Adopting a new pet is a very exciting (and potentially overwhelming) event in one’s life. Below is a summary of preventative care recommendations by the doctors and staff at Mindful Veterinary Care.
Preventative pet care is a team effort. What this means is there are some preventative measures that take place in a veterinary clinic setting on an annual, bi-annual, or quarterly basis. Then there are measures that typically take place at home on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. At Mindful Veterinary Care, we take a tailored approach to your pet’s care, meaning that we make our preventative care recommendations based in the specific life stage and health status of your pet.
For the purposes of this summary, we will outline some general recommendations that are meant to be an overview for most pets and for client education. Once we have the opportunity to learn more about you and your pet’s needs, we then develop a more individualized set of recommendations.
*Puppies and kittens should receive a series of wellness checkups every 3-4 weeks between the age of 6 weeks and 16 weeks. During these exams, we take the time to identify the following:
*For normal healthy adult animals between the age of 1 and 7 years, we recommend routine wellness exams at least once a year.
*For senior and geriatric animals greater than 7 years of age, we recommend routine wellness exams at least twice a year
Derived from AAHA- The American Animal Hospital Association Guidelines
– Rabies Virus Vaccine:
– Canine Distemper Virus/Parvovirus/Adenovirus-2/+/-Parainfluenza or Da2P Vaccine:
– Bordetella Bronchiseptica +/- Parainfluenza (intraoral, intranasal, or subcutaneous administration options)
– Leptospirosis Vaccine:
– Lyme Disease Vaccine:
– Canine Influenza Vaccine (H3N8, H3N2, or Combo):
Derived from AAFP- The American Association of Feline Practitioners:
– Panleukopenia + herpesvirus-1 + calicivirus (FPV+FHV-1+FCV aka FVRCP) Vaccine:
– Feline Leukemia Vaccine:
At Mindful Veterinary Care, we take a tailored approach to your pet’s health care. This is especially relevant when considering the appropriate protocol for parasite prevention. All dogs and cats, whether they are indoor or outdoor, are susceptible to both internal and external parasites. However, geographic location and lifestyle are important factors to consider when deciding on appropriate parasite prevention for your pet.
For example, a hunting dog in the northeastern United States, where ticks and Lyme disease are endemic, may require a different approach to parasite prevention than a mostly indoor dog that lives in a condominium in Miami Beach. In South Florida, the most important parasites that we are concerned about and should be prevented are heart worms, intestinal parasites and fleas. Ticks are certainly present, but do not seem to be widespread.
External parasites include fleas, ticks, and skin/ear mites. Both dogs and cats, whether they are indoor or outdoor, are susceptible to external parasites. In South Florida, where the weather is a warm, humid, sub-tropical climate, external parasites are a concern and should be prevented in all dogs and cats.
The rationale for preventing external parasites is that fleas and ticks can spread potentially life threatening infectious diseases and can cause significant itchy skin, discomfort and skin infections. These conditions are easily prevented with sound external parasite prevention.
There are several safe and effective systemic (orally ingested) and topical (on the skin) flea and tick preventives available. Veterinary approved products are typically safe and effective. Please discuss the appropriate approach to your pet’s external parasite prevention with our team.
Internal parasites include blood parasites (heartworms and infectious tick transmitted diseases like Lyme Disease) and intestinal parasites (hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and protozoans like giardia and coccidia).
All of these internal parasites are a high risk in South Florida and can mostly be easily prevented with a monthly heartworm prevention.
There are several approaches to safe and effective internal parasite prevention in at risk pets. Please inquire with the Mindful Veterinary Care team about the best approach to prevention for your pet.
For detailed information about heartworm prevention please visit the American Heartworm Society Website. https://www.heartwormsociety.org/
A spay (ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs (uterus and ovaries) in female dogs/cats.
A neuter is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs (testicles) in male dogs/cats.
We generally recommend spaying and neutering all domestic dogs and cats. In most cases, this recommendation is made to prevent pet overpopulation and to prevent some fairly common disease processes that occur in intact pets, including mammary cancer, life-threatening uterine infections (pyometras), and some unpredictable behavioral patterns. This recommendation is a generalized one and may not be appropriate in certain circumstances.
In small/medium dogs and cats, it is appropriate to consider neutering or spaying your pet after 6 months of age. In large to giant breed dogs, it is most appropriate to wait until they are skeletally mature, and perform the proceeded at or after 1 year of age.
Just like in people, dogs and cats are susceptible to the progressive onset of dental disease. It is as important to prevent dental disease in your pet as it is in people.
We recommend the following guidelines:
Regular professional cleanings:
We recommend annual professional dental cleanings as the most effective approach to dental disease prevention. Mindful Veterinary Care offers comprehensive dental services for disease prevention and treatment.
For more information on veterinary dental disease and prevention, please visit www.vohc.org
There are several options on how to approach your pet’s nutrition. The most convenient, conventional, and reliable approach is to select a reputable, AAFCO approved well-balanced commercial pet food that meets all of the recommended nutritional requirements for your pet’s needs given their age and health status.
However, there are also some alternative approaches to commercial pet foods, which may improve the nutritional value and the quality of the food that you feed your pet.
Mindful Veterinary Care supports all well-balanced and safely prepared approaches to pet nutrition without judgment. Our goals regarding your pet’s health and nutrition are to determine what are the most important factors influencing your position on how to feed your pet and to provide you with the education and resources on how to effectively and safely execute your desired approach.
Most dogs that are new to your environment will require some level of positive reinforcement-based training and controlled socialization. Some dogs require more intensive training than others.
We recommend consulting with a reputable trainer and/or group training socialization classes to help provide you with resources on how to most effectively communicate with your pet.
You never want to be in a position where you have to base your pet’s best interest on financial limitations. To avoid this potentially challenging circumstance, we recommend enrolling in a reasonable pet health insurance plan to help buffer the cost on unexpected veterinary medical expenses. Please see the pet insurance section of our website.
Triston was born and raised in South Florida! Before working at Mindful Veterinary Care and West Delray Veterinary, Triston was at Alma Vet Connection in Wellington for 6 months and Northlake Animal Hospital for two years. She has been working with animals for 5+ years now, between her time at Big Dog Ranch and The Ohana Pet Resort. Triston's greatest passion in the veterinary medicine field is to be the voice and advocate of the animal and to provide the highest quality of care. Her special interests include holistic health and pain management.
In her free time, Triston enjoys spending time with her animals or in nature. She also enjoys traveling and tries to travel as often as possible!
Meghan is from the Midwest and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing & Public Relations. She has experience working in both an agency and an in-house setting doing a mix of digital and traditional marketing. When Meghan isn't working, she enjoys being on the water, working out, trying out new restaurants, and hanging out with her dog, Oakley.
Dayana is Cuban, born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida! She is currently attending Palm Beach State College where she is completing her Associate in Arts and seeks to further continue her education in the veterinary field. In her free time, if she is not watching Netflix, you can find Dayana outdoors on an island or probably at the gym. She prides herself in providing outstanding care and service to every client and patient and is so excited to work in veterinary medicine!
Alex was raised in New York and has always had an innate love and empathy for animals. She was inspired by her chihuahuas, Dexter and Charlie, to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, as she wanted to play a key role in the healing of animals.
Prior to moving to Florida, Alex ran a successful Pet Care Service in NYC, Really Love Dogs, Inc., which included dog pack walking, dog training, and cat sitting. Alex loved her role as a pack leader, working with her team, and creating amazing relationships with pet owners. Alex also designs cruelty-free, punk rock apparel for dogs, and has her own Etsy shop as well.
In her free time, Alex loves to spend time with family, being outdoors with Little Jerry, her 7-year-old rescue chihuahua, working out and going to the beach.
Alex is super excited to be a part of the Mindful Veterinary Care team and has a passion for integrative medicine, alternative therapies, and nutrition.
Jaime has been a Veterinary Technician in Palm Beach County for several years now. She really enjoys veterinary medicine and is very thankful she gets to do what she loves. Jaime has an amazing son who plays collegiate football, two dogs Sara and Deckoda, a tortoise named Lil One, and a bearded dragon named Steven. Jaime loves the beach and enjoys attending sporting events during her free time.
Melanie grew up in Coral Springs and attended Florida State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Meteorology. Melanie was in the Broadcast TV industry for 4-5 years but being closer to loved ones was more important to her and she is glad to be back in Florida! She is a big fan of Disney World and loves Disney movies. She also loves going to the beach, eating good food, and reading. Melanie and her husband have 2 fur babies, Gatsby, who is a very precious cat (but thinks he’s a dog), and Freyja, a German Shepherd and Husky mix rescue!
Alanna started her veterinary career at the Bay Ridge Animal Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in 2002 as a veterinary assistant and later the Technician Supervisor. In 2015, Alanna joined the team of Worth Street Veterinary Center in Tribeca, New York. It was there she was introduced to an integrative approach to medicine and rehabilitation medicine. A year later she joined the team of Water4Dogs Rehabilitation Center and expanded her interest in geriatric and rehabilitative care.
Alanna has been a New York State Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2012. She completed her veterinary rehabilitation training from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant in 2017. Alanna joined West Delray Veterinary as the Practice Manager in February 2020. Alanna’s special interests include Geriatric, Integrative and Rehabilitation medicine. Alanna also has a passion for caring for senior patients and is a senior animal foster mom.