One of our goals is to keep your pets as healthy as possible. Physical examinations allow our veterinarians to evaluate the general health of your pet and help the veterinarian to identify any health issues before they become serious. All wellness visits are scheduled for at least thirty minutes to allow plenty of time for you to discuss your pet's lifestyle with the veterinarian and technician and choose the best preventative care program for your pet's needs.
At Falconbridge Animal Hospital and Village Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians recommend a routine physical exam be done annually for dogs and cats under the age of 7 years (see information at right). Around the age of 7 most dogs and cats are considered Senior Pets, and we recommend a physical exam for them every 6 months.
Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exams
Similar to children, puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations as they grow. Since puppies and kittens grow so quickly, it is important to monitor their health and any changes. Therefore we perform wellness exams with each set of vaccine boosters. An adolescent exam is performed between the last set of boosters and the first adult visit.
Senior Wellness Exams and Laboratory Tests
The aging process varies with individual pets. We begin considering dogs and cats as seniors at about 7 years of age. As your pet ages certain changes in your pet's physical condition are likely to occur. Some of these changes are not readily apparent until they compromise your pet's quality of life.
To aid in detecting health concerns as early as possible, we recommend laboratory screening in addition to the physical exam. Our experienced team can help you determine which tests would be most beneficial for your pet.
Senior pets can benefit from the following tests to aid in early detection: a CBC (Complete Blood Count), blood chemistry and electrolyte panel, thyroid level, urinalysis, blood pressure, EKG, and tear test and intraocular pressure test.
At your pet's Senior Wellness Exam, the veterinarian will discuss appropriate diagnostics with you. The recommendations will be based on the age and breed of your dog or cat. The veterinarian will also discuss nutritional recommendations and any follow-up tests or monitoring that may be required.
Due to many recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected against most major diseases. To the right are the recommendations of Falconbridge Animal Hospital and Village Veterinary Hospital for immunizations of pets living in the Chapel Hill and Durham area.
We also recognize that factors such as age, lifestyle, location, and risk factors specific to certain breeds may affect the vaccination protocol developed for your pet. Our veterinarians will consider these factors when determining the appropriate vaccinations for your dog or cat.
Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations
For most puppies and kittens, the vaccines will be given according to the schedule at the right. There may be some variation depending on the exact age of your pet at the time of the first visit. We will work with you to get your puppy or kitten on the appropriate schedule.