Longer, Happier Lives

Prevention is the key to your pet’s long-term health. Plantation veterinarian, Dr. Jonathan Wald, at Central Broward Animal Hospital recommends that your pet receive a complete pet wellness examination at least once a year, but more frequently for senior pets. During veterinary wellness exams, we perform a complete physical and recommend a heartworm test, fecal flotation test for intestinal parasites, and blood tests that can indicate the presence of underlying diseases. To keep your pet parasite free, we also recommend preventive medication for heartworms, fleas and ticks. Our preventive approach allows us to detect potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns and expensive to treat.

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Longer, Happier Lives

Prevention is the key to your pet’s long-term health. Plantation veterinarian, Dr. Jonathan Wald, at Central Broward Animal Hospital recommends that your pet receive a complete pet wellness examination at least once a year, but more frequently for senior pets. During veterinary wellness exams, we perform a complete physical and recommend a heartworm test, fecal flotation test for intestinal parasites, and blood tests that can indicate the presence of underlying diseases. To keep your pet parasite free, we also recommend preventive medication for heartworms, fleas and ticks. Our preventive approach allows us to detect potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns and expensive to treat.

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Beyond The Exam

Beyond these standard elements of good preventative veterinary care, we also offer microchip identification in case your pet gets lost, nutritional and behavioral counseling, internal medicine services, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities, and much more.

Regular pet examinations are our chance to assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in medical care, and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Wellness exams are especially important for senior pets – animals over seven years of age. They provide us with a general picture of your pet’s overall health and are invaluable in diagnosing and treating your companion.

During your pet’s annual wellness exam we:

  • Examine teeth, throat, and oral cavity.
  • Check vision and examine the eyes.
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues.
  • Examine the respiratory system.
  • Assess your pet’s heart.
  • Test your pet’s reflexes.
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen.
  • Inspect the skin.
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions.
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems.

Beyond The Exam

Beyond these standard elements of good preventative veterinary care, we also offer microchip identification in case your pet gets lost, nutritional and behavioral counseling, internal medicine services, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities, and much more.

Regular pet examinations are our chance to assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in medical care, and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Wellness exams are especially important for senior pets – animals over seven years of age. They provide us with a general picture of your pet’s overall health and are invaluable in diagnosing and treating your companion.

During your pet’s annual wellness exam we:

  • Examine teeth, throat, and oral cavity.
  • Check vision and examine the eyes.
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues.
  • Examine the respiratory system.
  • Assess your pet’s heart.
  • Test your pet’s reflexes.
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen.
  • Inspect the skin.
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions.
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems.

Vaccines

Because of the many recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected against most major infectious diseases. Today, many veterinary immunizations and preventative treatments are available that did not exist a decade ago.

Vaccines are useful in preventing canine distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, rabies, influenza and other diseases in your dog and feline leukemia, panleukopenia, rabies in your cat. Our staff at Central Broward Animal Hospital can assist you in deciding which preventative measures are necessary for your pet.

Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians tailor a vaccine protocol that is specific to your pet based on his or her lifestyle and the recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association.

Vaccine schedules are balanced to provide needed protection without over-vaccinating your pet. Please contact us at 954-792-6323 for more information about vaccinations.

Core Vaccines

Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats
Core vaccines for dogs include Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus (hepatitis), Canine Parvovirus and Canine Parainfluenza. Combined into one injection, the vaccine is called DHPP. Rabies is also a core vaccine for dogs and is a requirement for all dogs living in the state of Florida.

Core vaccines for cats include Distemper, Feline Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis. The vaccines are combined into one injection, called DRC. Rabies vaccine is also a core vaccine for cats.

Non-Core for Dogs

Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs
Non-core vaccines for dogs include Bordetella, Leptospirosis vaccines, Corona and Influenza. Bordetella (B. bronchiseptica) is a bacteria commonly associated with respiratory infections in dogs. It is one of the more common bacterial causes of canine infectious tracheobronchitis – also known as kennel cough. This vaccine is strongly recommended if your dog attends day care, visits dog parks, boarding kennels or any other location where he/she comes into nose-to-nose contact with other dogs. Bordetella is highly contagious, easily transmitted through the air or direct contact, and fairly resistant to destruction in the environment.

Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria (Leptospira interrogans) found in soil, water, and the urine of infected animals. It affects dogs but can also infect other animals, including humans. If not diagnosed and treated early, Leptospirosis can be deadly. L. interrogans can survive in water and are frequently found in swamps, streams, lakes, and standing water. The bacteria also live in moist soil and outbreaks occur often after flooding. Your veterinarian will recommend Leptospirosis vaccination if your dog is at risk.

Corona-Canine coronavirus infection (CCV) is a highly contagious intestinal disease that can be found in dogs all around the world. The coronavirus replicates itself inside the small intestine and is limited to the upper two-thirds of the small intestine and local lymph nodes. The symptoms of a CCV infection vary. Sometimes, a single instance of vomiting and a few days of explosive diarrhea (liquid, yellow-green or orange) may occur. Fever is typically very rare, while anorexia and depression are more common.

Influenza-Canine influenza is a relatively new disease. It was first diagnosed in 2004 in a group of racing greyhounds in Florida. Testing has shown that the virus mutated from a strain of equine influenza and gained the ability to spread from dog to dog. Since then, canine influenza has moved across the country, now being found in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Colorado, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania are notorious canine flu hot spots. Typically, dogs will cough, sneeze, have a runny nose, lose their appetite, and be somewhat lethargic but get better with symptomatic care only. A small percentage of dogs do go on to develop pneumonia, which proves fatal in about 10 percent of cases.

Non-Core for Cats

Non-Core Vaccines for Cats
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a contagious disease of cats and spreads primarily through intimate nose-to-nose contact with infected saliva. This very often occurs during cat fights, grooming, and mating. Contaminated urine, blood, and feces are also sources of infection.

Though FeLV is not a core vaccine, it is recommended for cats at risk of exposure to this dangerous disease. Your veterinarian at Central Broward Animal Hospital will recommend FeLV vaccination if your cat is at risk. To provide your cat with proper immunity, FeLV vaccine needs to be given twice during the first year and once-a-year afterwards.

Parasite Prevention

Deworming and Fecal Check
Flea & Tick Prevention
Flea & Tick Prevention
Heartworm Prevention
Heartworm Prevention

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they’re a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet’s stool. (Ticks of course are the main carriers of Lyme disease.)

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a nuisance year-round. Ticks tend to thrive in wooded areas or in high grass. It’s often difficult to keep your pets away from tick infested areas, so if they do go exploring, check them when they come inside. In some areas, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Flea and tick problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they’re a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet’s stool. (Ticks of course are the main carriers of Lyme disease.)

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a nuisance year-round. Ticks tend to thrive in wooded areas or in high grass. It’s often difficult to keep your pets away from tick infested areas, so if they do go exploring, check them when they come inside. In some areas, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Flea and tick problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening illness affecting dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite.

Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are 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 preventative can be given as a tasty, 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 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 Central Broward Animal Hospital today for an appointment.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening illness affecting dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite.

Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are 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 preventative can be given as a tasty, 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 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 Central Broward Animal Hospital today for an appointment.