Wellness & Preventive Care
Regular check-ups and vaccines are the key to keeping your pet healthy! Morganton Animal Clinic puts your pet on the path to a long, happy life with wellness exams, vaccinations, and regular screenings.
WHAT IS A WELLNESS EXAM?
Morganton Animal Clinic tailors your pet’s wellness exams according to their age, weight, and health requirements. We offer specialized exams for puppies, adult, and senior pets. During your pet’s wellness exam, your pet’s veterinarian evaluates their skin, eyes, ears, mouth for signs of disease or infection. We listen to your pet’s breathing and heartrate and press on their abdomen to feel the organs for signs of abnormality. Your pet’s veterinarian will ask you questions about your pet’s eating, behavior, and sleeping habits to address any of your pet’s health needs.
WHAT IS PREVENTIVE CARE?
Preventive care includes any measures to keep your pet healthy any disease free. Morganton Animal Clinic will put together a plan to keep your pet healthy including behavioral counseling, nutritional counseling, heartworm and flea prevention, vaccines, and screenings.
- Nutritional & Behavioral Counseling
A major part of your pet’s wellness is helping them maintain a healthy weight. Our nutritional counseling services gives you a plan for your pet’s fitness. Learn how to feed your pet to keep their body in peak condition. Don’t let your pet’s unpleasant behaviors bring you down, we’re here to help! Behavioral counseling curbs your pet’s undesirable behavior such as barking, biting, house-training, and more.
- Lab Tests
Fecal exams, urinalysis, or blood screenings are the best way to detect illness or changes in your pet’s health. We provide regular laboratory test as part preventive care, so we can tackle signs of disease early, before conditions are severe.
A few injections mean life or death for pets. Morganton Animal Clinic makes comprehensive schedules for core vaccines to prevent devastating diseases and offers special optional vaccines..
- Parasite Control
Fleas can itch and heartworms can kill. Protect your pets every month of the year by picking up your year round prescribed parasite control at our clinic.
In-House Laboratory & Diagnostics
When you bring your pet to Morganton Animal Clinic, you won’t be waiting for weeks for your pet’s test results to come in! Our in-house laboratory is ready to process your pet’s medical tests to quickly diagnose and treat disease. Laboratory tests are also used to give your veterinarian a baseline for your pet’s health so any health changes can be detected quickly and diagnose illnesses such as cancer, blood disorders, organ failure, and more.
Our in-house lab performs state-of-the-art screenings, including:
- Feline leukemia and FIV testing
- Ear cytology
- Fecal exams
- Fine needle aspirates
- and more!
In-House Veterinary Pharmacy
At Morganton Animal Clinic, we go out of our way to make every visit to our clinic as stress-free as possible. One of the ways we provide our patients with a convenient experience is by offering an onsite pharmacy. When your pet receives treatment here at our clinic, he or she is sent home with the medications he or she needs to recover directly from our pharmacy.
We understand it’s stressful to face your pet’s injury or illness, let us reduce some of your anxiety by offering you a veterinary pharmacy so your pets can bring their medications directly home from the clinic.
Many pet owners don’t realize that dental care is crucial to keeping pets healthy. Dental problems can be dangerous and painful for your pet. Broken, infected teeth and gums can lead to organ-damaging bacterial infections.
We at Morganton Animal Clinic are happy to care for your pet’s dental needs, from cleanings to extractions or treatments of periodontal disease.
All of our dental cleanings are performed under anesthesia for your pet’s comfort. We use tools you may find in your own dental office including ultrasonic polishers. Any traces of infection are treated with antibiotics.
Great veterinary care comes from accurate diagnostics! We provide diagnostic imaging to give our veterinarians a view of your pet’s internal structures without facing exploratory surgery. Diagnostic imagining can mean the difference between life or death for some pets.
Should your cat or dog become ill or injured, you can expect a complete and accurate evaluation when you bring your pet to our clinic. Our veterinarians and staff have access to the latest in digital radiography. Our tender staff ensures that your pet is as comfortable as possible when digital X-rays are taken.
Digital x-rays give your pet’s veterinarian fast access to your pet’s bones and some organs quickly! Digital x-rays are available instantly because they do not require chemical developing like traditional film x-rays. We use state-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment to diagnose many pet ailments, from determining why your dog is limping to what is causing your cat to have difficulty in chewing.
Pets often need to be put under general anesthesia to acquire the most accurate X-rays possible. For your pet’s safety, we follow strict protocol, including precautionary blood work before we administer the most up-to-date general anesthesia. You can be assured that we will keep a sharp eye on your pet throughout the procedure. Our equipment captures diagnostic images immediately, ensuring that your pet will quickly receive the best, most appropriate treatment for his or her condition.
Expert Pet Nutritionists
Our veterinarians know that your pet can enjoy a long healthy life with the help of proper nutrition and weight management. Three extra pounds on a dog might lead to serious problems that include obesity, arthritis or diabetes. Those same health issues can shorten a pet’s life and/or cause great discomfort.
That means it is very important that your dog or cat maintain a healthy weight. Our veterinarians will coach you on how to prevent overfeeding and even find out which food best suits your pet’s needs. Proper nutrition goes hand in hand with your cat or dog’s quality of life.
A balanced diet will not only manage your pet’s weight, proper nutrition can reduce pain from several common illnesses and manage existing illnesses.
Hill's Science Diets are recommended by our veterinarians here at Morganton Animal Clinic. For weight loss, we strongly suggest Hill’s Science Diet Metabolic and Science Diet Health Advantage for maintenance and preventative nutrition. All Science Diet Prescription Diets, including Metabolic and Healthy Advantage, are a large part of our practice. We stock the full line of Hill's Science Diet products (including treats and prescription foods). We can assist you in choosing the best diet for your pet's health and life stage. Ask us today!
Morganton Animal Clinic also offers microchip identification for pets which is offered by PetLink. You can rest easy knowing your pet is protected – whether you are at home or you take them out of town.
What is microchipping?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.
How does microchip identification work?
Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found, and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner is contacted.
Kindhearted and Gentle Care
FOR MAC'S SENIOR PETS
With the help of expert veterinarians and the innovation of modern veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer, happier, and healthier than ever. However, we still must devote extra time and care to our elderly pets despite the advanced veterinary medicine we have today.
Cats are considered seniors once they reach 7 years of age. Dogs reach senior status depending on their size. Small dogs become seniors when they are 7 years or older and large dogs are considered elderly by age 5.
We believe senior pet wellness care appointments every 6 months are the best way to detect, correct, or lessen the severity of the health problems that accompany old age.
Senior Pet Wellness Care Appointments Provide:
- Wellness evaluations
- Behavioral counseling
- Senior nutrition/exercise advice
- Chronic condition management and monitoring
- Dental care and treatment
- Diagnostic blood testing
- Nutrition and weight management guidance
- Pain management
- Prescription medications prescribed on an as-needed basis
- Parasite control and education
- Senior pet health profiles
- Acute illnesses or injuries treatment
- Compassionate and humane end-of-life services
Take care to monitor your cat or dog’s behavior and diet as he or she grows older. Record and report any changes you may observe to your veterinarian when you visit.
Changes in behavior and diet sometimes hint at more serious illnesses. Partnering with us will guarantee your senior pets the best veterinary care available and make your pet’s senior years truly golden.
Compassion End-Of- Life Services
Morganton Animal Clinic is there for you throughout every stage of your pet's life, even the end. Whether you chose hospice care for your pet or humane euthanasia, we are here to support your decision and help you and your pet through this difficult time. We offer comfort measures and pain managements to minimize your pet’s pain at the end of life.
Your pet will be treated with dignity and respect every step of the way.
We strive to keep your furry family member healthy and happy!