What to Expect at Your Pet’s Wellness Exam
A standard wellness exam for dogs and cats includes:
- The head-to-tail physical examination
- Checking your pet’s vitals and body weight
- Screening a fecal sample for signs of intestinal worms
- Answering your questions and discussing any health or behavioral concerns you have
- Recommending/discussing nutrition for your pet
Other Services Your Pet Might Need After Their Exam
If your dog or cat is visiting us for their yearly checkup, they might need more than just an exam. They may also need these services/treatments:
- Comprehensive blood work
- Heartworm and tick-borne disease testing
- Fecal exam
- Deworming (typical for puppies and kittens)
- Refilling your pet’s parasite preventatives
- Microchipping (we recommend a microchip for all puppies and kittens)
Why Parasite Preventatives are Vital to Your Pet’s Wellness
Dogs and cats are susceptible to a variety of internal and external parasites, including heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, fleas, and ticks. Many of these parasites can cause illness and spread disease, both among pets and humans. To protect your pet and your human family members, it’s important to provide your dog or cat with the necessary parasite preventatives.
At Dearing Veterinary Clinic, we recommend keeping your pet on their parasite preventatives year-round. This ensures the strongest possible protection, and greatly minimizes their risk of heartworm disease, Lyme disease, and other illnesses.
If you need more information about parasites in dogs and cats, get in touch with us at (325) 698-3090!