California:  831-241-4383

New Jersey:  908-300-8284

Email: drmagee@sterlingvets.com

Services are offered in California in the months of March, July, and November.
Services are offered in New Jersey the rest of the time.

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Sterling Veterinary Services - Housecalls

California: P.O. Box 1465, Monterey CA 93942 | 831-241-4383

New Jersey: P.O. Box 313, Raritan NJ 08869 | 908-300-8284

The annual physical examination (aka checkup) is the cornerstone of your pet's health. A cat or dog that is not seen by a veterinarian for 1 to 2 years, is comparable to a human not consulting their doctor for 5 to 10 years. The physical exam is necessary in order to determine your pet's current health status, as well as the best course to maintain or restore health.
Federal law prohibits the dispensation of medications without physical examination of the pet.

Puppy & Kitten Wellness 
Puppies and kittens should receive their first vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age. Repeat vaccinations (also known as boosters) are necessary every 2-4 weeks until puppies and kittens are 16-18 weeks old.
Canine Flu information: H3N8 (2004 strain) and H3N2 (2015 strain). The latter has been shown to infect cats as well.
Here is more info on feline vaccinations.
Fecal examinations and deworming are also necessary every 2-4 weeks until puppies and kittens are 16-18 weeks old.
Microchipping is highly recommended for every pet, whether (s)he is a young puppy/kitten, or an adult, found, or rescued pet. Click here to look up a pet microchip ID number.
Teaching your puppy or kitten to tolerate tooth brushing, nail trims, bathing, not biting, not jumping up uninvited, not vocalizing, and of course potty training are important steps in raising a well-adjusted pet.
Cat owners click here for more valuable information.
Dog owners click here for more valuable information.

Preventive Healthcare for Adult Pets
Once a pet reaches adulthood, vaccinations need to be given according to a specific schedule, depending on the lifestyle of your pet. The rabies vaccination is required by law. There are additional vaccinations: core (or strongly recommended) vaccinations, and non-core (or elective) vaccinations that your pet might need depending on whether they live indoor or outdoor, whether they come in contact with other sick house-mates, large animals or whether they get boarded frequently, etc.
Canine Flu information: H3N8 (2004 strain) and H3N2 (2015 strain). The latter has been shown to infect cats as well.
Parasite control is essential not only to your pet's health, but also to your and your family's health and happiness. Worms, fleas and ticks may present a danger to humans, especially to children, who aren't as careful around pets as adults are. In addition to keeping pet areas picked-up and to washing hands, a yearly fecal exam and regular deworming are easy solutions for this problem. Yearly blood tests for heartworms and tick-borne diseases are highly recommended for dogs.
Regular deworming (for intestinal parasites) and monthly flea/tick/heartworm preventatives are essential to any pet's health.

Traveling with your Pet?
Your pet will likely need proof of vaccinations, a health certificate, a microchip, parasite control etc. Call us for help if you plan on traveling. Please visit APHIS Pet Travel well before your travel date to get more information on your destination before you book your appointment with us.

Sterling Veterinary Services - Housecalls

California: P.O. Box 1465, Monterey CA 93942 | 831-241-4383

New Jersey: P.O. Box 313, Raritan NJ 08869 | 908-300-8284