Canine Wellness Care

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Canine Health Care

Wellness Exams Keep Your Dog as Healthy as Possible!

A semi-annual wellness exam is the best way to keep your dog healthy and to detect early stages of disease.  Dogs cannot tell you how they are feeling, and, as a result, disease may be present before you may be aware of it.  Because dogs age at a faster rate than people, a semi-annual physical examination is similar to you visiting your doctor every 3-4 years. 

The wellness examination is also an opportunity to discuss other health-related issues with one of our veterinarians, such as nutrition, dental care, allergies, bad breath, behavior problems, mobility issues, risk of infections and any lifestyle and age related changes.  During the wellness exam, our veterinarians’ expertise is at your disposal!

At home, watch carefully for any unusual behaviors. Take note when you observe behaviors that are different from what you expect. Call us for advice if you have any questions regarding what you have noticed.

Our Canine Wellness Exams are Comprehensive

During your dog's wellness examination, our veterinarians will:   

  • Obtain a medical history, perform a complete physical examination, discuss any findings with you and make recommendations.
  • Perform a dental evaluation. Dental care is very important for your dog’s overall health, especially as he or she gets older. We visually examine your dog’s teeth and gums for plaque and tartar, tooth weakness and decay. This screening often detects mouth pain and infections that can affect your pet's heart, kidneys and liver. Click here to read more about the dental care offered at Crestwood Animal Clinic.
  • Screen your dog for the presence of parasites in blood (heartworm testing), stool and skin. Make flea, tick and other parasite prevention recommendations.
  • Recommend heartworm prevention. Heartworm disease is a serious disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. If left untreated, it can be fatal. It is virtually preventable through prescription medication.  We recommend your dog be on all-year around heartworm prevention starting at his or her first visit.
  • Recommend protection from infectious diseases through judicious use of vaccines.
  • Screen your dog for other health issues, such as cancer, kidney, liver and heart disease (with proper testing).
  • Discuss nutritional issues with you
  • Answer any questions you may have.

Please call us today to schedule your dog’s wellness exam!

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