Pet Wellness Services

Wellness Exam

Preventative care is at the heart of what we do. The entire team at Ocoee Animal Hospital in Blue Ridge, GA recommends that your pet receive a complete wellness examination at least once a year, but more frequent exams are encouraged. During wellness exams, we perform a complete physical and recommend a heartworm test, fecal flotation test for intestinal parasites, and red blood tests that can indicate the presence underlying diseases. To keep your pet parasite free, we also recommend preventive medication for heartworms, fleas and ticks. Our preventive approach allows us to detect potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns and expensive to treat.

Regular examinations are our chance to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in medical care, and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Wellness exams are especially important for senior pets, animals over seven years of age. They provide us with a general picture of your pet's overall health and are invaluable in diagnosing and treating your companion.

During your pet's annual wellness exam we:

  • Examine teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction & other related issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart
  • 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, blood, and other systems

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which can contaminate lawns or any place a pet defecates.

Regular Blood Work

A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a blood tests. Not only can a chemistry panel and complete blood count (CBC) identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill. Additionally, blood work is necessary if a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia is recommended.

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.

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