At Companion Animal Hospital, we recommend annual cat and dog wellness exam care for all of our patients here in Oak Park, IL and surrounding neighborhoods. Our pets may live shorter lives, but they need just as much care and maintenance as we do to stay healthy.
Annual cat and dog wellness exams are extremely important for detecting disease, assessing current health and formulating treatment plans based on your pet’s individual needs. Preventing future illness is key to every wellness plan, and our team will help you make the best decisions to achieve this outcome year after year.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR CAT AND DOG WELLNESS EXAMS
Wellness care is made up of various components. Cat and dog exams are a primary piece in the puzzle, helping us establish a baseline of health and create an ongoing medical history. A nose-to-tail physical exam includes:
- Checking the eyes, ears, and mouth/teeth
- Weighing in, taking temperature and listening to heart beat
- Examining the skin, coat, limbs/joints, abdomen and tail
Following the physical, we’ll take time to learn more about your pet and their daily lifestyle. From there, we can recommend the best vaccines for their needs and run blood work to screen for parasites and other issues. If your pet requires additional treatments, we will discuss them with you.
Puppies, kittens and senior pets need to see their veterinarian more frequently for checkups and diagnostics. We recommend semiannual exams for senior dogs and cats, as they can develop problems quickly and are much more vulnerable to illness.
TREATING AND PREVENTING PARASITES IN DOGS AND CATS
Your cats and dogs needs to stay on parasite prevention throughout their life in order to stay healthy. Fleas, ticks, heartworms and various intestinal parasites are an ongoing issue, but you can keep infestations at bay with the right preventive. Before starting your pet on prevention, we will need to run a fecal test to check for intestinal parasites and take a blood test to screen for heartworms.
Parasite-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, flea allergic dermatitis, tapeworm and heartworm disease can be treated, but treatment can be costly. Complete prevention will always be the best medicine!