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Wellness Care & Preventative Medicine
Once your puppy or kitten has completed its series of basic immunizations, it may seem like a waste of time bringing it back to the office while it's happy and healthy. Just as you shouldn't go a long time without seeing your doctor or dentist, your pet should have regular wellness care exams to make sure it's healthy and that no serious physical problems are beginning to arise. Head on over to Paws and Claws Pet Medical Center to get your furry friend a wellness exam!
Our Troutdale and Gresham veterinarians advise that your dog or cat come in for a wellness exam more frequently than you would expect. Because of how fast they age, bringing your pet in yearly is equivalent to seeing your doctor every seven years. If your pet is healthy, a twice-yearly exam should be enough to make sure it's not developing any problems that could impact their lifestyle in the future.
Once you bring your dog or cat into our office, our staff will take its vital signs such as height, length, and weight. Comparing these measurements to averages for pets of your type can give us good signs of whether your pet is becoming obese or should be put on a weight loss regimen. Our wellness program will be tailored to your individual pet’s needs!
Another part of the wellness exam will be routine laboratory tests such as blood count, urinalysis, blood chemistry, as well as parasite screening. Our Troutdale and Gresham veterinarians are here to ensure your pets get the vaccinations and booster shots needed to keep them happy and healthy!
An oral exam is an important part of your pet's wellness exam. Our veterinarian will examine your pet's teeth, gums, and tongue to look for redness or swelling, loose teeth, or extremely bad breath that could indicate an infection. Teeth problems can often indicate other problems in your pet's health, so it's important that we spend time checking its mouth.
The doctor will spend time checking your pet's coat, skin, and feet. A dry, shedding, or dull coat can be a sign of a vitamin deficiency or internal infection. Checking your pet's skin can reveal the presence of parasites such as fleas or mites, find tumors underneath the skin, or reveal rashes from skin irritation or allergies. Dealing with any of these problems early can prevent more serious problems later.
If your dog or cat hasn't had a wellness exam in at least a year, it's time to make an appointment with Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center in Troutdale. We'll work with you to make an appointment to fit in with your busy schedule, and you'll get the peace of mind that happens when you know your pet is happy and healthy.
For more information about our Wellness Exam or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 503-661-1833!