Pet Wellness Exams in Houston: Ensuring Long-Term Health
Your pet's health and wellbeing are our highest priority here in Houston, just as they are yours. Pet wellness care is a general term encompassing various services, including wellness exams, vaccinations, diagnostics and parasite prevention. These services will give your companion the protection they need to remain disease and parasite-free throughout their life. Annual wellness exams also help us catch potential problems in their earliest stages, or prevent them entirely by taking immediate action. Therefore, our goal for every one of our four-legged patients is to help them live long, happy lives with their loving owners.
The comprehensive wellness exam involves checking your pet from head to tail to establish a baseline and note any abnormalities. Our experienced veterinarians can achieve this by assessing:
- Body condition and weight
- Heart rate and rhythm
- Respiratory rate and condition of the lungs
- Eyes and ears
- Skin, coat and paw pads
- Urinary and reproductive system
- Mouth, teeth and gums
Additionally, your veterinarian may also want to check your pet's temperature, which could be elevated if they become stressed or excited during their visit. If your pet has a raised temperature, your veterinarian may choose to postpone their vaccinations.
Should we detect any areas of concern during the wellness exam, we might recommend following up with diagnostics or treatment to correct the problem. We will also want to discuss their vaccination protocol, parasite prevention, nutritional needs, and much more.
How to Detect & Prevent Pet Parasites
Parasite screening and prevention is an important topic that your veterinarian will want to discuss during your pet's first visit here in Houston. Puppies and kittens are highly vulnerable to parasites and the diseases they can spread; many young pets are born with some type of internal parasite. During this first appointment, we can screen your pet for parasites and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
Heartworms are one of the most common and life-threatening parasites that pets can encounter. Spread by infected mosquitoes, heartworm disease can take years to develop, causing serious damage to the heart over time. Fortunately, heartworm can be easily detected with a heartworm test, which requires just a small blood sample. Heartworm disease is also easily preventable by administering a heartworm preventative monthly.
Ticks are another threat to consider; aside from using your pet as a host, these nasty bugs can also transmit Lyme disease and Ehrlichia. We can screen for these diseases as well, and offer a variety of high-quality preventatives for your pet. We recommend year-round prevention for cats, dogs and ferrets, so be sure to let us know if your pet is due by calling (713) 524-3800.
Just the kindest, pet centered vets in town! They have been so responsive and so helpful...plus they treat exotics. Nice to have one place for all of our animals - Dachshund, Lab, Great Pyrenees and our Flemish Giant rabbit.
Brought my bearded dragon as a first time visitor. The staff was so nice and helpful! I felt very comfortable. The doctors and assistants were also knowledgeable and took time to make sure I was providing the right care for my Tomo.
The staff is amazing here. They helped get my #1 back to his normal, healthy self. Everyone of was kind, helpful, and attentative. 10/10 would recommend.
I also love that you treat so many kinds of animals! We have taken you ferrets, a chicken, a pot bellied pig and ofcourse, dogs. You have done an excellent job with all. I would (and do often!) heartily recommend this clinic. Thank you being so good at your job!
Took our Berber Skink in this weekend and was totally impressed by the caring staff. Dr. Jordan did a great job in diagnosing Skittles' problems. Kim was very patient in explaining what we needed to do to bring him back to health. We would highly recommend them for all your pet family members.
Extremely professional staff, yet personable. Genuine care and concern is something that I noticed on my first visit, which will keep me coming back.
I took my lionhead dwarf rabbit for an initial wellness checkup today and loved Dr. Jordan and Kim! I'm glad to have established Kiki's care here and highly recommend Animal Medical Center of the Village!