Wellness & Preventative Care
Jones Vet Hospital provides a complete wellness and preventative care program for your pet to keep them healthy. This starts with a full examination by the veterinarian and a consultation with you about what your pet’s specific needs and risks are with regards to existing conditions, exposures, environment, and your concerns.
Because pets can’t tell us how they feel, we recommend a complete physical examination at least once a year, though exams every 6 months are encouraged.
The veterinary exam allows us to develop a picture of your pet’s overall health as well as to spot potential issues before they become too advanced. As your partner in your pet’s health, we welcome questions about your pet’s health, habits and daily care. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. We want you to be informed and comfortable in all aspects and will provide you advice and education on how to help your pet live a longer, healthier and happier life.
During your pet’s exam our veterinarians and vet staff will:
• Administer vaccines.
• Consult on your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home and provide nutritional counseling.
• Screen for parasites – A recommended fecal examination allows us to check for parasites or worms in your pet’s stool.
• Discuss heartworm, flea & tick and parasite control.
• Listen to your pet’s heart – Heart murmurs, abnormal heart beat patterns and signs of heart disease can be heard through a stethoscope.
• Listen to your pet’s lungs – By listening to your pet’s lungs with a stethoscope, we can detect infections, diseases or other problems and assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
• Examine your pet’s teeth and mouth – Pet dental disease is the most common disease we see. Examining your pet’s teeth and mouth allows us to determine level of infection and impaction, plaque and tartar so recommend needed dental cleanings. Puppies and kittens also need to be checked to ensure there are developing properly.
• Evaluate your pet’s eyes – Ocular conditions can be prevented through regular care and screenings. We will look for dry eyes, cataracts, corneal ulcers and glaucoma.
• Look into your pet’s ears – Check for ear mites, redness, odor or discharge or other signs of ear infections. Allergies and outdoor activities can irritate your pet’s ears.
• Feel the skin, lymph nodes and abdomen – We visually look and physically feel for lumps, bumps or swellings and skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence systemic problems or metabolic diseases.
• Feel joints and muscles – By feeling and moving the joints and limbs, we look for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size and will observe your pet’s gait. Depending on your pet’s age, we will look for developmental problems in young pets such as hip or elbow problems or signs of arthritis in our older friends.
• Recommend blood & lab tests – A complete physical exam should include a heartworm test as well blood and urine tests each year. Not only can these tests identify the presence of underlying disease, they create a baseline should your pet become ill. A few simple tests give us so many results about your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, blood sugar, white & red blood cells and platelet counts.
We will then recommend appropriate diagnostic tests, immunizations, diets, etc. to keep your pet in optimal health.
Since your pets hide pain or medical conditions and cannot tell us when something is wrong, we need to be proactive in running appropriate diagnostics to detect disease early when it can be more effectively treated. This will also allow us to gather information about what is normal for your pet so that we can watch for trends in the tests over time.