Did you know your pet can tolerate up to 100 times more pain than a human can before acting sick? This means we want to find out what could be wrong prior to your pet showing symptoms. At Den Herder Veterinary Hospital, we have effective ways to detect signs of illness early on so we can treat your pet before it becomes something more serious. Preventing problems is easier, more cost effective and simply a better choice for you and your pet.
We recommend twice yearly wellness exams, appropriate vaccinations tailored to your pet’s lifestyle, monthly heartworm and parasite prevention, wellness blood and urine testing for age appropriate patients, as well as specific care for senior patients. Check out our breed specific informational handouts for several of our more popular canine breeds. If your dog’s breed is not listed, we have a comprehensive outline of what we recommend for our canine companions across the lifespan (Caring for your dog over the lifespan). For our feline friends, click here to learn more about what we recommend for your care (Caring for your cat over the lifespan).
We offer a wide-range of preventive services:
The Wellness Exam: Are those ears clean? Are his tonsils swollen? Is the abdomen tender? And everyone’s favorite, let’s empty those anal glands! A head-to-tail physical provides the doctor with a wealth of information about your pet.
Behavioral consultation: The bond you have with your pet is priceless. From time to time our furry friends can be furry enemies. If you are having difficulties getting along, let us help clear the air and get you back on the same page.
New puppy or kitten: What could be cuter than a little wriggling ball of fur you can hold in your hand? The only thing better is knowing what to do and how to care for your newest member of the family. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you have on this energetic stage of the lifespan. Click here for our popular Positive Reinforcement Program for Dogs (Hand Feeding) and Housebreaking Handbook .
Vaccinations: Why risk your pet contracting a preventable disease? We use some of the safest and best tested vaccinations on the market. We have very few reactions to these vaccines and will always take your pet’s health into consideration before giving any vaccination.
Heartworm, Flea, Tick and other parasite prevention: For our canine companions, we recommend monthly heartworm medication year round. Yes, we realize we live in Iowa and there are no mosquitos in the dead of winter, but the heartworm pill you give each month also contains a deworming agent. This protects against a variety of parasites that your pet can get year round (even if those little “treats” in the yard are frozen, the eggs from parasites can still be alive!) Click here for a good website on parasites and prevention. We also have a short brochure to help give you a better idea of what we are talking about: Internal Parasites and your Pet Brochure.
Diet and Nutrition: What you feed your pet matters. You wouldn’t eat a steady diet of high fat, high sugar, poor quality foods and neither should your pet. We work with you to recommend a diet best tailored to your pet’s needs throughout the lifestage. There is a lot of controversy out there on what food is best, let us help you sort through the confusion.