We provide wellness exams for all our furry friends. From puppies and kittens to our elderly “senior citizens”, and any age in between. Wellness examinations provide an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This information will help us identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life.
What’s included in a wellness exam?
Our yearly wellness exams include a complete physical examination, which is a nose-to-tail inspection for any abnormalities. This includes listening to the heart and lungs, viewing inside the ears, and examining the eyes. In addition, we may check your pet’s vital signs (temperature, pulse, and respiration) and record your pet’s current weight. It also includes checking your pet for intestinal parasites as well as running a simple blood test to check for heartworm disease. At this time, we will recommend any vaccinations that may be due. This is also an excellent time to bring up any concerns that you may have regarding your pets health.
During your visit, we may perform testing on samples of blood, urine, and stool. Using our state-of-the art equipment, we are able to run complete blood cell counts (CBC) and chemistry panels. These tests can help determine if your pet has problems such as anemia, infection, or organ disease. If extensive blood tests are needed, we are able to send them off to our off-site lab and receive results in a timely manner.
What if my pet seems healthy? Do I still need to bring her in for an exam?
Even if your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress. A wellness examination is an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet.