Your Pet’s Wellness Exam
At every wellness exam, we start with you—asking questions about any changes in your pet’s behavior and talking about any concerns you may have. This is important not only for assessing your pet’s health, but for your pet, too! As we engage with you, it gives your pet time to get used to us, realize we are not a threat, and then make the first move to approach us. Beginning this way helps set your pet at ease and gives them a sense of control.
Next, we will address the following to assess their health:
Life Stage Pet Care in Herndon, VA
While the above list is a general account of what any pet’s wellness exam could look like, your pet’s health changes with age and we change our approach to suit your pet’s needs.
Puppy and Kitten Care
At the beginning of their lives, puppies and kittens are vulnerable to disease and parasites. Many of them are born with worms, but deworming treatment rids them of these intestinal parasites. Additionally, puppies and kittens have weak immune systems, so we will establish a vaccination schedule at your first visit to make sure they build up the immunities they need to sustain a healthy life. We may also talk to you about spay and neuter options for your pet.
Adult Dog and Cat Care
Adulthood is typically the most active time in a pet’s life. They’ll require adequate nutrition as well as parasite prevention to keep them protected during their romps outside. What’s more is their vaccinations will need to stay up-to-date to ensure no lapse in their immunity. Yearly pet wellness care for them is usually enough to keep them in tip-top shape.
Senior Dog and Cat Care
As pets grow older, their needs change again. As a senior dog or cat, their diet will likely need to be adjusted to avoid weight gain and obesity. They may also require supplements or pain medications to deal with the aches of old age. Many older pets develop degenerative conditions such as arthritis and may need to be on pain medication for the long-term and regular laser therapy may help them, too. Senior dogs and cats can also develop issues much more rapidly so seeing us at least every year, if not more often, is highly recommended.