Pet Wellness Exams
- Physical examinations
- Fecal tests
- Heartworm testing
- Tick-borne disease testing (including Lyme disease)
- Routine blood testing
- Heartworm preventive medication
- Flea and tick control
- Feline leukemia and FIV testing for cats
- Dental care and supplies for home dental care
We all know that a healthy pet is a happy pet. The foundation of this good health is wellness care. Wellness care means providing medical care for your pet to ensure that the animal stays as healthy as possible and avoids becoming ill. To achieve this goal, pets require routine examinations, along with timely laboratory testing. This helps to keep pets healthy and allows our doctors to spot any signs of discomfort or illness early on, so that rapid care can minimize the pain of disease and allow for a quick return to normal.
The best way to uncover minor, hidden medical problems before they become major illnesses is to have wellness examinations. Our doctors recommend these routine physical examinations twice per year for all adult pets. These thorough examinations allow the veterinarians to assess all body systems of your pet and to look for any changes that may signal trouble. For example, on every wellness exam, the doctor will assess your pet’s ears, eye, nose, jaw, gums, teeth, skin, cardiovascular system, bones, muscles, and internal organs. Because all our pets age much more rapidly than we do, these examinations are crucial for the maintenance of their good health. A pet that waits over one year between exams is comparable to an adult person waiting more than seven years between doctor visits!
An important part of the well-care physical examination is the questions asked regarding your pet. This history helps the veterinarians understand how your pet is feeling and how the animal interacts with you at home. In turn, this information aids the doctors when making suggestions regarding diet, behavior, and medications. Please be sure to ask any questions and raise any concerns regarding your pet during the wellness history and examination.
Immunizations, some laboratory tests, and medications are all part of routine wellness care. Therefore, in addition to periodic examinations, routine vaccinations are recommended. Some vaccines are given yearly, while others are spaced out at longer intervals. The doctor will help design an individual vaccine protocol suited to your pet’s needs. Also, routine well-care medication for dogs and some cats includes heartworm preventive, which is given once per month for the life of the pet.
Routine laboratory assessments include testing for intestinal parasites in all pets, heartworm disease, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in dogs, and feline leukemia and FIV in cats. Our veterinarians recommend these routine blood tests for adult dogs and cats, even if they spend most of their time indoors. In addition, regularly scheduled comprehensive wellness laboratory tests are suggested to check for changes that signal abnormalities in the liver, kidney, and other body organs. Many of these problems can be successfully managed if caught early, before the pets show external signs of disease.
Flea and tick control is also an important component of sound wellness care. The doctors will help identify the best method of parasite control for your pets. Year round flea and tick control is the best method to keep your pet and home free of these disease-spreading insects. Old Derby Animal Hospital offers a varied supply of products to safely kill these parasites and control them in the environment.
Home dental care is a significant part of well-care for your pets. We are happy to demonstrate the correct technique for brushing and the hospital stocks a large supply of dental care products for home use.