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A Preventive Approach is the Best Approach

Prevention is the best way to ensure the health of your dog, cat, small mammal, or exotic pet. At East River Veterinary Hospital, our preventive wellness plans generally cover the following areas:

We strive to meet the individual needs of every patient, so please don’t hesitate to raise specific questions or concerns. Our team is committed to helping you make the best decisions that fit the lives of you and your pet.

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Annual Exams

Regular veterinary exams are key to preventive wellness. Early detection allows for the best possible health outcomes and is easier on your wallet in the long run. For most pets, we recommend annual exams. For birds and other exotics, we prefer to see your pet twice yearly since these animals tend to hide signs of illness, making it difficult to discern health problems.

During a routine exam, we listen to your pet’s heart, evaluate the eyes and mouth, and check the body for abnormal lumps. We also take this time to address proper nutrition, husbandry, and parasite prevention.


Vaccines are critical to protecting your pet against infectious diseases. When determining the right vaccination schedule for your pet, our team takes into account many factors including lifestyle and risk of exposure to certain diseases.


Microchipping is the best way to keep track of your pet at all times. Each microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades. If your pet goes missing, most veterinary hospitals and humane societies have electronic scanners, which can read your pet’s microchip to ensure his or her safe return. The procedure is as simple as receiving a vaccine and remains active for the duration of your pet’s life. To learn more about the benefits of microchipping, please read Ripley’s Story.

On the Web

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WebMD Pet Health Center

USA Today:

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