Nixa Pet Wellness Services

Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital

Nixa Pet Wellness Care

At Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital in Nixa, our doctors and staff take your pet's health very seriously. With our deep love of animals, we are dedicated to providing your cherished companion the compassionate care all pets deserve.

We are honored you chose our animal hospital in Nixa and appreciate the opportunity to provide exceptional care to your beloved pet. Preventative care is one of the best ways to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy life. This starts with regular wellness check-ups and examinations. Bringing your pet to see your veterinarian at least once a year allows Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital's doctors to assess and evaluate your pet's overall health and detect any signs or symptoms of disease or medical conditions before they progress.

What Is A Wellness Examination?

A veterinary wellness examination is simply a regularly scheduled medical examination of your pet – a checkup. The focus of a wellness visit is to observe, evaluate and maintain your pet's optimal health by ensuring his/her physical and systemic body condition remains healthy.

How Often Should My Dog/Cat Have A Wellness Examination?

This depends on several factors. While our veterinarians in Nixarecommend annual visits for healthy pets, there are cases where frequency of visits increases to semi-annually. For aging pets or those with medical concerns, we would like to see them more often. Also, wellness exams with vaccinations are scheduled for new puppies and kittens.

Drs. Robertson and McIntyre are best qualified to recommend how often your pet should have a wellness examination based on its breed, health status and lifestyle. During your pet's wellness examination, we will ask you questions about your pet's:

  • Activity Level
  • Behavior
  • Breathing
  • Diet
  • Elimination Patterns
  • Exercise
  • General Health
  • Habits
  • Lifestyle
  • Thirst
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We will then make recommendations for preventative measures or dental care based on your pet's history, symptoms and physical examination. Your pet's circumstances will be taken into consideration and we'll discuss appropriate life-stage or lifestyle recommendations with you.

An Ounce Of Prevention

Pets can't tell us how they feel. It is for this reason that preventative medicine is the most effective way to safeguard against illness and injury. Without regular Nixa pet wellness exams and preventative care, disease could become present in your pet before you are aware of it. Not all diseases are detectable with the naked eye, however, so additional tests are useful in determining health issues that are not easily observed. If a disease or condition can be detected before your pet shows symptoms, steps can often be taken to manage or correct the problem before the situation worsens.

Early detection and treatment is often less costly than waiting until a disease or problem becomes advanced enough to affect your pet's quality of life.

Wellness examinations and testing are particularly important for your older pet, where there is an increased chance that underlying disease may be present.

What Can I Do To Prepare My Pet For A Wellness Examination?

We want your pet's wellness exam to be as convenient as possible. When you schedule your pet's appointment at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital, our receptionist will tell you what, if anything, to bring with you when you visit us. A fecal or urine sample is often encouraged.

The best way to prepare is to come with questions and concerns you have regarding your four-legged friend. Have you recently noticed any behavioral changes? Has he/she been eating and drinking normally? We are here to address all your concerns about your special companion, so don't hesitate to bring up any questions you may have.

Our Multi-Pet Discount

As part of our effort to offer the absolute best in pet care at affordable prices, the team at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital is excited to offer our Multi-Pet Discount! Bring multiple pets in to receive services at our animal hospital - from wellness exams to surgery - and receive 20% off the cost. This great offer is just another of the many ways we strive to offer you and your furry family a veterinary care experience that's second to none.

Starting Your New Puppy Or Kitten Off
On The Right Paw

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention to grow and develop well. Our team of veterinarians and technicians partner with you to create a custom health plan so your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

Your puppy or kitten's first year of care will include physical examinations between the ages of eight to 16 weeks; a series of properly staged vaccines; potential testing for heartworm or feline leukemia; and recommendations for spaying/neutering and microchipping. We will also discuss pet food/feeding recommendations and any other concerns you may have as a new pet parent.

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The Golden Years

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

If your senior pet is experiencing any changes in behavior, we urge you to bring him or her in for a check-up. You are your pet's greatest health ally.

Nixa Pet Vaccinations

The veterinarians and staff at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital are strong advocates of preventative care. To offer your pet optimal care and a long, healthy life, we believe it is important to identify problems before they become serious medical issues. Vaccines are the best way to protect your pet against serious diseases and bacteria.

Core Vaccinations for Dogs: Rabies and DHLP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis)

Recommended Non-Core Vaccinations for Dogs: Lyme, Influenza and Kennel Cough

Core Vaccinations for Cats: Rabies and FVR (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis)

Recommended Non-Core Vaccinations for Cats: FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus)

Spay & Neuter Surgery

At Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital, we do our best to help keep the number of stray and unwanted pets in Missouri low. To that end, we highly encourage you have your pet spayed/neutered. There are many advantages to spaying or neutering your pet:

  • Less likely to roam
  • Less marking of territory, inside and outside
  • Display less aggressive behaviors
  • Easier to train
  • Develop less tumors, cysts, uterine infections, and testicular cancer
  • Live longer

Combined, these benefits result in fewer unplanned pet pregnancies and pets that are often much more manageable and enjoyable - and thus, less likely to end up in shelters due to undesirable behaviors. This routine surgery has a quick recovery time. Give us a call today for more information about our surgical services.

Parasite Prevention & Control

Parasites can be real pests! Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm) parasites can cause problems for both your pet and your family. Prevention is the best approach to eliminating these pests. Please ask a staff member at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital for the best way to prevent parasite problems in your pet.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm Disease

Spread by mosquitoes, heartworm disease is serious disease and concern in our area. Fortunately, preventive medications exist to prevent heartworm disease in your beloved companion. The veterinarians at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital recommend administering a preventive medication once a month, all year long.

When Should I Test My Pet for Heartworm?

Detecting heartworm can be difficult, as symptoms are not always immediately apparent.

  • Dogs: Some dogs may show no signs of the disease, while others may exhibit symptoms such as a mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise (lethargy), fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and/or weight loss.
  • Cats: Cats may show signs of the disease by vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss.

If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, please call us to schedule an appointment. The timing and frequency of heartworm tests depend on several factors. These include:

  • The pet's age when heartworm prevention was started
  • Whether preventative heartworm medication was ever forgotten
  • If the pet was switched from one type of heartworm prevention to another
  • If the pet was not on preventive medication and traveled to an endemic area
  • The length of the heartworm season in the region where the pet lives

Prevention Is The Best Medicine

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. For dogs, a monthly heartworm preventive can be given as a chewable treat. This same chewable medicine not only prevents 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.

Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital carries the best products to prevent heartworm disease in your pets. Topical liquids and oral tablets (chewable and non-chewable) are available.

Call us today at (417) 725-2273 to set up a heartworm test for your pet.