Pet Wellness and Exams
Wellness care involves maintaining your pet’s good health and implementing preventative measures to minimize their risk of contracting disease. This is an ongoing process, which means we need to see your pet at least once a year to ensure they’re healthy and happy.
A wellness exam is a comprehensive physical exam in which your pet is checked from nose to tail for any abnormal changes. These may include lumps and bumps, swelling and inflammation, or an irregular heartbeat, to name a few. We encourage you to ask any questions that come to mind regarding your pet’s day-to-day activities and habits, or any concerns about something you may have observed at home. We’re more than happy to answer your questions and provide you with some peace of mind.
Pet wellness exams also give us the opportunity to detect signs of disease in their earliest stages, before they become too advanced and expensive to treat. They also let us know if your pet is healthy enough to be vaccinated.
Along with a physical exam, your veterinarian may want to run some diagnostic tests to check your pet’s internal organ function, and screen for parasites. Tests we offer include:
- 4DX – Heartworm, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, and Lyme disease test
- Comprehensive Chemistry Panel
- CBC (complete blood count)
Senior pets should be examined and tested every 6 months, since they are more vulnerable to illness. Senior screening for pets that are over 7 years of age includes an eye pressure check, and a blood pressure assessment.
If your pet has tested negative for parasites, we advise you to get them started on parasite prevention, which may involve a topical or chewable tablet. Parasite preventatives protect pets against fleas, ticks, heartworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms. Fleas and ticks are especially prevalent in the late summer and early fall, so be sure to stock up on preventatives for your pet—they should be kept on preventatives all year-round for optimal protection.