Annual wellness exams evaluate your pets overall health, detect problems before they become serious, and keep them on track to live a long, healthy life.
Much like their human owners, many pets don’t enjoy visiting their doctor. However, it’s important for your pet’s health to make sure you’re taking steps to prevent disease.
At Champion Wood Animal Hospital, we strive to take the discomfort out of regular veterinary checkups. We offer preventative care services either through a scheduled appointment at our clinic or through practices you can do at home. Either way, preventative care is essential to your pet’s long-term health and happiness.
As a standard practice at our clinic, we work with you to customize your pet’s treatment according to their specific needs. We know no two pets are alike, so no two preventative care plans are alike! We will equip you with resources to help you take better care of your pet at home. We walk you through every step of your pet’s treatment plan and answer any questions you might have when it comes to treating your pet. We know you see your pets as family members, and we will treat them as such.
We follow your pet through the many phases of their lives. From specialized and preventative care during their younger years to regular wellness checks as they age, we seek to prevent and detect problems before they arise. We know your pet is important to you, that's why we work hard to ensure they are given only the best in care through all the years of their lives.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that your pet have a wellness exam at least once every year. As your pet ages, they recommend having even more. We believe strongly in preventive care and have developed wellness protocols for every stage of the life of your pet. Depending on your pet’s life stage, vaccines may be administered, as well as disease screenings.
Seeking preventative veterinary care in Spring can mean a lot of different things for different pets. Ultimately, preventative care allows us to ensure that your pet is happy and healthy at every stage of their life. By keeping on top of your pet’s health, you could save yourself from costly problems down the line by spotting issues before they get worse.
At Champion Wood Animal Hospital, every care plan is tailored to your pet. We start with a general wellness exam and will ask you questions about your pet’s habits and behavior, as well as if you’ve noticed any changes. This will help us identify areas where your pet may need help and will give us a good baseline to be able to track your pet’s progress. If we spot issues early, it can save you a lot of time, money, and heartache down the line.
Your preventative care plan may include:
Parasite prevention (such as heartworms or other parasites)
Flea and tick control
Regular blood work
Your pet’s needs will vary depending on many factors, such as their age or breed. We will identify and create a plan that best suits your pet. Most pets should visit their veterinarian every six months, but you may need to visit us more frequently depending on your pet’s needs.
By making the long-term health of your pet a priority, you and your family will enjoy years of a healthy, happy pet.
Wellness exams give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their own unique bodies and tendencies. They also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious, and even make your pet more familiar with our veterinary hospital, making future visits easier on them and you.
We believe in preventative medicine as the best approach to keeping our patients healthy. This includes annual wellness examinations, vaccinations on a one- or three-year basis, external and internal parasite prevention, and dietary management. Our doctors will help determine what vaccinations are appropriate according to you and your pet’s needs. We will discuss in detail what your options are to help you make the best possible health decisions for your pet.
During a wellness exam, our veterinary team will start out by taking your pet's vital signs. Our veterinarian will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet from nose to tail and may also perform diagnostic tests such as blood work, urinalysis, or intestinal parasite tests. Depending on your pet’s life stage, vaccines may be administered, as well as disease screenings for heartworm, kidney, liver, blood disorders, and more.
Wellness examinations do not necessarily mean that your pet is going to be subjected to complicated or costly medical tests and treatments. This allows us to prevent major health issues from developing undetected and gives us the opportunity to analyze and record baseline values such as temperature, body condition, and lab work. We measure these when your pet is healthy in order to provide better care in the event of illness or emergency. A dental health exam and a weight check are always important parts of a wellness exam, and may indicate problems that can progress rapidly and have significant impact on your pet's overall health.
Early detection and correction of medical problems will help to ensure that your pet will live a long, healthy, and active life.