Cumberland Animal Clinic

216 Greely Road
Cumberland, ME 04021

(207)829-5078

cumberlandanimal.com

Wellness & Preventative Health Care

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

You know the old adage...and we believe this to be true! 

We want you and your companion to enjoy a long healthy life together and we believe that wellness care and disease prevention is critical to making that happen. Preventative healthcare involves a multi-faceted approach that includes evaluating your pet’s medical history, risk assessment and current medical condition. We pride ourselves in providing wellness care customized to each individual patient for every stage of his or her life, beginning with a puppy or kitten plan for pediatric patients.  Each pet receives an individualized plan of wellness care that best meets his or her needs at each life stage. We work with you to develop the best plan of preventative health care possible for your companion. Afterall, good communication leads to good health!

 In addition to a comprehensive annual physical exam, your pet's personalized wellness plan may include: Intestinal parasite testing & control; heartworm prevention and flea control; individualized vaccination program; spay or neuter; behavioral and nutritional counseling and specialized blood and urine testing for all life stages. 

  Vaccinations     

Vaccinations are vital for preventing serious and potentially fatal diseases. Every year, at your pet's annual wellness visit, we will review your pet's history and current medical condition and assess your pet's risk of exposure to diseases. We administer vaccinations as needed for protection and based on the needs of the individual patient upon medical assessment. 

  Heartworm Preventative & Testing  

  • Preventative Medications:  Every dog should be on monthly heartworm preventative (HWP) to protect against heartworm disease as well as intestinal parasites. Monthly preventative is one of the simplest and most important things you can do to protect your canine companion’s health. Many preventatives also control common intestinal parasites, eliminating the need for additional monthly worming medications.
  • Testing:  Heartworm testing typically begins in puppies 7 months and older and is repeated annually thereafter.

  Intestinal Parasite Control   

Intestinal parasites including Hookworms, Roundworms, Whipworms, Tapeworms and Coccidia can make your pet very sick (or even die). Many of these parasites can also infect people. We recommend annual fecal testing to screen your pet for these parasites and prescribe medications to both treat and prevent parasite infections. Puppies and Kittens can be at higher risk for intestinal parasites because they have often acquired them from their mother before or soon after birth. Adult pets also need routine control of intestinal parasites since they routinely pick up new infections from their environment, soil contact, from prey animals they consume and from fleas.  

  Flea & Tick Control Programs   

Fleas and ticks are creepy and crawly and not only irritate your pet, but they may also harbor and transmit diseases and parasites. Flea and tick bites can cause allergic skin reactions and even severe skin infections. We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet based on your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas and ticks in your house, in your yard and on your pet and work with you to ensure your pet stays flea & tick free. We test annually for tick borne diseases such as lyme, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis and believe preventatives are critical at keeping these diseases at bay.