114 2nd St Box 326 • Langley, WA 98260 • (360) 331–8090

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Expert Care
for Healthy, Active Adult Pets

pet health

Adult dogs and cats are in the prime of their lives, the perfect time for you to enjoy their energy and companionship. Pets that receive quality care throughout their active adult years will not only enjoy themselves more but also perform better and ultimately live longer, healthier lives. At the Animal Hospital by the Sea, we consider all these factors when making plans for your pet’s day-to-day care.

Wellness exams

Routine annual to semi-annual wellness examinations serve as the foundation of a quality health care program for your pet. These exams allow us to evaluate and record your pet’s physical condition as well as address any concerns you may have. Regular checkups allow early detection of many common problems and diseases permitting early intervention and our ability to better manage your pet’s long-term health and comfort. Avoiding full-fledged breakouts will also help keep your total veterinary costs down.

During each wellness exam, your pet will be given a complete physical. We review your pet’s outward appearance, including his or her gait and posture while standing in the room. Your pet’s coat and skin will be checked, as well as his or her eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, and gums. We will feel for any unusual lumps or bumps, listen to the heart and lungs, and check to see if there are any physical or behavioral cues indicating discomfort or potential disease.

Having decades of experience in working with purebred dogs and cats, we are especially attuned to the potential pet health issues common to specific breeds and will help anticipate and monitor for any such conditions in our patients.

Disease prevention

Prevention of life-threatening infectious diseases through the judicious use of a high-quality vaccine program is one of the most effective ways we can help you maintain your pet’s health. There are many vaccines available today and yet we recognizes that your pets’ living environment and activities determine their exposure risk. We will work with you to customize a vaccine program and select products best suited to protect your pets without challenging them with unnecessary vaccinations.

In general, we follow the recommendations set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association  and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

As such, our recommended vaccination protocol for your dog may include parvovirus, rabies, and distemper combinations that cover the prevention of adeno-2 virus, parvovirus, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, and bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough). Cats are routinely vaccinated for rabies and distemper combination boosters to prevent feline rhinotracheitis, calici, and panleukopenia. On Whidbey Island, we have found that outdoor cats have significant risk of being exposed to the fatal feline leukemia virus, and we therefore recommend it be included in their core protocol. No matter what, we will provide you with a detailed schedule that outlines when your pets’ vaccines are due to be administered and send you electronic reminders to keep you on schedule.

Wellness laboratory screening

Depending on age, lifestyle, and breed, some pets are at risk for certain health challenges. Many conditions, such as diabetes, renal failure, and altered thyroid function, can be successfully managed, especially when detected early. We recommend that wellness lab work be performed on any of our “at-risk” patients as well as those preparing to undergo anesthetic procedures. These tests will establish individual “normal” baseline values and potentially identify early disease changes even before your pet is showing any signs of being sick. In most cases, early detection allows us the chance to slow down or potentially reverse the progress of many debilitating illnesses.

Weight management and pet nutrition

Healthy weights are described by “body condition scores” for both dogs and cats. Providing quality nutrition tailored to various life stages and health conditions is essential to enabling them to live longer, healthier, and disease-free lives. At the Animal Hospital by the Sea, we are happy to counsel you on these topics and help you choose the various options available to best provide your for pet’s ideal needs.

Pet dental care

Good oral care is vital for keeping pets healthy. We have many different options to address the specific needs of your pets at all ages, including product recommendations to help forestall the need for your pets to undergo anesthetic dental procedures.

Parasite prevention and screening

Intestinal parasites, external parasites, and even blood parasites can be a concern for your pet depending on lifestyle and environmental exposure. Here on Whidbey Island, we recommend regular screening tests, such as fecal examinations for any pets with access to the outdoors, and routine heartworm prevention testing and medication for any pets traveling south or east outside of the Puget Sound region.

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Animal Hospital by the Sea rocks! Jean is a fabulous veterinarian, the environment is warm and relaxing and there is great communication between Jean and her staff. We are all so very happy to have found them!
Jodi Starcevich, Matt Costello, Groovy Roux and Salinger

Dr. Dieden’s surgical technique allowed our dog a quick and trouble free spay recovery without the stress and discomfort of an Elizabethan collar (head cone).  We are very grateful to Dr. Dieden and staff who assisted with Rena’s surgery.
Bob and Jayme Holmberg

Meshuggeneh was the most relaxed cat during her visit to Dr.Jean that I think she would have stayed longer. Thank you both Holly and Dr. Jean for your time and help. Best find in Langley... a great vet!
Jeanniemaria Barbour

Jean and staff Thank you so very much for the care given to our Lab, Lily We are so appreciative of your time, concern and love given to our pet. Lily is forever grateful and so are her humans, Nina and Chris We hope the next visit will be just the standard check up and not an emergency, again thank you for the excellent care. Animal Hospital By The Sea, you rock!
Chris Skatell

Dory a Golden on the island says thank you.
Louise Long

The staff and Jean are fabulous. We are so lucky to have them on the Island.
DeLaine Emmert

Thank you Dr Jean Dieden for taking such good care of my labrador, Kinsey. Kinsey had a raging hot spot. Thanks to Dr Dieden’s caring and effective treatment, Kinsey is much more comfortable and on the mend.
Lia Bijsterveld

It doesn’t get any better than this animal hospital for care for your pet.  Jean Dieden and her team of Holly and Stacy are top notch and they are genuinely caring.  I also like the fact that this is a animal hospital and part of that terminology means they do their own blood work.
Rob Felding

Dr. Jean held my hand throughout it all and, had it not been for her professional intuition about a prescription Lena was given during emergency treatment, my little girl would not be the happy, healthy kitty she is today. As for how my other cat Dexter feels about Dr. Jean, you can see for yourself around this website.
Susan Hanson