The Value of Canine Wellness Exams

Active preventive care will help your dog stay healthy for a long lifetime of family fun. Preventive care plays a vital role in prevention and early illness detection. Establishing a baseline of health early on allows us to measure changes in your dog over time, enabling us to detect the onset of diseases sooner when treatments are most effective.

Our Comprehensive Preventive Care Exams for dogs includes:

Physical Exams & Vaccinations: Our canine exams include a thorough physical examination that includes an evaluation of your dog’s coat, skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, and internal organ systems. At our hospital, your dog will also receive an individualized vaccination plan that caters to his or her needs based on age, breed, physical condition, and lifestyle. For your dog’s safety, we only use adjuvant-free vaccines at our veterinary clinic!

Dental Exams: During the exam, we will perform a thorough oral examination. Our veterinarian will look at the mouth and teeth to ensure health and look for any abnormalities, including fractured or missing teeth, tartar, gum health, periodontal disease, ulcers and masses. For more information about the dental care provided by our veterinarian, please visit our Dental Care page.

Heartworm Disease Testing, Prevention, & Treatment: Heartworm disease is transmitted through the bite of mosquitoes carrying microfilaria or heartworm larvae. If not prevented, the disease can lead to congestive heart failure when not diagnosed and treated in early stages.  Our veterinarian will perform yearly blood screening for early heartworm detection and treatment. Our hospital offers many safe options for continual prevention of heartworm disease.

Parasite Prevention & Control: Intestinal Parasites are transmitted when our pets inadvertently ingest parasite eggs or spores in contaminated soil, water, feces, and food. They live in the gastrointestinal tract. They can also spread to humans. Our veterinarian will perform yearly Intestinal Parasite Screening to ensure your pet is parasite free. In addition to routine screening and treating infections, our hospital has all your needs for prevention of internal AND external parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites.

Nutrition & Weight Management for Your Dog: Cultivating a balanced diet and nutrition plan is also an important part of preventive care for your dog. During your pet’s wellness exam, we will evaluate your dog’s weight so we can recommend any necessary modifications to their diet or exercise. Learn more about our nutritional counseling services by clicking here.

Canine Health Consultation: Your dog’s annual exam at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital is also the perfect opportunity to speak with Dr. Linfante or one of his associates about any concerns about any concerns you may have about your dog’s health. We will discuss topics such as dog vaccines, dental care, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle or age related changes. Visit our puppy care and senior pet care pages to learn more about preventive care for your dog at every stage of life.