As people that have dedicated our lives to the care and wellbeing of companion animals, we understand that the best means to keep your pet healthy as well as to minimize the lifetime cost of care is through preventative care.
The basis of any preventative medicine regimen is regular wellness exams. All Creatures Veterinary Care Center recommends a complete physical examination at least once a year, but more frequent exams are encouraged.
- Develop a picture of your pet’s overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns.
- Opportunity to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet’s health, habits and daily care.
- Obtain information you about up to date home preventative healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.
During your pet’s wellness checkup, your veterinarian will provide a complete physical examination:
- Establish vital signs including body temperature with a split second digital ear thermometer
- Visually evaluate your pets overall attitude and gait.
- Listen to your pet’s heart to screen for early cardiac disease
- Listen to your pet’s lungs to screen for infections, obstructive diseases and other respiratory problems.
- Check your pet’s teeth and oral cavity to screen for both tooth and gum disease.
- Dental care is an import piece of preventative care to prevent the development of serious systemic disease related to dental disease.
- We can also determine if your pet is in extreme dental pain due to tooth infections. You may not even realize that they are in pain.
- Evaluate your pet’s vision
- We have state-of-the-art ophthalmology equipment to not only evaluate the cornea but also the inside of the eye. Painless eye pressure evaluation is also performed to screen for glaucoma and other abnormal eye pressure conditions
- Look into your pet’s ears
- Palpate the lymph nodes to screen for local infections, tick borne diseases and lymph node cancer
- Palpate the abdomen making sure organ size is normal and there are no palpable abnormalities.
- Skin evaluation to screen for allergies, infections, hormonal imbalances, nutritional issues, masses
- Palpate joints, muscles and bones
Laboratory tests may also be recommended at this time
- heartworm and tick disease test for Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis and Erlichiosis
- fecal flotation test for intestinal parasites
- Complete blood cell count and blood chemistries to establish a baseline for your pet and detect any early changes.
Vaccinations are not only safe and effective; they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet’s preventative healthcare plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets easily preventable. There are also vaccines—such as for rabies and other zoonotic diseases—that help protect your family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.
Our vaccination protocol is tailored to American Animal Hospital Association guidelines.
Parasite Prevention & Control
We recommend annual external and internal parasite control to protect not only your pet but your family as well. There are numerous oral and transdermal options with varying intervals of application. Our staff can discuss all the options available and develop a personalized program based upon your pet’s rick of exposure.
How would you find your pet if he or she ever got lost? Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don’t make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this tragedy. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with your pet’s vital information and implanted beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Microchipping will be discussed at your visit.
Senior Pet Care
As animals move into the senior phase of life, they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. During the early stages of many “senior” age related illnesses, pets appear healthy upon physical examination, but may have an underlying disease. Once symptoms appear, many conditions become difficult or costly to diagnose and/or treat. .As a result we recommend pets 7-years and older undergo a complete physical examination with blood work and other associated laboratory tests at least once per year.
Diseases and conditions that are commonly known to affect older people also affect our canine and feline companions.
- kidney, heart, and liver disease
- benign and malignant tumors
- thyroid conditions and other hormonal problems
- neuroses and loss of sensory perception
- eye disorders & hearing loss
Signs to Watch For
- Stiffness or limping
- Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping
- Difficulty breathing or changes in breathing patterns
- Tremors or shaking
- Excessive scratching or changes to skin or coat
- Drastic weight change (either loss or gain)
- Difficulty seeing or hearing
- Changes in urination/defecation habits
- Confusion or disorientation
- Decreased responsiveness
As a result we recommend pets 7-years and older undergo a complete physical examination with blood work and other associated laboratory tests at least once per year.
Senior testing may include:
- Expanded blood profiles including hormonal imbalance screening
- Complete urinalysis
- Blood pressure testing
- Ocular pressure testing for glaucoma
- Electrocardiogram (if needed)
- Chest radiographs
- Abdominal ultrasound