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Our Houston Texas veterinarian Dr. Dan Ahrens recommends regular wellness exams for the same reason that your doctor and dentist recommend annual check-ups and dental cleanings. The earlier we can detect a potential health problem, the easier it will be to treat this health concern with minimal expense and less difficulty. Delaying care can complicate treatment, endanger your pet’s health, and increase the cost of care. Dr. Ahrens and our Houston veterinary team want your pet to be healthy and active for years to come. Regular wellness exams are essential to protecting your pet’s quality of life!
During an annual pet wellness exam, our veterinary team will check the following:
Our team will assess your pet’s overall health, discuss your pet’s diet and nutrition, and ensure your pet is up to date on all core vaccinations. We recommend an annual heartworm test for all dogs and cats to ensure they are heartworm free and can continue taking heartworm prevention medication. We will also conduct a fecal sample test to check for other parasites, such as roundworms. Annual screening is important for ensuring your pet remains in good health.
Vaccination boosters, heartworm prevention, and routine deworming are all critical parts of veterinary care for your pet. Regular veterinary screenings help our veterinary team detects and treats potentially life-threatening problems before your pet’s quality of life is compromised.
Pet vaccinations are the best way to lower your pet’s risk for contracting a serious disease, including rabies and distemper. Pet vaccinations need regular booster shots in order to remain effective. Rabies vaccines, for example, may require an annual or 3-year booster shot. At a minimum, your dog will need to be vaccinated against distemper, canine hepatitis and parvovirus. If your dog regularly attends dog parks, pet grooming salons or is in pet boarding kennels, additional vaccinations, like kennel cough, may be necessary. Your cat should be vaccinated against feline herpes virus and feline distemper. If your cat is an outdoor cat, our veterinarian may recommend additional vaccinations. The annual wellness exam is an opportunity to talk to our vet about your pet’s current lifestyle and determine if additional vaccines are necessary.
Pets that are overweight or obese are at increased risk for many of the same diseases affecting overweight humans, including heart disease, diabetes and joint problems. During the annual exam, our veterinarian will check your pet’s weight and discuss his or her diet. As pets age, their dietary needs change. It’s a good idea to review your pet’s nutrition intake at the annual pet exam.
Veterans Memorial Drive Animal Hospital is conveniently located to serve the communities of Tomball, Cypress, The Woodlands, and Kingwood. Schedule your pet’s annual wellness exam today: call our Houston Texas veterinarian at 281-440-4441.