Pet Preventative Healthcare in St. Louis, MO
Pet Preventative Healthcare
Our veterinarians will tailor your dog or cat’s parasite prevention plan to your pet’s medical history, their exposure, the type of environment your pet (and other pets) are living in, and your budget and convenience needs. In general, our doctors most commonly recommend ProHeart (an injection that protects against heartworm and some intestinal parasites for 6-12 months), once-monthly oral preventatives like Simparica and Simparica Trio, and monthly topical products like Revolution. Pets needing other prescription parasite preventatives can find them in our online store.
Because no product is 100% efficacious and because it’s important to us to keep pets AND people safe, we recommend:
- Annual heartworm testing
- Twice-yearly fecal testing
In accordance with the American Animal Hospital Association guidelines.
Many people don’t realize that several of the gastrointestinal parasites that we find in cats and dogs can also be transmitted to humans, and skin parasites like fleas and ticks brought inside by pets can affect people, too. This makes the treatment and prevention of these parasites even more essential! Let’s work together to ensure a healthy pet and a healthy household.
Pet microchipping has become a common practice in recent years. At Arch Animal Hospital, we offer implantation with the HomeAgain microchip. This device is roughly the size of a grain of rice and is implanted via a hypodermic syringe under the skin between the shoulder blades of the cat or dog. The chip is programmed with a radio frequency identification (RFID) number that will show up when a microchip scanner is passed over the animal. This unique ID number is registered in the national database with your contact information. If you and your animal are separated for any reason, a veterinarian or animal shelter will be able to scan your pet and then be able to reunite you with your lost friend! This technology has been proven time and time again to be very safe. For more information on pet microchipping, check out this helpful resource!