Skilled Veterinary Checkups in Fort Myers
Wellness visits play one of the most important roles in ensuring that your pet is happy and healthy. At Daniels Parkway Animal Hospital, we're privileged to offer quality wellness visits to help protect your pet's well-being. Our veterinary team has a wealth of experience working with cats and dogs of all ages and will treat your pet with kindness and compassion. In addition to routine wellness visits, we're proud to provide puppy, kitten, and senior pet exams.
We know how stressful visiting the veterinarian can be for some pets. That's why we employ fear-free techniques to help your pet feel comfortable and at ease during their exam. Call us today to schedule your pet's next veterinary checkup and take the first step toward proactively protecting their health!
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What Is a Wellness Visit?
A veterinary wellness visit is a type of checkup for your cat or dog. Wellness exams normally take place once or twice a year, depending on factors like your pet's age and overall condition. More importantly, a wellness visit, including a new puppy or kitten exam, is a superb way to help prevent your pet from contracting or developing harmful diseases and viruses.
Our team uses diagnostic tools to detect various health complications that can be challenging to detect in their early stages, including certain parasites and cancers. We recommend bringing your pet in for wellness exams even if they're not exhibiting outward signs of sickness. Wellness visits are especially important for young and senior pets, as both age groups are more susceptible to harmful illnesses.
7 Components of a Wellness Visit
When you bring your pet in for their wellness visit, we'll begin by reviewing their medical history, including their medications. We'll also take this time to ask you questions about your cat or dog's health and behavior. Have you noticed a change in their appetite? Are they exhibiting changes in their sleep patterns? Whatever information you provide us can make a crucial difference in improving your pet's overall well-being in more ways than one. Afterward, we'll conduct an extensive psychical examination on your pet which may include the following:
- Weighing your pet to determine if they're at a healthy weight
- Listening to your pet's heart and lungs for signs of potential irregularities
- Assessing your pet's stance to ensure their gait isn't excessively stressing bones and joints
- Examining your pet's eyes for any redness, cloudiness, or abnormal discharge
- Checking your pet's ears for signs of bacterial infection, ear mites, or polyps
- Taking a closer look at your pet's teeth for signs of gum disease or tooth decay
- Feeling along your pet's body for swelling, signs of lameness, and potential pain points
Quality Wellness Visits for Your Pet
At Daniels Parkway Animal Hospital, we offer skilled wellness visits for cats and dogs of all ages. Whether your pet is new to our practice or has visited us before, our team will treat them like a member of our own family. From senior pet physicals to extensive lab work, you can count on our practice to meet all your pet's wellness visit needs. We look forward to meeting you and your pet and starting a relationship you can rely on for years to come. Call us today to schedule your pet's next Fort Myers veterinary checkup!
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Congratulations on your new kitten! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
Our kitten wellness program is designed to help get your kitten started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your kitten’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy cat, including information and advice on nutrition, litterbox training, and behavior.
Schedule your kitten for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will vaccinate your new pet against rabies and panleukopenia (distemper). Depending on your cat’s risk, we may also advise vaccinating him or her against other diseases, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV). In addition, your kitten will need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young cats.
Most kittens have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause coughing, weight loss, and a potbellied appearance in cats (although they may not cause any symptoms). It is important for kittens to be treated for roundworms, not only to help rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your kitten is treated, you can keep your entire family safe.
Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
Our puppy wellness program is designed to help get your puppy started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization.
Schedule your puppy for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your puppy has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will vaccinate your new dog against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, among other diseases. Your puppy will also need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young dogs.
Most puppies have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal signs (although dogs can have worms without showing any symptoms). It is important for puppies to be treated for roundworms, not only to rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your puppy is treated, you can keep your entire family safe from these and other parasites.
Bringing your pet in for an annual diagnostic and wellness checkup can help reassure you that your dog or cat is healthy or help us detect hidden diseases or conditions early. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help your pet live longer. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs that something is wrong, so subtle changes in their health or behavior might be easy to overlook. And, depending on the disease, some pets don’t show any symptoms.
Dogs and cats age quicker than humans, so it is even more crucial for our companion animals to receive regular exams. In addition, the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will perform a physical assessment, checking your dog or cat from nose to tail. We will also make sure your pet receives appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We will perform a diagnostic workup, which may include blood, fecal, and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We may also recommend that your pet receive dental care.
When your pet is nearing his or her senior years, we will recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup so we’ll know what’s normal for your pet. This will enable us to keep track of any changes.
Please let us know if you’ve noticed any physical or behavioral changes in your pet, as well as any other concerns you might have.
Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam! If you have any questions about our adult wellness program, please let us know.
As dogs and cats get older, they need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your pet remain fit and healthy as he or she ages and help us catch any potential problems earlier, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Regular veterinary exams can actually help your pet live longer, too!
Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters his or her senior years. The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age. In addition, dogs and cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are advanced.
Senior status varies depending on your pet’s breed and size. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, and cats generally live longer than dogs. We can help you determine what life stage your pet is in.
Before your dog or cat reaches senior status, we recommend that you bring your pet in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This will give us a record of what’s normal for your pet so we can keep track of any changes. In most cases, we suggest this checkup for when your dog turns 7 years of age or your cat turns 8 years of age. Thereafter, your senior pet will benefit from more frequent veterinary exams and diagnostic testing.
We can treat many symptoms that are commonly attributed to age, including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans). We can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways: by identifying and preventing or reducing pain, recommending a nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting environmental modifications.
We will tailor a senior wellness plan to your pet’s individual needs. If you have any questions, we can discuss our senior wellness program in more detail. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!