At Pennsylvania Veterinary Care, preventive care is a cornerstone of our approach to veterinary medicine. Cats and dogs age faster than we do and are often experts at hiding signs of illness. Their health can change rapidly, so we recommend seeing your pet every year in order to stay on top of any changes. With regular exams, we can establish your pet’s baseline health, address any concerns you have, and make adjustments to their wellness plan to keep them in top health.
Take a proactive approach to your pet’s health.
Annual Vet Visits with a Gentle Touch
One of the biggest reasons pets don’t see their vet as often as they should is because of the stress it causes them! As a pet parent, you might feel guilty taking them to a place they don’t enjoy, and we understand wholeheartedly. That’s why we made the decision to become Fear Free Certified Professionals. All members of our staff have extra training in alleviating stress in our furry friends. We’ll use techniques such as food motivation, gentle handling, positive reinforcement, and more to encourage cooperation without causing stress.
What to Expect at a Wellness Visit
We’ll adjust each wellness visit to your pet’s individual needs so they get the most out of every visit.
Some of the services you can expect at a wellness visit include:
- Physical exam, looking for abnormalities in the skin and coat, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
- Listening to the heart and lungs
- Weight check and body condition score
- Age-appropriate blood work to establish baseline health and screen for certain diseases including heartworm disease or tick-borne illnesses
- Fecal exam to check for intestinal parasites
- Nutritional counseling if your pet is under or overweight, or having gastrointestinal problems
- Behavioral counseling for minor behavior issues
The Importance of Parasite Prevention
Parasite prevention is a key component of your pet’s preventive care plan. Pests such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can do more than annoy—they can spread disease! Despite our cold winters in Michigan, we still recommend year-long parasite prevention for cats and dogs. Fleas and ticks can both operate during the winter months. Fleas often hide out in our warm homes and ticks can be active in temperatures as low as 35 degrees!
Meanwhile, mosquitoes, which can cause heartworm disease, do die out in the winter, but their reemergence each spring is getting harder and harder to predict. With year-round parasite prevention, you can keep your best pal healthy and happy for the long-haul.