Heartworm disease can have a devastating effect on your pet's health. National Heartworm Awareness Month, observed annually in April, reminds pet owners about the health dangers this preventable d ...View Article
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Nothing is more important than routine examinations and preventive medicine for your pet. Remember that your pet ages at a faster rate than we do, approximately 5 to 7 years for each calendar year, depending on species and breed. This means that medical conditions can come on relatively quickly, hence the need for thorough physicals each year. Depending on the age and breed of your pet, an annual blood profile and urinalysis is recommended for animals over 5-7 years. During the wellness examination, our doctors check your pet from the tips of their ears to the tip of their tail – examining the eyes, ears, teeth, listening to the heart and lungs, feeling for any unusual lumps, and testing the joints for and muscles for arthritis and swelling. Vaccinations against common preventable diseases rounds out our annual visit. Village Veterinary Clinic bases vaccination protocol on the patient’s individual needs and exposures. Good histories are an important part of any physical exam, and we rely on you to provide us with as much information as possible about your pet’s normal routine. Common indicators of disease are changes in behavior, weight, thirst, appetite, energy levels, breathing, and stool character. Together using the exam and your pet’s history, we can provide complete care and treatment that can extend and improve your pet’s quality of life.