Pet Wellness Check-ups for Good Health
Like every person, every pet is an individual. By listening to you and your pet, and having examinations every 6 months, we can make the best plan possible for you to see that your pet is in the best health. These exams, including lab tests for heartworm and internal problems such as liver and kidney disease, will help keep your pet happy and healthy.
Seeing your pet for a checkup on a consistent schedule helps us help you make good decisions. Vaccination boosters can be given for the best protection for the immune system. Knowing that your kitty stays strictly indoors, for example, would tell us that some vaccines aren’t needed. But if an indoor cat gets outside, he might get into trouble. Good records let us work with you to get your pet treated in case he comes into contact with something that could be serious.
Your pet is unique and so is its breed. We treat many conditions that can be genetically linked to certain breeds. Some dog and cat breeds are at greater risk for issues such as hip dysplasia, heart conditions, or cancer. Harris Parkway Animal Hospital’s wellness program is designed to screen our patients with particular attention to conditions they may be prone to. For example, we closely monitor the following:
- Boxers for cardiac problems
- Cocker spaniels for glaucoma
- Bengal cats for gastrointestinal disorders
- Abyssinian cats for kidney disease
Our goal is to detect these conditions early and be proactive in the treatment process.
Regular Pet Wellness Examinations
During each wellness visit, we thoroughly examine your pet with its breed in mind. Your pet’s heart and lungs are evaluated. Next, his or her eyes, ears, mouth, and teeth are examined. We check for signs of tumors, skin conditions, and problems with the joints and muscles, and we palpate your pet’s abdomen for signs of swelling and abnormalities.
Regular examinations allow us to do simple tests to check for worms and other parasites. The hot, wet environment of our area means that there are lots of parasites that can make your pet sick. As part of your pet’s complete physical examination, we may also perform various laboratory tests. These include:
- Fecal tests for detecting internal parasites (roundworms, hookworms, coccidia, whipworms, and tapeworms)
- Blood tests for detecting heartworms (carried by mosquitoes) and tick exposure
- Blood screenings to identify potential breed-related medical problems and conditions
It is our goal for your pet to remain in such good health that we see him or her only for wellness visits.
Preventive medicine for heartworm is very important and will be prescribed for year-round use.
Cats need to be tested for intestinal parasites just like dogs. And just like dogs, cats are very vulnerable to heartworm. In fact, there is no treatment for heartworm in cats. Prevention, through medication, is easy and effective.