Wellness Care is our way to monitor your pets’ health and be proactive about their care. Our goal is to prevent pets from developing painful and untreatable medical conditions through early diagnosis.
Part of Our Family
Wellness exams and testing can tell us when something is wrong before it causes pain, and before pets show typical signs of illness such as weight loss, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite etc. Pets have a natural instinct to hide illnesses from predators, so by the time they begin to look or act ill, their condition can be quite advanced.
Wellness Care allows us to be proactive in your pet’s healthcare – preventing certain problems before they can develop and treating health issues as early as possible to prevent them from becoming chronic or debilitating. In pets, routine examinations and laboratory testing is vital to providing us with the information we need to accurately diagnose and treat your pet to ensure his/her good health and well-being.
When to Have a Wellness Exam Performed
Pets age much more rapidly than we do (referred to as “age compression”). Each year of a pet’s life is equal to about 7 human years, and in Senior pets (those 7 years of age and older) the aging process is even more rapid, and is comparable to 10 human years per pet year.
Based on this understanding, adult pets up to age 7 should have yearly exams and testing with fecal exams done twice a year.
Senior pets (age 7 and up) need examinations, testing and fecal exams done twice a year, since they age much more rapidly at this time and this is a point in a pet’s life when many serious illnesses develop.
What we can do for you
- A full nose-to-tail physical examination
- Discussion with you, the owner, about your pet’s behavior at home, e.g., thirst, urination, energy, etc.
- CBC – (Complete Blood Count) looks for infections, anemia, etc.
- Blood Chemistry Panel – evaluates the liver, kidneys, checks for early diabetes.
- Thyroid Testing – evaluates activity of the thyroid gland, the “master gland of the body.”
- Urinalysis – diagnoses low-grade infections, early kidney dysfunction.
- Fecal Analysis – evaluates intestinal parasites and bacteria, some of which can spread to humans.
- Ultrasound of the Spleen – the spleen is a common source of silent and often dangerous benign and malignant tumors. Our practices’ ability to recheck and watch your pet’s spleen is only possible because of our in-house ultrasound equipment. When necessary, removal of the spleen is very safe and a life-saving procedure that is routinely performed here.
- Dental/Oral Exam – It is estimated that more than 80% of pets over the age of 3 have some form of oral disease. The benefits of good oral health for your pet go far beyond just better breath. Early detection of oral tumors, as well as tooth and gum infections – which can be quite painful to your pet – are all part of proactively managing your pet’s health.
- Plaque and tartar build-up on teeth and along the gum line harbor bacteria that can easily pass into the bloodstream and affect major organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver. In fact, kidney failure in middle-aged pets is often the result of infected gums and teeth. Research indicates that good oral health can extend the life of your pet from 2-5 years.