Our #1 priority is keeping your pet healthy. You help us do so by bringing your pet in for yearly wellness exams. Regular exams allow us to show you what health problems to look for and give you a chance to ask any questions or tell us about any new observations.
A typical wellness exam consists of the these key components:
Your pet’s annual physical allows your veterinarian to complete a nose-to-tail examination and note any changes to your pet’s health. Your veterinarian will check everything, from your pet’s ears, eyes, and mouth to the function of the heart and lungs. You can also expect your veterinarian to record your pet’s weight, examine the skin and coat, and feel the body for any unusual lumps or bumps.
Annual Parasite Testing
Tick-borne diseases and heartworms have become a significant problem in Maryland. Each year during your dog’s wellness exam, we’ll recommend a comprehensive blood screening for tick-borne diseases and parasites, checking for:
- Heartworm disease
- Lyme disease
Our furry friends occasionally carry intestinal parasites that can be transferred to people. We’ll request a stool sample to test for intestinal parasites at your pet’s annual visit. We send samples to an outside laboratory that specializes in testing for Giardia, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms.
Prevention is the key to protecting your pet from harmful parasites. We recommend a monthly heartworm preventive medication, as well as flea and tick treatments and yearly deworming, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaccinations play a vital role in your pet’s overall health by preventing harmful pet diseases. After discussing your pet’s lifestyle with you, your veterinarian will determine which vaccinations are right for your pet. We commonly administer these vaccinations:
- DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Lyme disease
- Canine influenza
Nutrition & Exercise
Proper nutrition and exercise are essential to your pet’s total health. Obesity causes health complications and severely decreases life expectancy. During your wellness visit, you can expect your veterinarian to discuss nutrition choices and exercise tips, as well as suggest changes to your pet’s diet and exercise regime as needed.