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Dog and cat vaccinations and wellness. Aside from rabies vaccines, much of what falls under this umbrella is drastically underrated. It’s easy to only take a pet to see their doctor when something seems wrong, but the benefits of annual visits can be life-changing…life-extending.
We cannot stress enough how often we have caught a problem early and been able to start treatment before a condition became worse because we had the opportunity to discover it during an annual Wellness Exam.
Wellness Exams, often paired with vaccines, heartworm tests, and fecal exams to keep to an annual schedule for all those things, are where your dog or cat gets its nose-to-tail inspection. During these checkups we examine:
All these things accomplish two goals: 1.) Each year, we establish/update your pet’s baseline so that we have a great point of reference for the future of your individual pet. 2.) We have the opportunity to dig deeper into any issues that might require further diagnostics or treatment.
There are times, and even ages, where it becomes appropriate to opt for a basic blood panel to be included in a pet’s annual routine so that we are able to get a great, complete picture of total health from the inside out. This is especially helpful in older or overweight pets, just like with people! Feel free to ask us about additional diagnostics!
Cats are less likely to receive regular Wellness Exams and preventive care compared to their canine counterparts. This seems to stem from the fact that cats tend to be more self-sufficient, and as caretakers, we all get in a habit of tending to the higher and more frequent needs of dogs. After all, dogs are more likely to get heartworms, more likely to chew and swallow inappropriate things, more likely to injure an ACL, etc.
Because cats are less likely to show you that something might be wrong early on, we are on a mission to raise some awareness about the importance of routine and preventive care for our kitty friends, too! When it comes to anything pertaining to nutrition, aging, or even many kinds of parasites, cats have just as much going on. Cats are even more prone to certain types of illnesses such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) – they just aren’t in your face panting about it.
Vaccinations, heartworm tests, and fecal exams are the other three most common services that are scheduled on an annual basis. Rabies vaccinations are required by NC law by 4 months of age.
Heartworm tests are required annually to receive heartworm prevention medication. This is for the safety of your pet. Administering heartworm prevention to a pet with heartworms can cause serious problems and will not cure the pet of the heartworms. We use an in-house heartworm test that also checks for tick-borne illnesses at the same time. We can typically provide results in about 15 minutes.
Fecal exams are recommended at least annually to look for intestinal parasites, which are very common. There are many kinds of intestinal parasites, and we see them on a daily basis. Fortunately, what can become a serious threat to health left untreated, is pretty simple to treat in most cases. Some heartworm preventatives also incorporate preventive for some species of intestinal worms, too. Ask us if you’d like to know which ones!
Don’t Miss Your Chance!
We are offering $1 wellness exams for all new clients through the month of September.