At the beginning of every wellness exam at Eastown Veterinary Clinic, your pet’s exam assistant will ask you questions to obtain a complete medical history for your pet. This way, we can determine right away if there have been any changes in health or behavior since your last visit. Your pet’s veterinarian will then assess your pet’s overall appearance and body condition during a physical examination. This examination includes:
- Listening to the heart and lungs
- Feeling for signs of pain, tumors or any other unusual changes in the body
- Checking joints for signs of arthritis or muscle weakness
- Examining the eyes, ears, and mouth for any signs of disease
Your veterinarian will alert you to any abnormalities they find and will make recommendations to encourage the best health for your pet.
In addition to a complete physical exam, during wellness exams, we will also draw a blood sample to test your pet for heartworm disease and will check a stool sample for intestinal parasites. Depending on your pet’s age and general health status, we will recommend a tailored blood panel and possibly a urinalysis to evaluate the health of the internal organs and help detect early stages of a disease.
Wellness examinations are the most important part of preventative healthcare for pets in all stages of life, from puppies and kittens to senior pets. They allow us to detect changes such as weight gain or loss, dental disease and other subtle differences you may not notice at home. Many diseases become more dangerous and easier to contract as pets get older, so routine wellness exams and blood panels are particularly important for helping us detect diseases in senior pets before those diseases become serious problems.
With early diagnosis, many diseases, like dental disease, diabetes, and heart disease, can be treated, and early treatment can greatly decrease pain and improve your pet’s overall health and well-being. Early detection and treatment can also help extend your pet’s life.
Preventative healthcare includes the prevention of common parasitic infections in cats and dogs. Not only can we prevent heartworms with preventative medications, but we can prevent a variety of internal and external parasites, too. Eastown Veterinary Clinic takes a year-round approach to parasite prevention, as advocated by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC).
Parasite prevention doesn’t just protect your pets. Many parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to people. Some of the most common zoonotic parasites include:
Protecting your pets from parasites keeps your whole family safe.
Microchipping and Its Benefits
Microchips are tiny electronic devices, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio waves to transmit identification information. Pet microchips store unique identification numbers that show once the chip is scanned. This number can be reported to the appropriate microchip company where the owners’ contact information is stored. Microchips are made of a material that is compatible with body tissues, so rejection and infection at the site of microchip injection are rare.
Microchips may move slightly once they’re injected, but they typically stay in the general area of where they’re initially placed. Chips can be read by passing a compatible scanner over them. Different microchip companies use different kinds of chips, but most scanners can read all kinds of chips.
Why you should identify your pet with a microchip:
- Many lost pets are never returned to their owners because the pets do not have any form of identification.
- Microchips are a permanent form of pet identification that can never be lost.
- Microchipping is a simple, quick procedure that we can complete in an office exam.
Remember: Microchips must be registered with a microchip company before they can ever reunite you with your pet. Registering a microchip connects your contact information to that chip, so it is useless when it’s not registered.
Animal shelters, humane societies, and veterinary clinics all have microchip scanners that can retrieve your contact information and help reunite you with your pet if your pet ever becomes lost.
To schedule wellness and preventative care at Eastown Veterinary Clinic, give us a call at 616-649-1075 or request an appointment online.