Preventing Illness with Pet Wellness Care
Our veterinarians and staff put a strong emphasis on pet wellness care. Preventative care helps to maintain your pet’s well-being and prevent any serious conditions from getting worse. We highly recommend seeing your pet at our animal hospital in Wilton on an annual basis to monitor their health and give them the care they need to stay happy, healthy, and active for years to come.
Reasons for Annual Wellness Exams
Cats, dogs, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, and birds alike all benefit substantially from annual vet visits. Cats, dogs, and exotic pets are masters at hiding any signs of illness from their owners because in the wild, any sign of vulnerability could make them a target for another predator. By the time your pet does show any signs of illness, the disease is much more advanced, making it harder and costlier to treat. Annual pet wellness exams allow us to catch diseases in their early stages when treatment is far more effective and affordable.
What to Expect at Your Wellness Visit
Every wellness visit has standard practices that we perform for every patient. However, we may add on other services depending on your pet's unique needs based on their current health, lifestyle, and age. Here’s a list of services you can expect at your pet’s wellness visit:
- A thorough physical exam from nose to tail
- Oral health exam (we recommend dental cleanings as needed)
- Weight check and body conditioning score
- Vaccinations, if due
- Spay/neuter discussion for puppies, kittens, rabbits, and others
- Age-appropriate blood work
- Fecal exam
- 4DX testing for tick-borne illnesses and heartworm disease (dogs only)
- Nutritional counseling, if needed
- Behavioral counseling, if needed
Addressing the Regional Threat of Tick-Borne Illnesses
In New York and greater New England, tick-borne diseases such as Lyme and anaplasmosis are a serious threat to the health and well-being of our pets. At Saratoga Veterinary Hospital, we like to stay one step ahead by recommending the best flea, tick, and heartworm prevention for cats and dogs as well as the Lyme vaccine for dogs. Additionally, we perform 4DX tests regularly on dogs to continually monitor their health and catch any tick-borne diseases sooner rather than later. If you have any questions about Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses and how they affect your pet and family, contact our animal hospital today!