Preventative Care

Wellness Exams

Your pet ages much faster than you do. Regular wellness exams are preventative and protect your pet from harmful, underlying conditions by monitoring health trends and identifying abnormalities sooner. The earlier a condition is discovered, the better! This provides us with more treatment options and a greater chance for treatment success. Depending on your pet’s age and health status, we recommend annual or semi-annual wellness visits.

One of our highly-experienced veterinarians will perform a comprehensive nose-to-tail physical exam, checking all major bodily systems and physical conditions such as eyes, ears, dental health, weight, skin, coat, joints, abdominal region, pulmonary health, abnormalities, and much more. If any abnormalities are discovered, we may need to perform additional testing.


At some point, your pet is bound to come in contact with an infectious condition based on factors such as lifestyle, health status, age, and risk of exposure. Vaccinations are a safeguard against life-threatening, yet preventable, diseases and premature death. Preventing conditions are much less costly than curing conditions! Protect your companion as well as your wallet.


Accidents happen. If you and your pet are ever separated, microchips provide a lifetime of protection and identification. With your contact information embedded in the microchip, you and your pet can be reunited! While collars and ID tags are always encouraged, they are not fool proof. These forms of identification commonly fall off, get lost, or removed. To ensure the safety of your pet, we recommend using both forms of identification. Implantation is quick, low-cost, and virtually painless. Similar to a vaccination injection, a microchip is implanted between the shoulder blades. The process is simple and often takes place at the same time as other vaccinations or another procedure.

Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasites are a great concern for pets. Fleas and ticks, intestinal parasites, worms, and protozoa can inflict significant damage and even be fatal. Protect your pet with parasite prevention and control!

How do I prevent parasite infestation in my pet?

  • Routine testing
  • Preventative medication
  • Control parasites in and around your home
  • Know the signs/symptoms
  • Discuss treatment options

Fleas and ticks are external parasites that irritate the skin and cause skin allergies. Fleas make your pet vulnerable to tapeworms and Bartonella and ticks transmit Lyme disease. During daily grooming, visually examine your pet for fleas, as well as ticks after being in high-risk areas such as woods, camping sites, and humid climates. We strongly recommend once-a-month preventatives to protect your pet from external parasites.

Intestinal parasites are highly prevalent in virtually all areas of the United States. Puppies and kittens are most at risk, however, dogs and cats are also commonly infected. Did you know intestinal parasites can be passed to humans? We recommend annual or semi-annual fecal testing to protect your two-legged and four-legged family members. Once-a-month preventatives are strongly recommended.

Heartworms populate in the bloodstream, lungs, and heart and impair blood circulation, which ultimately damages the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Damage commonly occurs prior to outward symptoms. Advanced symptoms are characterized by trouble breathing, coughing, lethargy, weight loss, and fainting. Mosquitos carry and transmit heartworms, making mosquito infested areas extremely high-risk. We strongly recommend annual testing and encourage once-a-month preventatives.

Nutritional Counseling

Food is often associated with love. We understand how difficult it is to deny your pet human food, but your pet’s nutritional requirements are unlike your own. An improper diet may elicit allergic reactions, poisoning, and overweight and obesity. Factors such as age, gender, weight, health status, and breed effect overall recommended nutrition. Please note, a sudden change in your pet’s eating habits or unexpected weight gain or loss may indicate a serious, underlying concern.

If your companion lives with nutritional challenges such as liver disease, renal failure, bladder and kidney stones, food allergies, or obesity—we can discuss with you the most effective nutritional plan to benefit your pet. We may recommend a specialized diet or simply a balanced diet.

We offer Hill’s Prescription Diet and Royal Canin foods. If you prefer other prescription brands, these products can be specially ordered from our online pharmacy.

Puppy & Kitten Care

Congratulations! We cannot wait to meet your new fur-baby!

Puppies and kittens require extra care and attention during those early and critical years of life. Your new pet will need to visit us regularly to ensure health and happiness, as well as receive required examinations, vaccinations, and diagnostics tailored to young age. During your initial visit, we will discuss additional and recommended services such as spay-neuter and microchipping.

Physical Examinations
Between 8-16 weeks of age, we recommend that your puppy or kitten have 3-4 physical exams. These exams provide a baseline of health and allows your veterinarian to assess overall wellness and administer necessary vaccinations.

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

At 6-12 months of age, puppies should be tested for heartworm. During a kitten’s first visit, we recommend Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS testing if not previously done.

Senior Care

Generally, canines are considered seniors at age 7 and felines are considered seniors at age 8. Much like puppies and kittens, seniors require specialized care. The immune system weakens with age, making senior pets more susceptible to illness, disease, and parasite infestation. At Skinner Animal Clinic, we want to protect your senior pet so they can enjoy their golden years! Semi-annual visits allow us to do just that by closely monitoring changes in health such as weight loss, pulmonary health, lung disease, dental disease, cataracts, glaucoma, arthritis, and cancer.

With age comes new age-related behaviors. This is normal and should be expected. You will likely notice greater vocalization, confusion and disorientation, irritability, less responses, less grooming, house soiling, repetitive actions, frequent wandering, and an altered sleep schedule. This does not warrant giving up on your senior sweetheart! We are here to help.


We have love for all companions, no matter the species. Dr. Stephen Carter has experience treating reptiles, as well as pocket pets such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, and guinea pigs! If you are looking for care for your rabbit or bird, Dr. Rochele Hass offers her expertise and experience. We are trained to perform physical exams, blood work, dentals, and emergency care.

Boarding & Grooming

Skinner Animal Clinic does not offer boarding or grooming services however our nearby hospitals, Pine Bluff Animal Hospital and Dwight Veterinary Clinic, offer boarding services for dogs & cats as well as bathing services. Feline boarding is available at our Lakewood Animal Hospital location as well.