Preventative Care

Individualized Life Long Care  

We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to life wellness and preventive care.  Age, breed, lifestyle, activity level, etc all play a factor in the recommendations we make for life wellness.  At Intermountain Pet Hospital, every patient gets individualized recommendations for life preventive care, AND we also believe you need to start with a standard of care as a basis.  These handouts outline our basic life stage approach to preventive care, so you can know at any stage of life what to expect for vaccinations, parasite prevention, and lab work.

"Our wellness plans help you understand your pet's health and know what to expect.."

These handouts let you see your pet's age (based on weight) compared to human age.  It's a fun way to see how old they are in human years. 

Why Is Preventative Care Important For My Pet?

Pets can’t talk. When they're sick or injured, dogs and cats rarely complain until they're really suffering. This makes preventative care much more important in veterinary medicine than in human medicine.

If we don’t find problems through vigilant screening, many treatable problems can fester. Animals can suffer for months or even years from overlooked, easily treatable diseases.

Download our PDF about what is included in our package:

 

Complete Physical Exams

The best and most cost-effective diagnostic tool for any ailment in your pet is a thorough, comprehensive physical exam and history. At Intermountain Pet Hospital, we do a complete nose-to-tail physical exam with every visit. This includes checking:

  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Teeth
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Throat
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Skin
  • Etc.

We also perform abdominal palpitations and perform neurologic and musculoskeletal exams.

Our veterinarians will explain all of their findings so you can understand exactly what's happening with your pet. Once we summarize the exam findings and determine which (if any) issues need addressing, we'll work with you to create a health care plan to fit your animal's needs.

The value of a good physical exam and consult with your veterinarian cannot be overemphasized.  This is by far the most important and most cost-effective diagnostic tool you can give your pet.

To set up a complete physical exam for your pet, please schedule an appointment with one of our vets. 

Details of the Total Health Package

With Intermountain's Total Health Package, you can:

  • Detect significant, underlying problems in seemingly healthy animals
  • Improve the length and quality of your pets' lives
  • Establish baseline values to ensure that your pets stay healthy in the future
  • Give yourself peace of mind

Good preventive care means we watch laboratory trends over time. Our veterinary software will integrate in-house and reference lab results. This allows us to graph all values over time so we can identify trends/problems before a pet is in crisis.

Pets shouldn't miss needed care because of cost. Because preventative care is so important, we've negotiated aggressively with our reference lab to bundle lab tests for discounted prices so we can pass on the savings to you! 

We believe you should have options when it comes to preventive care.  We have developed a great plan for your family fur ball. 

  • A physical examination with all core vaccinations
  • Complete Organ Function Test (28 chemistries)
  • Thyroid Screening
  • Complete Blood Count-anemia, infection and hydration
  • Urinalysis: Urinary function, diabetes, infection, stones, and bladder tumors
  • Parasite exam and Heartworm Screening

These packages were developed so that all pets could receive the care they need in an affordable and straightforward approach.

The veterinary industry has seen a plethora of wellness programs that are complicated and confusing.  Many of these packages are designed to lock you in.  Many pet owners wonder, “Did I get my money’s worth?

We want you to KNOW you are getting your money’s worth and not feel trapped.

We offer payment options through VetBilling.com. Learn more about how these options work.  

To learn more about Intermountain Pet Hospital's Total Health Package, you can download the PDF below.

"Each Pet's vaccinations are based on their unique needs."

Vaccinations play an important part in keeping your pets healthy. Animals can be exposed to a variety of dangerous illnesses in their lives, but a standard course of vaccinations can prevent them.

At Intermountain Pet Hospital, we ensure that your pets stay healthy and happy by staying on top of the most current vaccination protocols.

Pet Vaccination GuaranteeOur vaccines come with the following two-part guarantee:

  1. Intermountain Pet Hospital only purchases guaranteed vaccines from reputable manufacturers with stringent quality control measures.
  2. If your pet contracts a disease which we administered the vaccination for according to its proper schedule, we will pay for all diagnostic testing and treatment for that disease.

Common Dog and Cat Vaccinations

Typical vaccinations and testing for dogs include:

  • DA2PP/4L (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis 4 serovars): Puppies receive this vaccination when we give them their first exam at 8 weeks of age. We then give them the vaccine every three weeks for a total of 3 inoculations. Once your dog completes this first schedule, they'll need the vaccine again every 1-3 years, depending on their age and risk status. We customize the vaccine schedule based on risk and will help you determine how often your pet will need the vaccine.
  • Bordetella: This vaccination protects your dog from Bordetella, one of the most respiratory diseases for canines. Puppies receive this vaccine at 12 weeks of age. After these first vaccination, dogs will a booster every 12 months. There are many other respiratory infectious agents that cause “Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease,” which this vaccine does not protect against. Most of the other respiratory infectious agents are not as aggressive and are self-limiting.
  • Rabies: Dogs get the first shot for rabies at 16 weeks of age then again at 1 year of age. After that, they'll need a booster every 3 years. This vaccine is federally regulated and required by law for public safety.
  • Canine Influenza (H3N2) and (H3N8): This emerging disease has been diagnosed right here in Idaho and the surrounding states. It is highly contagious causing fever, coughing, lethargy, runny nose, etc and in some cases fatalities. It is prevented by inoculating with 2 initial boosters given 4 weeks apart, then annually. As Canine Influenza is so contagious and close to home, and because the vaccine is safe and affordable, vaccinations for Canine Influenza is required for all patients boarding, grooming, or staying for Day Camp at the lodge.
  • Crotalus Atros (Rattle Snake vaccine): This vaccine is for high-risk breeds or lifestyles (hunters, hikers, etc). Two boosters 2 - 4 weeks apart are needed for initial immunity. It is then boosted annually. Puppies may receive this vaccine at 12 and 16 weeks of age. However, it is recommended to split and give a week later than other vaccines to prevent too many injections all at once.

Typical vaccinations for cats include:

  • FVRCP (Feline Herpes, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia) and Feline Distemper: Kittens receive this vaccination every 3 weeks starting at 8 weeks of age for a total of 3 inoculations. After your kitten completes this first schedule, they'll need the vaccine again every 1-3 years, depending on their age and risk status. We customize the vaccine schedule based on risk and will help you determine how often your pet will need the vaccine.
  • Rabies: Cats get their first shot for rabies at 12 weeks of age. They then get another shot 1 year later followed by inoculations every 3 years. This vaccine is federally regulated and required by law for public safety.
  • FeLV (Feline Leukemia): Cats receive this vaccine at 12 weeks of age, then again at 16 weeks of age. After that, they'll receive a booster at their annual wellness exams. For indoor-only cats, the schedule may change or be discontinued, depending on risk status. We can make a recommendation in these cases.