Part of keeping your pet healthy for a lifetime is maintaining a schedule of routine veterinary appointments for vaccines, physicals, and standard health screenings. With these wellness visits, our San Antonio veterinary clinic can monitor the state of your pet’s health, prevent disease and illness, and safeguard them against preventable conditions. Our mission is to protect your beloved pet’s health, beginning with regular exams and wellness appointments.
When you bring your pet to our office, we begin with a complete physical exam to better assess and discuss what care your pet needs to remain healthy. Potential suggestions for additional treatments can include dental cleanings, vaccinations, boosters, or diet changes. We work with you as a team so that, together, we can develop a plan for your pet’s long-term wellness.
During each wellness visit, we will listen to your pets’ heart and lungs, check their ears and eyes and observe their overall appearance. It is important to evaluate how they stand and walk, that their skin and hair look healthy, and that your pet is bright and alert.
These physical exams allow our veterinarian to practice responsible, proactive care and catch or prevent common health problems, such as dental disease, diabetes, kidney and heart disease, and heartworm. We help you stay current with your pet’s healthcare needs, so you can both enjoy a happy and comfortable life.
Vaccinations and Boosters
For many pets, there are essential vaccines that the state of Texas requires they receive, which commonly include injections to protect against rabies and Lyme disease. We can also provide the distemper series of vaccines for kittens and puppies, leukemia vaccinations for adult cats, and one-year booster shots at routine veterinary wellness visits. After the one-year mark, we can customize any additional vaccinations needed to ensure that your pet is thoroughly protected against illness.
Bloodwork and Testing
Your pet’s wellness visit can also include tests on blood and urine, depending on their age and whether they are an indoor or outdoor pet. With the information obtained from these tests, we can closely monitor changes over time and proactively prepare for any internal health problems or issues with organ function. By consistently monitoring the presence of glucose, cholesterol, proteins, and hormone levels, we can determine any abnormalities early and provide treatment sooner.
We also monitor the performance of certain medications and nutrition to determine the need for supplements or other wellness therapy. With blood testing and other routine screenings, we get a substantial amount of information about your pet’s health that is vital to recommending additional care or maintaining their current level of wellness.
Is it Time for your Pet’s Next Veterinary Check-Up?
If it has been more than six months since your pet's last visit to a doctor, then it is definitely time for a wellness check. Of course, if you notice any drastic changes in your pet's eating, sleeping, or behavior patterns, don’t wait for your bi-annual visit, just call for an appointment as soon as you can. Animals cannot tell us how they feel, so any unusual signs or subtle changes are worth a visit, even if it’s just for peace of mind.
For more information about wellness visits at the Medical Pet Center of Antonio, contact our office today and schedule your appointment.