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   Four Paws Animal Clinic

521A Searls Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959


Dr. Susan Murphy

Make a Resolution to Keep Your Pets Healthy!

I know you’ve heard it before –we veterinarians urge you to bring your pets in for a checkup once or twice a year, even if they’re in apparently perfect health. You may wonder why a seemingly healthy pet needs a yearly exam even if vaccines are current.

It’s actually really important to have your pet examined, blood work and all, at least once a year.  Think about it: as we age, checkups become more and more important in order to monitor for conditions that become more common with aging. The same goes for your pet. What’s more, even though your pet may appear healthy, he or she be developing problems without you even knowing about it, since they can’t tell you how they’re feeling. They are very good a compensating or hiding detectable signs or symptoms of disease from us until they can no longer compensate.

During the annual exam these are the things we screen for:

Age does matter_                                                                          (this dog is too fat)

In younger pets, it’s important to have that first veterinary visit. With a new puppy or kitten, your initial physical exam will screen for any signs of illness or congenital problems, and may perform a variety of other tests to make sure your new pet starts off on the right foot.  The pre-anesthetic blood work we recommend for your pet before a routine spay or neuter is often the first opportunity to establish baseline laboratory values. It’s important to establish baseline laboratory values – in other words, to determine what’s normal for your pet – so that we, in future visits, can detect subtle changes from these established baselines which may be the first indication of developing disease. Early disease detection and prevention is paramount to improve the quality and length of our pets lives. During that first visit, your pet will also be given appropriate vaccines.

The same goes for older pets – yearly to twice yearly physical exams and blood tests will allow us to look for any deviations in your pet’s baseline laboratory values that may detect early developing disease when it is most treatable. You never know – a slight limp or an abnormal spike in blood glucose could mean your pet is developing conditions such as arthritis, tick disease or diabetes, some conditions you may not be able to detect on your own. In older pets, we may wish to screen for thyroid disorders ( hyperthyroidism in cats and hypothyroidism in dogs). For animals with certain clinical signs, radiographs and other imaging studies may lead to the crucial early diagnosis of conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and even cancer.

So please keep that resolution to keep your best friend happy and healthy in the coming years!


Our Resolution for this year and always

Our Resolution is to always do our best to provide excellence in wellness, illness and surgical care for patients; to build close, positive relationships with clients, and to provide education and empowerment to clients and staff in a calm, comfortable, healing environment.


       Dr. Susan Murphy and Jenna

Four Paws Animal Clinic is a full-service animal hospital whose mission is to provide compassionate care and support for all our 4 and 2 legged friends. We provide complete medical, dental, surgical and imaging services, including ultrasound as well as deluxe cat boarding.  Our staff is extremely well trained and are passionate about veterinary medicine , having worked with Dr. Murphy at Best Friends for many years. She calls them the "Dream Team".


At Four Paws Animal Clinic, you will walk into a calm, welcoming, and friendly environment every visit, so that the experience is as comfortable as possible for you and your pet. We strive to provide professional, affordable, and advanced veterinary services, including, but not limited to newer alternative therapies such as cold laser and stem cell therapy using your pets own stem cells found in their fat cells. click here to read about this new and exciting treatment for your pets arthritis .

We also have an in-house pharmacy, dental care products, carry some premium foods and have access to specialists, making our veterinary facility a one stop shop for your pet's health and medical needs. Please browse around our new website to learn about our facility and to read interesting pet articles. Click on the "email us" link below to ask us a question or to submit feedback. For directions to our office see our contact us page. To receive free monthly veterinary care articles, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Remember, at Four Paws Animal Clinic, your pets are our family!

Dr. Susan Murphy
Nevada City Veterinarian | Four Paws Animal Clinic | 530-265-3722

521A Searls Ave.
Nevada City, CA 95959

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Dear Dr. Murphy,

Thank you so very much for your brilliant diagnoses of my endocrine issues this past year.

I am now a happy, active boy; getting more stamina by the day. The bounce is back in my step. Thank you!  

Love, Harvard  Nevada City