At Shawsheen Animal Hospital, dog and cat wellness exams are a foundational aspect of preventative pet care. They set the stage for the treatment your pet will receive for years to come by allowing us to establish a health baseline. Wellness exams are also essential for building a detailed and comprehensive medical history for your pet. That’s why we recommend annual wellness visits in Tewksbury to evaluate their health and detect health changes early enough to intervene and prevent illness.
Stay on top of your pet’s wellness exams to keep them healthy.
We Offer Age-Specific Wellness Care
Puppies, kittens, adult pets, and senior pets all have different health and wellness needs. Click the links below to see our treatment recommendations for pets of different ages.
Our Core Wellness Services for Pets
To ensure the best health for your pet and the longest life possible, we offer the following wellness services:
Annual exams involve evaluating your pet from head to tail and checking for any physical abnormalities. Depending on our findings, we might recommend blood testing or consider different treatment options to resolve an existing health problem. In addition to the physical, we can also perform a dental exam. This is especially important for dogs and cats aged 3 and up, because most pets begin developing dental disease at this age. A healthy mouth improves your pet’s overall health, and can increase their longevity, too.
When your pet sees us for their annual wellness exam, we will need to establish a baseline of health by performing comprehensive bloodwork. This usually includes CBC (complete blood cell count) and blood chemistry. These tests can alert us to signs of illness and provide information about organ function and electrolyte balance. Bloodwork is essential because it gives us information about your pet’s health that can’t be found with a physical exam alone.
Bloodwork, fecal exams, and urine testing can give us the bigger picture when evaluating your pet’s health. We can utilize our in-house laboratory and our advanced imaging techniques to perform in-depth exams and more accurately (and quickly) diagnose potential threats. Identifying and diagnosing disease at an early stage gives us the chance to treat it successfully and prevent debilitating symptoms in your pet.