As a loving pet owner, you always want what’s best for your animal companion. More specifically, you want to keep that little critter happy and healthy for as many years as possible. Yet, so many otherwise caring, responsible pet parents make the mistake of believing that veterinary care is only necessary when an animal is sick or injured.
Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, the greatest gift you can give to your pet is making a commitment to providing them with ongoing wellness care and preventative medicine. Why? Because doing so helps to prevent illness and improve both the length and quality of your companion’s life.
When you bring your pet in for routine wellness checks – usually once or twice per year – we are able to gather a complete and accurate picture of his or her overall health. We can then use that snapshot to monitor and measure any changes that may occur over time. This allows us to identify potential medical concerns and address them before they have a chance to develop further. When we are able to detect disease in its earliest stages, we are better able to treat and manage the problem effectively, improving the outcome for your pet. Simply put, early detection can add years to your pet’s life.
At Edgewood Animal Hospital, we place a strong emphasis on wellness care and have designed our services to address the unique needs of each patient that we serve, based on such important factors as age, lifestyle and overall health. We conduct thorough physical exams, develop and implement customized vaccination plans, and provide guidance on such important topics as parasite prevention and control, behavior, nutrition and weight management and more. Our goal is to deliver the most precise and effective care available to help your pet enjoy a lifetime of good health.
Wellness visits also provide a great opportunity for our doctors and support staff to get to know you and your pet on a more personal level. This helps us to better tailor our approach to meet your pet’s specific needs so that we can continue to offer the best possible care available throughout his or her lifetime.
Most importantly, at EAH, we encourage you to become a part of your pet’s health care by asking questions and discussing any concerns that you may have. We want to become more than just your family vet. We want to become your trusted partner; your go-to resource; your dedicated ally in helping your cherished friend enjoy as many happy, healthy years as possible.
For all new pet owners we provide education regarding vaccine schedules, intestinal parasite control, heartworm prevention, flea and tick control, nutrition, and spaying or neutering, as well as information to help with house training and other common behavioral issues.
Annual Examinations for Adult Animals
Every adult companion animal should undergo a thorough exam at least once a year to identify any changes in their health status. Since animals age faster than people, yearly exams are particularly important. During this visit, the veterinarian will examine your pet from nose to tail. We will then use the information we’ve gathered to provide you with the best recommendations for your pet’s overall health, including nutrition and weight management, dental care, parasite control, behavior and more.
These yearly examinations are the most important tool we have for preventing and detecting disease in its earliest stages. Ailments in our animal friends can progress quickly, so early identification and intervention is vital to improving the chances of a positive outcome. Routine procedures such as vaccinations, heartworm testing, preventative blood work and fecal exams are often done at the same time as the yearly physical exam. Many clients also find it convenient to pick up supplies like heartworm, flea and tick preventatives during the visit for the annual exam.
Just like people, elderly animals often have special needs that require close monitoring. Dogs are considered to be geriatric patients beginning at age seven, and cats at age ten. For our senior patients, we recommend semi-annual examinations along with annual blood work, urinalysis, and blood pressure evaluation to help us detect the problems that are most common at this stage of life. When we are able to identify health concerns early, we are better able to manage them in the most effective manner possible.
Treatment of a disease early on provides a better prognosis for your pet to be able to enjoy a long and active life. We will also discuss your pet’s changing needs in regard to nutrition, exercise, and weight management. Many older animals experience chronic pain from conditions like arthritis, so we’ll discuss strategies to address these concerns, such as ways to maximize joint health and manage arthritis pain. If necessary, behavioral issues will also be addressed as geriatric patients sometimes undergo personality changes as they age. Together we’ll do everything we can to help your older loved one enjoy his or her golden years as comfortably as possible.