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Any pet owner who has ever struggled to help a pet recover from a debilitating illness knows how difficult and harrowing that process can be. Even non-urgent complaints can degrade your pet's quality of life and force you to keep bringing him to our veterinarian in Houston for treatment. But there's a smarter strategy for minimizing your pet's health issues -- preventative wellness.
Monitoring your pet's health carefully and catching any little problems before they can turn into major disasters is the best way to ensure a happy, healthy life for your pet all the time. That's why your veterinarian in Houston (among our experienced five-vet team) recommends regular pet wellness exams.
What does a Houston pet wellness exam entail? This comprehensive checkup allows our animal hospital to evaluate your pet's health from nose to tail. Your Houston veterinarian will check the eyes, ears and nose for any signs of infection, injury, pest infestations or sensory impairment. Inspect and palpation of the body can reveal the presence of possible skin tumors, dermatitis or other lesions. At the same time, we're also watching your pet's stance, gait and movement for possible balance problems or other behavioral/neurological abnormalities.
Weighing your pet gives you Houston veterinarian an accurate idea of whether he is overweight or underweight for his breed and age. This is important because obesity is a widespread problem in the pet community -- one that can lead to a wide range of chronic health problems down the road. If your pet needs to lose some weight, we can make dietary and exercise recommendations to help you help your special friend.
Our Houston pet wellness exam pays equal attention to your pet's internal functions. Your Houston veterinarian may run blood or fecal tests to check check parasites such as worms, systemic abnormalities that might indicate organ failure or diabetes, and indicators of possible cancer. We also check vital signs to make sure your pet's heart, lungs, blood pressure and other functions fall within normal parameters. If any results point to a potential health problem, we will conduct additional evaluations to pinpoint that problem and administer timely treatment.
Dental health is just as important as other forms of veterinary wellness. A wellness exam is the perfect time to do an annual dental checkup and tooth cleaning. This helps us protect your pet against periodontal disease, oral cancer and tooth infections.
It makes good sense to bring your pet to our Houston or River Oaks veterinarian for every procedure, including routine wellness exams. This allows us not only to bond with your pet but also to notice the ongoing, evolving patterns in his health that much more easily. Contact us or call (713) 524-3814 to schedule a Houston pet wellness exam at Montrose Veterinary Clinic. We're confident that once you experience our quality of care, you won't want to take your pet anywhere else!