To help pets live long, comfortable lives, we encourage regular examinations to help maintain your pet’s health. Routine exams, based on your pet’s age and overall health, allow us the opportunity to keep your pet in optimal condition. Regular visits also allow us to a chance to detect any medical issues early, when they are most easily treated. During wellness visits, we perform a thorough physical exam to ensure we note any changes that might be occurring. These visits are an excellent time to answer owner questions, review vaccines that may need to be administered and perform any required laboratory testing.
A simple way you can help keep your pet healthy is by protecting him or her against parasites. Heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other internal and external parasites are much more than just pests; they can cause life-threatening conditions in your pet—and cause severe, potentially fatal, health problems for you and your family. We will recommend the best preventive regimen for your pet, based on lifestyle and risk factors. We can also provide expert advice on keeping your whole household safe from parasitic infection. Set up an appointment with us to discuss parasite prevention, or call us to refill your pet’s medication. Protect your pet and your family today!
Puppies & Kittens
During their developmental stages, puppies and kittens are ever-changing! For this reason, examinations are done at approximately two, three and four months of age. These exams allow us to monitor the many physical and behavioural changes that occur during early growth and answer the many questions our clients often have as these changes occur. Parasite control is especially important in these patients. Young immune systems are quickly challenged by external and internal parasites. Because young bodies are growing rapidly, optimal nutrition and digestion are critical for proper development. Because immunity to many diseases is developed during early life, vaccine protocols are discussed during these visits. Our goal is to assess each patient’s needs for vaccines based upon the lifestyle they are expected to lead and then vaccinate appropriately.
For most adult patients, wellness visits are scheduled once yearly. Patients undergo a physical exam to make sure they stay in optimal health. We maintain their immunity by the timely administration of vaccines to fit their lifestyle. For our canine patients, annual stool and blood tests are recommended to be sure they have not become infected with internal intestinal parasites, heartworms or the widespread Minnesota tick-borne disease (Lyme or Anaplasmosis). For our feline patients, we encourage an annual stool test at the time of their yearly check-up.
We encourage all of our adult patients to have an up to date lab panel on file. These inexpensive blood tests provide us with important “inside the body” information that serves as an essential baseline of their internal organ health. This baseline data is especially important as sometimes patients physically appear normal while early internal organ abnormalities are present. Our yearly wellness visit also allows us the opportunity to discuss with you any changes you may be noticing at home and any concerns you may have. It is also an excellent time to review any medications your pet may be on.
Our senior pets, much like older people, have often had many “life experiences” that can impact their health. They may suffer from chronic age-related conditions, such as arthritis, decreased vision, diminished hearing and dental disease. Their internal organs (heart, liver, kidneys) are often not able to perform as well as they once did. Therefore we often see these patients several times per year. Our preventive care often centers around the management of these patients’ medical conditions and needs. Senior patients generally need fewer vaccinations, but more individualized care and more frequent laboratory assessment to monitor their health. Our goal is to enable them to be happy, comfortable and functional members of your family for as long as possible.