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Wellness Exams in Central Maine: Keeping Your Pet Healthy, Year After Year

Your pet’s health is the most important thing they have (next to you and your family). At Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan, ME, we understand that keeping your pet healthy is a lifelong commitment. This is why pet wellness care plays a central role in their ongoing care. Yearly checkups, tailored vaccinations, and routine lab tests help to ensure that all your pet’s essential needs are being met to the fullest extent.

No matter what stage of life your pet is at, we want to make their future the healthiest it can be.

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Why We Recommend Yearly Wellness Exams for Dogs and Cats

First, pets age much more rapidly than humans, which means their health can change just as quickly. With yearly wellness visits, we can establish a health baseline and see if your pet's condition has changed dramatically since their last visit.

 

By recommending preventative measures such as vaccinations and parasite control, your pet can avoid many health issues and live a longer, more comfortable life.

What to Expect at Your Pet’s Wellness Exam

Your pet’s yearly visit is a time for us to touch base with you, answer any questions you have, and make sure your pet is in the best possible shape.

To do this, we:

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Examine them from nose to tail and can check all their vitals including heart rate, temperature, weight, and respiration

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Recommend and administer core and risk-based vaccinations according to your pet’s needs

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Run blood and fecal tests to check for parasites and indications of disease

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Provide and/or administer parasite preventatives to protect your pet from infestations and parasite-transmitted diseases

Why Your Pet Needs Year-Round Parasite Protection

Regardless of their age, breed, and lifestyle, dogs and cats are both vulnerable to fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other parasites here in Central Maine. In addition to infestation risks, some parasitic diseases are communicable to pets. The most common of these include:

  • Heartworm disease (transmitted by mosquitoes)
  • Lyme disease (transmitted by ticks)
  • Anaplasmosis (transmitted by ticks)
  • Ehrlichiosis (transmitted by ticks)
  • Flea allergy dermatitis

Heartworm disease and Lyme disease can be life-threatening, and flea allergy dermatitis can cause great discomfort in your pet. By keeping these parasites at bay, you’re also protecting your companion from conditions that can have a serious effect on their quality of life.

 

Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms are intestinal parasites that can be spread via animal feces and are also communicable to humans. These pests are common in small puppies and kittens, which is why deworming treatment is often necessary at their initial visits.

What About Senior Pets?

We enjoy caring for our senior patients and helping them retain some pep in their step. We’re well attuned to the needs of senior and geriatric pets, who are more fragile and prone to disease. Often, we like to see them more frequently so we can monitor their condition closely and ensure that they continue to lead a healthy, pain-free life. Dogs and cats alike can experience arthritis, diabetes, vision and hearing loss, and other age-related issues that also affect humans.

We can't wait to meet you and your pet!

Pet Exams in Skowhegan, ME