Helping Your Pet Stay Healthy with Wellness Exams in Parrish, FL
Pet wellness exams are the foundation of your companion’s lifelong health care. They are the point at which we establish a baseline of health, check for changes, and develop a keen understanding of your pet’s needs. At Parrish Veterinary Clinic, we recommend routine pet exams for dogs and cats, because they age quickly and are more prone to illness as they get older. Like you, we want your four-legged best friend to enjoy a long and happy life, unhindered by preventable diseases and infections. Seeing us annually or semi-annually can minimize health risks for your pet and increase their longevity.
What Can I Expect with My Pet’s Exam?
Pet exams in our Parrish, FL clinic involve several different things. Typically, you can expect us to provide the following when you make your yearly visit:
A Physical Examination
The physical examination is our essential first step for evaluating your pet’s condition. We check the heart, lungs, body temperature, and weight, then go on to check:
In short, it’s a complete, nose-to-tail checkup. We’ll examine your pet for mysterious lumps, bumps, lesions, hair loss, discharge, hearing or vision problems, and anything else unusual. By examining your pet regularly, we can catch possible health issues at an early, more treatable stage.
Blood and Fecal Testing
The physical is the first layer of your pet’s exam. The next is blood and fecal testing, which we use to check blood and organ values, and screen for parasites, infections, and more. This step reveals information about your pet’s health below the surface, and can help us uncover otherwise invisible issues.
Vaccines are another core component of most pet exams. If your pet is due for their boosters, we can administer these during your appointment. We may also amend your pet’s current vaccination schedule to better suit their needs and lifestyle.
Dogs and cats need continuous protection against heartworms, fleas, ticks, and various intestinal worms all year-round (as these pests are a continuous threat). At your pet’s routine visit, we’ll run blood and fecal tests to check for signs of parasites, and, if needed, replenish their monthly preventatives.
Balanced nutrition is vital to good health, and your pet’s nutritional needs will change as they get older. Our veterinary team can provide age-appropriate diet recommendations that will give your pet the nutrients they need. We can also help you figure out how much to feed your pet, and how frequently.