Regular pet wellness visits allow us to evaluate your pet’s general health and to identify any problems before they escalate into something more serious. Just like in the case of humans, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is better to try to avoid problems in the first place, rather than fix them once they arise.
Throughout your pet’s lifetime, we will offer individualized recommendations based on his or her life stage and other factors. Whether your pet is a rambunctious new puppy or kitten, a beloved adult, or a treasured senior, we address both age-specific and unique needs.
What to Expect at a Wellness Exam
Let’s take a closer look at what will happen at a periodic pet wellness visit for your dog or cat.
A thorough physical exam
We inspect your pet from nose to tail; check the skin, fur, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and abdomen; and carefully listen to the heart and lungs.
Weight and body condition
To guard against obesity, which can lead to a myriad of health problems, we will also check weight and overall body condition.
Recommendations are based on your pet’s species, age, and lifestyle.
To detect gastrointestinal parasites (worms).
Parasite evaluation and control
We prescribe regular parasite control medications to prevent both intestinal parasites (worms) and heartworm.
We recommend these tests at least annually for dogs and cats, especially those eight years and older. They provide a normal baseline for your pet and help detect changes or organ disease as early as possible. Early intervention using medication or adjustments to diet and lifestyle makes for a more promising prognosis.
And screening for tick-borne diseases (if warranted).
Feline leukemia and aids testing
For outdoor cats or indoor cats that have been exposed to a new cat since their last test.
Other breed specific recommendations
For those predisposed toward various conditions and diseases.
Read more about pet wellness exams from The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Is your pet due for a check-up? Call us today to schedule an appointment: (936) 856-2927