Pet Wellness Services

Wellness Care Rocky Mountain Small Animal Hospital is a full-service facility with four experienced full-time veterinarians providing a complete range of medical, surgical, and emergency care. All our clients and their pets are important to us, as we treat every one who comes to our hospital with care and respect.

We have been an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited hospital since 1997. We have a state-of-the-art facility, which includes digital x-ray capabilities, dental x-ray capabilities, a surgical laser, isolation suites, an intensive care unit, and an in-house laboratory.

We offer preventive health care for pets of all ages, as well as treatment for sick pets. We have a wide range of specialists available for consultation. For the convenience of our clients, veterinary care is available six days a week, including evening hours. Boarders receive supervised care and emergency services, if needed, seven days a week by our veterinary emergency staff.

Dr. Tancher and Dr. Bean see rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, guinea pigs and other pocket pets. Dr. Tancher sees birds for minor problems and routine treatments such as wing, nail and beak trims. We do see exotic pets.

Wellness Exams

The medical staff at Rocky Mountain Small Animal Hospital believes that prevention is the key to your pet's long term health as well as minimizing the lifetime cost of pet care. Our doctors highly recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas, and ticks so that your pet experiences the highest quality of life that you can provide.

Most disgnostic tests can be done during your dog or cat's regular exam. The examination is similar to the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It is a chance to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

The yearly wellness exam we recommend includes:

  • Examination of the heart and lungs
  • Checking the teeth and oral cavity
  • Assessing vision, eyes, and ears
  • Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen
  • Skin examinations
  • Palpate the joints and muscles

A complete physical should also include a heartworm test, fecal parasite screening, complete blood count, and blood profiles. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.

We also recommend complete blood testing annually for all pets over the age of seven.

Parasite Control

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. Importantly, if brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. Roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms can also infect members of your household.

Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites from pets to people. It also prevents the transmission of parasite eggs, which contaminate yards or any place a pet defecates.

Heartworm and Tick Borne Disease

Since heartworm, fleas, and ticks are always present in the environment, we recommend that your pet receive preventive medication for these pests. We sell a variety of preventive medications and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your companion.

In all, these services offer the best means to protect your pet's health and wellbeing through prevention and early detection of disease.

Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exams

There is nothing more exciting than bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family.

New pets also require a little extra attention to ensure they get a good, healthy start at life. Comprehensive physical exams at key developmental stages are important, as well as time-and veterinarian-tested advice on housebreaking and training.

During your puppy or kitten's first year, we recommend an initial wellness exam to determine the medical and nutritional needs of your new companion. We believe it is very important to take a balanced and individualized approach to vaccinating your kitten or puppy. We spread vaccine visits throughout your pet's first few months of life to ensure that his or her immune system responds correctly to each immunization.

At each visit, your puppy or kitten will be given a complete physical examination. The examination will enable the doctor to determine if there are any important changes or problems as your new companion grows. We feel these examinations are an extremely important part of your first few pet visits to our hospital. These visits and examinations are just as important as any vaccination to allow your puppy or kitten to grow up strong, healthy, and well-adjusted. These visits are also important times to let the doctor know of any concerns or questions you may have regarding your new pet.

Senior Wellness

By taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your senior aged pet, you have taken the first step toward ensuring your pet leads a healthy and happy life for many years to come.

Pets in their senior years – those of about seven years of age and older – begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. This process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care, which offers your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

Senior CareThere is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot completely avoid age-related effects on your pet's health, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With your veterinarian's help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her wellbeing, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

At Rocky Mountain Small Animal Hospital we offer individualized senior care to address the specific needs of older pets. This approach provides both us and you with a baseline to monitor your pet at a time when small changes can be detected and that may identify health problems before they become serious concerns or even life threatening.

Our senior exams consist of a complete physical exam, and include:

  • Examination of ears, eyes, and nose
  • Oral and teeth exam
  • Auscultation of heart and lungs
  • Abdominal palpation
  • Evaluation of joints and muscles
  • Evaluation of any lumps and masses
  • Examination of skin and hair coat

Other tests that are available to help your pet are:

  • Glaucoma check
  • Complete blood count
  • Complete urinalysis
  • Heartworm test
  • Abdominal and chest radiographs
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Full chemistry blood panel
  • Internal parasite test
  • Thyroid test
  • Electrocardiogram as recommended

These tests are not time intensive or difficult to do and can be performed during routine wellness exams.

We offer senior care both in our hospital and in our boarding facility.