Wellness Care for a Lifetime of Good Health

Wellness CarePrevention is the key to your pet's long-term health. If your adult pet is 6 years old or younger, Dr. Duncan and the medical team at River Oaks Animal Hospital in Carolina Forest recommends a complete wellness examination once a year. Your adorable companion can be treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages.

Your Pet's Wellness Examination at Our Animal Hospital

When you bring your pet to River Oaks Animal Hospital, Dr. Duncan works with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan. Your pet's health begins with an annual examination, which includes our commitment to:

During each examination, we also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up to date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication between you and your pet's doctor ensures your dog or cat is receiving the optimal care to support a long, healthy life.

Balanced Vaccination Programs

Vaccinations are important to keep your treasured pet healthy and free from disease; however, your pet is unique, and may not require the same series or frequency of vaccines. At River Oaks Animal Hospital Dr. Duncan determines a vaccination protocol based on your pet's lifestyle, susceptibility to disease, the diseases most prevalent in our Myrtle Beach location and the most current recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Our goal to is to maintain optimal health and protection while not over-vaccinating your pet.

Vaccinations for Myrtle Beach PetsRecommended Vaccines

Adult Dogs
Core: DAP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus), Rabies
Non-Core: Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, Bordetella

Adult Cats
Core: FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) and Rabies
Non-Core: FeLV (Feline Leukemia)

Puppies
Core: DAP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus) and Rabies
Non-Core: Bordetella

Kittens
Core: FVRCP, FeLV and Rabies
Non-Core: Bordetella

Caring for Your New Puppy or Kitten

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. Dr. Duncan and our veterinary team 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.

Puppy CareYour puppy and kitten's first year of care includes:

We take plenty of time during these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough examination, which includes detection of potential congenital problems, offer health care and training advice and talk with you about any concerns you may have. This is your new kitten or puppy and we're happy to answer all your questions.

Caring for Your Senior Pet

Your pet experiences a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities as they transition into their senior years, just as humans do. The staff at River Oaks Animal Hospital can help you manage this process through proper veterinary care, thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Preventive care tailored to your pet's age, breed, lifestyle and other factors can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early, easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age-related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, daily nutrition and access to quality senior veterinary care. With help from Dr. Duncan, you can manage these factors to prolong your pet's good health and vitality, and increase his or her well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

Myrtle Beach Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks can be dangerous nuisances to pets and humans in Myrtle Beach. They can cause serious discomfort and infest your home, as well as carry diseases harmful to you and your pet. If your pet is allergic to fleas, even just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as Bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes "cat scratch disease" in people), and other parasites like tapeworms. In our area, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis. These same ticks can also bite people and transmit disease.

The best course of action to protect your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks and the potential of tick-borne disease is prevention. Fortunately, there are safe, effective flea and tick control products available at River Oaks Animal Hospital, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. We can also recommend which external pest control products are ideal for your household, based on the everyday life of your pet.

Heartworm Heartworm Disease and Your Myrtle Beach Pet

It's vital to protect your pet from Heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening condition transmitted by mosquitoes, which 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, and it is a disease about which all pet owners in our area must be aware. Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop 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. We carry Heartworm preventives for dogs and cats and our veterinary team can help you select one that is right for your pet. 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 River Oaks Animal Hospital today for an appointment.

Caring for Your Pocket Pet

Bring your pocket pet to River Oaks Animal Hospital for optimum wellness care programs! Dr. Duncan and the entire staff can provide expert care for your rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, rat or other pocket pets. Since it is often difficult to determine if your pocket pet is ill, we strongly recommend physical examinations twice a year to check for health problems plus annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions. With bi-annual medical examinations by Dr. Duncan and the staff at River Oaks Animal Hospital, problems can often be treated before they become serious medical conditions.

After acquiring your new pocket pet, a complete wellness appointment right away is strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening and laboratory testing if necessary. Before bringing your pet into your home, be certain he or she is healthy.

If you would like more information about the Carolina Forest veterinary wellness services River Oaks Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Myrtle Beach, please call (843) 236-6080.