The Best Care Means Better Health for South Rochester NY Pets
At Mendon Village Animal Hospital, our highest priority is to provide the best care for every stage of your petís life. From birth through the senior years, wellness examinations let us assess your pet’s current health status and give us the opportunity to record any changes in his or her condition. At each exam, we check your pet from nose to tail, including:
- Teeth and oral cavity
- Lymph nodes
- Abdominal cavity
- Musculoskeletal system
During your pet’s wellness visit, we also review:
- Immunizations and medications
- Changing behaviors
- Parasite prevention, including heartworm, fleas, and ticks
We encourage you to bring any questions or concerns you may have regarding your pet’s health or behavior to the examination. Information about your pet’s lifestyle and habits is very valuable for determining the most appropriate treatments, vaccinations, and tests.
Senior Pet Wellness Exams: What to Expect
Just as senior pets may need some extra care as they get older, their wellness exams should be scheduled more often and will include more comprehensive testing. We will provide you with a complete checklist that details what tests we recommend. At every senior wellness exam, we recommend you bring:
- Samples can be placed in any clean container or baggie or a pre-paid fecal collection container can be picked up at the clinic
- Stool sample should be collected within 24 hours of the appointment
- Urine collection kits can be picked up at the clinic
- Sample should be collected within 4–6 hours of the appointment and stored in the refrigerator
- If you would prefer, we can collect the urine sample from your pet during his or her visit with us at no additional charge
- Bring all medications your pet is currently taking, includes over-the-counter and prescription medications (including heartworm and flea preventives)
It is often helpful to bring along a list of any questions or concerns you may have regarding your petís health.
Obesity & Pet Health Problems
The key to great pet health is comprehensive care involving each member of your family. One of the most common pet health problems we see is also the most avoidable. Obesity contributes to a reduced lifespan and many debilitating illnesses, including:
- Heart disease
- Labored or difficult breathing
- Joint problems, including arthritis
- Elimination problems in cats
Pet obesity can easily be controlled with proper diet and plenty of exercise. It may be fun to give your pet extra treats, but educating your family to give rewards with praise and not feeding from the table will result in a leaner, happier, and healthier pet.
More Helpful Pet Care Information
Whether you have a first new puppy or kitten in your family or you are an experienced pet owner, we hope that you will find useful information on our website that will help you care for your furry family members. We are confident that these web pages will dovetail with the data and advice you receive during your visits to our hospital.
Our veterinarians are pleased to talk with you about vaccinations, blood tests, pet nutrition, dental problems or treatments, or any other concerns you may have. We know that your pet will get the best care possible with our team approach that features you and your pet as valued members.