Preventative Care


Wellness Exams

The truth is that your pet ages substantially faster than you do. Countless health changes may happen in as few as twenty five weeks! Routine examinations maintain optimal wellness by carefully keeping tabs on health trends, which permits us to identify abnormalities and areas of concern much sooner. Early identification is vital. This supplies us with greater treatment choices and a higher likelihood for therapy success. Depending upon your pet’s age and health condition, we advocate yearly or semi-annual health visits.
You can anticipate that Dr. Pat Hoagland will perform a comprehensive nose-to-tail physical examination. All substantial bodily systems and physical ailments such as eyes, ears, dental health, skin, weight, coat, joints, stomach region, and pulmonary health are analyzed for abnormalities or areas of concern. If any abnormalities are recognized, we might want to perform additional testing.
What to Expect:
• Nose-to-tail physical examination
• Recommended vaccinations and important diagnostics
• Assess health trends and signs of illness like weight loss
• Discuss your pet’s behavior, diet, exercise habits, and regular activity level
• Answer any and all your questions!
Your furry friend will inevitably come in contact with an infectious disease at some point in their life according to factors such as age, lifestyle, health state, and threat of vulnerability.


Accidents happen. In case you and your pet are ever separated, microchips deliver lifelong identification. Consequently, if your pet is detected, you have a larger prospect of being reunited! ID and vaccination tags should also be used, but these kinds of identification normally fall off, get lost, or eliminated. For the safety of your pet, we advocate using both types of identification.

This procedure is quick, painless, inexpensive–and valuable.   This procedure is so simple it’s often performed in exactly the same period as another procedure is being performed.


We know that food is often associated with love however; your pet’s nutritional requirements are somewhat different than your own! An improper diet and sharing human food might cause allergic reactions, poisoning, and obesity. Total recommended nutrition depends upon age, sex, weight, health condition, and breed. A specialized diet or a balanced diet can produce enormous effects. In case your pet’s eating habits or weight suddenly changes, please see us. This may indicate a more serious, underlying illness.
At the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital, we supply Hill’s Prescription Diet and Royal Canin foods. If you want other prescription brands, these products can be specially ordered from our online pharmacy.

Puppy & Kitten Care

We cannot wait to meet your new pup or kitten! It is vital to start your new pet’s life with joy and wellness. New pets are cute and enjoyable, but they require a whole lot of additional attention and care during early and crucial years of life. At Ottawa Veterinary Hospital, we’d like to supply your new fur baby the very best start in life with technical solutions tailored to young age. We are here to be sure that your pet receives timely and mandatory tests, vaccinations, and diagnostics. During your first visit, we’ll discuss additional services like spay-neuter and microchipping.

Physical Examinations

Before 8-16 months old, we urge that your puppy or kitty have 3-4 physical examinations. This exam provides a baseline of your pet’s health and empowers your veterinarian to assess overall wellbeing and administer vaccinations that are necessary.

Parasite Control and Prevention

Protect your furry friend with parasite control and prevention!

  • Routine testing
  • Preventative medication
  • Control parasites in the vicinity of your home
  • Know the signs/symptoms
  • Discuss treatment alternatives

Fleas and ticks are external parasites that irritate skin and cause skin allergies. Fleas make your pet vulnerable to tapeworms and Bartonella, while ticks carry and transmit Lyme disease. Visually inspect your pet for fleas and indications of ticks after being in risky areas like woods, camping sites, and humid climates. To safeguard your pet from external parasites, we strongly urge once-a-month preventatives.

Intestinal parasites are widespread in virtually all areas of America. Cats and dogs are generally infected however; puppies and kittens are most in danger. Intestinal parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and tapeworm might even be passed to individuals! To guard your entire family, two-legged and four-legged, we recommend annual or semi-annual fecal testing along with once-a-month preventatives.

Heartworms invade the arteries and heart and impair blood circulation, which leads to heart, liver, lung, and kidney impairment. Significant damage often occurs before outward signs like difficulty breathing, coughing, lethargy, weight loss, and fainting. Mosquitoes carry and transmit heartworms, producing mosquito infested regions extremely high-risk.


Puppies and kittens have immature immune systems, making them more vulnerable to disease and illness. Vaccinations are administered in a carefully staged series. Each pup and kitty is different, so our recommendations are tailored to breed and lifestyle.


At 6-12 weeks old, puppies must be tested for heartworm. Throughout a kitten’s first excursion, we advocate Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS testing if not previously completed.
Normally, canines are considered seniors in age and felines are believed seniors at age 8.
At Ottawa Veterinary Hospital we want your pet to be happy, healthy, and active into old age–after all, it’s their golden years! This leaves your senior pet considerably more vulnerable to illness, sickness, and parasite disease. As a result of this we strongly urge semiannual visits so we can keep a closer eye on changes in health such as weight reduction, pulmonary health, lung disease, dental disease, cataracts, glaucoma, arthritis, obesity, and cancer.
You’re can anticipate your senior pet to come up with age- related behaviors such as greater vocalization, confusion and disorientation, irritability, less answers, less grooming, house soiling, repetitive actions, regular drifting, and a modified sleep program. Don’t give up on your companion. Our skilled and trained medical staff is here to assist with these brand new challenging behaviors.

Monthly Vaccine Clinics and Immunizations

Vaccines are one of the key preventive care measures and are critical to the deadly infectious diseases like Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Rabies in dogs; and Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus (FLV) and Rabies potentially in cats.
Vaccination protects pets from disease by exposing their body’s immune system to inactive or parts of a type of bacteria or virus. Dr. Hoagland will be happy to help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet’s risk factors. Proper administration and giving a vaccine at the correct age and time interval is critical for proper protection. Vaccination is particularly critical in young animals that have naive immune systems. Vaccination typically starts at 6-8 weeks of age and the puppy and kitten series is completed around 16 weeks of age.
Our Monthly Vaccine Clinics are held in Ottawa, the second Thurs. of the month. Rabies clinics provide you an opportunity to keep your pet’s vaccinations current while saving money. The prices on all vaccines are reduced at our clinics and there is no office call charge. Walk-in only!
Vaccines available at our clinics for Dogs: Rabies, Distemper, Kennel Cough, K-9 Influenza, and Lyme disease.
Vaccines available for Cats: Rabies, RCPN, and Feline Leukemia. Leukemia and Heartworm testing are also available.