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Wellness

 

Wellness is prevention. Early detection and prevention of disease is just as important for animals as it is for people.

ALL HEALTHY ADULT PETS NEED TO BE EXAMINED AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR IN ORDER TO PREVENT OR DETECT HEALTH CONCERNS

What is included in your pet’s wellness prevention?

The consultation: Dr. Foster will ask and answer questions about your pets daily routine, eating habits, exercise, behaviour or changes you the pet owner have noted or expressed concern.

The physical examination: A physical examination involves the eyes, ears, nose, skin, oral cavity, chest (heart and lungs), abdomen (abdominal organs) reproductive systems, urinary systems, rectum/anus, musculoskeletal/extremities (limbs, paws), neurological system ,body condition and ideal weight, comfort level and overall well-being.

EVERY PET IS ASSESSED INDIVIDUALLY. NOT EVERY PET HAS THE SAME NEEDS

Age- and risk-appropriate vaccinations: Your pet’s vaccination schedule will change based on age, risk of contracting certain diseases and vaccination type. Most healthy adult pets will receive vaccine boosters once every 1-3 years depending on the type of vaccine. The veterinarian will discuss and recommend vaccinations considered necessary.

A fecal examination: This is screen to be sure your pet is free of harmful intestinal parasites.

Additional diagnostic tests: Additional diagnostic testing may be recommended based on your pet’s age, medical history and findings of the physical examination. These diagnostic tests might include blood-work, urinalysis, or radiographs.

Recommendations for now and future wellness care for your pet, such as flea, tick, and internal parasite control, heartworm testing and prevention, oral care, nutritional requirements etc. all designed with your individual pet in mind.

WE PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE PET OWNERS TO COMMIT TO TWICE YEARLY WELLNESS EXAMINATIONS

6 Reasons Keep your pet healthy with twice-a-year exams

  • Pets age faster than people, by age two, most pets have already reached adulthood. By age seven, many pets are entering their senior years.
  • Because pets age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in as little as six months
  • Today’s pets are living longer than ever, increasing the chance that they will experience a potentially serious illness during their lifetime.
  • Twice a year wellness exams can help your veterinarian diagnose, treat or prevent problems before they become life threatening.
  • Twice a year wellness exams provide an opportunity to discuss nutrition, pet behavior and other concerns with your veterinarian
  • Twice a year wellness exams can help your pet live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

Taken from Fort Dodge Animal Health – National Pet Wellness Month