Wellness Exams for Pets in Colchester, CT
Staying healthy means staying a step or two ahead of illness. For your pet, this means committing to yearly wellness exams, vaccinations, blood screens, and other treatments. These services help us assess their condition and keep them protected from various health risks. Due to your pet’s quick age progression, health issues can pop up rather suddenly. At Colchester Veterinary Hospital, we recommend annual pet exams and custom parasite control programs for our patients. This ensures that they are being properly screened for diseases and receiving the necessary coverage to protect against those diseases.
Why Your Pet Needs Protection Against Parasites
There are several parasites that may affect your pet’s health due to the diseases they can spread. More important, these parasites can remain a threat all year round.
Mosquitoes spread heartworm disease, which can result in severe damage to your dog’s heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels. In a worst case scenario, heartworm can be fatal. Ticks infected with a certain bacteria can spread Lyme disease to their hosts. Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the world, and usually affects more dogs than cats. Its most common symptoms include lameness, inflamed joints, fever, lethargy and depression.
Routine prevention will give your pet the most complete protection against these and other diseases. We also offer a medication reminder service so you can always keep your pet up-to-date. For more information, call (860) 537-3435.
Services for Maintaining Your Pet's Health
For your pet's wellness exam, we start with the nose-to-tail physical exam. During the exam, you can expect a thorough discussion of your pet's needs, daily habits, and health concerns. Your pet may also receive their rabies, distemper and other recommended vaccines during this appointment. Our animal hospital also contains a full in-house laboratory with which we can provide various diagnostics including:
- Blood testing
- Parasite screening
- Serum testing
- Urine testing (urinalysis)
- Serum chemistry
Fecal testing is also an important way to check your pet for signs of intestinal parasites and can give us useful information about their health. Once your pet has been tested for heartworm and other parasite-transmitted diseases, they’re clear to continue their monthly parasite control regimen.