Pet Wellness Exams: Combining Natural and Conventional Medicine
At VetNaturally in Mandeville, LA, we combine natural treatment approaches with conventional Western medicine methodology to provide your pet with the most comprehensive care possible. When you come in for a veterinary wellness exam for your dog or cat, you will receive end-to-end monitoring, full preventative care, dietary recommendations, behavioral evaluations, and answers to all your questions.
Your furry friend cannot tell you when they don’t feel well. Our wellness check-ups ensure that your pet always feels its best by checking all aspects of its health. Preventative exams help us identify the early stages of different diseases or complications, so we can treat problems before they progress any further.
The bi-annual or annual wellness exam varies based on your pet, though typically includes a few exams that check their overall health. For example, we may complete blood work if you’re concerned about your cat’s hydration levels or thyroid hormone testing to screen for potential diseases. During your appointment, we’ll ask questions about the following:
- Their daily habits
- How much they eat, and what type of food
- How much water they drink
- Their typical behavior
- Any issues you’ve noticed
- Their current medications
After assessing your pet’s health, we will recommend different preventive measures to keep them feeling their best, which may include:
- Flea and tick prevention
- Heartworm prevention
- Nutrition adjustments
- Skin treatments
- Weight management tactics
- Dental care treatments
- Mass removals
- Spays or neuters
Dog Wellness Exams
Your dog is a part of your family, so you want to keep them healthy and happy for as long as possible. Whether you have a young puppy or a senior pet, we can tailor our veterinary wellness exams to meet your pet’s needs. The most important things we check during wellness exams for dogs include the following:
- Overall brightness and alertness
- General body weight, size, and muscularity
- Paw and toenail condition
- Heart rhythms or murmurs
- Discharge from the eyes, nose, or ears
- Head tilts
- Pulse abnormalities
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swelling or tenderness around the abdomen
- Excessive salivation
- Tartar build-up on the teeth
- Non-symmetrical skin folds or lumps
- Excessive dryness or oiliness in the coat
Dogs can often develop specific conditions, like heartworms. We always check for common ailments during our wellness visits to keep your pet feeling great. As your dog ages, we will adjust screenings to meet any new concerns they face.
Cat Wellness Exams
Dogs and cats have different health concerns, so we provide individualized treatments for every animal. For example, dogs often struggle with mobility impairments, while cats are more prone to issues with tapeworm infections, kidney stones from dehydration, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. When you bring your cat in for a wellness visit, we will check all the above items and ask you a few more questions about their behavior.
We can learn a lot about your cat’s health based on their litter box habits, how much water they drink, how often they vomit, their indoor or outdoor lifestyle, and more. We can use your answers, the physical exam, and additional testing to detect any health issues and help your cat live a long, happy, healthy life. For example, we may recommend switching your cat to wet food if we notice signs of dehydration from crystals in their urine.
If you’re concerned about your kitty’s anxiety during the visit, call our office, and we can walk you through a few tips.
Schedule a Pet Wellness Exam at Our Animal Hospital Today
At VetNaturally, we care about helping your pet feel the best it can. When you bring your pet to your clinic for a wellness exam, they will receive individualized treatment, comprehensive exams, and careful preventative recommendations to prioritize their wellbeing. Our veterinary wellness exam program combines natural health approaches with state-of-the-art Western medicine so that your pet benefits from the best of both.
Call VetNaturally in Mandeville, LA, at (985) 718-9991 to schedule a veterinary wellness exam with our knowledgeable, compassionate team.