Wellness Exams (Annual, New Pet, and Geriatric/Senior Check-Ups)
- The veterinarian will conduct a full physical examination to determine the overall state of your pet's health.
- Plan to bring a fresh stool sample (about the size of a quarter) along with you so that we may test for internal parasites (roundworms, tapeworms, etc.). Regular deworming is recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council, as some parasites can be passed to people. Most people choose to use their pet's monthly heartworm preventative to accomplish this deworming.
- Annual heartworm testing is recommended to screen for heartworm disease before clinical signs develop. This test requires a small blood sample and takes about 10 minutes to run.
- We will discuss your pet's risk factors and make vaccination recommendations. If necessary, initial vaccinations will be performed for new pets. Just like children, puppies and kittens have growing immune systems and will need to have a series of exams and vaccinations.
- New cats and kittens should be tested for Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS). This blood test is run in-house with results in about 10 minutes.
Common problems for pets include (but are not limited to):
Older animals are generally less active, so your pet's diet must often be adjusted to reduce caloric intake. A healthy weight will relieve pressure on the joints as well as decrease the risks of heart disease, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, and more.
Your pet may have stiffness, difficulty in rising/laying down, or difficulty going up/down the stairs. Cats may groom less or change their litter box habits. Although there is no cure for arthritis, recommendations can be made regarding joint supplements, anti-inflammatory/pain control, or physical therapy to increase the quality of your pet's life.
Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease and Tooth Decay)
This is the most common disease affecting pet dogs and cats! A large amount of bacteria is present in the plaque and hard tartar that develops on the tooth surfaces. This bacteria can cause irritation, leading to bleeding and mouth pain, as well as infections of the gums and bones surrounding the teeth. Owners will most commonly notice bad breath. With severe periodontal disease, your pet may lose his/her appetite, frequently drop food, lose teeth, develop abscesses, or be at risk for other health problems if the bacteria enters the blood stream.
Both cats and dogs with allergies may lick and "clean" themselves more frequently. Pets with allergies are often more susceptible to skin and ear infections, and this condition tends to worsen with age. Because there is no cure for allergies, the condition can be frustrating for many pet owners. We will consult with you regarding the best approach to ease your pet's itchiness.