Cats and dogs age faster than we do, meaning their health problems can develop faster too. At Animal Care East, we believe in preventive medicine which works to avoid serious illness altogether. Annual cat and dog exams are the cornerstone of preventive care as they allow us to keep up with your pet’s changing needs, detect early signs of illness, and get them the treatment they need before the problem worsens.
Is your pet due for an annual exam? Schedule their exam today!
What to Expect at Your Pet’s Annual Exam
At Animal Care East, we recognize that every pet is an individual, so we tailor our wellness care to suit their unique needs. Many exams will include similar services; however, we’ll work with you to deliver a customized wellness plan that meets your pet’s needs and addresses your concerns.
Common services we perform at cat and dog exams include:
- A nose-to-tail physical looking for abnormalities in the skin, checking your pet’s eyes, ears, and nose, and listening to their heart and lungs
- Fecal exam to check for intestinal parasites
- Deworming, if needed (often necessary for puppies and kittens)
- Age-appropriate bloodwork to establish a baseline for health and detect abnormalities
- Vaccinations, as needed
- Heartworm testing (for dogs)
- Tick-borne disease screening, if needed
- Urinalysis to check the health of your pet’s kidneys
Why Annual Bloodwork is So Important
Cats and dogs can’t tell us when they start to feel ill. Plus, they are often very good at hiding signs of illness until the disease is much more advanced (and harder to treat).
With annual bloodwork, we’re able to develop a comprehensive medical history of your pet and establish their baseline health, which makes it easier to detect subtle changes that could indicate disease in the future.
Bloodwork often involves the analysis of different components of the blood like white and red blood cells, protein levels, glucose levels, and so much more. Each component of your pet’s blood corresponds to a different organ or organ system and can tell us quite a bit about how all their organs are functioning.