At Summer Street Animal Clinic of Burlington, IA, we believe in a comprehensive approach to animal health care, one designed to keep your pet healthy and happy through every period of their lives. That’s why we are strong advocates of Pet Wellness Care. This medical philosophy involves the holistic nurture of both body and mind with a strong emphasis on diagnostic testing and preventive animal health care.
It includes designing a healthy lifestyle for your pet to keep them vigorous and active and preventing disease and illness before it develops. We’ll work with you to develop a pet wellness program personalized just for your pet based on their age, breed, and physical condition.
What Is Pet Wellness Care?
There are several components of a comprehensive pet wellness program, designed to promote good health and to discover symptoms of disease, injury, or congenital defects and prescribe effective early treatment before serious damage occurs.
- Physical Examination: Your pet should have a complete physical exam at least once a year. Your vet will assess the condition of all parts of your pet’s body, inside and out, including their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, internal organs, joints and bones, paws and claws, and skin and coat. They’ll also test their blood pressure and respiration.
- Diagnostic Lab Testing: We maintain a state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory for testing blood, saliva, and urine samples to find indications of disease or disorders that might not be apparent during a physical exam.
- Dental Examination: Your pet’s dental health is important to their overall wellbeing. Oral disease is very common in animals, and the resulting infection can cause tooth loss and mouth pain, as well as damage internal organs. A complete dental exam along with a thorough cleaning is the best way to prevent oral problems.
- Spay And Neuter: Having your pet spayed or neutered will prevent unwanted litter, and also alleviate problematic behaviors such as urinating in the house to mark territory and screeching and howling during the heat cycle.
Other important aspects of pet wellness care include vaccinations, screening for intestinal parasites, weight management, and nutritional assessment and planning. Your vet will also advise you on a program you can follow at home to keep your pet at the peak of health.
Are you ready to get your pet started on its own Pet Wellness Program? Just schedule an appointment with the Summer Street Animal Clinic and we’ll start them on their journey to good health.