Regular wellness exams are one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommend annual wellness exams at a minimum. We believe strongly in preventive care and have developed wellness protocols for every stage of your pet’s life.
One of the most important reasons to bring your pet in on a regular basis is to monitor and treat conditions before they become untreatable. Since pets can’t vocalize how they are feeling, illness or disease may be present before you are aware of symptoms. The benefit of early detection allows time for steps to be taken to manage or correct a problem before irreversible damage occurs. Because our pets age so much faster than we do, regular wellness exams are one of the best ways that you can help your pet live a long, healthy life.
During a wellness exam, your veterinarian will ask for a complete history of your pet’s health including eating habits, exercise, unusual behavior, etc., and do a comprehensive examination of your pet from nose to tail. He or she may also perform diagnostic tests such as blood work, urinalysis, or intestinal parasite tests, and vaccines may be administered (depending on your pet’s life stage). Additionally, disease screenings (heartworm disease, kidney or liver disease, blood disorders, etc.) may be recommended, depending on the state of your pet’s health.
Wellness exams are a simple and effective way of monitoring your pet’s health. Wellness examinations do not necessarily mean that your pet is going to be subjected to a barrage of complicated or costly medical tests and treatments. While some animals may need close monitoring of blood work, x-rays, or other tests, many pets benefit simply from being physically examined, having their heart and lungs listened to and their general health assessed. This helps prevent a major health issue from developing undetected. This also 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 weight check are always important parts of a wellness exam, and may indicate problems that can progress rapidly and can have significant impact on your pet’s overall health.
Finally, preventive care including heartworm preventative, flea and tick preventative, and regular vaccinations are an important part of any wellness plan. Check out the AVMA’s description of what to expect and watch for after your pet has been vaccinated. We also recommend spending some time at the Companion Animal Parasite Council’s “Pets and Parasites” website, which gives you information on the myriad types of animal parasites including geographic distribution, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. We carry preventive medications to cover any cat or dog lifestyle, including:
- K9 Advantix II – A topical application to prevent fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies and lice.
- Heartgard Plus – A chewable that prevents heartworms and some intestinal parasites (roundworms and hookworms).
- Nexgard – A chewable that kills and prevents fleas & ticks.
- Interceptor – A tablet that prevents heartworms and intestinal parasites (hookworms, roundworms, whipworms).
- Trifexis – Controls and prevents fleas, heartworm, and intestinal parasites (hookworms, roundworms, whipworms).
- Revolution – Controls and prevents fleas, heartworm, ear mites, sarcoptic mange, and some ticks (Dermacentor species).
- Advantage II – A topical application that kills and prevents fleas.
- Revolution – A topical that prevents fleas, heartworm, ear mites and intestinal parasites (roundworms and hookworms).
Please click on a product for more information, or check out these links for more information about fleas, ticks, and heartworms. Speak to a Far Hills veterinarian about which type of preventative is best for your pet.
Early detection and correction of medical problems will help ensure that your pet will live a long, healthy, and active life. Schedule your pet’s wellness exam with Far Hills Animal Clinic today!