Pet Wellness Care for all Life Stages
How can you ensure that your pet will remain healthy from one year to the next? While we cannot guarantee perfect health for our patients, we can provide the necessary services to increase their odds. The most integral part of any pet’s health care regimen is routine pet wellness care exams. Furthermore, annual checkups are the most effective way for us to detect illnesses in their early stages and treat them quickly. In addition, your pet receives essential preventative treatments to protect them against harmful diseases.
Our veterinary team is passionate about helping pets in and around the Big Rapids area stay healthy. We love your pets as much as we love our own, and are grateful to be trusted with their lifelong care.
Pet Exams For Puppies, Kittens, Adults and Seniors
Since our pets age much faster than we do, it is important to commit to a yearly exam schedule. Therefore we can note health changes, suggest new or additional treatments to accommodate their age, and provide them with the best possible care.
Puppies and kittens need to be examined immediately following adoption, since they could have parasites or other illnesses. Their immune system is still developing, and they need vaccine boosters to help build that immunity. During a puppy and kitten care visit, we dispense a free dose of parasite prevention and send owners home with important information about vaccinations guidelines, nutrition, spaying and neutering, housebreaking, and more.
With regular checkups and recommended treatments, your puppy or kitten can grow and enjoy a normal, happy life.
Once your pet is fully grown and has an established wellness routine, it is necessary to maintain that routine to keep them healthy. Wellness visits generally include a nose-to-tail exam, core vaccines, fecal and heartworm testing, and recommendations for year-round parasite prevention. Committing to your pet's wellness is important, since any lapse in their regimen could leave them vulnerable to disease.
Our veterinarians respect every pet as an individual with their own specific set of needs. As they age, pets can develop conditions that reduce their quality of life. In cases like these, your pet may need to see their veterinarian semi-annually for an exam and diagnostics. Pain management, continued mobility and overall well-being are our primary goals when treating senior cats and dogs.
Like humans, many senior pets need medications, supplements and other therapies to keep them comfortable in their golden years.
Flea, tick and heartworm preventatives offer additional disease protection for your pet. They can repel and kill parasites within hours, keeping both your pet (and your home) free of infestations. Ticks and mosquitoes are especially dangerous; ticks spread Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, and mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease. We recommend that all cats and dogs, both indoor and outdoor, be kept on parasite preventatives throughout the year.
Learn more about parasite prevention or schedule your pet's wellness exam by calling (231) 796-3507.
Amazing staff that truly care about the animals they are caring for.
- Amy E.
Thank you so much for getting Duke in on such short notice. Dr Scott was great and so was everyone else. Highly recommend to anyone.
Very professional and very sweet people! Always do everything they can for you and your pet. You can tell they truly care about animals.
Everyone we have interacted with has been so kind and helpful. Thank you for helping us take care of our fur babies!!
The entire staff is very kind and caring. I've been using Riversbend for 15 years and they have helped through all kinds of good, and bad, situations with my animals.