Wellness Care

Our Wellness Care is designed to improve the health of your pet and prevent illness.  During your appointment Dr. Patten will do a comprehensive physical exam and will discuss all of her findings with you.  Below is a list of some of the wellness services we offer.

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  • Vaccines
  • Fecal tests for internal parasites
  • Deworming
  • Flea/tick control
  • Heartworm testing and heartworm prevention
  • Spays and neuters
  • Microchipping (our microchip can be used for international travel)
  • Specialized blood tests for all stages of life
  • Urinalysis
  • Arthritis care
  • Allergies
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Health certificates for interstate and international travel (Dr. Patten is a USDA accredited veterinarian)
  • Dermatology
  • Digital Radiology
  • Ultrasound
  • Metabolic Diseases (Diabetes Mellitus, Cushing’s disease, Hyperthyoidism, Hypothyroidism, and more)

For existing clients with busy schedules, you may drop your pet off for an examination.  Dr. Patten will examine your pet, update vaccines, and call you with any concerns or recommendations. You can then pick up your pet at your convenience.

Pet Examinations
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Vaccine FAQs

What is a vaccine?

Vaccines trigger a protective immune response in your pet. This immune response helps your pet to fight off infections and diseases.

Why should I vaccinate my pet?

Dogs and cats should be vaccinated to protect them from contagious and sometimes deadly diseases.   The appropriate vaccines will help keep your pet healthy.

Which vaccines should my dog receive?

Most dogs should receive the core vaccines, which are rabies and DA2PP.  DA2PP protects against distemper virus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvo virus.  Additional non-core vaccines may be recommended depending on your dog’s life style.  Some non-core vaccines are bordetella (kennel cough), leptospirosis, lyme, and influenza.

Which vaccines should my cat receive?

Most cats should receive the core vaccines, which are rabies virus and FVRCP.  FVRCP protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus, and panleukopenia.  Cats that frequently go outside may also receive a vaccine for feline leukemia virus.

How often should my pet receive vaccines?

Most puppies and kittens receive vaccines at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks of age.  Some puppies and kittens may need additional vaccines after this series.  When your pet finishes the puppy or kitten series of vaccines, boosters are then given once a year or every 3 years depending on the type of vaccine.

What are the risks of vaccinating my pet?

Vaccines prevent many illnesses and diseases in pets. However, all medical procedures are associated with some risk. In very rare cases a pet may have an adverse reaction to the vaccine.  Liberty Veterinary Clinic uses the safest vaccines available to minimize any potential for adverse reactions. We also make sure that your pet is never over vaccinated, and only receives the vaccines he/she needs.  For cats we only use Merial PUREVAX vaccines, which are non adjuvanted to reduce the risk of side effects in cats.

What should I expect after my pet’s vaccination?

Most pets do not show any side effects after being vaccinated.  Some may become a little tired or may have some mild pain at the site of the vaccine injection, which is normal. If you notice any facial swelling, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, anorexia, trouble breathing, or collapse, please seek veterinary care immediately.

Will vaccines change my pet’s behavior?

No, your pet’s behavior will not change after being vaccinated.

My cat never goes outside, does he/she still need to be vaccinated?

Yes!  It is possible for you or your house guests to bring in infectious diseases which could affect your cat. Bats and raccoons infected with rabies have also been known to come into houses through chimneys, open windows, or doors.  Rabies virus is one of the most deadly viruses for pets and people. We strongly recommend all cats be vaccinated to protect their health and your health.  Pennsylvania law also requires that all dog and cats be vaccinated for rabies.

What is a vaccine titer? Can I have a vaccine titer performed instead of vaccinating my pet?

A serological titer is a measure of the antibody response in your pet.   For some pets we may run serological titers to determine if the pet has an appropriate immune response and should be revaccinated.  Some pets are also unable to be vaccinated due to specific medical conditions.  For these pets we may run titers to determine the pet’s risk level.