Pet Wellness

Our pets are a much loved part of the family. They provide us with unconditional love, entertainment, and even a little bit of frustration now and then – but that’s part of their charm. Making sure our non-human family lives long and happy lives is the most important part of being a good pet parent. The American Veterinary Medical Association says that even healthy dogs and cats should visit the vet for a pet check-up at least once a year. Staying current on your pet’s health needs can help them lead long and problem-free lives in the family, and taking your little friend to the vet can do just that.

Why Wellness Exams are Important

Wellness exams give us a chance to evaluate your pet’s general health and well-being, while also providing a baseline for his or her individual body and tendencies. Wellness exams are important in establishing health plans that suit your pet’s needs. For example, if your dog is discovered to be overweight, a healthy weight loss and diet plan can be developed for him.

Generally, pets age faster than humans, and an annual exam for your pet would be more or less equivalent to you seeing your own doctor every five to seven years! Wellness exams are essential to detecting potential health risks early on before they become more aggressive, life-threatening illnesses.

What to Expect

To assess your pet’s overall wellness, we will check:

  • Weight
  • Skin, coat, joints, and nails
  • Hearing
  • Eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Heart and lung sounds

Diet and nutrition are very important in pet wellness, along with keeping up to date on all core vaccinations. Overweight or obese animals have an increased risk of health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems – just like humans. As pets age, their dietary needs change so it is a good idea to review and adjust your pet’s diet plan regularly.

At Argyle, we also order blood tests and perform routine checks to monitor blood cell levels, check for diseases such as Feline Leukemia and Feline Immune Deficiency in cats and heartworm disease in dogs. Early discovery of blood-based illnesses can mean the difference in a successful treatment plan and a shortened lifespan.

Annual heartworm tests for all dogs and cats are recommended, and annual screenings for other parasites like roundworms are something to keep in mind. We provide intestinal parasite prevention and maintenance for our companion animal friends because as they spend time grooming themselves, they are more exposed to the possibility of ingesting parasites in their daily activities. Regular external parasite checkups keep our pets happy and healthy.