Pet Wellness Services

Wellness Care for Indiana PetsWellness Examinations at St. Francis' Pet Hospital

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the old saying goes. At St. Francis' Pet Hospital our medical staff recommends regular wellness examinations for the same reason your personal physician or dentist recommends them - if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

During your pet's wellness examination, our veterinarians perform a complete physical to assess your pet's overall health and to give you, the pet owner, an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns. Have you noticed recent subtle shifts in your pet's health or behavior? Have you observed changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, and/or activity level? Changes may be signs of medical problems. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become noticeable until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian and you evaluate your pet's health and make informed decisions about your special companion's veterinary care.

Good Communication Leads to Good Health

Our commitment begins right when your new companion enters your family. Our goal is to provide you with the finest veterinary care possible so you and your beloved companion can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life together.

Each age and stage of your pet's life presents different health issues that require attention and care. Our team of doctors and veterinary staff provide individualized attention and develop a health care plan for your pet that takes into consideration his/her special needs, lifestyle, breed and home life. We also consider your schedule, routine, needs and family life; by understanding the whole picture, we can better tailor your pet's health care plan to suit his and your lifestyle.

Preventive Health Care

When you bring your pet to St. Francis' Pet Hospital, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines (to protect your pet against dangerous, but preventable, diseases), routine dental care (good oral health protects overall systemic health), and microchip identification (should your pet become lost). We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional and behavioral counseling, general and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities and much more.

Our commitment to you and your pet's health begins with an annual examination which includes:

  • Examining your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Checking your pet's vision and eyes
  • Examining ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Assessing your pet's heart and cardiac function
  • Examining the skin
  • Palpating lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Examining the respiratory system
  • Evaluating internal organ function and other systems
  • Monitoring your pet's blood count and serum chemistry
  • Performing laboratory tests to determine the presence of specific diseases
  • Assessing changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Fecal check for the presence of intestinal parasites

During each examination, we also listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up to date on the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication between you and your pet's doctor ensures your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention he deserves.

Puppy and Kitten CarePuppy and Kitten Care

Whether adopting a pet for the first time or introducing one into your multiple-pet home, a puppy or kitten quickly melts your heart. Knowing how to properly care for your new pet will help eliminate any hassles and worries. Our team is always ready to support you with exceptional pet care and guidance, and shares your joy at welcoming this new pet.

Our puppy and kitten packages are designed to cover all the fundamental health care needs of your new pet during his/her early life stages.

First on your agenda should be a trip to St. Francis' Pet Hospital for a comprehensive physical examination by one of our veterinarians. The initial visit provides an opportunity for you, your pet and one of our doctors to get acquainted. This time is well spent and offers you a chance to ask questions. Our veterinarians also allay any concerns or anxieties you may have about owning a puppy or kitten. This is a special time for you and your pet and we want your memories to be cherished and worry-free.

Just like health care for humans, veterinary care for pets is constantly evolving and advancing. To help you navigate through the various stages of care necessary to keep your beloved companion healthy, our doctors and staff provide comprehensive veterinary care at an affordable price.

Similar to the wellness packages offered for adult dogs and cats, our puppy/kitten packages include:

  • Comprehensive wellness examinations
  • Vaccines
  • Parasite prevention
  • Behavior counseling
  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Discussion of housetraining/litter box training
  • Nutrition and diet counseling

It is important to all of us at St. Francis' Pet Hospital that your puppy or kitten starts off on the right paw and enjoys a healthy, happy life.

If you are interested in our Kitten Package or Puppy Package, please contact us for more information.

Senior PetsSenior Pet Care

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your senior pet has very different medical needs from puppies and kittens, though. The veterinarians and staff at St. Francis' Pet Hospital work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her golden years.

Pets age faster than people and are considered to be seniors around age 7. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy. Symptoms of disease or a chronic condition many not be readily apparent. In some cases conditions that may look like the usual signs of old age could actually be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all senior pets undergo at least one physical examination each year, though more frequent examinations are encouraged. During an examination, we also perform tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes and other health problems.

You are an important ally in keeping your senior pet healthy! If your pet is experiencing any changes in behavior, we urge you to bring him or her in for a check-up. Together, we can make sure you and your faithful companion enjoy many more years together.


Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. Health threats vary from region to region and your veterinarians can create an individual immunization program for your pet based on his/her lifestyle and your local conditions.

Canine Vaccines

Core Vaccines

Distemper Vaccine (DHPP)– This combination vaccine protects against four diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus

Rabies – Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection. Most states require rabies vaccinations by law.

Additional Vaccines

Bordetella ("Kennel Cough") – The bordetella bacteria causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog attends a doggy daycare program, a boarding facility or a dog show.

Leptospirosis – This bacterial infection is most prevalent in moist climates where dogs may encounter standing or slow-moving water.

Lyme Disease – Carried by ticks, Lyme Disease is extremely prevalent in certain parts of the country, including Indiana.

Feline Vaccines

Core Vaccines

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP) – Commonly referred to as a "distemper vaccine," this combination vaccine protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.

Rabies – Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection

Feline Leukemia (Felv) – Felv is a viral infection transmitted from one cat to another through close contact. This vaccine is highly recommended for cats that go outdoors or live in multi-cat households.

Heartworm Prevention in PetsHeartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. In the U.S., Heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River and its major tributaries, but it has been reported in dogs in all 50 states.

Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop very slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing and difficulty breathing. Because Heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend your dog be tested annually.

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. For dogs, a once-a-month Heartworm preventive can be given as a chewable treat. This same chewable medicine prevents not only Heartworms from developing, but also kills and prevents most other types of worms that can infect your dog. Cats are protected by applying a drop of Heartworm prevention liquid to the skin once a month. We recommend this to prevent Heartworm disease as well as fleas, ear mites, and other types of worms that can infect your cat.

If you would like to have your pet tested for Heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please call us today for an appointment.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas are not just a nuisance; they carry dangerous diseases. For example, fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Your pet can also be allergic to fleas, and just one bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection.

Ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. If you plan to travel to an area where these diseases are a problem, please talk to one of our veterinarians about the precautions you can take to protect your pet.

The good news is these problems can be avoided by using one of the safe, effective parasite prevention products are available at St. Francis' Pet Hospital. Ask a member of our staff to recommend a product that is right for your pet.

Large Animal and Equine Services

Located on a small, working horse farm, our Centerton clinic is fully equipped to treat a variety of livestock as well as horses at our haul-in facility. We regularly treat horses, alpacas, cows, and other large animals. For more information, please contact the Clinic.

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