Wellness Exams

Wellness Pet Exams
• Routine wellness exams are based on preventative care and reducing your pets health risk. Our pets cannot verbalize their own feelings or concerns, therefore a thorough physical exam performed by a veterinarian and a pet parent’s home observations are the most important tools we have to assess our pet’s overall health status. Routine exams allow a veterinarian to assess your pet’s general health and identify any health issues before they become a serious illness and they can add many happy years to your pets’ lives.
• Once a physical exam has been performed, your veterinarian will make recommendations for your pet including:
o Appropriate vaccinations
o Internal/external parasite control (i.e. heartworm, flea, and tick preventions)
o Dental care
o Nutritional requirements
o Other important preventative health care needs such as a blood test, urinalysis, imaging, fecal test, and cytology
• The frequency of the exam depends on your pet’s age.
o Since dogs and cats age 4-5 times faster than humans, it is important that your pet receives a wellness exam at least every year for adult pets and exams twice a year for pets 7 years and older since health problems can progress much more rapidly in our pets.
• Typical recommendations to expect from your veterinarian:
o Pediatric Wellness for puppies and kitten 0-12 months of age
 Exams every 3-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks until 16 weeks of age
 Deworming for intestinal parasites
 At 6 months of age a spay/neuter screening exam
 Recommended laboratory test
• Fecal
• Heartworm test for all dogs > 6months of age
• Feline Leukemia and Immunodeficiency virus testing for cats
o Adult Wellness for pets 1-7years of age
 Annual Exams
 Recommended laboratory test
• Fecal
• Heartworm test for all dogs
• Blood screening test to look for kidney and liver disease, diabetes, inflammations or infection, and blood disorders
• +/- Urinalysis
o Senior Wellness for pets 7+ years of age
 Bi-annual Exams
 Recommended laboratory test
• Fecal
• Heartworm test for all dogs
• Comprehensive blood test to look for kidney and liver disease, diabetes, inflammations or infection, blood disorders, and thyroid disease
• Urinalysis
• +/- X-rays
• +/- Blood pressure
 

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