A wellness examination, also known as a physical or check-up, is necessary to ensure that a patient is healthy and in optimal health.
For dogs, wellness exams are recommended once a month for puppies, annually for adults, and semi-annually for middle-aged dogs and older. This is because our furry friends age faster than we do. For the best recommendation of when your pet should be seen by a veterinarian, contact Wags Animal Hospital to see how often your pet needs a wellness exam.
What Will My Veterinarian Check?
During a wellness exam, your veterinarian will ask about your pet’s behavioral habits, diet and exercise patterns, and general health. Your vet will observe and inspect:
- How your pet walks and stands
- General body condition and weight
- Coat / skin
- Eyes, ears, nose and face
- Mouth and teeth
Additionally, the vet will listen to the heart and lungs and check your pet’s pulse, lymph nodes, abdomen, and limbs. To check for parasites, your vet may also ask for a fresh sample of your pet’s feces or bowel movement.
Lastly, your vet will recommend an appropriate wellness screening test. The main types of wellness screening tests are:
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Biochemistry profile
- Heartworm disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Lyme disease testing
- X-rays (usually for older dogs)
These types of screenings can detect disease or illness early on to prevent future health problems and give your pet the best treatment possible.
It is important to vaccinate your pets against diseases that are very difficult to treat if your pet is exposed. Some of these diseases (such as rabies) can even affect people. Getting your pet vaccinated doesn’t just protect them, it protects you as well.
At Wags Animal Hospital your pet is our #1 priority. We want them to live a happy and healthy life and getting them the vaccinations they need is a great way to ensure that. Contact us today to schedule your vaccination visit.
Keep your pet peppy and playful! Vaccinations and parasite prevention can ward off everything from pesky ticks and fleas to unwelcome parasites, keeping your furry friends healthy and happy to explore the world around them.
Why Does My Pet Need Parasite Prevention?
As humans, we tend to only think of parasites when it comes to food in a foreign country. However, your cats and dogs have a very different experience from us. Among others, our pets are susceptible to several zoonotic parasites, meaning humans are at risk of catching them. Heartworms and intestinal parasites are very common but easily prevented with proper treatment.
What are Intestinal Parasites?
We can’t watch our pets 24/7. So, it can be tricky to see if they get into something they shouldn’t. That can lead to intestinal parasites, including hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, and more. However, routine testing and preventative measures can – and should – be taken.
What is Heartworm Disease?
A huge concern when it comes to your pets is heartworm disease. Heartworms claim a spot in the heart and lungs of an infected animal. It’s transmitted by mosquitoes, and unfortunately, can be deadly. There are several preventatives on the market though, and our veterinarian can help you decide which is best for your pet.
Does My Pet Have Parasites?
One of the hardest things about being a pet parent is that they can’t speak for themselves. If your pet is showing signs of parasites, it may include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of eating, loss of energy, and weight loss.
Give your pet the best life possible with preventative care! At Wags Animal Hospital, we are here to guide you through the parasite prevention options available. So, contact us today to schedule an appointment for your furry friend!
Teeth are the gateway to overall health, and your pet’s teeth are no exception! In order to keep your pet healthy and happy, it’s imperative to do routine checkups on your pet’s teeth and gums. When your pet’s oral health is neglected, they are susceptible to dangerous toxins and bacteria entering their bloodstream, putting their heart, kidneys, and joints at risk. Avoid potentially fatal health issues by making your pet’s health a priority! Bringing your pet to Wags Animal Hospital for regular checks ups and dental cleanings can help prevent a variety of costly health issues and keep your pet healthy and happy for years to come.
Here at Wags Animal hospital, our experienced team has a love and passion for animals. Therefore, we are dedicated to going above and beyond for your furry family member. For more information on your pet’s oral health, contact Wags Animal Hospital today!
Nutrition is a vital part to the overall health of your pet. A well-balanced diet will not only keep your pet healthy and happy, it will keep their coat looking nice and healthy, too! A well-balanced diet consists of fresh water, protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and carbohydrates. Because our pets need a specific amount of each to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to make sure you feed them pet-specific food and not scraps off the table. Their pet food is specially made with their needs in mind. Table scraps or some human food might not give them the proper balance of those nutrients and may even be toxic to them!