Pet Wellness Services
Much like humans, our pets are susceptible to certain health conditions. Catching these problems is key to providing the best possible care for your pet and maintaining its quality of life. We’ll look for any signs of illness or disease during a vet care pet exam. We may also detect changes in your pet’s weight, appetite, energy level, or urination habits that could indicate a problem. By being caught early, many health problems can be managed effectively, possibly even be reversible.
The Importance of Routine Veterinary Visits
Understanding the importance of routine vet check-ups for your treasured pets can help ensure their long, happy, and healthy lives. You’re not just a pet owner—you’re their family, and we treat you as such. Every visit to us is an opportunity for our caring team to get to know you and your pet better. We are here to alleviate your concerns and answer any questions you may have about their health.
During your pet’s wellness exam, our veterinary team will do the following:
- Ensure your pet’s heart is beating strongly, checking for any signs of heart murmurs, irregular heartbeats, or heart disease
- Offer a thorough dental check, looking out for possible infections, gum soreness, plaque, or tartar
- Listen closely to your pet’s lungs for any abnormalities
- Carefully examine your pet’s eyes and ears
- Conduct a thorough evaluation of your pet’s skin, abdomen, lymph nodes, joints, and muscles to accurately assess their condition. This comprehensive examination is crucial in ensuring their overall health and well-being.
- Offer you vital advice on your pet’s behavior, diet, and exercise
- Assess your pet’s lifestyle and advise on appropriate preventive medication and vaccinations to keep your pet (and your family) safe from zoonotic or other diseases.
Our team will conduct lab tests, including blood tests, to gain a comprehensive understanding of your pet’s well-being and to check for parasite infections, such as heartworm disease or tick-borne illnesses.
Becoming a pet parent, whether for the first time or as a seasoned pro, is a journey filled with love and responsibility. Understanding the “what, when, and where” of pet care is critical. The “what” is the wellness exam, a vital part of your pet’s health journey. The “when” is the regular check-ups, with frequency depending on age and health status. The “where” is our friendly Westwood Pet Care hospital, conveniently located and dedicated to servicing the needs of your treasured pet.
The Approach to Pet Check-ups
During each pet wellness exam, our warm and caring vet conducts a thorough check-up from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail. We value pet-parent involvement, asking you about your pet’s daily life and habits. Dr. Joki, our veterinarian, will carefully look for signs that could indicate any health issues. Should there be a need for a more detailed view of your pet’s health, additional tests may be recommended. With this thorough understanding of your pet’s health, we can catch potential issues early on, helping to prevent them from becoming serious problems.
At Westwood Pet Care, we take pride in forming a bond with both pets and their parents. Regular wellness exams help us become familiar with your pet’s unique traits and track any changes over time. Depending on the age of your pet, we may recommend different exam schedules. For puppies and kittens, we suggest more frequent visits. Healthy senior pets can adhere to annual exams. For pets battling health issues, we’d like to see them more often, keeping a close eye on their conditions.
If you’re a pet parent looking for quality care for your four-legged family members, know that Westwood Pet Care is always here. Our top-notch vet services are just a call away, right in the heart of this Wiregrass area community.