Preventive Care

Wellness Visits • Physical Examinations • Immunizations • Parasite Control • Nutritional Counseling

Regular wellness exams performed by a veterinarian are important for your pet in order to become aware of any health problems before they become serious illnesses. Your pet cannot communicate his feelings, which makes a medical evaluation as well as your at-home observations crucial to determining his or her health status.

Since one year in the life of a dog or cat is equivalent to five to seven human years, your pet should receive a wellness exam yearly. As your pet ages, a wellness exam should be performed more frequently.

During the wellness exam, we will check your pet’s vital statistics – temperature, pulse, respiratory rate and body weight. All vital signs are recorded and tracked at future appointments. Body weight is an important indicator of health. Weight loss could indicate early metabolic disease, such as kidney disease or diabetes. Weight gain may indicate that it is time to go on a diet and exercise program!

Your pet will be examined from head to toe during his wellness exam. Eyes, ears, mouth, heart, lungs, reproductive organs, and skin are examined to determine if your pet may have infections, external parasites, wounds, tumors, or allergies. Additional testing such as blood work and x-rays may be recommended to use as a baseline for future appointments or to verify a health problem if the veterinarian finds any abnormalities during the examination.

Vaccinations are a critical part of your pet’s preventive health care by protecting your pet from possible illness.  Dogs can be immunized against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, coronavirus, Bordetella, rabies, and Lyme disease. Cats can be immunized against feline panleukopenia (distemper), rabies, feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and feline leukemia.

In the past, pets were routinely vaccinated annually. With improvements in the type of vaccines produced, recent studies have shown that today’s vaccines protect for a longer period than previously believed. How frequently to have your pet vaccinated against certain diseases depends on many factors including age, breed, health status, environment, life style and travel habits. It’s best to discuss your pet’s needs and history with the veterinarian to get the best vaccination recommendation for your pet.

Although your pet may not receive annual vaccinations, it is still important to have an annual examination.