Wellness Exams for Dogs & Cats in Greenland, NH
We want all of your dog and cat friends to live happy, healthy lives, just as much as you do. We believe the best way to make that happen is with preventive care for every life stage. Ideally, we recommend that you bring your pet to see us at least once a year (twice for senior pets), as these wellness exams serve as the first line of defense against illnesses. With our dog and cat care services here in Greenland, your pets can receive care that’s customized to their specific needs.
Puppy & Kitten Care
If you recently brought home a new puppy or kitten, congratulations! We know this is an exciting time for you, and we want to make sure it stays that way by starting your pet off on the right paw. To do this, we’ll develop a preventive treatment plan at your pet’s first visit. We recommend that your four-legged friend come see us at least twice for a wellness exam during his/her first few years. These exams include (or may include):
- Comprehensive physical exam
- House training and behavioral recommendations
- Development of vaccination schedule
- Nutritional recommendations
- Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention
- Parasite testing
If you don’t plan to breed your pet, we recommend that you spay her/neuter him, since these procedures can be very beneficial for your companion. We can discuss this with you in more detail during your visit.
Adult Dog & Cat Care
Most dogs and cats are considered “adults” when they’re around 2 or 3 years old. To keep your canine or feline friend healthy at this age, we recommend annual wellness exams, which typically include (or may include) the following:
- Full-body wellness exam
- Behavior counseling
- Dietary recommendations
- Digital X-rays
- Internal and external parasite prevention
- Parasite screening
Depending on your pet’s age, spaying/neutering may also be performed during this stage of his/her life.
Senior Dog & Cat Care
Small dogs tend to live longer than large ones, but in general, dogs are considered “seniors” when they’re between 5 and 9 years of age. Most cats are considered seniors at about age 8, but drastic changes can occur in as little as three to six months for both cats and dogs. This why we recommend wellness exams twice a year for senior pets. These exams allow us to catch signs of illness in their early stages and recommend additional testing and/or treatment, if necessary.
The following is a list of symptoms that are associated with common health problems in senior pets. As the owner of a senior pet, it’s important to be mindful of these symptoms.
- Irregular stool
- Changes in hair coat quality
- Decreased activity level
- Significant weight changes
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Depression or lethargic behavior
- Loss of muscle mass
- Signs of pain in movement
- Wheezing and coughing
Schedule your dog’s or cat’s wellness exam at Greenland Veterinary Hospital by calling 603-433-5665.