A wellness examination is a routine medical examination of a patient that is apparently healthy, as opposed to an examination of a patient that is ill. A wellness examination may also be called a 'check-up' or a 'physical examination'. Wellness visits allow us to monitor your pet’s current health by providing us with the opportunity to detect potential problems in its early stages, the reality is that there are almost always subtle changes taking place long before there is evidence of a full-blown illness, we look for those subtle changes in our routine wellness exams, giving us a better chance to treat and resolve with less expense, less difficulty and better success. From your pet’s very first visit to the specialized care he or she will receive as a senior, and everything in between, we will be there with you every step of the way.
Puppy & Kitten Wellness Visits
"What did I get myself into"
Bringing in a new pet can be overwhelming, we can help with that. It is important to bring them in right away so that we can check for internal parasites and review his/her prior medical records.
Adult Wellness Visits
Pet’s don’t come equipped with a “check engine” light.
We encourage annual wellness visits for our adult pets to go over
Diet, Exercise, Dental care, Heartworm, Flea, & Tick preventative.
Senior Wellness Visits
"Old age is NOT a disease"
Geriatric pets should have semi-annual veterinary visits, it is important to discuss the many changes that take place at this stage of their life.
Wellness Visit Examinations will include:
- Listen to your pet's lungs - Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
- Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity - Infections and other forms of dental disease can lead to very serious systemic health issues. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.
- Evaluate your pet's vision - Ocular conditions--such as glaucoma, corneal ulcers and dry eye--can be prevented or better treated through regular care and screenings.
- Look into your pet's ears - Ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Regular examinations can prevent most forms of ear disease from developing or stop its progression.
- Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin - By feeling these areas, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings. The skin is also evaluated for discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning, which could be signs of more complicated health issues.
- Palpate joints and muscles - By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swelling, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size that may indicate developing orthopedic issues. In older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be treated if found early.
- Laboratory work - A complete physical examination includes a heartworm test and blood tests. A chemistry panel and blood count can screen for the presence of underlying disease processes and create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations.
- Parasite Testing - Checking your pet for intestinal parasites is an important component of any preventative care plan for your pet and your family. For example, parasites such as hookworms are considered zoonotic, which means they can affect humans too.