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. Our records show that 32 percent of supposedly healthy animals have medical problems when we do our wellness exam laboratory testing.
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 find certain problems as early as possible to prevent them from becoming chronic or debilitating. In pets, routine examinations and laboratory testing is vital to provide 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 each year is comparable to 10 human years.
Based on this understanding, adult pets over 5 years of age should have yearly exams and laboratory testing. Fecal exams should be done twice a year.
Senior pets (age 7 and up) need examinations, laboratory testing and fecal exams done twice a year. Senior pets age much more rapidly and this is the time in a pet’s life when many serious illnesses develop.
What we can do for your pet:
- A full nose-to-tail physical examination
- Discussion with you about your pet’s behavior at home e.g. thirst, appetite, urination, energy, etc.
- CBC – (Complete Blood Count) tests for infections, anemia, etc.
- Blood Chemistry Panel – evaluates the liver, kidneys, immune system, screens for early diabetes and many other illnesses.
- Thyroid Level Testing –abnormalities are extremely common in our pets and can be life threatening
- Urinalysis diagnoses kidney and bladder infections and early kidney failure
- Fecal Analysis – checks for intestinal parasites and bacteria, some of which can spread to humans.
- Ultrasound of the Spleen and Urinary Bladder — This is a free part of our wellness package and is a procedure that no other veterinarians do in their wellness package. Our practice’s ability to evaluate your pets spleen and urinary bladder is only possible because of our in-house equipment. The spleen is a common source of silent and often dangerous benign and malignant tumors. Ultrasound of the urinary bladder can show the presence of painful stones and tumors.
- 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.