Pet Wellness Services

Complete Physical Examinations Complete Physical Examinations

When it comes to your pet's health care, prevention is the key. Your pet should receive a physical exam at least once a year, though we encourage more frequent exams. Regular physical examinations are just as important for your pet as they are for you. A thorough and comprehensive examination provides a complete picture of your pet's health and is useful for detecting diseases and other health problems in the early stages - before they become more difficult, and more expensive, to treat.

Our veterinarians perform a complete examination of your pet. We listen to your pet's heart and lungs, evaluate his or her vision, check for unusual lumps and bumps, look at your pet's teeth and oral cavity and check your pet's joints for swelling or stiffness. We may also perform routine blood and urine tests as well as tests for internal or external parasites. During the exam, we also discuss home health care options for your pet, and we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home can be wonderful - but it can also be a lot of work! Monongahela Animal Hospital offers special exams for puppies and kittens. Our veterinarians perform a full examination of your pet and discuss with you vital information about your new pet, including vaccine schedules, heartworm disease and other parasites, your puppy's or kitten's nutritional needs, house training strategies and more.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Young puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations. Monongahela Animal Hospital can guide you through the vaccinations needed, which for puppies includes DA2PP (which vaccinates for canine distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza and canine parvovirus) and rabies. For kittens, typical vaccinations include FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopenia), rabies and feline leukemia. We also test kittens for feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia before vaccinating.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Monongahela Animal Hospital understands that adding a puppy or kitten to your family can be expensive. Because puppies and kitties need to be seen several times in the first few months of life, we offer half-price exams for the second and third re-check appointments in the puppy and kitten series of exams and vaccinations.

All puppies and kittens under a year of age receive a special welcome kit on their first visit. Puppies receive one free tube of Frontline topical flea and tick preventative and one free tablet of a heartworm preventative. Kittens receive a free tube of Revolution, a parasite preventative. Each kit contains information on microchipping, pet health insurance, intestinal parasites and the importance of keeping your pet vaccinated.

Senior Pet Care

Senior Pet CareYour pet enters his or her senior years around the age of seven. At this time, pets often begin to develop diseases common to their senior human counterparts, such as diabetes, heart disease, endrocrine disease and cancer. These diseases can go unnoticed in their early stages, and therefore preventative health care is very important for seniors.

Early detection can help in disease prevention and can minimize suffering. If left undetected, many diseases can put your pet's health at risk. Senior pets should be examined at least once a year, and owners may consider twice-yearly examinations. The best approach to caring for your senior pet includes diagnostic care, such as:

  • Establishing baseline bloodwork
  • Identifying existing health problems
  • Monitoring progress during treatment

Together, we can help your pet. You know your pet better than anyone else and can alert us to any changes in your pet before they become serious problems. We can help you understand the common medical conditions that senior pets face and discuss with you a regular monitoring plan.

Vaccination Against Preventable Diseases

Due to the many recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected from most major diseases. Today, many immunizations and preventive treatments are available that did not exist just a few years ago. The staff at Monongahela Animal Hospital can help you decide what preventive measures are necessary for your pet.

Specialty Diets

We stock a very extensive range of prescription and specialty pet diets. Over many years, our doctors have developed great confidence in these diets as an adjunct to the treatment of a variety of diseases including those affecting the kidney, heart and liver. Additionally, there are diets for obesity, allergies and urinary diseases which have all been shown to help in the healing process.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

We carry an extensive inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical items, supplies and medications and are now able to provide many custom compounded pharmaceuticals such as flavored liquids and transdermal preparations. These special preparations are particularly useful for pets who are difficult to medicate.

Additionally, clients of Monongahela Animal Hospital can have their pets' medication conveniently delivered right to their door via our online store. To use this feature, click the "Online Shopping" button on our home page. All requests for prescriptions will be reviewed by our staff and once approved, your order will be delivered straight to your door! If you are interested in using this service, please contact our office and we will register you.

MicrochippingMicrochipping: Permanent Identification For Your Pet

A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath a pet's skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.

Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found, and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner is contacted.

In Pennsylvania, the chip number can also be used for a lifetime license number. A hospital employee fills out the paperwork and the pet owner either sends it or takes it to the county treasurer's office.

Gifts and Specialty ItemsGifts and Specialty Items

Monongahela Animal Hospital carries many unique gifts for the pet lover on your list and also for their four legged friends. We have many pet accessories for sale, including collars and leashes and toys for cats and dogs.

We also offer many behavioral toys meant to challenge your dog mentally and physically, such as Kongs and Busy Buddy toys. The toys are made with a different and unique enrichment activity in mind, redirecting potentially destructable chewing behavior into hours of positive playtime. We have a wide variety of Busy Buddy toys, such as the Twist 'n Treat, an adjustable treat dispensing toy. A two-piece rubber toy that holds treats in the center, the pieces can be twisted tighter for a greater challenge.