Preventative health care saves lives and reduces the total cost of medical treatment over the life of the patient. This has been proven in human medicine and is equally true for our animal friends. Whether your pet is a youngster (Link under patient forms: see puppy and Kitten plans), a “senior citizen,” or any age in between, wellness examinations provide an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. Every patient is different, and having the opportunity to examine your pet when he or she is “normal” creates a baseline that often proves invaluable should your pet become ill. The information we gain from regular well pet exams increases our ability to recognize changes in your pet’s health status from year to year. This enables early detection of medical or other concerns, giving you the opportunity to address these concerns early when we have the best chance of resolving or managing them with the least impact to both your pet’s quality of life and your pocketbook.
Our pets can’t tell us when something is wrong, and often subtle changes can go unnoticed by even the most dedicated pet owner. The purpose of the wellness exam is three-fold: Firstly, we want to evaluate the pet’s current health status, address any concerns and recognize changes. Secondly, we want to maintain good health, perform any preventative treatments the veterinarian recommends, such as vaccines, anti parasitics or routine lab work. Lastly, we collect the information we gain from the visit and store it in the patient’s record so that we can use it to compare to future exams and tests – establishing a database for your pet that will prove invaluable as the patient ages in detecting subtle changes from what is “normal” for that animal. Wellness exams include a thorough evaluation of your pet’s physical health, attitude, activity and behavior. First, your veterinarian will ask you questions about your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. Next, your veterinarian will perform a physical evaluation of all of your pet’s major organ systems (Link under FAQ : What we learn from a physical exam ) Even when your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
A wellness examination is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions, even if they are not about a medical concern. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. We strive to help you understand your pet’s health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health care.
Finally, wellness examinations help us establish a relationship with you and your pet. Through your pet’s physical examinations, other wellness procedures, and our consultations with you, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. Knowing you and your pet helps us better serve your needs should your pet become ill or injured and require medical care.
Puppy & Kitten Plans
Having excellent health care in the first 6 months of life is critical to giving your pet a great start towards a life time of well being. We recommend that puppies and kittens have an exam, be treated and/or checked for parasites, and be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks of age and continuing until they are 16-18 weeks of age. We strongly believe that your puppy or kitten should see their veterinarian at every visit so that any concerns or abnormalities can be addressed early. We have developed Wellness plans for both Puppies and Kittens that include all of the Wellness care that we recommend for your pet while they are babies. These plans include your pet’s physical exams, vaccines, fecal testing, deworming, FELV/FIV test (cats), first 6 months of Heartguard (dogs), and their microchip.
Check out more info about our Kitten Wellness Plan & Puppy Wellness Plan