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ANIMAL HOSPITAL
of Statesville

 

“Where Pets are Family, Too”

 

 

Pet Health

Adult Pet Wellness

ANNUAL WELLNESS EXAM

Animal Hospital of Statesville Annual Wellness Exam

Our Annual Wellness Exam is an overall general health assessment that includes a complete physical examination, which is a nose-to-tail inspection for any abnormalities.  The doctor will use special equipment, including a stethoscope to listen to the heart and lungs, an otoscope to view the inside of the ears, and an ophthalmoscope to examine the eyes.  The doctor will also feel all over your pet’s body for lumps and bumps.  In addition, he or she will check your pet’s vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) and we will record your pet’s current weight.

Parasite tests are performed during your pet’s Annual Wellness Examination.  You are welcome to bring in a sample of your pet’s stool for analysis.  A fresh stool sample can be tested using special procedures to identify parasites.  However, not all parasites are detected through stool samples.  We recommend an annual heartworm test which involves taking a blood sample.  The results are available by the end of your pet’s examination.

Blood work information

Appropriate vaccinations will be administered by your veterinarian.  Vaccine schedules will vary, and your veterinarian or technician can advise you what vaccines your pet is due for at the time of your pet’s check up.

An Annual Wellness Examination is an important part of preventive health care for all adult pets.  If your pet seems to be young and healthy, a wellness examination is a good way to detect changes such as weight gain or loss, dental disease, or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home.

For any pet, especially senior pets, a wellness examination, combined with our Semi-Annual Wellness Examination or Senior Wellness Examination is a good way to detect early onset of disease.  Early diagnosis and treatment of diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease can greatly improve the overall health and well-being of your pet.

SEMI-ANNUAL WELLNESS EXAMINATIONS.

Semi-Annual Wellness Examination

Pets, on average, age 7 times faster than humans.  Pets also hide pain and discomfort as a protective instinct.  Unfortunately, they cannot speak and tell us where it hurts.  In addition to our Annual Wellness Examination, our doctors recommend a Semi-Annual Wellness Examination, 6 months from the Annual Wellness.  We recommend twice-yearly examinations, as supported by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the CATalyst Council on felines.

For dogs between the ages of 1 and 6, we recommend a Semi-Annual Wellness Examination.  Your doctor will perform a full physical examination on your pet.  An intestinal parasite examination is also included, as parasites are common, and can harm your pet AND your family.  A blood screen is also done, to see possible changes in your pet’s organ function that are not able to be appreciated by a physical examination.  The Bordetella vaccine is required by most reputable boarding facilities and groomers, and because this vaccine is considered to have a duration of 6 months, the Semi Annual Wellness Examination includes the pet’s 2nd bordetella.

Cats also benefit from our Semi-Annual Wellness Program .  The doctor will perform a thorough physical examination on your cat.  Parasites are common in cats, and they can harm you AND your pet.  An intestinal parasite screening will help us to determine if your cat is harboring dangerous intestinal parasites.  A blood screen is also done in order to screen your feline’s internal organ health – something we cannot always determine from a physical exam.  Outdoor cats should also be dewormed at least twice a year with an easy-to-apply topical dewormer.   Indoor cats should be dewormed at least once yearly.

CANINE SENIOR WELLNESS

For dogs 7 years or older, we recommend a more in-depth series of tests, or a Senior Wellness Examination in place of the Semi Annual Wellness Examination.  Early detection and intervention can slow or halt many geriatric disease processes and improve your pet’s quality of life.  Your observations as an owner can also mean the difference in early detection and treatment.  Signs of treatable geriatric illness include stiffness when rising, confusion, loss of housetraining, increased thirst or urination, changes in appetite, and changes in behavior.  Our Canine Senior Wellness program is designed to detect illness with subtle signs that may go unnoticed at home.

Our Canine Senior Wellness Package includes:

1.  Thorough Physical Exam:  evaluates all body systems and can detect disease ranging from arthritis to heart disease, periodontal disease to cancer.

2.  Serum Chemistry Analysis:  evaluates internal organ function and can lead to the detection of a number of serious illnesses including liver disease, kidney failure, and diseases of the endocrine system.  This is a more in-depth blood screen than performed at the yearly exam.

3.  Complete Blood Count:  detects anemia, increased or decreased white blood cells, and platelet count improving our ability to diagnose infectious diseases, cancers, and even some forms of organ failure.

4.  Urinalysis: screens for infection, kidney disease, and in some cases, urinary bladder cancer.

5.  Blood Pressure: screens for hypertension, which can be related to kidney disease or heart disease.

6.  Intraocular Pressures: screens for glaucoma, which is a progressive, painful condition that can lead to early loss of vision if not treated.

7.  Tear Production Tests: evaluates tear levels in pets to help detect keratoconjunctivitis sicca or “dry eye”.  This condition is slowly progressive, and results in a red, painful eye.  Corneal ulcers and decreased vision can result.

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FELINE SENIOR WELLNESS


Just as dogs age at an accelerated rate, so do cats.  Conditions that affect aging pets can progress rapidly.  Our Feline Senior Wellness Program addresses these conditions.  In addition to your cat’s Annual Wellness Examination, this Senior Wellness Examination adds bloodwork and diagnostic testing. Early detection and intervention can slow or halt many geriatric disease processes and improve quality of life.   Your observation as an owner can also mean the difference in early detection and treatment.  Signs of treatable geriatric illness include stiffness when rising, confusion, loss of housetraining, increased thirst or urination, changes in appetite, and changes in behavior.  Our Feline Senior Wellness Examination is designed to detect illness with subtle signs that may go unnoticed at home.

Our Feline Senior Wellness Package includes:


1.  Thorough Physical Exam:  evaluates all body systems and can detect disease ranging from arthritis to heart disease, periodontal disease to cancer.

2.  Serum Chemistry Analysis:  evaluates internal organ function and can lead to the detection of a number of serious illnesses including liver disease, kidney failure, and diseases of the endocrine system. This is a more in-depth blood screen than performed at the yearly exam.

Urinalysis Machine3.  Complete Blood Count:  detects anemia, increased or decreased white blood cells, and platelet count improving our ability to diagnose infectious diseases, cancers, and even some forms of organ failure.

4.  Urinalysis: screens for infection, kidney disease, and in some cases, urinary bladder cancer.

5.  Blood Pressure: screens for hypertension, which can be related to kidney disease or heart disease.

6.  Thyroid levels:  screening test for hyperthyroidism.  Aging cats can develop elevated thyroid levels which subsequently can lead
to hypertension, kidney disease and heart disease if left untreated.

Clinic Hours:

Monday  7:00 am to 7:00 pm

(Closed every Mon. 12pm-2pm for CE training)

Tuesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Email: staff@ahofstatesville.com

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Pet Resort Hours:

Monday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
(Closed every Mon. 12pm-2pm for CE training)
Tuesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Email:petquarters@ahofstatesville.com

After hours lodging check out Sat & Sun    

        4:30-5pm excluding holidays

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Animal Hospital Of Statesville
181 Mocksville Hwy
Statesville NC 28625

Telephone: 704.872.3625



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