Wellness, or Preventative Medicine, can look different for every pet, and every age group. The needs of each pet are as different as their personalities, which play a huge role in what type of preventatives they need. There are explorers, hikers, homebodies, and pets that are always held lovingly in their owner’s arms. Because these needs are so different, the staff and veterinarians at The Pet Wellness Center will help you build a personalized plan to keep your pet as healthy as possible! Below are some common Wellness Preventatives.
The wellness exam is a tip of the nose to the tip of the tail all over wellness check. The veterinarian will check your pet’s eyes, ears, teeth, heart, lungs, abdomen, skin, fur and feet, just to name the major areas! This check should be done yearly in young, healthy pets and every six months in senior pets, or pets with a chronic health condition. This might seem like a lot, but every one year a pet ages is equivalent to seven years for humans! This check is used to find abnormalities, which if caught soon enough can help save your pet from potential debilitating illness, and help save you heartache and funds.
Common core vaccinations (which are the vaccinations all dogs should have) are
Feline vaccinations include Rabies, FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) and Leukemia. You may think that your indoor cat doesn’t need vaccines, but this can be untrue. Even an indoor kitty can be at risk for Rabies if a rabid bat or other wild animal comes in contact with them. As odd as it sounds, bats have been known to fly down
Parasites are not only yucky to think about,
Other internal parasites include those that like to live inside the intestinal tract of your pet. These parasites are picked up from areas like soil, contaminated water, and feces of other animals. Some parasites can also be transmitted to people, yuck! We recommend annual fecal parasite testing to make sure no creepy crawly internal parasite have made your pet their home, as well as preventatives such as Heartgard, which protect against heartworms, hookworms, and roundworms!
One last set of parasites are the external parasites like fleas and ticks. These bugs can be prevented with topical drops or chewable tabs. Although our area does not see a large
There are lots of other things to consider when keeping your pet as healthy as possible. These things include microchips, spay/neuter, special diets, bloodwork, ultrasounds, eye testing, blood pressure and many more! When you bring your pet in we can discuss what the best options are based on age, breed and health concerns. As always, you can always call or e-mail with any questions!