Examinations

Twice-a-year examinations

Why you should bring your pet to see us every six months
The American Veterinary Medicine Association initiated a campaign promoting twice-a-year wellness exams in October of 2004. This group represents all veterinarians and has determined that by having your pet examined at least every six months, we can improve their quality of life and longevity. The time they spend with you can be happier and healthier.

Pets age an average of seven times faster than humans. By age two, most pets have already reached adulthood. And by age seven, many dogs, especially the larger breeds, are considered “seniors”*. Imagine being 50 years old and seeing your family physician once every seven years and having blood testing done once in that same time period. That would not be very good preventative medicine, would it?

Our passion at Community Pet Hospital is to be the very best at caring for your pet and for YOU. We believe that by providing you with educational opportunities and with diagnostic and treatment options for your pet, together we can make decisions that will enhance the lives of your furry family members. There are so many more options available to veterinary patients today than there were even five years ago. By dividing the annual exam into two parts, we hope to have the time to share new knowledge and techniques and to develop diet and exercise plans for each patient. We are committed to being there for you and your pet through all stages of life and look forward to offering the care that you expect and deserve.

What should I expect at each exam?

WELLNESS A EXAM

Physical exam – discuss findings
Necessary vaccinations – after doing a risk analysis
Age appropriate surveillance blood work
Heartworm testing and prevention
Parasite control
Dental care
Pet insurance
Microchipping

WELLNESS B EXAM

Physical exam – discuss findings
Administer needed vaccinations
Travel concerns / lifestyle changes
Behavior discussion
Nutrition / diet – discussion of dietary needs and formulation of a plan
Osteoarthritis – alternatives for management (ex. acupuncture, physical therapy, pain management)
Other senior wellness needs – blood pressure for all older cats; ultrasounds, x-rays, etc.
Revisit dental care, and schedule annual cleaning and oral exam
Discuss regular exercise routine

Surveillance blood work sample: