Yearly wellness exams are crucial for your pet's well-being. At this time the doctor will do a complete physical exam and administer any vaccines that are due, including rabies, distemper, lyme, and bordatella vaccines.
An annual heartworm test is recommended to check your pet for heartworm disease. Heartworm is carried by mosquitoes and even pets kept on prevention medications should be tested each year. A missed dose, a late dose, or medication failures can lead to a positive heartworm test. It is much easier to treat your pet in the very early stages of the disease than after it has progressed. Even if your dog is an "indoor" pet, he or she should be tested for heartworm. Your pet goes outdoors, even for short bathroom trips, and we all have been bitten by pesky mosquitoes who have found their way through the window or door screens. If they bite us, they can and will also bite your furry family members.
Along with the wellness of your pet: routine dental care, parasite prevention, proper nutrition, regular exercise, and an appropriate environment also add vitality and years to your pet's life. Please feel free to discuss any of these issues with our veterinarians and staff members. We are here to help you and your pet have a happy, long life together.