Pet Wellness Care: Maintaining the Highest Level of Health
Since our pets age quickly and therefore live shorter lives, it’s important to bring them in for routine appointments to keep them healthy. Pet exams give our doctors the opportunity to check for signs of disease, and implement treatments to prevent infection and keep parasites at bay. Introducing your pet to their veterinarian when they’re young is the surest way to maintain a consistent schedule for wellness exams and vaccinations, and keep them healthier for the long term.
At our hospital in Yorkville, we dedicate ourselves to helping people give their pets the best life possible. Wellness care is comprised of various veterinary services that are designed to increase your pet’s longevity and elevate their quality of life.
Young puppies and kittens will likely need to see their veterinarian at least once a month in the first few months of their life for booster shots and deworming treatments. If your pet is an adult, they will want to examine them at least once a year. We recommend seeing our senior patients every six months for a comprehensive health check, blood work and radiographs. The goal of a pet wellness visit is to look for abnormalities and keep your pet in peak health—think of it as routine maintenance. Seeing your pet regularly allows us to more effectively protect them from potentially life-threatening illnesses.
Physical exams are thorough. Your veterinarian will examine your pet from head to tail, check their weight, heart rate and respiratory rate, and look for any dental and orthopedic issues. Following the physical exam, we may recommend vaccinations and a heartworm test, depending on your pet’s schedule.
Parasites can be an ongoing problem for both cats and dogs, which is why we recommend keeping your pet on heartworm, flea and tick preventatives all year-round. This goes for strictly indoor pets as well, since fleas, ticks and mosquitoes (which can transmit heartworm disease) are more than capable of entering the home. Our hospital carries a number of parasite control products to keep pets safe, and we’ll be happy to offer recommendations!