Routine physical exams for your pet’s wellness
Regular wellness exams are one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy. The American Animal Hospital Association recommends annual wellness exams at a minimum and an increasing frequency of visits as your pet ages. We believe strongly in preventive care and have developed wellness protocols for every stage of your pet’s life.
One of the most important reasons to bring your pet in on a regular basis is to monitor and treat conditions before they become untreatable. Since pets can’t vocalize how they are feeling, illness or disease may be present before you are aware of symptoms. The benefit of early detection allows time for steps to be taken to manage or correct a problem before irreversible damage occurs. Because our pets age so much faster than we do, regular wellness exams are one of the best ways that you can help your pet live a long, healthy life.
Our Wellness Exam
During a wellness exam, our veterinary team will start out by taking your pet’s vital signs. Typically, your veterinarian will ask for a complete history of your pet’s health including eating habits, exercise, unusual behavior, etc. and do a comprehensive examination of your pet from nose to tail. He or she may also perform diagnostic tests such as blood work, urinalysis or intestinal parasite tests, and vaccines may be administered (depending on your pet’s life stage). Additionally, disease screenings (heartworm, kidney, liver, blood disorders, etc.) may be recommended, depending on the state of your pet’s health.
Wellness exams are a simple and effective way to monitor your pet’s health. Wellness examinations do not necessarily mean that your pet is going to be subjected to a barrage of complicated or costly medical tests and treatments. While some animals may need close monitoring of blood work, x-rays or other tests, many pets benefit simply from being physically examined, having their heart and lungs listened to and their general health assessed, preventing a major health issue from developing undetected. This also gives us the opportunity to analyze and record baseline values, such as temperature, body condition, and lab work. We measure these when your pet is healthy, in order to provide better care in the event of illness or emergency. A dental health exam and a weight check are always important parts of a wellness exam, and may indicate problems that can progress rapidly and can have significant impact on your pet’s overall health.
Early detection and correction of medical problems help to ensure that your pet will live a long, healthy and active life.
Intestinal parasites such as hookworms and roundworms can be a troublesome concern, especially for very young animals. Most puppies and kittens are born with worms, and dogs and cats remain susceptible to these harmful parasites throughout their lives. Worms live inside your pet, making the symptoms difficult to pinpoint, and are therefore detected through a fecal analysis. Some internal parasites can also be transferred to children and adults, making them sick as well.Our hospital performs a fecal analysis on all new puppies and kittens. If your pet does have a parasite problem, our veterinarians can provide you with medications and treatments to remedy the problem and steer your pet back to good health.
Like most pet owners, you probably enjoy spending quality time with your pets both indoors and out. Don’t leave them at risk for any unwelcome visits from pesky parasites like fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can be very damaging to the human-animal bond, particularly when flea invasion gets out of control or when ticks hitch a ride with your pet. Not only can these unfriendly parasites make your pets extremely uncomfortable, they can pose grave health risks.
Since fleas can survive a cold winter by feeding on unprotected pets and ticks are active whenever it is warm enough outside for them to crawl about their surroundings, preventive measures should be taken year round. By undergoing measures to inhibit these outbreaks, the diseases these parasites transmit to pets and people can also be mitigated or prevented.
There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products available, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet’s risk factors and health status. Once a year, it is important to discuss with your veterinarian which external pest control products are ideal for your household, based upon the everyday life of your pet.