Veterinary Wellness Care
Prevention is the key to your pet’s long term good health. This approach also minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular laboratory work, deworming and fecal checks; as well as medication to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks.
Most laboratory tests that your dog or cat needs can be done during a regular exam. This is our chance to get to know your pet, to assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and also, for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have with our veterinarians.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will:
- Examine your pet’s teeth, throat, and oral cavity
- Check your pet’s vision and examine the eyes
- Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
- Examine the respiratory system
- Assess your pet’s heart
- Test your pet’s reflexes
- Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
- Inspect the skin
- Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
- Test to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems
Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. For example, we normally associate parasites – such as roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms – with cats and dogs. But people can be infected with the same parasites. Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best ways to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites from pets to people. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which can contaminate lawns or any place a pet defecates.
Routine Blood Work: A complete physical exam includes a heartworm test and full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests can also help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if we recommend a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.
Heartworm and Tick Borne Disease
Since heartworms, fleas, and ticks are also present in our environment, we recommend that your pet receive preventive medication for these pests. We sell a variety of preventive medications and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your companion.
Tick Borne Disease: Lyme and other tick borne diseases are present in our region.
In all, these veterinary services offer the best means to protect your pet’s health and well-being through prevention and early detection of disease.