At AniMed Animal Hospital, we prioritize preventative health care. Wellness care is important for every animal, from dogs and cats, to birds and exotic pets. We recommend annual wellness visits for all pets, and biannual visits for our senior companions because they are more prone to illness. Through preventative measures such as vaccines, parasite control, and routine wellness visits, we are able to minimize the risk of many pet diseases. We invite you to read about our many wellness services below. If you are looking to schedule a wellness visit for your pet, please call us at your earliest convenience!
The foundation to your pet’s wellness visit is a thorough physical examination. Your veterinarian will inspect your pet from nose-to-tail, looking for anything out of the ordinary. He or she will listen to heart and lungs, inspect inside the ears, examine the eyes, feel the body for lumps and bumps, check your pet’s vital signs, and record your pet’s weight. Just a simple physical exam is enough to tell your veterinarian a lot about your pet’s health.
For healthy pets, physical exams help establish a baseline for your pet’s health. If signs of illness or injury are ever detected, your veterinarian will suggest the appropriate tests to run to diagnose the condition. The earlier a medical condition is discovered and diagnosed, the earlier our doctors can get started on its treatment, greatly increasing your pet’s chance of recovery and reducing medical costs.
Parasite Testing & Deworming
Parasite testing is usually performed during wellness visits to ensure your pet is free of harmful parasites. Your veterinarian may request you bring a stool sample to your pet’s appointment for analysis. Fecal analysis detects the presence of intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and giardia. Heartworm, however, cannot be detected with a stool sample. To test for this parasite, your veterinarian may recommend taking a blood sample.
If parasites are found, our veterinarians can give your pet medicine to kill the worms without harming your pet. This process can be long, expensive, and risky, however, depending on the extent of the infestation. We recommend all our patients take preventative medicine to ward off worms before they can harm your pet. Your veterinarian can help you determine which preventatives are right for your pet.
Vaccinating your pet is one of the easiest ways to help him or her live a long, healthy life. Vaccines works by stimulating the immune system with an antigen, which looks like the disease-causing organism but doesn’t actually cause disease. This prepares the body to fight invasion by the real disease, so that if your pet is ever exposed to it, the immune system can fight it off completely or reduce the severity of the illness.
We provide core vaccines, which are considered vital for all pets, and non-core vaccines, which your veterinarian will recommend depending on your pet’s individual lifestyle and risk factors. We offer vaccines for dogs, cats, birds, and ferrets. We can perform needed vaccinations during your pet’s wellness visit.
As pet owners ourselves, we know that the thought of losing a beloved pet is enough to make one anxious. We hope to minimize the risk of pet loss by recommending microchip identification for all our patients. Microchipping is a simple, painless procedure that protects against permanent pet loss. The microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is encoded with your contact information and implanted underneath the pet’s skin in the same way a vaccine is administered. Should your pet ever be lost, veterinary clinics and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners that can read the information stored in a microchip and make sure your pet is returned safely to you.
While collars and tags are important, they can be damaged, lost, or removed, making a microchip the only form of permanent identification for your pet. We highly recommend microchipping as a safe, simple, and effective way to prevent pet loss.
Health Certificates for Travel
If you are traveling with your pet across state or international borders, you may need a health certificate and sometimes other documentation that your pet meets all health requirements. Our veterinarians can provide health certification.