Routine wellness checks for your dog:
Wellness exams are the cornerstone of preventive care and the key to staying ahead of problems that may be developing and staying on top of any chronic health issues your dog may be experiencing. From puppy care to senior dog healthcare, our team of dedicated veterinarians are here to ensure your dog gets the most out of their routine exams.
A wellness exam is a perfect time to discuss your dog’s activity level, diet and nutrition, preventative options, and any irregularities you may have noticed in their demeanor. Your veterinarian will also perform a physical examination on your dog and recommend any necessary lab work such as fecal, urines, or blood tests.
Our team is dedicated to helping your dog feel at ease through trust, patience, and respect during their appointment so that we can perform a thorough examination.
Dog Wellness Q & A
How often would I bring my dog in for a wellness check?
Since our pups age significantly faster than humans do, we want to be able to keep a close watch over their health and changing needs. Therefore, a wellness examination every 6 months is recommended.
What will my veterinarian look for during a physical exam?
A thorough evaluation from nose to tail is performed to detect any changes or concerns. Our veterinarians will look at your dog’s mouth to identify the level of dental tartar and any areas of gingivitis, growths, or chipped teeth. Eyes are examined for any age-related changes with the lenses, eyelid growths, and general appearance. Ears are assessed for signs of infection. The doctor will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs for any heart murmurs, abnormal rhythms, or wheezing. Palpation of the belly assesses for general comfort, and presence or enlargement of specific organs. Skin is evaluated for rashes, bumps, skin tags, and fleas/flea dirt. Your dog’s gait is evaluated for lameness, pain, or stiffness. A body condition assessment will determine your pet’s ideal weight and any recommendations for diet adjustments or changes with activity can be made.
Is there any additional testing needed beyond a wellness exam?
Annual blood testing for heartworm and tick diseases as well as annual fecal testing for intestinal parasites is standard. A wellness blood panel is highly recommended annually to evaluate organ function and monitor any trends or changes. This allows us to personalize care more thoroughly for your pet to keep them happy and healthy for years to come.
Routine wellness checks for your cat:
Edge Animal Hospital offers routine feline healthcare in addition to our diagnostic and surgical services. From kitten care to geriatric cat medicine, consistent routine wellness exams enable our healthcare team to proactively track our patient’s health throughout their various life stages.
A wellness exam is a perfect time to discuss your cat’s daily habits and activity level, diet and nutrition, and any problems you may have noticed. Our staff is trained to make your cat feels comfortable and to reduce their stress so that we can perform a thorough examination. During this time we will talk with you about your cat’s daily routine, and if you have noticed anything out of the ordinary.
Cat Wellness Q&A
What will a veterinarian be looking for during my cat’s wellness exam?
Before performing any procedures, we will record your cat’s weight and temperature, evaluate their dental grade, and examine their eyes and ears. Their veterinarian will also assess their ideal body composition, check for any lumps and bumps, and palpate the abdomen for organ size to make sure all is normal.
Will my cat’s wellness exam require any specific lab work or procedures?
Cats age much quicker than humans do, so doing yearly labs are advised! Our healthcare team will collect urine, fecal, and blood samples to conduct lab tests that will detect any abnormalities before your pet shows clinical signs.
Why is early detection so important to the well-being of my cat?
By nature, cats are independent creatures by nature and masters at hiding any pain or illnesses they may be experiencing. You may not be aware that your kitty is not feeling well, and it’s better to stay one step ahead of any potential medical issues.
Pet Wellness in St. Petersburg, FL
Taking care of your precious pet’s health starts with a thorough veterinary exam. To make an appointment for your pet, call us at (727) 470-6949.