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One of the most important parts of being a responsible pet owner is making sure they live a healthy lifestyle. Preventative medicine is key to this, including your dog's or cat's pet wellness exam. At Watertown Animal Hospital, PC, our local veterinarians like to see our furry patients on a regular basis. Whether you've got an energetic new puppy or a dignified senior cat, pet wellness exams are crucial to making sure your pet is healthy and free from disease.
We encourage all new pet owners to bring in their puppies and kittens for their first wellness exam at about eight weeks of age. We'll schedule three more checkups during your pet's first year. After 12 months, your pet's first vaccinations will have taken effect and its immunity is well established. Adult pets only need to come in once a year for an exam and to renew any vaccinations that might be needed each year. By the time your pet is six or seven years old, it's considered a senior dog or cat. Our veterinarian team likes to see senior pets twice a year because their aging immune system means they're more likely to develop diseases than young pets are.
When you bring your pet into our office, our vets will take the time to thoroughly exam it, inside and out. The first step will likely be to weigh and measure your dog or cat. Obesity is a problem in the animal world today just like it is for humans. If your pet is overweight or obese, we'll consult with you and give you lifestyle tips, advice on a healthy pet diet and information on ways to get your pet to exercise more.
Vaccinations may be the most important part of your pet's wellness exam. We'll administer core vaccines, those like rabies and distemper that are meant for every pet, as well as non-core vaccines like for Lyme disease or a kennel cough that we only give to pets that need them.
Your pet's mouth can give our vets a lot of clues about your pet's internal health. They'll check for redness or swelling in the mouth, gums, and tongue, as well as look for loose or missing teeth. Infections in the mouth can move internally to affect internal organs, so early diagnosis by checking the mouth is important in catching problems early.
Parasites can cause almost as many problems as diseases for pets. During your pet's wellness exam our local veterinarians will check your pet's fur and skin for parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites. We'll give regular heartworm medication as well as check for internal parasites.
Pet wellness examinations are one of the most important parts of being a loving and responsible pet owner. If your dog or cat is due for its next checkup, contact our Watertown veterinarian at 860-274-2212 today and we'll make an appointment that fits in with your busy lifestyle. We look forward to meeting with you!