Quality Pet Wellness Care in Alamogordo, NM

Veterinary wellness care is the focus on prevention and supportive health practices, a positive approach to pet care. At Leslie Animal Clinic, we believe in the philosophy of wellness. This approach to pet care is designed to keep your animal companions with you for as long as possible, in a healthy and comfortable state.

Pet Health Care

Following the wellness approach to pet care allows us to focus on the animal as an individual — testing, vaccinations, and treatments are all based upon the unique condition and lifestyle of your pet. In most cases, however, all pets require a minimum of an exam and bloodwork twice annually for optimum health and early detection and treatment of emerging issues.

Bloodwork is the foundation for veterinary health care, establishing baseline values in the healthy pet as well as the early detection of diseases. Some of our standard laboratory tests are outlined in the table below:

Laboratory Test

What It Does

Complete Blood Count

Measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in a given sample of blood to help diagnose anemia, infections, and leukemia and to monitor your pet’s response to some treatments

Urinalysis

Used to detect the presence of substances that normally do not appear in urine, such as protein, sugar, white blood cells, or blood; also helpful in diagnosing diseases such as urinary-tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems, and many other conditions

Blood-Chemistry Panel

Measures electrolytes, enzymes, and chemical elements to determine how organs such as the kidneys, pancreas, and liver are currently functioning

Fecal Exam /
Parasite Evaluation

Provides information about many different kinds of diseases, such as difficulties with digestion, internal bleeding, and disorders of the pancreas, and confirms the presence of intestinal parasites, such as roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm, and Giardia

We offer our clients a number of useful handouts that help to explain the use of laboratory testing in pets. Feel free to download these handouts for review at home, and then bring your questions or thoughts about such testing with you to your pet’s next wellness visit.

The wellness exam includes a hands-on assessment of your pet’s health and condition, from the tip of the nose to the wag of the tail. In addition, we administer the appropriate vaccines and parasite prevention for your pet’s needs and lifestyle.

Visit our Vaccinations page for more about disease prevention and our Pet Dental Care page to learn about the need for quality pet dental care.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers these reasons to consider spaying and neutering your pets:

  1. Reduce companion animal overpopulation. Most countries have a surplus of pets and are forced to euthanize; in the United States, the surplus is in the millions.
  2. Sterilization increases your pet’s chance of a longer and healthier life, by 1–3 years for cats and 3–5 years for dogs; altered animals have a very low risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer; prostate cancer; perianal tumors; pyometria; and uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancers.
  3. Spaying or neutering makes your dog or cat a better pet, reducing the urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt.

Your community benefits from spaying and neutering, as unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern in many places: soiling parks and streets, creating noise and other disturbances, showing aggression to humans, and killing livestock or other pets.

Visit the SpayUSA website for more about this important subject.

Microchip Services

Wellness care includes keeping pets safe at home or when traveling. Pets get lost, run away, and are even stolen from their owners. We help protect pets with the simple act of inserting a microchip.

Microchipping is a simple procedure. The veterinarian simply injects a microchip, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he or she would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.

A ResQ microchip has a code that is unique to your pet, the way your Social Security number is unique to you. When a pet is found and scanned, the unique code can be traced back to you through your database registration at PetLink.net.

For pet owners in the military or those who travel with their pets extensively, microchipping is a must! Learn more about the ResQ Pet Identification System at their website.

Turn to the professionals at the AAHA website for a wide variety of articles about pet care.

Visit the WebMD Pet Health Center for lots of information and videos about wellness care.

Learn more about keeping your pets and family healthy at the CDC Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.