Fort Myers Mobile Pet Wellness Services

fort myers mobile veterinary servicesRiverdale Veterinary Clinic is committed to providing you and your pet the finest Fort Myers area veterinary care possible. We're a welcoming, skilled and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions.

We believe prevention contributes to your pet's long-term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We strongly recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks to keep your pet in optimum health - and since we're a fully mobile practice, all these procedures can be performed in the comfort of your own home.

Please review the Fort Myers veterinary services we offer to learn why we believe they are vital in maintaining your treasured companion's well being. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Pet Wellness Examination

Wellness examinations serve the same purpose for your pet as your own yearly physical. It's a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and discuss any of your concerns or questions.

Your pet's semi-annual wellness examination includes our commitment to:

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination and bowel habits
  • Inquire as to your pet's activity level
  • Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
  • Monitor your pet's blood count
  • Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
  • Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
  • Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
  • Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
  • Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting
  • Demonstrate to you how to administer at-home medication
  • Engage you in conversation and address your questions and concerns

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Regular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include blood tests. A chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, and also help to create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

In between appointments, watch for subtle changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, as well as general attitude and activity level. These changes may be signs of medical problems. Lumps and bumps under the skin may seem harmless, but can be cancerous. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become obvious until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical exam is a vital tool we use in evaluating your pet's health and helping you make informed decisions about the care of your special companion.

fort myers pet wellnessPuppy and Kitten Care

Whether purchasing a pet for the first time or introducing one into your multiple pet home, a puppy or kitten quickly melts your heart. Equipping yourself with the knowledge of how to properly care for your new pet will help eliminate any hassles and worries that arise as they arrive in your home. The veterinary team at Riverdale Veterinary Clinic is always ready to support you with exceptional pet care and guidance, and we all share your joy at welcoming this new family member into your life.

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

The first item on your agenda should be to schedule an in-home appointment for a comprehensive physical examination by a member of our veterinary team. This initial visit provides an opportunity for you, your pet and one of our doctors to become acquainted. This time is well spent and offers you a chance to ask questions. We will 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.

Senior Pet Care

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. It's important to understand, however, that your senior pet has unique medical needs. The team at Riverdale Veterinary Clinic understands what your senior pet needs to stay happy and healthy, and we're committed to working with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet can thoroughly enjoy his or her golden years.

fort myers mobile pet wellnessPrevention 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 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.

Since older pets often have limited mobility, our veterinary practice is a perfect fit for senior pet care. We can provide wellness treatment and testing in the comfort of your own home.

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

Fort Myers Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases that were once responsible for the death of many dogs and cats. They prepare your pet for exposure to certain viruses and bacteria so when exposed, the immune system can destroy the invaders before your pet's body becomes overwhelmed.

During the first few months of life, kittens and puppies should receive a series of vaccinations. Sometime between age 6 weeks to 20 weeks, maternal antibodies disappear and the puppy's or kitten's immune system begins functioning on its own. For this reason, vaccination every two to three weeks is considered the safest way to ensure protection for your young pet. As the maternal antibodies disappear and the immune system begins functioning, your pet needs fewer vaccinations.

Core dog vaccines: DA2PP (Distemper, Adenovirus -2, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus), Rabies
Other available dog vaccines: Bordetella, Influenza, Lyme, Leptospirosis
Core cat vaccines: RCP (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Distemper), Rabies
Other available cat vaccines: Feline Leukemia

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

Prices may vary, please call (239) 791-8084 for updated pricing.

fort myers pet parasite preventionFlea and Tick Prevention

In Florida, fleas are a year-round problem for pets and their owners. They are not just a nuisance; they carry diseases that can be dangerous to you and your pet. For example, fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet, 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 flea bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection.

Although ticks are less of a problem in our area, they can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in certain parts of the country. If you plan to travel to an area where these diseases are a problem, please talk to one of our veterinarians about 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 available from Riverdale Veterinary Clinic. Ask a member of our medical team to recommend a product that is right for your pet.

Heartworm Disease

HeartwormHeartworm 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 condition, 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.