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Animal Hospital of Park Glen

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General Wellness

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Your Partner in Pet Health

Comprehensive physical examinations, immunizations, nutrition, and parasite prevention are the cornerstone of a healthy life.

The veterinary professionals at Alliance Animal Health Center and Animal Hospital of Park Glen strive to prevent illness. Our preventative care recommendations all focus on the ultimate goal… the longest, healthiest, happiest life possible for pets.

Pets are unique and the care that they require should be unique as well. We strive to create a health plan that will optimize the care and prevention needed for your pet dependent upon its life stage.

Pet's Wellness Care

On average, an exam performed once a year for a pet is the equivalent to a human visiting a doctor every 6 or 7 years. In addition, many animals, especially cats, are masters at hiding health problems. An examination by an experienced veterinarian provides the opportunity to discover health concerns that might otherwise go undetected. The benefits of early discovery can lead to an increased quality of life, less pain, and decreased cost.

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At a minimum of once (preferably twice) per year, a pet’s wellness care should include:

  • Comprehensive wellness examination

  • Intestinal parasite screening

  • Heartworm testing and prevention

  • Flea and tick control

  • Diet evaluation

  • Vaccination program (dependent upon pet’s lifestyle/exposure risk)

  • Specialized blood screening/testing

Wellness Examination

What happens during a wellness examination? Your pet’s visit will begin with a trained veterinary technician obtaining medical history for your pet. In addition, the technician will obtain important vital signs such as weight, body condition score, pulse, respiration, and temperature.

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Wellness examination will include:

  • Overall demeanor (is the pet bright and alert?)

  • Weight (under, ideal, or over)

  • Hair coat and skin (dryness, oiliness, shedding, abnormal hair loss, lumps, bumps, areas of abnormal thickening)

  • Eyes (redness, discharge, excessive tearing, lumps/bumps on eyelids, cloudiness, other abnormalities)

  • Ears (Discharge, thickening, hematoma, hair loss, infection, other abnormalities)

  • Nose and face (symmetry, discharge, breathing ability, other abnormalities)

  • Mouth and teeth (tartar build up, periodontal disease, retained teeth, broken teeth, excessive salivation, ulcers)

  • Heart and lungs (heart rate, heart rhythm, heart murmurs, increased/decreased breath sounds)

  • Lymph nodes in neck, head, and hind legs (swelling or pain)

  • Legs and paws (lameness, muscle problems, issues with nails/paws, nerve problems)

  • Abdomen (palpation of the bladder, kidneys, liver, intestines, spleen, and stomach to assess whether these organs appear normal, or whether the pet exhibits discomfort)

If you have questions about anything related to your pet’s health and well-being, the wellness examination visit is an ideal time to speak to your veterinarian about your concerns.