Individualized Pet Wellness Care

Pet Wellness Care at ZimmVet

The most effective treatment for the health and well-being of your pet is prevention. At ZimmVet, our wellness program is aimed at preventing illness in animal companions whenever possible by detecting early warning signs and recommending effective treatment plans. There are many internal changes that can take place in your pet on an annual basis. When monitored regularly, your veterinarian has more information with which to make short-term and long-term veterinary health recommendations to maintain your pet’s good health.

Our wellness exams are in-depth pet health checks performed by our veterinarian and certified veterinary technicians that include a comprehensive physical exam, internal parasite testing, heartworm and flea control, vaccination program, spaying and neutering, dental review, weight evaluation, and specialized blood tests for all life stages. We recommend that you bring a fresh stool sample (no more than 8 hours old) to your wellness exam to test for internal parasites. Please make sure it is in a clean container.

Dogs and cats younger than seven years old should have a wellness exam at least once a year. If your pet is experiencing environmental or lifestyle changes, we might recommend you bring him or her in for a wellness exam every six months. You can discuss what type of wellness program best meets your furry friend’s needs with our veterinarian at your next visit.

For animals older than seven years of age, we recommend they be examined twice a year. It is also especially important for seniors that blood work be performed annually to look for any signs of metabolic disease, and kidney or liver problems. Conditions such as these, which are common in older pets, can be treated more effectively if detected early.

Pet Vaccinations for Disease Prevention

For adult dogs and cats, ZimmVet carries and recommends extended protocol vaccinations that are designed to provide immunity for up to three years. As part of your pet’s annual and semi-annual exam, our veterinary staff will review past vaccination history to see if he or she is eligible for these boosters. It is important that you discuss any changes in environment or lifestyle that may impact the vaccines your pet needs.

The following are core vaccinations that all pets should receive:

  • Canine or feline distemper combination
  • Rabies

These vaccinations may be recommended based on your dog or cat’s risk factors:

  • Feline leukemia (cats)
  • Leptospirosis (dogs)
  • Lyme (dogs)
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) (dogs)

For more information on dog and cat vaccinations, read the WebMD Pet Health article Pet Vaccines: Schedules for Dogs and Cats.

Parasite Prevention: Fleas, Ticks, Heartworms, and Intestinal Organisms

Ticks and Fleas

Fleas are one of the most common parasites that your cat or dog can contract. Fleas feed on the blood of their hosts. The blood intake of a female flea can be equivalent to more than 15 times its body weight. Adult fleas can survive on your pet for up to 140 days. Thousands of eggs are laid by female fleas and dropped wherever the host animal goes. The warm temperature and humidity in homes provides a favorable microclimate for multiple flea life cycles, often resulting in full-fledged infestations before adult fleas are even noticed. Because of this, year-round flea prevention is highly recommended.

Ticks are not only a blood-sucking nuisance and irritant for your dog or cat, but also they can carry a variety of deadly diseases. Over the last two decades, Minnesota has seen a dramatic increase in the number of tick-borne disease cases, including Lyme disease.

For flea and tick prevention in dogs, we prescribe Frontline Plus, Scalibor Flea and Tick Collars, and Certifect for Dogs. For cats we prescribe Advantage Multi for Cats and Frontline Plus.

Our prices on flea and tick preventive products are very competitive and backed by the manufacturer’s 100% guarantee. If you are not happy with the product, it can be returned for a full refund. Our knowledgeable staff has been trained to answer questions about these products; in addition, if your pet happens to experience one of the rare side effects, we will be happy to handle submitting the claim to the manufacturer. As an added bonus, we often have free dose specials and mail-in rebates, which help reduce the cost of protecting your pet.

Internal Parasites

There are many types of internal parasites, including roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, heartworms, whipworms, giardia, and coccidia. Left untreated, intestinal worms can cause diarrhea, anemia, poor growth, and even death. Of particular concern is heartworm disease, which is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the heart and lungs of dogs, cats, and other species of mammals.

Once infected, treatment is available for heartworm disease; however, it is costly and not without risk. In order to kill all the adult worms in the infected animal, a powerful medicine is given that can cause harmful side effects. Depending on the severity of the infection, complications can arise as the worms die. Read more about The High Cost of Heartworm Disease from HealthyPet.

At ZimmVet, we routinely test for the presence of internal parasites. Some types of intestinal parasites can also be transmitted to humans. To minimize pet infection and possible transmission to people (especially young children), we recommend all pets be treated year round with products such as Heartgard (dogs) or Advantage Multi (cats) given monthly (every 30 days). We also encourage proper hygiene habits when cleaning up after your pet.

We offer very competitive pricing, as well as manufacturers’ 100% guarantees on our heartworm preventive products. If you are not happy with the product, even after use, it can be returned for a full refund. If your dog or cat finds a particular product distasteful, we can prescribe a different product. Our knowledgeable staff has been trained to answer questions about these products; in addition, if your pet happens to experience one of the rare side effects, we will be happy to handle submitting the claim to the manufacturer. Ask us about any current free dose specials or mail-in rebates, which help bring the cost of protecting your pet even lower.

Client Testimonials

Wonderful Care! We have been bringing both dogs to ZimmVet for years. We always get great care and everyone is friendly. Our Lab gets so excited when she gets there. Our other dog suffers from great anxiety and they treat her so well. They know the personality of both so well and know how to treat them.

— Lee D.

I would not know of any other veterinarian that has a more caring staff that are patient with us and take the time to listen about our three Pomeranians. Zimmvet knows how important our girls are to us and I would not take a chance on bringing them anywhere else.

— Ken G.

Our vet honored our desire to keep expenses down by providing us with estimates of the treatment we could choose from while trying to find out what was wrong with our very sick puggle. No cost was hidden. On top of all this, our dog was given excellent care. We love Zimmvet.

— Carisa M.

I have and will continue to recommend ZimmVet to others. The staff is personable and professional on all levels, both to the human clients and the animal patients. It is reassuring to me to know that I can count on them for any assistance I may need in caring for my pets now and in the future.

— Lou S.

We love Zimmvet! And most importantly, Handsome loves everyone at Zimmvet! We use their vet services and pet hotel and couldn't be happier with both. Highly recommend!

— Leigh C.

Our experiences over the years are always positive, even if the outcome isn't. The doctors and staff are warm and friendly. They are also very professional and thorough. We feel strongly that we get great value for our dollar, as well as wonderful pet care.

— Laurie C.

ZimmVet Pet Hotel has provided extended stay care for our German Shepherd and Black Labrador twice in the last two years. They did a great job of caring for them both during a two-week trip - not only catering to their needs but their concerned owners with email updates and photos. We can't say enough good things about ZimmVet Pet Hotel!!

— Curt V.

ZimmVet has well trained and competent professionals, but even more important to me is that they are sincerely 'good' people. They care about you and your pets - you're just not another record. In addition to the great staff, they offer a very broad range of services - even day care and training classes!

— Suzanne F.