For a healthy adult pet, we recommend a visit to our clinic
Since pets age at a much quicker rate than humans, these visits will become increasingly important in early detection of any changes in their health.
You work hard to ensure that your furry family member has the best possible life. That’s why partnering with a veterinary provider who genuinely cares for you both is so important. At Shawsheen Animal Hospital, we are proud to offer a comprehensive range of services to address your pet’s specific veterinary needs. From the first checkup to their precious golden years, you can count on us every step of the way!
They say the best way to treat an illness is to prevent it, which is why we’re focused on wellness and preventative care for our patients. Treating health problems in our pets can be expensive and difficult, and some conditions are life threatening—but if you get to them early, treatment can begin sooner and is likely to be more effective.
AGE-RELATED WELLNESS PROGRAMS
At Shawsheen Animal Hospital, we can keep your pets happy and healthy by utilizing the following:
The annual wellness exam allows our veterinarians to examine your pet from nose to tail and document any areas of concern. If necessary, we can discuss treatment or diagnostic recommendations such as blood work.
At the same time, we do a wellness exam, we may also do a dental exam if your pet will allow one because most pets over three already have some symptoms of periodontal (dental) disease. Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy is about more than just preventing bad breath: left untreated, dental disease can eventually cause tooth loss, gum infections, pain, trouble eating, and in later stages might even threaten your pet’s life
Wellness blood work involves checking various values to establish a baseline of health and reference point for future appointments. Such testing includes a complete blood cell count (CBC) and blood chemistry. The CBC test can help us detect signs of anemia, leukemia, and various immune disorders. The blood chemistry panel helps us check electrolyte balance and diagnose diseases of the liver, kidneys and pancreas. These tests give us a general picture of your pet’s overall health, and may also serve as a starting point for further testing if a problem is detected.
During the exam process, another important aspect of wellness care is educating clients. Together as partners, we can ensure your pet receives all that he or she needs to live a long and quality life.
Although a comprehensive exam is imperative, it may not tell the whole story. Monitoring lab parameters, such as blood analysis and urinalysis, each year alerts us of potentially threatening trends of the internal organs and helps identify internal disease at the earliest stage possible.