Veterinary Services Offered in Kirkland
The veterinary team at Finn Hill Animal Hospital in Kirkland, WA is committed to providing you and your pet the finest veterinary care possible. We're a welcoming, skilled, and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions.
The veterinary team at Finn Hill Animal Hospital believes that 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.
Despite the very best preventive care, a beloved pet may develop an illness or be injured. Our veterinary internal medicine, advanced diagnostic capabilities, and surgical expertise, complemented by our progessive holistic pet care options, ensure your pet receives a quick and accurate diagnosis and the right treatment. We take time to explain our diagnosis to you and provide you with various options for your pet's treatment.
Please take a look at the services we offer to learn why we believe they are important to the care and well-being of your pet. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!
Pet Exams & Wellness Programs
Adult & Senior Pet
Exotic Animals: Reptiles, Birds, Avian Care
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.
Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them—even in Kirkland. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Ticks of course are the main carriers of Lyme disease. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available.
Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a problem year-round. Ticks tend to thrive in wooded areas or in high grass. It is often difficult to keep your pets away from tick infested areas, so if they do go exploring, check them when they come inside.
In our region, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Although Lyme disease and Rocky Spotted Mountain fever are uncommon in the Pacific Northwest, both diseases do occasionally occur in the western half of the state. For this reason, we recommend all dogs be vaccinated against Lyme disease.
Flea and tick problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.
Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite.
Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually.
Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. For dogs, a once-a-month heartworm preventative can be given as a tasty, 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.
If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please call Finn Hill Animal Hospital today for an appointment.