Wellness exams are a vital component to keeping your pet in tiptop shape from head to toe. French Creek Veterinary Hospital recommends annual checkups for pets up to age 7, and semi-annual visits after that.
At this visit, we will record your pet's weight, look at his/her coat to make sure it is shiny and smooth and not dry or coarse, and check his/her skin for signs of dryness, greasiness, or "hot spots" (localized areas of inflammation or infection). The skin and coat are excellent indicators of overall health.
We will also listen to your pet's heart and examine his/her ears deep in the canal where infections can start and get out of control before they can be seen.
All findings are noted on the patient's medical chart in order to maintain a complete history and ensure follow up on areas of concern. The annual exam is also the time to update vaccinations and perform necessary testing.
Just as with humans, regular vaccinations are a very important part of your pet's health care routine. Vaccines help prepare the body's immune system to fight foreign organisms, protecting against multiple life-threatening diseases and providing your pet the best chance at a long, healthy life.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Task Force, vaccines can be classified into three categories: core, non-core and not recommended. Core vaccines are those considered vital to all dogs; non-core are those determined based on outlying factors such as exposure risk, geographic location, etc.
Puppies and kittens should begin to receive vaccinations beginning at about 6-8 weeks, once the benefit of antibodies from its mother's milk is no longer in place.
Of course, as with any medical treatment there are some risks. That's why it's crucial to work with your veterinarian to determine the vaccination schedule for your pet based on breed, age, current health and lifestyle.
PARASITE SCREENING AND PREVENTION
Dogs and cats are likely to become infected with parasites at some point in their lives. If left undetected and untreated, they will affect a pet’s well-being – from simply being irritating to causing a variety of life-threatening conditions. Some parasites can even infect and transmit disease to humans, with children being an especially vulnerable target! Parasites don’t discriminate; both indoor and outdoor pets are at risk.
When it comes to parasitic illness, it's always better to prevent than to treat. That's why French Creek Veterinary Hospital recommends annual testing for intestinal parasites as well as heartworm and tick-borne diseases.
French Creek Veterinary Hospital
1424 Ridge Road Pottstown, PA 19465
Hospital Phone: 610-469-9700
Kennel Phone: 610-469-0968