The American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practicioners recommend two wellness exams per year for all pets citing that sometimes animals do not show signs of illness until later disease stages. Wellness exams are a prevention and early detection method and allow our veterinarians to maintain or improve your pet’s quality of life and potentionally lower costs of care.
During our Annual visits (for dogs) our doctors will perform a thorough exam, a courtesy nail trim, and we will take samples to test for both intestinal parasites and heartworms. If a dog is heartworm positive, there are fewer heartworm prevention medications that are considered safe to aid in curing the disease. We will also update Rabies, Bordetella (guards against kennel cough), and Distemper/Parvo Virus boosters.
Semi-annual visits also include a comprehensive exam and courtesy nail trim. At this time we will boost Bordetella, Leptospirosis (contagious to humans), and the Canine Influenza vaccine if needed.
Felines are only required to have one visit per year for vaccines, but semi-annual wellness exams are recommended to maintain a healthy cat. During this visit our doctors will thoroughly examine your cat and trim nails upon request. We will also obtain a fecal sample to analyze for intestinal parasite infestations. Cats are given boosters for Rabies and a combination vaccine for Feline Leukemia, Rhino and Calici Viruses and Hepatitis.