The Importance of Pet Wellness Exams
As with humans, pets have certain physical, emotional and lifestyle needs that contribute to their overall health. However, pets can’t articulate their needs or feelings if something seems to be out of order. So the task of health maintenance for our pets falls to us and, of course, we can’t just ask our pets how they feel. You may notice if they behave differently than they normally do but, you may not always be able to detect the underlying problems that cause these behavioral shifts. In many cases, problems are temporary and minimal, but staying closely aware of your pet’s general fitness and specific health issues can help you to better detect when something is outside of their normal, healthy range.
Aspects of Pet Wellness
Pet wellness exams are somewhat routine for most small household pets. There may be slight variations based on the specific needs of your pet, but during a typical wellness check the vet will do a thorough physical exam, a dental checkup and administer vaccinations, if necessary.
Doing preventative wellness visits for your pet is one of the best ways to ensure that your pet stays healthy and pain-free, but they can also save you lots of money on expensive treatments or cures if you wait for your pets to have problems before you bring them to the vet. Preventative wellness is not only about checking for illness or disease, it is also about providing treatments or applying medications to help prevent issues that are common to certain pets, such as heartworm, tumors, fleas, and ticks.
What Vets Screen For at Different Life Stages
You will notice during vet visits that, as your pet ages, the vet will check different aspects of their health. With puppies and kittens, the major focus, in most cases, is on building up strength, ensuring immunity to diseases and reinforcing trust. Vaccinations will also be administered and your vet will establish a schedule of treatments and checkups that are specific to your pet’s breed, size, weight and other factors. These guidelines should be adhered to as closely as possible in order to ensure the safety of your pet. In some locations, certain vaccinations are state-mandated and must be kept up to date on a strict schedule.
Flea & Tick Prevention
Flea and tick prevention will be an ongoing health maintenance task for your pet. The specific vaccinations that your pet receives will vary depending on your geographical location and the particular threats faced there. This is a crucial aspect of wellness, as some of the diseases that can be contracted via fleas and ticks are not only uncomfortable for your pet, they can also be life-threatening.
Spay & Neuter Services
This will be one of the first things you’ll do to maintain the health of your pet. Most vets will definitely recommend spaying and neutering procedures to help prevent the development of tumors and reproductive diseases such as mammary or testicular neoplasia and prostatic disease.
How Your Veterinarian Can Help Guide You through Your Pet's Entire Life Cycle
If you’re looking for a veterinarian in Council Bluffs and Glenwood, you’ll always have a choice of not just one but four highly skilled and experienced veterinarians at Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic. Our four caring veterinary physicians each have their own style and specialties so, with all of their support, the various issues of any household pet can be successfully addressed as they grow from puppies to seniors. This kind of caregiver consistency is integral to your pet’s health and wellbeing.
As community pet care providers, we are proud to be partners with you in helping to keep your pets safe, healthy and active for as long as possible. Building a rapport with our pet patients and their owners is very important to us, as it assists us in learning the intimate health and lifestyle details that can be extremely useful in detecting and addressing problems in a timely manner.
Ready to Schedule Your Visit?
If you’d like to get your pet started on a consistent, healthy regimen of pet wellness exams with caring, experienced neighborhood pet professionals, give us a call! We’re always happy to welcome new pets and their owners into our clinic. We consider it a privilege to be able to serve the community and we look forward to meeting you and serving all of your pet health needs! Call us today at (712) 323-0598 for our Council Bluffs Clinic or (712) 527-9454 to reach us at our Glenwood Clinic.