Wellness Care Services
- Heartworm prevention
- Flea/tick prevention
- Blood testing
Health maintenance is more effective and less expensive than treating existing disease. Yearly physical examinations for your pet are the most important aspect of any veterinary health care plan. This allows for identification and correction of risk factors as well as early detection of disease processes.
We recommend that all pets age 2 years and older undergo routine blood testing on an annual basis. Pets 7 years and older will receive a more robust chemistry profile in order to more completely evaluate these older patients. These tests will check for major organ function and blood cell counts. The following conditions are examples of serious conditions that can be screened for through the use of recommended blood testing:
Recommended Blood Tests
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid disease
- Cushing’s disease
- Addison’s disease
- Side effects from medication
- Effects of aging on internal organs
- Some cancers
Remember, our pets age faster than we do. Having annual blood work performed for your pet is the equivalent of a human having blood testing ever 7-9 years! Even pets in apparent good health can benefit from routine blood testing.
Wellness Check for Parasites
Our canine and feline companions are susceptible to a number of internal and external parasitical diseases. Heartworm disease is carried by mosquitos and transmitted to pets when mosquitos take bite. Dogs are more susceptible to contracting heartworm infection but cats are more likely to have fatal reactions due to heartworm disease.
Fleas and ticks not only cause itching and discomfort, but they can also transmit multiple diseases. Including but not limited to:
- Lyme disease
- Rocky mountain fever
Many cats and dogs are also allergic to flea bites causing severe allergies and skin disease. In addition, accidental ingestion of a flea while chewing and grooming can transmit tapeworms. Thankfully, monthly administered preventative products are available to prevent infection.
However, the number and variety of different preventatives can be confusing and even overwhelming. Our trained staff is always available to help you determine which product is best for your pet, your budget, and the parasites present in your environment.