Wellness exam and Affordable laboratory

Wellness exams play a crucial role in preventive medicine for our beloved pets. The primary objective is to identify and address health issues before they escalate into serious conditions. By catching problems early, we can significantly improve the well-being of our furry companions while also being kind to our wallets.

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This wisdom applies equally to our pets. Thanks to remarkable advancements in veterinary medicine, many diseases that once posed significant threats to our pets’ lives can now be effectively managed when detected early. So, regular wellness exams are like an investment in your pet’s longevity and happiness. ????

During your pet’s visit to Weldrick Animal Hospital, we conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all body systems. It’s truly remarkable how quickly a pet’s health can evolve. Here are some common findings we encounter:

  1. Dental Disease: Regular dental care is crucial for overall health. Dental issues can impact eating, cause pain, and even affect vital organs.
  2. Weight Issues: Maintaining a healthy weight is essential. Obesity can lead to various health problems, while being underweight may indicate underlying issues.
  3. Ear/Skin Infections: Skin and ear infections can cause discomfort and require prompt attention. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential.
  4. Dry Eye: Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) affects tear production and can lead to eye irritation and damage.
  5. Heart Murmurs: Abnormal heart sounds may indicate heart conditions. Early detection allows for appropriate management.
  6. Skin Tumors: Skin growths or tumors should be evaluated. Some are benign, while others may require removal or further investigation.
  7. Cataracts: Clouding of the eye’s lens can impair vision. Regular eye exams help detect cataracts early.
  8. Painful Joints: Arthritis and joint pain are common in aging pets. Managing discomfort improves their quality of life.
  9. Flea/Tick/Tapeworm Infestations: Parasites can cause various health issues. Preventive measures are essential.

Remember, proactive care ensures your pet’s well-being and helps prevent serious complications. ????

Many of these conditions can indeed cause severe discomfort and, in some cases, even life-threatening diseases in our beloved pets. It’s essential to stay vigilant and prioritize preventive care.

Moreover, some of these diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to people. By safeguarding our pets’ health, we also protect ourselves and our families.

Remember, regular wellness exams and proactive measures are key to ensuring our pets lead healthy, happy lives. ????

After completing the physical exam, your veterinarian will discuss any screening lab work that may be necessary for your pet. The specific tests recommended will depend on factors such as your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle, and physical exam findings. Here are some tests that may be recommended:

  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC): This test checks for signs of infection or anemia by analyzing blood cells.
  2. Chemistry Panel: It evaluates organ function and electrolyte levels.
  3. Urinalysis: Examination of urine helps detect kidney disease, urinary tract infections, and other issues.
  4. Thyroid Screening: Especially relevant for thyroid-related conditions.
  5. Heartworm Check: Essential for dogs to detect heartworm disease.
  6. FELV/FIV Screen (Cats): Detects feline leukemia virus (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
  7. Blood Pressure Reading: Monitors blood pressure, especially in older pets.
  8. Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA): Collects cells from a mass for cytological examination.
  9. Cytology: Microscopic examination of cells to identify abnormalities.
  10. X-rays: Useful for assessing bones, organs, and soft tissues.
  11. Tear Test: Evaluates tear production, crucial for eye health.
  12. Glaucoma Check: Measures eye pressure to detect glaucoma.
  13. Fecal Exam: Screens for intestinal parasites.

Remember, these tests help ensure your pet’s well-being and allow for early intervention if any issues are detected. ????

After assessing all physical and laboratory findings, your veterinarian will engage in a comprehensive discussion with you. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Diet and Lifestyle Changes: If necessary, your vet will recommend adjustments to your pet’s diet or lifestyle. These changes are tailored to promote overall health and address specific needs.
  2. Medications and Vaccinations: Based on the findings, your vet may prescribe medications or recommend vaccinations. Preventive measures are crucial for your pet’s well-being.
  3. Additional Tests: If any abnormalities are detected during initial tests, further investigations may be required. Early detection allows for timely intervention.
  4. Behavioral Issues: Wellness exams are an excellent opportunity to discuss any behavioral concerns you’ve noticed. Sometimes, behavioral changes can be linked to undetected health issues.
  5. Health Maintenance: If your pet is deemed healthy, you and your vet can discuss behavioral modifications or drug therapy for any behavioral problems.

Remember, proactive care ensures a happier and healthier life for your furry companion! ????

The frequency of wellness exams for your pet depends on several factors, including their age, breed, lifestyle, and illness history. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Younger Animals (Less Than 7 Years):
    • Annual Wellness Exams: For pets under 7 years old, an annual wellness exam is recommended. Regular check-ups help monitor their health and detect any issues early.
  2. Older Pets (Over 7 Years):
    • Semiannual Wellness Exams: As pets age, their health needs change. Older pets (7 years and above) benefit from more frequent exams. Semiannual visits allow for closer monitoring and timely intervention.
  3. Pets with Serious Diseases:
    • More Frequent Exams: If your pet has a known serious illness or condition, they may need more frequent exams and laboratory testing. Close collaboration with your veterinarian ensures optimal care.

Remember, pets age faster than humans, so regular wellness exams are essential for their well-being. Here’s a chart depicting the relative lifespan of dogs and cats compared to human years:


Pet’s AgeHuman Equivalent
1 year6-8 years
2 years12-14 years
3 years18-21 years
4 years24-28 years
5 years30-35 years

Keep your furry friend healthy and happy! ????

Weldrick Animal Hospital in Richmond Hill eagerly awaits the opportunity to care for your pet’s health. Our specialized wellness package plans cater to the unique needs of your new puppy or kitten, as well as your cherished senior pet. However, remember that wellness exams at any age are a wonderful way to ensure the well-being of your special companion! ????