The value of preventative care is not exclusive to the human world. Preventative care is also crucial for maintaining the health of your furry friend. Routine physical examinations allow us to find many diseases your pet may have in the early stages, thus preventing it from wreaking havoc on his or her body. Here are some of the tests and procedures which may be involved in pet physical examinations:

Intestinal Parasite Screenings. It is very common for puppies and kittens to have intestinal parasite (commonly called worms). Even if the puppy or kitten has been de-wormed by the breeder, the infestation may not be completely cleared. Depending upon the age and source of new puppies and kittens, de-worming may need to be performed again. For dogs, most Heartworm preventative products do provide protection from re-infestation of some internal parasites, but not all. Since neither de-worming nor these preventative products are full-proof against all parasites, it’s important that dogs and cats are routinely screened, so they can be treated before becoming ill.

We recommend fecal examination on an annual basis. Sometimes, unexplained weight loss or diarrhea may indicate the need for a prophylactic de-worming despite the results of fecal examinations. The nature of the diarrhea and/or of your pet’s history could suggest a specific type of parasite. In this case, they may be used to choose the therapy the patient needs.

Dental Disease is more common than any other form of health issue for dogs and cats, and there is a good chance your pet will need dental cleaning. Cleaning is done under general anesthesia. A veterinary technician, supervised by one of our doctors, will clean and polish your pet’s teeth. This procedure will help both to prevent tooth abscess and to stop bacteria from entering the bloodstream.

When recommended, blood work provides your veterinarian with important information on how your pet’s major organs are functioning. Typically, blood testing should be performed on an annual basis, especially with Older Dogs and Cats, which are prone to illnesses such as diabetes and kidney disease (among others), which are more easily revealed in their early stages by blood testing, and may otherwise be well hidden by your pet.

Physical examinations are recommended at least once a year. It’s also important that you communicate clearly about any changes in your pet’s health and behavior with your veterinarian, so as not to miss any warning signs. The combination of this clear communication and annual checkups will ensure that your pet receives the best care available. We are more than happy to help you, please call us at 215-732-7321 to schedule an appointment or for assistance with any questions or concerns you may have.