Health Maintenance Care

Puppy and Kitten Preventative Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family. Studies have shown that people who have pets live longer, happier and less stressful lives.

Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten are the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our doctors and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. Some of the issues discussed during your first visits include:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Housetraining
  • Behavior and socialization
  • Spaying and neutering
  • Formulation of individualized vaccine protocol
  • Pet health insurance
  • Microchipping
  • Parasite prevention
  • Teeth brushing

A complete physical exam includes detection of potential congenital problems and covers any topic you'd like to discuss. This is your new pet and we know you have many questions.

Senior/Geriatric Care

We offer senior and geriatric care for pets seven years of age and older. Some of our regular screening tests for senior pets include bloodwork, urinalysis and sometimes blood pressure measurement. By taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your senior pet, you've taken the first step toward providing the best care for your friend's golden years.

The aging process can be slowed and managed through proper medical care thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality, good health and a quality of life free of painful suffering. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent or delay the onset of common diseases by detecting them at earlier and more easily treatable stages.

Internal Medicine

Dr. Zalud is knowledgeable in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as thoracic (e.g., heart, respiratory, etc.), abdominal (e.g., gastrointestinal, kidney/urinary tract, liver and pancreas, etc.), immune-mediated and endocrine diseases.

By investing in the latest advanced diagnostic technology, Crosswater Animal Hospital can likely find out what is wrong with your pet. After performing a thorough examination, we may recommend additional tests in order to diagnose your pet’s medical condition.


In today's ever changing environment with potential natural disasters, microchipping is more important than ever before! We use AVID microchips, which can be successfully scanned by almost all scanners within the United States. Implantation of the microchip is relatively painless and takes only seconds.

It’s important to remember that a lost companion animal can be very traumatic to all family members. Therefore, we recommend microchipping every pet. Moreover, make sure to always register your microchip with your current address and phone number and update this information accordingly after moving.

Allergies and Dermatology

If left untreated, allergy related conditions can fester, become serious health concerns for your pet and decrease their quality of life.

Therefore it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching or rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin

Any of these conditions can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as flea saliva, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these issues, it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation because, if left untreated, they can become severe medical concerns that become more difficult to treat.

We take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences and the proper method of home treatment.

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