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Preventative Health Care

Preventative Care for Dogs

The proactive approach to veterinary care

Preventative care is a pet’s first line of defense. Wellness exams help by detecting, diagnosing and treating disease in its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms begin. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, keeping your pet from unnecessary pain and suffering.

During your pet’s wellness visit, the doctor will obtain a thorough history, discussing diet, activity levels, and behavior. A complete physical examination is then done to assess such parameters as body weight, dental health, and skin condition. We listen to the heart and lungs, and palpate the abdomen for any irregularities. Joints are also evaluated for signs of swelling and arthritis.

Depending on the exam findings, we may recommend diagnostic testing. For example: if we notice your cat has lost weight, we may advise blood work and urine testing to evaluate the function of the kidneys, thyroid gland, and other organs. Or we may detect a heart murmur and suggest a consultation with a cardiologist.

We recommend annual screening for internal parasites such as worms and giardia, and will discuss the potential need for flea and tick control. We’ll also go over the nutritional needs of your pet and help with a weight loss program if necessary.

Vaccinating Your Pet

Vaccinations are an important way to prevent the spread of disease among dogs and cats. It is especially important to vaccinate young animals, as they are most susceptible to many infectious diseases, even if they are kept indoors. Some viruses travel through the air, or can be brought into the house on people’s clothing or shoes.

Based on your pet’s age, lifestyle, and exposure risks, we will help you determine the most appropriate vaccination protocol. Rabies vaccines are required in Washington state every 3 years.

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