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Preventative healthcare, including yearly exams, vaccines, and internal parasite testing is key to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Dogs and cats are experts at hiding illness, which is why, no matter your pet’s age, it is vital that they are regularly examined by a healthcare professional. At Total Pet Care Hospital, we recommend visiting a veterinarian at least yearly for your pet’s checkup. During these appointments, a doctor performs an exam from nose to tail. We’ll examine their eyes, ears, teeth, and skin, listen to the heart and lungs, and assess the health of their joints.

If a health problem is identified, our doctors will take time to explain your pet’s medical condition. Housing concerns, dietary recommendations, supplements, exercise schedules can be discussed in depth during the time of the appointment. It is always better to find and address health concerns proactively, before they become advanced, expensive, and difficult to manage.

If no problems are found on our physical exam, a vet will discuss whether your pet is due for vaccinations or routine testing. Our doctors make customized recommendations for your pet. Depending on our pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle, we will advise you regarding the preventative care that best suits your pet.

Health Certificates For Pet Travel

Did you know that if you take your pet across state or international borders you may be required to have a health certificate or other documentation? The veterinarians at Total Pet Care Hospital are accredited by the USDA and have the authority to issue health certificates for traveling pets.

To acquire a health certificate, our veterinarian will need to examine your pets and determine that they are free of infectious diseases and meet all import requirements of the receiving state, territory, or country. Once assured that your pet has a clean bill of health our accredited veterinarian will sign the health certificate. International travel often requires USDA endorsement of the certificate.

For more details, please call us at 205-655-3991. You should plan well in advance of your travel dates, especially for international travel. Total Pet Care Hospital provides wellness visits and health certificates to pets in Birmingham, Trussville, and the surrounding areas of Alabama.