemistry screen, and a urinalysis can reveal problems that cannot be detected upon physical examination. Imaging studies, such as X-ray, ultrasound and endoscopy can add to the information base leading to an accurate diagnosis of disease.

Our hope is to answer all of your questions or concerns about your pet, with the goal of helping your valued family member live a long and healthy life.

Puppy & Kitten Care

Newly adopted puppies and kittens should visit Hillside Pet Clinic in Anchorage for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The first step is to screen for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problems to ensure that your new family member is healthy and that disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventive products can help protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.

Juvenile pets also have immature immune systems which makes it difficult to fight off disease. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure you can take for the health of your pet.

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Trouble urinating or defecating

Important Animal Vaccines

Some of the most important vaccines for your young pet include:

Dogs

  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Bordetella

Cats

  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis/Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus
  • Rabies

Additional vaccines may be necessary based on lifestyle (indoor or outdoor pet) and regional considerations. Finally, puppies and kittens are in a high growth stage therefore they require specially formulated food to meet their nutritional needs. Talk to your veterinarian at Hillside Pet Clinic about the best food for your pet.

Request an appointment to vaccinate your puppy or kitten

Adult Pet Care

We recommend all pets be examined twice a year in order to prevent/detect medical problems. Pets age faster than we do and as a result, health problems can progress much more rapidly. Regular wellness examinations will confirm that your pet is healthy or help catch problems before they can become more serious. Your pet's semi-annual veterinary visit will include some, if not all of the following: a health consultation, blood work, a physical examination, pain assessment, nutritional counseling, vaccinations if necessary, an intestinal parasite screening and a recommendation for an on-going wellness routine.

Diet and nutrition are also important to maintaining your pet's health. Feeding your pet a specially formulated diet to meet the needs of adulthood helps encourage a long and healthy life. Please feel free to consult your veterinarian to help you find the right food to fit with your pet's lifestyle, body condition and health needs.

We will assess your pet’s comfort level and address any concerns about pain. Even younger cats and dogs can experience chronic pain due to joint disease (osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, cruciate (ACL) disease) and dental disease.

Request a Semi-Annual Wellness Exam

Senior Pet Care (those over 7 years of age)

Regular preventative care is very important for senior animals to aid in preventing or delaying the onset of geriatric diseases. These might include kidney, heart and liver disease, cancers, osteoarthritis and hormonal disorders.

Remember that animals age at a rate of five to seven times that of humans, so twice a year exams for seniors are strongly recommended to ensure that all of their healthcare needs are being met.

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, the following warnings signs could indicate a problem that should be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible:

  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Significant decrease or increase in appetite
  • Significant increase in thirst or urination
  • Noticeable decrease in vision or hearing
  • Increasing inactivity or time spent sleeping
  • Excessive panting, or coughing
  • Abnormal hair loss
  • Seizures or tremors

At Hillside Pet Clinic, we will recommend testing that is tailored specifically for the needs of each senior dog and cat.  We can also suggest special diets for your pet’s changing nutritional needs.

Request a Semi-Annual Wellness Exam