We can now do so much more for our cherished pets to cure or slow down diseases and ultimately enhance quality of life.
Preventative medicine is now the normal situation with human health with regular check ups and routine screening done for many diseases. For example cholesterol and glucose blood tests, blood pressure checks and tests for breast, bowel and prostate.
There is no doubt that this type of preventative health care should now be available for our pets.
The Wellness Exam
This is the basis of preventative medicine in pets and should include at least an annual thorough physical examination. It may include an age appropriate blood test, a urine test and blood pressure check. Though we will seek any symptoms you may have noticed, pets often hide their illness until it is advanced so the physical examination can be the key to identifying issues early.
We examine the eyes: Cataracts, "Dry eye" and glaucoma must be identified early if medical therapies are to be useful.
We examine the mouth: Gum disease is a very common cause of poor health and pain with irreversible periodontal disease ocurring if left untreated. Oral tumors are often malignant and require early detection.
We examine the ear canals: Ear infections are common and often presented at a chronic stage when ear drums can be perforated and medical treatment more challenging.
We listen to the heart and lungs: Heart disease can be treated better than ever extending quality of life.
We examine the skin: Almost all the common serious skin tumors are cured with early surgery.
We palpate the abdomen: In most pets we can feel many of the organs.We often detect abnormalities that can allow prompt treatment.
We examine the joints: Arthritis is a common and painful condition that is often overlooked as normal aging. Many options are now available to manage this condition with dramatic improvements in wellbeing possible.
Health Screening Tests
Blood and urine tests can be an invaluable addition to an examination by exposing trends or concerns in health that would otherwise remain undetected. We offer a reduced charge on these services when combined with an annual examination and any Vaccinations that are due.
Silver Whiskers Testing
Like ourselves as pets age the risk of disease increases. In pets over seven years of age a more intensive program of screening is ideal. Because we see great outcomes from being proactive we are firm believers in this idea. To encourage more pet owners to take up this opportunity regularly we have put together a great value package called "Silver Whiskers"
This is a popular option and includes a species specific blood test, urine test, blood pressure, documented clinical examination and a report. To add further value there is also a free application of advocate flea and worm treatment.
Since one year in a pets life is about seven in ours a second visit or more each year is recommended.
An affordable way for our clients to achieve this is by booking an appointment at a Nurse Clinic.
The Nurse Clinics are a chance to discuss weight control, diets, dental health, worming, flea treatment and general well being. Some routine maintenance such as nail clipping, anal sac emptying and worming can also be done.
Health care through your pets life stages
- The Wellness Exam
- Screening Tests
- Silver Whiskers Program
- Nurse Clinics