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Preventative & Wellness Care

Preventative & Wellness Care

Just like you, we want your pet to live the longest, healthiest life possible—which is why we offer comprehensive veterinary care. This includes regular wellness exams, medical treatment, and preventive care.

Vaccinations: Keeping your canine or feline up to date on immunizations and booster shots is a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper and rabies. Beyond those core vaccines, your pet’s age, lifestyle, and likely exposure to certain diseases will be evaluated before we recommend additional inoculations.

Blood & Lab Tests: An absolute necessity for keeping tabs on your pet’s health, blood screenings, urinalysis and fecal tests can not only tell us is parasites are present, but also how organs and systems are functioning. With regular testing we can catch disease early and start treatment sooner when it is most effective.

Advanced Diagnostics: Accurate detection is key when it comes to treating your pet, and Sykesville Veterinary Clinic offers complete diagnostics including cutting-edge equipment and an on-site laboratory. This saves time, money, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait over night for results—meaning your pet gets a diagnosis and needed treatment sooner.

Parasite Control: Fleas, ticks, worms – preventing them in the first place is much easier and ultimately less expensive than getting rid of them after they’ve infested your pet. We recommend monitoring your pet and having them screened for internal parasites regularly, and we offer a variety of alternatives for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.

Surgery: Surgery is often the most effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders, and Sykesville Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer skilled, experienced surgical services. We provide routine soft-tissue surgeries and can refer your pet to a board-certified specialist for more advanced procedures such as orthopedic and cardiac care.

Dental Care: Imagine what your teeth would be like if you never cleaned them. Well, the same thing is happening to your pet’s teeth without good oral care. We recommend annual dental exams and cleanings and will be happy to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth, which can reduce the need for expensive extractions and more serious dental work down the line.

Skin Conditions: Allergies in pets often manifest themselves in skin problems such as rashes, hot spots, and ear infections. We can help you diagnose and manage skin issues so your pet feels better and stops all the scratching, chewing and licking that’s driving you crazy.

Proper Nutrition: There’s so much confusion about what to feed companion animals. Wet food, dry food, home-cooked, raw—what’s best? Proper nutrition is so important to an animal’s good health, and we can help you figure out what is best for your particular pet and lifestyle.

Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior can often be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Swiftly addressing these shifts can help to identify and treat the root cause, whether that’s a medical solution or one that involves training.

Microchipping: We encourage all pet owners to microchip their animal companions. The sad fact is that only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners when they become lost. Microchipping greatly increases the chances that your pet will be returned to you—it’s also affordable and relatively painless.

Senior Animals: We love elder pets! We also know that preventative care is even more significant for them. Pets age much more rapidly than humans, so diseases and illness progress faster as well. We recommend twice-yearly exams and screenings for seniors to help prolong and improve the quality of their life.

Ready to make an appointment for your pet? Call us at (410) 549-7798.