The veterinary team at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center in Holbrook, NY believes that prevention contributes to your pet's long term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care.
Wellness exams are especially important for very young pets and senior pets, which are animals over seven years of age. They provide us with a general picture of your pet's overall health and are invaluable in identifying and addressing concerns before they become serious problems.
Please take a look at the services we offer to learn why we believe they are important to the care and well-being of your pet. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!
Your Pet's Wellness Examination at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center
Wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It's a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and is also an opportunity for you to discuss any of your concerns or ask questions.
Your pet's yearly wellness examination at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center includes our commitment to:
Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction, and other related health issues
Examine the respiratory system
Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
Test your pet's reflexes
Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
Inspect the skin
Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination, and bowel habits
Inquire as to your pet's activity level
Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
Monitor your pet's blood count
Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting
Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication
Engage you, the pet owner, in conversation and answer your questions and concerns
Deworming and Fecal Check
Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.
Regular Blood Testing
A complete physical should include a blood test. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.
You Know Your Pet Best
No one knows and understands your pet like you do. At home, watch for subtle changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, water intake, urination, and bowel habits, as well as general attitude and activity level. These changes may be signs of medical problems. Lumps and bumps under the skin may seem harmless, but can be cancerous. Ear infections, abscessed teeth, and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become obvious until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical exam is the tool to evaluate your dog's, cat's, or other pet's health status and to help you make informed decisions about the care of your special companion. If you notice anything unusual about your pet's behavior or physical condition, please give us a call.
Your dog or cat has different health care requirements at each stage of his or her life. Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center has developed a series of preventive and personalized wellness programs for puppies and kittens, adult pets, and senior pets.
Puppies and Kittens:
Like infants, puppies and kittens require a series of monthly health exams and lab work during their first 6 months of life. Our comprehensive pediatric visits include a physical exam to ensure proper development, parasitic disease screening and treatment, and vaccinations. We will begin year-round preventative medication for fleas, ticks, and heartworm parasites. At 6 months of age, we recommend spaying or neutering and microchipping your pet.
Adult Pets (Ages 1-6):
For adult dogs and cats, we recommend a yearly wellness visit consisting of a comprehensive physical exam, dental health evaluation, vaccinations, intestinal parasite evaluation, and screening for exposure to common tick diseases, heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and others.
Senior Care (Pets Age 7 and Older):
Older pets can suffer from a variety of illnesses, such as kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis. The key to managing these conditions is early detection and treatment. Because animals have a unique ability to hide disease and pain, we recommend that you bring your senior pet for a physical exam at least twice a year. We also perform blood and urine tests to detect diseases in their earliest stages, allowing your pet to enjoy the longest and healthiest life possible.