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A Lifetime Of Care For The Life Of Your Pet

 
(305) 385-0404

 
(305) 385-0404

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Healthy Pet Care for Dogs
Dr. Davidson, D.V.M., and parrot
At West Kendall Animal Hospital, we recommend that a healthy adult canine have a check-up every six months. Your dog’s annual checkup includes a complete physical examination by the veterinarian, having blood drawn for an occult heartworm test, and having a stool specimen examined microscopically for intestinal parasites. Most dogs then receive their annual vaccinations:
  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Coronavirus
  • Parvovirus
  • Bordetella (“Kennel Cough”)
All adult dogs also receive a dental examination to determine whether they are in need of an ultrasonic cleaning. We’ll also discuss home dental care.
At the six-month preventive care checkup, your dog receives a physical examination, has his stool checked again for intestinal parasites, and receives a booster vaccine for bordetella.
 
Special Care for Older and Geriatric Dogs – Middle-aged pets, ages four to eight years, have a wellness CBC performed as part their annual checkup. This basic blood count measures white blood cells, red cells, platelets, and protein. The results of the test provide a wellness baseline for the veterinarian to monitor as the pet ages. Pets nine years and older have a full geriatric screen performed at their annual checkup. This includes the wellness CBC, additional blood chemistry analysis, and a urinalysis. The results of these tests allow the veterinarian to identify early signs of disease before your pet may become symptomatic, as well as provide a more comprehensive wellness baseline for a senior pet.
Healthy Pet Care for Cats
Healthy feline patients at West Kendall Animal Hospital are seen annually until they are four years old, then every six months for routine checkups. At their annual checkup, the veterinarian gives the cat a complete physical examination. A stool specimen is taken and examined microscopically for intestinal parasites. Vaccinations for rabies, distemper, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and feline leukemia are discussed and administered at appropriate intervals. Cats four years and older are also seen for a six-month checkup, which includes a physical examination and an intestinal parasite check.
Special Care for Older and Geriatric Cats – The recommendations for older cats are the same as those for dogs (see Special Care for Older and Geriatric Dogs, above). For cats that are nine years and older, we recommend the addition of a thyroid test, since older cats have a higher incidence of this disease. For thyroid problems, early detection allows for better treatment.

Healthy Pet Care for Puppies and Kittens
If you’ve adopted a puppy or kitten, whether from a friend, a shelter, a breeder, or a pet shop, you should have your pet receive the first checkup within 48 hours of the adoption. This first checkup is a good time to get to know Dr. Davidson and his staff, and you’ll have ample opportunity to ask questions about training, nutrition, and veterinary care.
All puppies and kittens should be wormed and have their stool checked for intestinal parasites during the first four months of life. Worming can be started as early as three weeks old. Vaccinations for puppies and kittens should begin at 6-to-8 weeks old. Booster vaccines are given every three weeks (on average) from the first vaccination date, until 16 weeks of age for puppies and 13 weeks for kittens. At that time, both puppies and kittens are old enough to receive their first rabies vaccination.
veterinarian with bird

Healthy Pet Care for Birds
West Kendall Animal Hospital recommends an annual physical exam for most pet birds. The veterinarian may also recommend an annual culture and sensitivity, Chlamydia serology, and stool analysis.

Healthy Pet Care for Ferrets
Ferrets at West Kendall Animal Hospital receive an annual examination. A stool specimen is examined for intestinal parasites, and vaccines are given for distemper and rabies.

Healthy Pet Care for Other Pets (Including Rabbits, Snakes, and Reptiles)
Periodic physical examinations should be performed; the first one at the time of purchase and thereafter as discussed with the veterinarian. Owners need to closely monitor their pet's environment, eating habits, and behavior to be sensitive to any changes that might indicate illness.

Spays and Neuters
West Kendall Animal Hospital recommends that all pets be spayed or neutered. Puppies and kittens can be spayed or neutered beginning at six months of age, which is generally before the first heat for females and prior to the onset of sexually mature behavior in males.
There are many health benefits associated with spays and neuters, including a lower incidence of breast cancer in females and lower incidence of prostate disease and several cancers (including testicular and perianal) in males. The behavioral benefits for male dogs include reduced aggressiveness; benefits for male cats include reduced chance of behaviors such as "spraying" (urine marking) and fighting. For female cats and dogs, spaying eliminates her heat periods as well as eliminates the opportunity for unwanted pregnancies.

Heartworm and Parasite Protection
All dogs – and many cats – living in South Florida should be on year-round heartworm prevention.  There are several extremely safe, effective prescription products that our veterinarian can prescribe for your pet to prevent heartworm disease. There are chewable oral medications that the pet owner gives just once per month as well as a 6-month injection (dogs only). These medications are also highly effective in the prevention of intestinal parasites, and some even provide protection against common external threats like fleas.
Whether your dog or cat has a flea or tick problem or you simply want to prevent them from becoming a problem, there are several safe and effective products available from West Kendall Animal Hospital. Whether you’re interested in a topical or oral product, prescription or over-the-counter product, fleas only or fleas-and-ticks products, it’s best to have your veterinarian examine your pet and make a recommendation to you about what will be safest and most effective for your pet.  

Dental Services
Tartar forms on most dogs’ and cats’ teeth as they get older. When tartar accumulates, teeth can eventually become decayed and even infected. It’s estimated that nearly 80% of all dogs and cats over the age of three have an untreated dental disease that can lead to anorexia, heart and kidney disease, and - of course - bad breath. Home dental care for dogs and cats is essential, and there are many products available that help pet owners care for their pet’s teeth – from poultry-flavored pet toothpaste and finger brushes to special dental diets and pet treats. Tartar can most effectively and safely be removed with an ultrasonic cleaning, a procedure which needs to be performed while a dog or cat is under general anesthesia. For the majority of pets, ultrasonic dental cleanings should begin when the pet is approximately 2½-years old and continue annually. While your pet is under anesthesia and is being safely monitored, Dr. Davidson will be able to check the gums and look for teeth that may need to be extracted.

Microchip Identification
A microchip is a safe, effective way to permanently identify your pet and to make sure that your lost pet is returned home safely. Each microchip contains a unique identification number. Once injected painlessly under your pet’s skin, your pet can be quickly scanned and his microchip easily read by any animal shelter, animal hospital, and even many police departments. We assist all pet owners in registering their pet’s microchip data, creating a permanent means of notifying you when your lost pet is found. Microchips can be inserted in dogs and cats, of course, but in other pets, too, including larger birds.  

Nutrition
Healthy pets need to be fed a healthy diet. We recommend Hill’s Science Diet for dogs and cats, and Harrison’s Bird Diets for birds. Both are available at West Kendall Animal Hospital. Pets with some medical conditions often have very specific nutritional requirements. For those pets, Dr. Davidson may prescribe a prescription pet food. Hill’s Prescription Diets and Royal Canin Veterinary Diets are available in many formulas that support these specific nutritional requirements and are also available at West Kendall Animal Hospital. Special orders (including Purina Veterinary Diets) are also available. 

Medical Services and Diagnostics
Wellness and preventive care is the best way to keep your pet healthy, but even the healthiest pet sometimes needs extra care. Sometimes the extra care is providing something simple, like a nail trim. Often it’s examining your pet to find the cause of vomiting and diarrhea, excessive scratching, or limping. Sick or injured pets can always be accommodated with same-day appointments, and daytime emergencies (poisoning, trauma, seizures, for example) are common. Your sick or injured pet is promptly examined by the veterinarian, a history is taken, and the veterinarian provides a treatment plan for further diagnostics and treatment as appropriate. Our in-house laboratory and X-ray equipment allow our veterinarian access to the diagnostic tools he needs to begin treating your pet immediately. If further diagnostics are required, our resources include ultrasound as well as referrals to board-certified veterinary specialists.

Surgery
We provide a broad scope of surgical procedures. While spays, neuters, and dental cleanings are the most routine, Dr. Davidson’s extensive experience includes general surgery, soft tissue surgery, and orthopedic surgery. Procedures include:
  • Mass removal
  • Laceration repair
  • Stone removal/cystotomy
  • Fracture repair
  • Ear hematoma drains
  • Eye and ear surgery
  • Foreign body removal
  • Intestinal surgery
Our surgical patients have included dogs, cats, birds, pot-bellied pigs, rats, ferrets, and rabbits.

Health Certificates
Many of our clients travel with their pets, even when going abroad. Often they’ll need a health certificate to accompany their pet. Dr. Davidson is a USDA-accredited veterinarian who can certify your pet’s health status on an international health certificate (APHIS Form 7001). Even if you’re travelling domestically, some airlines will require an international health certificate although they will not require a USDA stamp on the certificate. Make sure you know the requirements of the carrier and/or destination, and then plan ahead: make your appointment with the USDA (if required), have your pet’s vaccinations and tests performed in the appropriate time frame, and schedule your appointment appropriately. Often a health certificate is valid only if it’s dated within ten days of travel. Our staff will be happy to help you plan your visit.

Emergency Care
Emergencies during office hours are always promptly accommodated. While we usually see pets by appointment, we understand that emergencies cannot be scheduled. We’re pet owners ourselves, so we understand how concerned you are for your suddenly ill or injured pet. We’ll do our best to keep you updated about your pet during the early critical minutes and hours. Call our hospital phone number for instructions for emergencies after office hours. Most calls received before 10 p.m. and after 6:30 a.m. are returned within 15 minutes. Many times the veterinarian will be able to help you determine whether your pet’s condition is critical and if you should go to an after-hours emergency hospital, or whether it’s something that can safely wait until morning. When Dr. Davidson is not available or when your pet needs the type of care that an after-hours facility can provide, we’ll refer you to one of the excellent veterinary emergency facilities that are nearby.

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West Kendall Animal Hospital
14732 N. Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33196
(Next to Walgreens)
Business Hours
Mon: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tue:  7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wed: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thu:  7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri:    7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat:   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM​
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Phone: (305) 385-0404
Fax: (305) 387-8555
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