Wellness exams--Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or check-ups. Usually wellness checks are recommended 1-2 times per year, depending on the age and health of your pet. Whether your pet is a youngster, “senior citizen,” or any age in between, wellness exams provide an excellent opportunity for our doctors to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This information will help to identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life.
A wellness exam includes an evaluation of all of your pet’s major organ systems. You will also be asked questions about your pet’s appetite, behavior, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is an excellent time to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness exam can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
A wellness exam is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We strive to help you understand your pet’s health considerations and encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health
Finally, wellness exams help us to 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. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet’s health care.
Vaccinations - Pets are able to live longer, healthier lives than ever before—in part because of vaccines that help protect them from deadly infectious diseases. Unfortunately, there are still dangerous diseases that pose significant risks to our pets. Additionally, exposure to certain strains of disease change over time, and veterinarians need to be up to date on current threats to our pets and the recommended protocol for prevention. Thus, consulting your veterinarian is the best way to provide preventative care through immunizations to your pet.
Parasite prevention - Healthy pets are pets that are free of parasitic infestations. Unfortunately, in our area there are many opportunities for pets to be infected with fleas, ticks, heartworm, and parasitic worms. Consult with our knowledgeable veterinarians about preventative measures as well as treatment and detection of parasites in your pet.
Nutritional Counseling - Not all dog foods are created equal when it comes to what healthy choices are for our pets. Additionally, some pets have compromised organ systems or other health issues such as allergies that need to be considered when selecting a pet food. Our veterinarians can advise pet owners as to what brands or what ingredients are best for your unique pet.
Senior Care - Dogs who are 7 years or older are generally considered “seniors.” Exams are usually recommended every six months for this population and allow the veterinary to assist your pet in staying healthy and enjoying his or her “golden years.”
Puppy and Kitten Care - Getting your new puppy or kitten off to a good beginning starts with a visit to your veterinarian. At West Villa Animal Hospital, our veterinarians give “new family additions” a complete nose to tail physical, providing recommendations for diet, vaccinations, training, parasite control, and other wellness tips. Veterinarians often provide advice for concerns relative to specific breeds and specify “watch fors” that the pet owner might otherwise not be aware of. It is important to provide your new family member with the best start possible.